Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Group Gatherings

I love having people over to our place! For drinks & appetizers, regular old lets just drunk like we are 21 parties on the deck in the summer, or a nice casual dinner - you name it! We don't do it often enough (in my opinion - but hey life is busy), but this weekend the Hubs and I may have a few friends over to watch the game! The Superbowl, ehemm sorry ladies! LOL

My chance to make some fancy dips, foods and play hostess like I so very much enjoy! Now just to decide what I want to make. It's a fine balance of trying to impress the crowd but making sure you still have time to enjoy it yourself! I mean of course I want everyone to think 'oh wow yumm' but let's be honest don't we all want to also impress them with our 'Martha-ness' to some degree too?!

I don't want to be tending to food the entire time, although not particularly interested in seeing every play - but it's also my time to hang out with friends!


A Chili bar sounds delish! The weather is cold enough and the food will warm our belly! Veggies are always a great idea, I esp love the fun use of bell peppers to hold various dressings! Or maybe premake a pan of meatball subs - perfect game day food.


Or maybe a taco bar?! I mean I am from California!!! I've never made this oreo popcorn yumminess, although Shari did at a girls night and I can attest it's divine! Perfect for after a nice bit of savory food.

I also threw out the idea of some Italian beef sandwiches - I could keep the meat and au jus going in the crock-pot and let everyone make a sandwich at their leisure. I mean might as well embrace the Chicago love of those sandwiches!

Decisions Decisions!!!! Are you hosting or going to a SB party? What are you bringing/making? {I've our plans pan out I'll be sure to share what I make and the rest of the spread next week!}

*All images found and kept on my Party Time Pinterest Board. 

10 comments:

  1. A taco bar?! Absolutely LOVE that idea. In fact, may break that one out for Sunday :)

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    1. So easy and yummy right?! I think that may win for us, well if I have it my way it will! :)

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  2. Those hot dogs look PHENOM. Taco bars are always fun for game days!
    xo Josie
    www.winksmilestyle.com

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  3. oooh a taco bar sounds fun and easy! i don't think we have any superbowl plans this year which is fine by me. i'll probably sit next to my man while he watches the game and i stalk blogs haha.
    -- jackiejade.blogspot.com

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  4. love the idea of putting veggie dips into hollowed out peppers, if you havent seen this buzz feed article about snack displays, you will love it! http://www.buzzfeed.com/arielknutson/snack-stadiums-that-are-wildly-impressive

    -Lauren
    www.prettypiecesblog.com

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  5. Love the chili and taco bar ideas! We are going to a party with a taco truck. Gotta love Cali! Wish I was closer so I could eat all your yummy food!!! xoxox

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  6. Am I missing the recipe for the oreo popcorn? YUMMMMMM!!!

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  7. I love all of your ideas! The chili bar sounds like a perfect one as do the Italian Beef Sandwiches. I actually have the PERFECT recipe for you if you decide to go that route. http://www.dailydishblog.com/2012/09/spicy-italian-beef.html It's sure to be a hit. And thanks for the reminder that that popcorn was delicious! :)

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