Whenever we plan to host an event in our backyard, we’re not sure if the weather is going to agree. But we were fortunate this time for our dinner group gathering. It was just warm enough at dinner that no one was shivering and by the time dessert was served, the fire was warm and toasty.
Here’s how our gourmet, pot-luck, dinner group works. We have 4-couples in our group and the hosting couple is responsible for making the entrée and choosing the main course, which sets the menu or “theme” for the evening. After choosing the main part of the meal, the host assigns the following dishes to the 3 other couples:
Sometimes the hosting couple will chose recipes for everyone to follow which forces us all to try a new recipe or perhaps make one up. Either way, it’s delicious and everyone in our group is a food-lover so it’s always a tasty – and fun! – evening.
Dinner Group Gathering – menu:
Here’s what we had to dine on at our dinner group gathering…
- appetizer: deviled eggs and pickled carrots
- main dish: barbequed ribs
- side: potato salad
- side: corn bread
- dessert: strawberry meringue
When everyone arrived, we had drinks that we served off of the wall in our backyard.
We kept the drinks cool by sticking them in a metal tub and adding ice. I also had another tub for all of the empty bottles. It was our recycling container!
Is it wrong that I had our dinner group do a recipe test for me? We did a recipe test on the potato salad.
Dinner was served after the recipe test happened.
The barbequed ribs were drenched in Brad’s famous sauce, “The Best BBQ Sauce Ever.” He calls all of his recipes the best and they really are but – I’m biased.
Our friend, Robin, had sauce all over her face!
Then the sun went down and the lights (which were a Goodwill find!) from the tree began to sparkle.
Dessert was a strawberry meringue and was just the right amount of sweetness and dessert after a hearty meal.
Socializing and entertaining with good food and good friends – it doesn’t have to cost a lot and it’s always a good time!
What happens when you plan to entertaining outside? Does the weather agree with you?
Go Gingham related links:
How to organize a dinner group – why not start one? It’s frugal, fancy & fun!
Last summer’s dinner group gather is here and the appetizer we brought is here
Our dinner group followed Bon Appetit’s menu last fall
The last time we hosted diner group – in between decorating seasons
Dinner group in spring – well, it felt like winter
Dinner group at Robin and Greg’s pretty house – mid-century style abounds!
More related links:
The “Pinterest” board for our dinner group is here if you want to see other recipes we’ve made and enjoyed.