Pre-Spring Party

Saturday, 14 Mar 2009


Or is it Spring Pre-Party?  We decided to have a little party to celebrate the impending arrival of spring (we hope)!  It was a fun chance to see friends, try out some new recipes, and figure out how to fit a group of people into our highrise apartment.  We even got a nice sunset to boot.

I was perusing Secrets from a Caterer’s Kitchen by Nicole Aloni, one of my favorite party planning books, and learned a key tip for entertaining in a small space.  Whenever possible, it’s great to move serving tables out from the walls so people can circulate around them.  It’s a great way to use a small space and prevent traffic jams.  That’s what I did with both the wine bar below (which is my desk during the day) and the dinner table used as a buffet.  It worked well and gave people the chance to circulate.


As far as wine, I picked two reds and two whites to serve and attempted to make them different enough from each other to provide a variety.  For reds, I picked Bogle’s Old Vine Zinfandel, an old favorite for me, and a Pinot Noir from Burgundy to provide something a little lighter (Bouchard Aine & Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2005).  For whites, we had Edna Valley Chardonnay and Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc.  The Fume Blanc had almost the tiniest hint of bubbles — very enjoyable.


As for the food, I’ve been writing posts on some of the recipes I tried out before the party, but here are links to what I ended up making:

Butternut Squash and Shiitake Turnovers

Three Cheese Mini Macs


Parmesan Cookies

Yellow Squash and Zucchini Cakes

Artichoke and Spinach Dip

Chile con Queso

Texas Chocolate Cake

Margaret’s Chocolate Chip Cookies


For the items I’d made in advance such as butternut squash turnovers, zucchini cakes and mini mac and cheeses, I threw them on cookie sheets and heated them in the oven for 10-15 minutes at 350.  I also rediscovered the warming drawer in the bottom of the oven!


Because most of this food is pretty substantial, I also put out some hummus with red peppers and carrot sticks for dipping and some strawberries for dessert, just to have something fresh.


I also had fun with and maybe went a little overboard with these little ceramic placetiles from Crate and Barrel.  You can write on them with a dry erase marker.  Lots of fun.  Like getting set free with a label machine.  The party was fun and I wish I’d taken more pictures when everyone was there, but I got too busy talking!

Reader's Comments

  1. I enjoy you because of all your valuable hard work on this web site. Ellie delights in managing internet research and it is easy to understand why. A lot of people learn all of the powerful manner you present functional tips through your blog and therefore strongly encourage contribution from others about this article then our own girl is undoubtedly discovering a whole lot. Take advantage of the rest of the year. You are always performing a tremendous job.

  2. I really wanted to compose a note so as to appreciate you for all the precious pointers you are showing at this site. My time intensive internet investigation has finally been rewarded with high-quality insight to share with my close friends. I would point out that most of us website visitors actually are undeniably fortunate to be in a fabulous website with very many perfect individuals with beneficial tips and hints. I feel very privileged to have discovered your entire webpages and look forward to many more enjoyable minutes reading here. Thanks a lot once again for a lot of things.

  3. order imdur 20mg sale tenormin 50mg tablet order tenormin 100mg for sale

  4. I together with my guys came looking through the best helpful tips found on your web blog then before long got a terrible feeling I never thanked the web blog owner for those strategies. Those young men ended up absolutely glad to read through all of them and now have sincerely been making the most of these things. Thank you for simply being quite thoughtful as well as for picking varieties of ideal useful guides millions of individuals are really eager to discover. Our own sincere regret for not expressing gratitude to you sooner.

  5. I precisely needed to say thanks yet again. I’m not certain what I would’ve made to happen without the actual creative ideas discussed by you concerning such theme. Completely was a real frightening condition in my position, nevertheless observing your specialised tactic you treated that made me to leap with gladness. I’m grateful for this help and thus have high hopes you comprehend what a powerful job your are getting into educating men and women with the aid of your website. Most probably you have never met all of us.

