And I already have a special post planned for Monday (make sure to be back!), so that just left Sunday to post this. What a turn-around right? So I got busy and posted an open-invite on Facebook Thursday afternoon for some folks to come on over and eat. We ended up with 6 guests (including me and Andy), so it was just the perfect number to pull off something elegant and summery.
Another plus to this dinner party, was that I received a stipend from both Cost Plus World Market & Foodbuzz to decorate and provide the food for this shindig. Major score, right? So I headed to World Market on Friday night to grab some awesome outdoor decor & food platters. You can check out World Market's super cute and ever-changing outdoor line here through their eCatalog.
At first, I planned to make every part of this meal include red, white, and blue. And then actually having to sit down and think about it... I didn't want to just throw things together haphazardly. I wanted this dinner to be elegant. I wanted it to be unique. So I decided to incorporate the colors throughout the meal, sometimes separately, sometimes all together - in order to have a cohesive and delicious presentation. So without further ado... let's check out how the dinner party went!
The tablescape - I found the cutest table runner at World Market and it really gives a pop of color to the back deck. I kind of wish I bought solid colored plates, because you can't really see the clear ones very well, but they served their purpose. I guess I went really blue with the decor, but I thought everything really went well together.
And now to showcase the eats!
|Tri-Color Bell Pepper & Goat Cheese Crostinis|
These were one of the easiest appetizers to make - and they were a big hit!
|Grilled Tandoori Chicken Skewers... these are always a crowd fave, and the recipe can be found on my blog here|
|Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Blueberries, Cherry Tomatoes, & Halloumi Cheese|
I was originally going for a surf and turf type meal, but after looking for a recipe with a blueberry reduction, I just kept finding pork recipes! I guess pigs live on the "turf" too, so in a way, I guess it still is surf and turf!
|Isn't this the cutest serving platter ever?! Perfect for the pork chops!|
|Whole Foods was having a sale on the bone-in chops so it was just meant to be!|
|Everybody let me plate their dish (which I actually really enjoy doing!)|
|Good times definitely look like they are being had!|
And now on to dessert...
|My friend will probably kill me for putting this candid picture of her up here, but hey... she looks like she's enjoying this right?|
|The brownies went quick!|
|And a nice fruity cobbler to finish everything off|
I really want to thank my friends for coming over and experiencing this meal with me and allowing me to be my food blogger self and take pictures of the dinner! Hope you guys enjoyed the meal as much as Andy and I did!
So although I didn't have any meals that were all red, white, and blue... I think I did a pretty good job showcasing the colors in a cohesive and delicious menu. I was really on the lookout for purple/blue potatoes, but my go-to places in Louisville were all out! Maybe next time =)
And don't worry... I'll be posting some recipes of some of the eats from tonight later on this week - anything you guys are dying for the recipe of? I'll post whatever is the most popular!
*Thanks to Cost Plus World Market & the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program for letting this all happen. I was granted a monetary stipend to conduct this post, but all opinions and recipes shared in this post are my own.