Yay! It’s Show & Tell Tuesday!
Twice a month, Andrea hosts a link up where we show and tell you something. Today’s topic: Grownup Parties.
Now, I love hosting grownups at my house (and do so quite often!), but as soon as I saw the topic for today, my very favorite grownup party immediately came to mind…
MY ANNUAL RECIPE EXCHANGE!!
Every December, I host a group of girlfriends for a recipe exchange and it is hands down my favorite grown up party. Take a look at last year’s…
…we did appetizers (again…because seriously, it’s our FAVE!) along with making it an ugly sweater contest too.
I bought my sweater off of Etsy and my turtleneck from kmart.com :).
I took a few pics right before everyone showed up. I use these little Christmas tree holders for everyone’s food. We all eat and then we vote on the best recipe.
My napkins make me happy!
The calm before the crazy fun storm!
Here’s where we voted!
I always print off all of the recipes for everyone to take home with them along with a party favor.
I always make a little dessert to go with our appetizers. Recipe HERE.
Now, I took a picture of Sheaffer’s recipe when she brought it in because HOLY PRESENTATION! And guess what? SHE WON! We all voted and her recipe won in a landslide! You can see the recipe HERE because you all need to make this winning recipe ASAP!
We all took the obligatory serious picture…
…and then we took our crazy silly picture with Lisa front and center because her ugly sweater won. It was FANTASTIC! My favorite part? Her hubby made it for her while she was at work that day.
So, if you want to host a recipe exchange, this is how I do it:
1: Everyone emails me their recipe in advance and I compile I little booklet of all of them.
2: Everyone brings their prepared dish the night of the party.
3: We eat, eat, eat and then vote on our favorite (the winner gets a prize!).
4: Everyone leaves with a party favor and a copy of the recipe booklet.
5: I always provide drinks and dessert to round things out.
Many years ago, I started incorporating canned food as well. Everyone brings cans and then we donate them to the food bank here in town. I always offer a gift for the most cans. Last year, Narci had this in her trunk…
…so we didn’t even make her take them out of her car. Andrew went and got them at the end of the party and took everything to the food pantry the next day. Narci owns the canned food portion of the party 😉 .
So, that my friends…is basically my favorite night of the year. It’s always so much fun!!
You do NOT have to make this a holiday party. You can have your friends over now and celebrate (maybe with spring/summer/grill food!?!). In my opinion, some fun summer recipe exchange ideas include: pasta salads, salads, side dishes to go with grilled food, light desserts, things off the grill, patriotic recipes (for your Red, White and Blue holidays), back to school recipes, lunchbox ideas, etc.
Every year, we have more and more fun with this!
So, now I’m off to read about everyone else’s favorite grownup parties!
To see what’s coming up on Show & Tell Tuesday, look below…
Next time, we’re sharing a trip down memory lane!
And to see other Show & Tell posts from last year or the year before…
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Tomorrow’s bonus question is…WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SPRING/SUMMER SHOE?
See you then!