  6. I’m also writing to make you be aware of what a amazing discovery my wife’s girl enjoyed browsing yuor web blog. She noticed so many issues, including what it’s like to possess a marvelous teaching style to get other individuals without difficulty know just exactly selected advanced matters. You truly did more than her expectations. I appreciate you for offering the effective, healthy, explanatory and also cool guidance on your topic to Janet.

  7. I wish to show some appreciation to the writer just for bailing me out of this matter. After searching throughout the internet and obtaining tips which are not productive, I believed my life was well over. Being alive minus the answers to the difficulties you’ve resolved by way of this article is a serious case, as well as ones that would have in a wrong way affected my entire career if I hadn’t come across your site. Your personal talents and kindness in playing with all areas was excellent. I’m not sure what I would have done if I had not come across such a point like this. I am able to now look ahead to my future. Thanks for your time so much for this impressive and result oriented help. I won’t hesitate to refer your blog post to any person who needs to have guide on this problem.

  8. I simply wanted to thank you so much once more. I’m not certain the things I might have taken care of in the absence of these smart ideas shown by you over my area of interest. It actually was a very intimidating case in my view, nevertheless being able to see a new expert tactic you managed it forced me to weep for contentment. Extremely happier for this information and as well , wish you are aware of an amazing job your are providing educating many people all through your blog post. Most likely you haven’t encountered any of us.

  9. I want to express my thanks to this writer for rescuing me from this type of condition. Just after looking throughout the online world and seeing ideas that were not powerful, I believed my life was done. Existing devoid of the approaches to the difficulties you have resolved all through this short article is a serious case, as well as the ones that would have negatively affected my entire career if I had not discovered your web page. That talents and kindness in controlling every item was important. I am not sure what I would have done if I hadn’t come upon such a solution like this. I’m able to now look forward to my future. Thanks a lot so much for the skilled and results-oriented help. I will not be reluctant to recommend your web blog to anyone who desires recommendations about this matter.

  10. slots real money buy cytotec 200mcg online buy misoprostol pill

  11. orlistat cost purchase lioresal generic baclofen pill

  12. tizanidine drug buy generic propranolol reglan uk

  13. purchase viagra generic cialis 5mg canada buy tadalafil 20mg pill

  14. online casino essay writing buy an essay online cheap

  15. help with essays cialis 5mg sale tadalafil online order

  16. imuran for sale buy lanoxin 2250 mg micardis drug

  17. order molnunat 200mg sale cost lansoprazole buy lansoprazole 15mg pills

  18. imuran 100 mcg us order adalat 10mg order pyridium 200 mg online

  19. order acetazolamide for sale order singulair 5mg singulair uk

  20. order lopressor generic cost lopressor levitra pills

  21. ventolin without prescription synthroid 100mcg generic buy triamcinolone online

  22. zovirax 800mg generic zovirax 400mg canada order aceon pill

  23. fexofenadine 120mg pill azelastine uk buy panadol generic

  24. oxcarbazepine for sale uroxatral cheap buy rosuvastatin online

  25. buy zetia without prescription oral tetracycline baclofen 25mg without prescription

  26. tizanidine online order real viagra 100mg tadalafil 5mg brand

  27. atorvastatin 20mg cheap buy atenolol 100mg pills pregabalin ca

  28. order desloratadine pill order asacol 800mg online cheap buy asacol 800mg for sale

  29. buy avapro 150mg online cheap purchase famotidine generic pepcid 40mg price

  30. purchase prograf pill tacrolimus online tricor price

  31. colchicine 0.5mg without prescription inderal 20mg usa brand clopidogrel 150mg

  32. altace 5mg drug cordarone drug coreg 6.25mg without prescription

  33. oxybutynin 5mg canada oxybutynin 2.5mg ca order nitrofurantoin 100 mg pills

  34. motrin sale order motrin 600mg generic order calcitriol pills

  35. order zyban 150 mg generic oral cyclobenzaprine order sildenafil pill

  36. methotrexate 5mg drug metoclopramide 10mg tablet cost cozaar 25mg

Leave a Comment