Last Friday my girlfriends and I had a much-needed dinner party/girl’s night at my place. The party was a bit of a potluck style dinner party, which lowers stress levels on my part as the hostess.
The more I entertain lately, the more I love the idea of doing things potluck style. Of course, there is a time and place for throwing a totally awesome party where I do everything myself, but for the most part, those are few and far between. And at the end of the day, both types of parties are still fabulous.
But because this is me we’re talking about, I wanted somewhat of a theme to the dinner party. So we went with a Spring(ish) Italian style. It was light on the theme but helped determine what everyone contributed.
You’ll notice all the photos are Instagram pics. Erik went to a friend’s place and brought our laptop which had my camera SIM card in it. Oh well, what do you do??
Here is the breakdown of what everyone brought / what was on the menu:
Cheese Ravioli with Olive Oil, Parmesan and Dried Cranberries
Alexia Artisan Ancient Grain Rolls
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Buttermilk Pudding Cakes with Strawberries and Whipped Cream
Um, we dipped these sweet potato puffs in ranch dressing. So good. Cheese overload. While us gals were eating our faces off we joked around about how our guys often “forget” to eat when they are hanging out and having drinks. We would NEVER ever forget. I mean, seriously!!Olives are such an easy snack to have at any dinner party.
Libby made this salad and it was absolutely delicious. She rolled each one of those pistachio crusted goat cheese balls by hand, so this salad is a bit time-consuming. But totally worth it. We all raved about the salad. My friend Summer made ravioli. She kept it fairly light with a drizzle of olive oil, sprinkle of parmesan and dried cranberries. It was really good and I’ll definitely be making this for dinner sometime soon. I’ve made these buttermilk pudding cakes before (I call them strawberry shortcakes). They are pretty easy to make and are a light dessert for spring.
Buttermilk Pudding Cakes with Strawberries (recipe via Martha Stewart)
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