O.K. I love giving parties. It's probably just because then I don't have to go to someone else's house and be social. I used to do all sorts of appetizers—some time consuming and complicated and needing exotic ingredients and lots of planning. Then I found that trying to do that with children could be a disaster so I moved to a downhome semi-potluck kind of thing where I would do a couple of appetizers with something hearty enough to also be a meal…..grilled chicken in warm weather….a sliced ham at the holidays, etc. Of course I always make my friend Ann bring the sweets. I can't compete with her.
Now I find that obsessing over the menu for months to be of great entertainment value to me. No matter that I end up serving pretty much the menu I think of right away—-I obsess and go through cookbooks and bother Ernie. I find this very enjoyable.
Our 20th Anniversary/Livingthehelloutofthepresent party has been moved up to late September…necessitating a different menu from the original November date. Now I KNOW that's three months away…but remember obsession is a hobby for me. So what do you think? I was thinking just appetizers this time—not a meal kind of thing. I like make-ahead—can't be fussing while people are here….
Give me some of your favorite appetizer ideas.
I MEAN it….none of this no commenting crap….(well except for you Annette)….