Monday, September 1, 2008

I need your help!

Okay, gang. I need your help once again on recipe ideas. I am throwing a 40th birthday bash (a little late) for hubby and two other friends this weekend. As in, yes-THIS-upcoming-weekend-I'm-having-20-people-over-and-I've-not-had-a-chance-to-plan-anything, weekend. So if you've got any great ideas, help me out, would you please? :-))

I need two things - first, your best-ever favorite recipes for a casual party. We'll have about 20 people, mostly adults. The general menu is cookout - burgers, grilled chicken, that kind of thing - but I need sides and appetizers and maybe a couple drinks to go with. I'm thinking of trying P-dub's chocolate cake, but we'll have to see how far I get on that LOL!

And Martha Stewart I am NOT, so if anyone's got any creative decoration ideas, send 'em on over here!

Thanks so much Ladies (and any Gentlemen reading!)

Love, Dahrlin'


Live.Love.Eat said...

I'm excited for you!!!!! Since it seems to be a casual affair, I would highly recommend my artichoke dip. If you double the recipe, it's perfect for that amount of people. If you don't get Rotel in your area let me know and I will send you 2 cans. I will think more on this. Shrimp cocktail is always good too and you can make your own cocktail sauce. Lay some lettuce leaves down over ice on a platter and lay those little guys out, and then forget about them. You have a lot of things going on so you want to be able to do low maintenance things. Have you decided on a color theme. Even if it's laid-back you can decide on two colors and maybe throw some balloons in the pool.

Live.Love.Eat said...

Also, since I just came off the BBQ thing this weekend, you can make some peppers & onions for some chicken sausages. They can be made ahead of time and just warmed up that day. The sliders I did are cute but not for that large a crowd.

Michelle said...

Ok, I've got some for you...

You absolutely HAVE to make mojito granita. Seriously.

And I have the cutest little mini twice baked potatoes that get huge raves.

OR go with the dip I posted today (or is scheduled to post today, depending on when you read this).

OR I have a pasta salad that isn't the oily yucky mess that most are -- it has roasted corn and olives and feta and other yummies in it.

I've also got a great crab and artichoke dip

Let me know if you want the recipes for any of them!

Robin's Reports said...

I love the shrimp cocktail (as you may have figured out already) but I wanted to suggest buffalo wings. I have 2 fav ways. 1) grill with garlic salt & old bay on top. Easy & delicious!
2) Bake while basting in Crystal's Hot Sauce & butter sauce. (about 50:50 ratio)

Lots of pre-prepped veggies to fill them up.

Lora said...

Here's a delicious little appetizer: Apricot Rumaki
dried apricots
bacon slices cut in thirds
brown sugar
~wrap each apricot in a piece of bacon; secure with a toothpick. Roll in brown sugar. Put on baking sheet. Bake @ 350F for 20 minutes. Serve with soy sauce or duck sauce if desired.
Sooo yummy!!!

Connordog said...

There's always spinach dip and my shrimp dip! :) And I wish we could come! Stupid play :)

Angie's Spot said...

Sounds like you've got some great suggestions from people who know what they're doing. I don't fall into that category. Some of my best party servings come from Sams. As in wholesale. I know, I could do so much better. :-)

jamie in rose cottage said...

I can't top any of the above suggestions, so I won't try. We just celebrated a good friend's 40th, but his wife is CRAZY about going all out. Actually I posted about it - you'll have to come check out the crazy band she had!

Angela said...

You ladies ROCK! Thanks so much for all the awesome suggestions. I am going to try to finalize the menu tomorrow evening so I can go to the store Thurs. I will let you know what I come up with and thanks again for all the great ideas! Love, Dahrlin'

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