Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Last minute soirée

As one of my fellows secondees will soon be returning to his firm, and as I will shortly be returning to mine, we stagiaires decided to have a soirée in a bar or something, to be together and celebrate.

Tomorrow there is some rugby or football game on (I never know these things) so it then became important to go to a bar with a television. The girls didn't want anywhere too rowdy, I'm not much of a drinker and need food pretty much straight after work (and the whole time during work) so I decided to invite everyone over to my house. I get to prepare lots of yummy food, be in my house (I'm such a home hermit - I love it) and have everyone round. I'm excited!

But I have to prepare a menu. Since it's last-minute I'm not going to do a whole feast or sit down dinner or chic array of canapés. What I'm after is something fun and easy!

Here are my current ideas. If you have any fool-proof easy crowd-pleasers please do share!

- mini pizzas
- mini goats cheese and pepper tarts
- chicken skewers with satay sauce
- feta, cucumber and tomato skewers
- fish goujons in breadcrumbs
- vegetable spring rolls
- egg sandwiches
- crudités dip
- crisps
- olives
- brownies
- cookies
- fruit


Pearl said...

sounds like the perfect plan!

have you ever made bacon wrapped jalapenos?

or bacon wrapped dates?

i heard those were hits, too!

jesse said...

Ahh, I hope you have tons of fun Vanessa! How bout dessert items, like little puff pastries filled with bananas and a dollop of Nutella? Can't think of anything that'll be simpler than that!

emlizalmo said...

Oh my gosh...I would LOVE to be at that party! All the goodies sound fabulous! Here is one of my favorites:

Mediterranean Salsa with Crostini

32 (1/4 inch thick) slices French bread
nonstick cooking spray

6 Italian plum tomatoes, finely chopped
1 T chopped fresh parsley
1 c finely chopped fresh mushrooms
2 tsp dried basil leaves
2 T sliced green onions
¼ tsp salt
1 (4 ¼ oz) can chopped ripe olives, drained
1 T balsamic vinegar
1 (6 oz) jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and finely chopped

Heat oven to 325. Line cookie sheet with foil. Place bread slices on sheet; spray lightly with cooking spray. Bake for 6-9 minutes or until crisp. Place crostini on wire rack; cool completely. Meanwhile, combine all salsa ingredients; toss gently to mix. Let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes to blend flavors, or refrigerate until serving time. Serve salsa with crostini.

Sara said...

One of my favorites is fruit and nut brie. Take a piece of brie, slice in half, and fill with chopped pecans, chopped dried apricots and dried cranberries. Put the top half back on, decorate with fruits and nuts and serve. Super easy and delicious!

Mara (The Wedding Cabaret) said...

great list!! yum!