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Housewarming Party Menu

Hi ladies,

We're having an open house to show off our new digs on Sunday, October 9. The invite has it from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. (so def. not meal time at all) and says "open house style" and "light refreshments will be served." I tried to make it as clear as possible that there wouldn't be a meal and that it was supposed to be stop by/say hi more than anything else.

I'm trying to come up with a menu, but I do have a bit of a sticking point. I'm pescatarian; my husband is lacto-ovo vegetarian. My husband is very, very, very, very against serving meat in our home, especially cooked meat which causes the place to smell.

So, with this in mind, I want to make sure that our veg-only spread of "light refreshments" still has enough variety to please many guests. Here's what I was thinking:

Appetizers:

Veggie tray with dip (ranch) 

Spinach dip

Hummus trio 

Crackers 

Pita Chips

Fruit tray

Skewers (Italian - Marinated Tortellini + Olives and Mushrooms)

Olive & Pickles tray (or Relish tray, I guess some people call it)

Chex Mix

Desserts: 

Small dishes of candy (probably M&Ms)

Chocolate chip cookies

Peanut butter cookies

Drinks:

Water

Lemonade

Iced Tea

Coffee (Keurig pods - lots of choices)

Favors:

House + Heart shaped sugar cookies in cellophane bags with decorative "thank you" tags

Does that seem like enough? We sent invites to friends/family all over the country because it was also our "We've Moved; Here's Our New Address" card, but we're not expecting out-of-towners. We are thinking our total will probably be between 50-80 guests (80 would be the total if every single "in town" person, which is basically a three mile radius, showed up. That number is including kids ages 1-7).

Any substitutions, eliminations, or additions (remember, vegetarian only!) would be very helpful. Thanks!

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  • I'm afraid I'm not familiar with lacto-ovo vegetarians, but if your husband would be ok with it being present, I think cheese would be a welcome addition to your menu. 

    I don't think you need favors for an open house at all, unless you're just dying to.  They're not expected in any way for this type of event. 

  • It's a lot of dips.  I'd probably get rid of at least one dip.  Since you are pescatarian would you consider some sort of shrimp/crab spread or smoked salmon?  Deviled eggs might also be a nice option or just some chunks of cheese? 

    Also, if you have a real coffee pot or can borrow one I would.  I'd bet there are a lot of people that don't know how to use a keurig (I'm one).  You know your crowd, but we'd also want some beer and wine.

  • A cheese plate/tray is a great idea. I'm also adding bowls of mixed nuts to the list.

    Unfortunately, most of my family hates fish (weirdos), so a shrimp or crab dip would probably go untouched.

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  • I'm also a vegetarian and never serve meat in my house (partly because I don't know how to cook it and don't want to give anyone food poisoning).
    With all your dips- do you have any crusty bread?
    I agree with cheese- maybe a cheese platter with a few different kids of cheese, crackers and grapes. Or even add a second skewer with tomatoes, mozarella, basil drizzled with basalmic. 
    I do not understand the pickles and olives tray. Is this common around you?especially since you already have an olive item.  
    I do not think you need favors.
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  • I would add something like a veggie/cheese pinwheels platter.  I agree with pp that you have too much "dipping" stuff and I think you need something more substantial people can add to a plate.  You could also do mini cucumber sandwiches.  You spread cream cheese on a mini piece of rye bread and just add a sliced cucumber on top.  

    I also think these spinach roll ups would be a good finger food.

    http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/make-ahead-spinach-phyllo-roll-ups-62581.aspx

     

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  • I feel like you are missing some protein - even if it is tofu (but I am not familiar with your preferences, so maybe this is also out of the question?)

  • I wondered about the keurig. We're having a housewarmign the first week of November and I thought about having people get coffee from our tassimo coffee maker but then I kept thinking there would be a line for coffe or some people are not familiar and wondered if I should get a carafe.

    Glad I read this post.

     

    For poster I agree maybe loose a dip and put in cheese.

     

     

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    It's a lot of dips.  I'd probably get rid of at least one dip.  Since you are pescatarian would you consider some sort of shrimp/crab spread or smoked salmon?  Deviled eggs might also be a nice option or just some chunks of cheese? 

    Also, if you have a real coffee pot or can borrow one I would.  I'd bet there are a lot of people that don't know how to use a keurig (I'm one).  You know your crowd, but we'd also want some beer and wine.

  • I'm also a vegetarian and we never prepare/serve meat in our house.  Food at our parties includes things like pasta salad (hot or cold), empanadas, a caserole like Tuscan pie, "meatball" sliders, anything really. 

    Although you've made it clear that a meal won't be served doesn't mean you can't serve something that would normally constitute a meal, kwim?  If you have an entree type thing available with your other items, and it's a walk-around/meet-and-greet kind of event, people will take smaller than entree sized portions (at least, in my experience).

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    I feel like you are missing some protein - even if it is tofu (but I am not familiar with your preferences, so maybe this is also out of the question?)

    This.  I was going to suggest adding some nuts since I'm not familiar with your preferences, but someone suggested deviled eggs also and either would be a great option.

  • Thanks for the suggestions, everyone! I'll report back in two weeks with party details and (hopefully) success stories. Smile
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  • I went to a party and they had a "popcorn bar" that was really fun! Make the toppings/sprinkles diet friendly to your lifestyle. (cheese, garlic olive oil, cocoa/cin powders. She had the popcorn in huge glass jars and had fun bags to fill will your fixings. It was cool and very budget friendly.
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