Dinner at the Dork's
September 27, 2011 9:47 AM Subscribe
Need menu ideas for casual-but-special food that can easily be eaten off paper plates held on laps.
posted by Serene Empress Dork to food & drink (25 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
Once or twice in the next few months we will be hosting three other couples at our apartment for a meal, and we are really not set up to do a sit-down dinner for eight. I don’t have enough dishes or flatware and I’d need to buy a card table and chairs in order to have enough table seating. However, all the couples will be taking turns hosting, and I suspect that we will be having the sit-down company dinner when we go to their homes.
It would be silly (and futile) to try and recreate the “dinner party” experience in our small, offbeat/eclectic apartment, but I would like to make sure my guests enjoy themselves and don’t feel like we half-assed our turn to host.
We’re planning to arrange seating around the living room and serve the meal buffet-style. I need some ideas for making the dinner nice and a little bit special even though it won’t be a sit-down meal. I especially need food ideas which:
Can easily be eaten one-handed off a paper plate (so no foods that require two hands to keep under control like sandwiches with drippy filling, corn on the cob, etc.)
Are not your basic “I need to feed a crowd on the cheap” budget party recipe (so no vats of sloppy joe or shredded chicken)
Will be finished cooking (if a hot dish) and ready to serve when the guests arrive
Are not “tricky” to make… I’m a decent cook but my skills are not what I would consider advanced
Appliances I own: oven with a four-burner range; microwave; crockpot; rice cooker; electric skillet. We do not have an outdoor grill.
I could also use some tips on creating a nice, welcoming ambience in our space. It’s not going to be a party atmosphere, just a pleasant meal and conversation with new friends. The other couples involved range from early 50’s to mid 60’s, if that makes any sort of difference, and seem like your average middle-to-upper-middle class folks.