Last evening, I experienced the delight of hosting a small cocktail party in my home...nothing formal 'Twas an intimate gathering amongst the coolest friends and their significant others. At the end of the night, I was euphoric: from the spread, the libations and laughing (last night reminded me that it IS the best medicine).
As I developed my menu this week, I issued a self-imposed challenge: pull this thing off for $100 or less. In true TBS fashion, I met the mark. I left the market having spent only $94. If I could do that move where you jump up and click your heels together, I'd have been all over it.
Here's the menu:
*Crudite platter with homemade Caesar dressing
*Creole stuffed mushrooms
*Spicy shrimp skewers
*Deviled eggs with prosciutto and chives
*Two versions of individual macaroni and cheese: three cheese (ricotta, parmesan riggiano and cheddar) and lobster and bleu cheese.
*Cold shrimp salad with artichokes, capers and lemons (brought by one of my guests)
*Pinwheels (a veggie blend baked in phyllo dough and brought by a guest)
*Cheesecake (deliverd by a guest)
*Chocolate walnut brownie bites
*Louis Latour Pinot Noir
*Stella Artois (for the guys, of course...ok-and me)
I was thrilled that I was able to stay under budget. Dare I say that I was even proud of myself? Hey, I'm trying to do better!
Will any amongst us host any parties at home this holiday season?