Sunday, June 12, 2011

Red, White, & Blue Dinner Party

If you guys hadn't noticed, I didn't do a post on Friday.  I decided to take the day off.  Why?  Well, Thursday afternoon, I got an e-mail from Foodbuzz's Tastemaker Program that my proposal for a "Red, White, & Blue-themed Dinner Party" was accepted... and I had to post it by Monday June 13th.  So yeah, needless to say, this girl has been busy planning, cooking, and writing this blog post! 

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
 Both desserts were topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, because hey... sometimes you can't have dessert without a little bit of ice cream to go with it!

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. 


  1. WOW! How exciting!! These photos are BEAUTIFUL :)

  2. Looks like you had beautiful day for it too! GREG

  3. This is so cool and I think you did a great job! Love the candid pictures here. Fruit cobbler?! I've been craving it lately. Oy.... ;)have a blessed day Peggy!

  4. It looks delicious! Great pictures and I really love the yellow serving platter :)

    Grtz from Holland

  5. Wow, Peggy!
    The menu and dinner looks fantastic! I'm looking forward on seeing what's on tomorrow's post. Thanks for sharing your great pics, and can't wait to check out the recipes! :)

  6. The party must have been super. Nothing like great food and friends! Thanks for sharing all these wonderful pictures-to be honest I cannot choose, so please post all the recipes-yum!

  7. My what a lovely dinner patry. Well done.

  8. WONDERFUL!!.....I love everything!! yummy!!.......Abrazotes, Marcela

  9. What fun, the food looks divine, I'm salivating!!! Love, love the crustini's!

  10. the pig serving platter made me laugh. So cool.

    Congrats on being picked to host a dinner, everything looks amazing. Love the red-white-blue theme, so American ;;)
    Thanks for sharing, hope you'll have a wonderful day

  11. Impressive! Awesome job on everything!

  12. Gorgeous looking spread Peggy.. Congrats on being picked dear...

  13. What a perfectly planned party! I loved that you used all the fresh in season berries too. Great job in the planning and the execution!

  14. Lovely party! Everything looks just delicious, it truly does :)

    I want that cute piggie platter!

  15. You've done a fabulous job! What a spread :) Very impressive, Peggy! Those chops look fabulous... and I LOVE that adorable platter! It is so cute! Thanks for sharing & congrats on being chosen!

  16. Oh Yum! Everything looks great. Beautiful work, Peggy!

  17. omy goodness...looks ur awesome presentation..Am already following u..:)
    do stop by mine sometime..

    Tasty Appetite

  18. Wow, it all looks so good!! :-)


  19. Loves your dining table!
    having meal while enjoying the sunshine sounds great! :)
    & thats prawn looks tempting ;)

  20. This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing the pictures and recipes!

  21. Great party! Loved the pictures - everything looks delicious!

  22. i am so impressed! so cute!

    i will definitely be using some of these recipes and theme for fourth of july!

  23. Peggy, sorry I finally had a time to come around. You had a fantastic party! I was all curious on weekends. ;-) You are such a short notice, you decorate the table and you cook all these good stuff! I can't pull it off.... I'm sure everyone enjoyed this meal! Can't wait to see the recipes. Good job!

  24. Kinda stinks that they give you such short notice (I'd been wondering about that). I like a week to plan means (even small ones) that have company involved - which is just silly cuz I should stick to my favorites. And yes! That is the coolest serving platter ever! Love it.

  25. It all looks absolutely fabulous! Beautiful pictures and food!



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