Our first community dinner went off fabulously! We worked and sweated to get this place looking cleaner and tidier than it ever has and we were very pleased with our results. It’s not perfect but it sure was pretty. Oh and dinner was pretty rocking too.
Menu for the evening was as follows:
*Dani’s Famous Tomatillo Pork Burritos
*Homemade Refried Beans
*Fresh Garden Salad
*Mexican Chocolate Pots De Creme
The Sangria was delightful…We used two jars of the Peach Pit and Peel Syrup I made last year, a box of red wine, fresca, and a mix of fresh and frozen fruit.
I couldn’t resist adding my girly DIY touch to the tables. Baby food jars, garden twine, beans, flowers and tealights make a pretty cute and cheap center piece. Although the beans in the water swelled up the next day ha!
We strung the party lights the opposite direction then we had them and it added much better light to the evening.
And our newest additions to the garden, the two beautiful tiki torches mom got us, worked wonderfully to help keep the bugs at bay until it really started getting dark. I have always loved the fancy metal tiki torches but they are 5 times the price of the cheapo wood ones so I never have been able to justify them. But you know how moms are 🙂
We actually plated the whole meal and served it to everyone just because it wasn’t really a self serve kind of dish. We were happy to do it for everyone but I think next time we are going for a more homey serve yourself kind of feel.
We smoked the meat first in Applewood chips and then slow cooked it for over 7 hours. It was heavenly.
I made mass quantities of everything unintentionally. Figuring out this whole cooking for a crowd thing is going to take some time. I used 6 cups of beans and 6 cups of rice and it made WAY more than what we needed for 12 people.
Noah was the star of the night as usual, hamming it up with all the ladies.
We also made quick work of his portion of beans, rice and meat with enthusiastic approval.
Happy full people are always good to have around 🙂
The seating wasn’t our ideal setup unfortunately but it worked for the evening. One long center table is much more of what we would like it to be setup as it felt a little broken up and separate with everyone at different tables. And of course real tablecloths and tables and our own set of chairs or benches (we borrowed 8 from a friend and stole our kitchen chairs!) are definitely on our needs list.
But as we always do and tell people….don’t wait to do what you want to do until everything is perfect or you won’t ever do it! We have entertained at this house from pretty much Day 1 and you know what? Nobody has ever complained that our house wasn’t finished, or that our chairs didn’t match or that our table was a couple of saw horses with plywood on top. They did say how much fun they had, how good the food was and how soon they would be coming back.
The salad was straight from the garden as were the cucumbers.
Dessert was fabulous. I threw in some Garam Marsala powder with the mexican chocolate and it really made it pop!
We can’t wait for our next dinner night! Be sure to check our Facebook page frequently to see if we have another one on the books and get your seats reserved! Word on the street is Kevin is drooling over a Fried Green Tomato BLT recipe right now so its highly possible that will be coming soon! If you aren’t on Facebook and want to be on the email mailing list please leave your email in your comment below stating so 🙂