Hosting parties is one of my favorite things to do, I get a jolt of excitement when I see my creation come to life and people enjoying themselves. Although I love it, it's a ton of work between planning and prepping everything. Basically it's a lot of stress that comes along with it, especially during the holidays. So this time of the year I like to keep things as simple as I possibly can when planning a party.
This Thanksgiving we decided to host a little get together with a few family members. But instead of having your traditional Thanksgiving with turkey and stuffing (because we hate those leftovers that linger around for weeks! Ain't no body wanna eat all that), we agreed to have 5 different meals in the form of small plates. My husband recently started experimenting in the kitchen with different foods and especially with his creativity when it comes to those foods. In fact, thanks to these damn chef shows we ended up buying all new pots and pans.... which weren't cheap *sigh*. Anyways, he wanted our Thanksgiving menu to represent different regions of the country so you got a little taste of the entire US.
We had a menu printed with each dish so everyone would know exactly what each course was and what was coming next, which everyone loved by the way! It actually made a great social media reference too when people posted pictures, hehe. Anyways, It's in my nature to dress it up a little so I made super easy and simple Dried Oranges (Click here for step by step instructions) to dress it up a little bit.
Now let's talk about the simplicity of our decor. I did an easy, cheap, 5 minute set up for under $7 and some things I had laying around the house. I picked up these small ceramic appetizer plates which were very basic and white (exactly what I was going for because I really wanted to food to stand out). They were .99 cents each at Walmart, which is a great price especially because they can be reused for everyday life or future gatherings. I used the normal square party napkins to wrap around the forks which I then tied with twine. I always have some type of greenery at my parties and this was no exception. I found a large bouquet of greenery at the Dollar Tree for $1 and cut off little pieces to stick inside the twine. I love how it adds a simple yet beautiful touch to the plates.
Now, moving onto the food. I have one word for our dinner and it's AMAZING. Everything was so beautifully cooked, elegantly plated and the flavors were out of this world. Someone call Masterchef because I think my husband should go on and win us some money haha! No, but seriously he did an amazing job and everyone loved it.
PAN SEARED SCALLOPS WITH A LEMON BASIL FOAM
SAUTEED PINK SHRIMP ON TOP OF A CRISPY POLENTA CAKE, CANDID BACON JAM AND A CREAMY CREOLE SAUCE
FILET MIGNON AND BROWN BUTTER GNOCCHI TOPPED WITH CHANTRELLE MUSHROOM SAUCE
COD CHEVICHE WITH TIGRE DE LECHE AND SWEET POTATO
BRINED DUCK BREAST WITH HABANERO CRANBERRY SAUCE AND CINNAMON PUMPKIN PUREE
Now it wouldn't be a proper post without some behind the scenes of my husband working his magic. I have to brag for a second when I say he was so calm, cool and collected while prepping and making everything on his own. Not one person helped or stood in his way. This was 100% his work and he did it all under 6 hours (1 course every hour). YOU DA BOMB!
There ya have it! A little peak into our Thanksgiving! In all honesty, I think were going to have every gathering similar to this. Drinks flowing, conversation sparking and tons of food cooking; Just the way we like it!