Brainstorming Menus

I'm not (yet) often a hostess of a dinner party, shower, or get-together.  So, when the opportunity comes up - and it's not something as big as Thanksgiving, which I'm all over - I find myself scrambling to come up with a suitable and not-too-large menu.  Next week I have two new friends coming over for an afternoon get-together.  My dilemma arises in that it's too late for lunch (3:45PM), and too early for dinner - so I want something light and snacky, but still enjoyable.... and maybe even a little impressive. ;)

Both of these friends have already hosted.  The first host served a chicken salad, italian-style bread, and a caprese-spinach salad.  The second host served a grilled chicken salad, pita chips and hummus, veggies and dip, and sliced oranges.  So - what do I do?  Luckily, I have a week to figure it out... but I'd appreciate some input. :)

Here's what I'm thinking of so far...

-Something with veggies
          --ribboned asparagus salad? maybe a veggie platter?  maybe some kind of salad?
-Something with fruit
          --roasted strawberry crostini w/ basil & goat cheese, my friend Julia's strawberry fruit tarts, lemony olive oil banana bread, sugar-crusted blueberry quick bread, or a simple fruit salad?
-Something else
          --homemade hummus & pita chips, a cracker and cheese platter? Would smoothies be weird?

Now remember, this is only for three people, but I'll probably have the leftovers for dinner, so I guess this menu needs to feed four people for an afternoon snack/light dinner.  What do you guys think?

Comments

  1. Oh, I love this game!

    What about a light flatbread or pizza. Maybe a ribboned asparagus pizza or something small? You could even serve a gazpacho (for some reason cold foods always seem lighter than their hot counterparts).

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  2. Fun! Make the fruit tarts, you will be SO happy! They are totally delicious and WAY (subtly) impressive :)

    I think smoothies sounds like an awesome idea! A little flat bread pizza (like pesto, tomatoes, cheese) fruit tarts, a smoothie, and some water. DELISH!

    Sounds like your having fun making friends out there! Loved this post!

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  3. Oh... and one more- a salad that I KNOW you'll love- Spinach, dried cranberries, mandarin oranges, chopped walnuts. Either poppyseed dressing, or strawberry wine dressing (can't remember the name)

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