While I have never hosted a real dinner party (except for my gourmet dinner night) I seem to throw a lot of showers. When you attend a shower at my home, (no matter the season or the time of day) you can always expect the exact same thing.
Photo of my kitchen before the food was put out. Notice the bazillian croissants in the background. We only ate a 1/3 of those.
The decor may change a bit but I will always serve chicken salad sandwiches on croissants with my favorite punch. Other guests bring the salads, chips and treats. Showers at my house are always open house style and there are never games. No one has to write in an advice book or give up an entire afternoon of their life they will never get back. (I'm not bitter or anything about showers I've been to in the past...)
Action shot from the beginning of the shower. I always wish I had more seating but I got over that a long time ago and do showers anyway.
Since it is October, I wanted the treat table to reflect the season without being too overtly Halloween. My candy jars came in handy as the perfect centerpiece.
Here is the recipe for my chicken salad. I know I didn't actually invent chicken salad, just like Al Gore didn't invent the Internet, but I did invent this chicken salad. It contains all my favorite things and none of the things I hate. Here it is:
1 10 oz can chicken, drained (from Costco)
1/4 cup chopped celery
1/3 cup low-fat mayo
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 cup sweet pickles
1/4 cup almonds
1/4 cup grapes halved
salt and pepper to taste
Combine and serve on croissants (from Costco)
And my favorite punch (from the Ivory cookbook):
In large punchbowl combine:
1 (2 liter) bottle Shasta Diet Grapefruit Soda (Fresca will do but Shasta is better)
1 (12 oz) can frozen white grape juice undiluted
1/2 bag Sonic ice
I usually double this. Mix with no water, just ice.