Thursday, December 15, 2011

thursday's ten: our open house

i'm being totally lazy today.
here's 10 things we served at our open house on saturday

we have several gluten-free friends, a couple of vegan buddies, and at least one person who is both gluten free and dairy free.  since i wanted to have several options for each person attending, i had quite the challenge when it came to the menu.  but i finally found a good balance, i think.  not everything fit special dietary needs, but everyone had a few choices!

1. a veggie tray (in the shape of a Christmas tree.  kind of)
*both gf and vegan.  obviously.

2. deviled eggs
*gf and dairy free

3. my guacamole, salsa (herdez), and mexican spinach dip (his aunt's recipe)
*the guacamole and salsa were gf and vegan
the spinach dip is gf
4. fresh fruit (pineapple that i for real chopped up, blueberries, clementines and strawberries)
*gf and vegan
5. swedish meatballs (gluten free recipe found here)
6. pinwheels
7. stuffed mushrooms
8. mexican hot chocolate cookies (recipe soon)
9. (vegan) ginger cookies (recipe soon)
10. peppermint joe-joe truffles (omgosh, SO good.  will post recipe soon)

add to this holiday punch, hot chocolate and coffee and we were good to go for several hours :-)

and between antiques from my grandmother and new wedding gifts along with a few other pieces i've collected over the years, we had the perfect serving piece for each dish.

the table decoration was a simple runner from ikea with turqoise felt tree ornaments from target interspersed and taper candles throughout.  i didn't want it to be overwhelming amidst the food, but i wanted it to look *pretty*

unfortunately, i didn't get any pictures once the party started of our guest, or of the dessert bar or beverage station.  oh well.  there will be a next time.

we LOVE sharing and opening up our home to people, so there will be MANY next times :-)

have you had a party this season?  are you planning one?  what's your menu look like?


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