When I was in my twenties (and dating an older gentleman:), I threw parties at my shoebox apartment all the time. We’d open a bag of chips and ask friends to bring a drink to share. It was all very “cheap and cheerful,” as my Welsh friend says. But then we had babies, and work got busy, and we ended up taking a hiatus. Until recently! Here’s are our four steps to easy dinner parties these days…
1. order a deli lasagna
2. make the simplest salad
3. guests bring wine
4. ice cream for dessert
Last Friday evening, Alex put on Love’s Forever Changes, and I lit a few tea lights while trying to convince the boys not to blow them out. We threw random toys in a bin, but otherwise didn’t tidy up that much, since a) we didn’t have time, and b) no one cares. (Remember this funny article?)
We ordered a pre-made lasagna from our local Italian store (an idea I had first discovered on Momfilter). We picked it up fully cooked and then just heated it up in the oven before serving. You can also get yummy ones from Fresh Direct.
Our snacks to start were: olives, red grapes, prosciutto, fresh ricotta on baguette slices, and kettle chips (always and forever). We also made a simple Greek salad.
For dessert: Ice cream bars!!!!
As people starting arriving, Alex poured wine and mixed martinis. And the key to a truly easy dinner party? Text the invitation two days before. If two people can come, great; if ten people can come, great. Either way! Because TRYING TO SCHEDULE A DATE WITH A GROUP CAN KILL YOU.
The boys were allowed to stay up for a few minutes to say hello to the grown-ups (as always!) and three-and-three-quarters-year-old Anton impressed the crowd with handstands and “flips.”
That’s it! Always a really fun, chill night. How about you? I LOVE hearing dinner party ideas — please please share below! What do you serve? Any go-to meals or snacks? This always looked delicious.
(Photos by Ana Gambuto for Cup of Jo.)