After some great success with a lavender and blueberry sauce I was thinking it would be fun to have a whole party based around flower/flowering food and drink. I've got blooming flower tea and rose-infused vodka on the list, and my local market occasionally sells edible flowers around this time of year - but what are some other flower-based dishes I should be looking at? What should I be looking out for in terms of safety and not accidentally poisoning my guests? What kind of springtime courses would be in season? (For the sake of my sanity I'm going to try for buffet style small plates) And is there anyplace online or in the NYC area that specializes in edible flowers? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk
on Apr 12, 2014 -
I have parties at my home frequently (dinner parties and otherwise). Depending on what we are drinking, our glasses are either regular drinking glasses (tumblers) or wine glasses. The problem is that people easily lose track of which glass is theirs, especially if they move around. What's a nice elegant way to prevent this problem? [more inside]
posted by ElEmigrante
on Mar 31, 2014 -
Say I'm in the SF downtown area or thereabouts (I'm visiting, my geography is vague), what might be a nice local item to take to a dinner party as a gift (on a modest budget)? it could be dessert, it could be some kind of liquor, it could be some other snacks... thanks for any suggestions!
posted by zresearch
on Feb 26, 2014 -
My wife and I really like cooking elaborate multi-course meals for guests. We are advanced home cooks, and greatly enjoy being in the kitchen. However, our kitchen is not lavish, and of course time is limited. What are your go-to recipes that can be prepared in advance (ideally, the weekend before and frozen) and then finished or reheated for a really excellent dinner party? Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock
on Feb 18, 2014 -
I went to a dinner party the other night and was totally miserable. I literally had nothing to say the whole night. I'm going to another one this weekend and I need something to talk about. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jun 26, 2013 -
A fairly wealthy client has invited me and my boss over for dinner. I'd like to take a gift to say thank you. The catch is, he doesn't drink booze and can't eat sugary foods.
Any ideas what I could bring? Food and non-food ideas welcomed. Looking to spend not more than $30.
posted by Conductor71
on May 8, 2013 -
How can I keep hamburgers and hotdogs warm after grilling and how can I melt cheese on burgers that are kept warm but not hot? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild
on Mar 23, 2013 -
So a little while ago I invited my supervisor over for dinner with his partner at my little studio in a couple of weeks and it just occurred to me, I've never actually done this kind of thing before and I'm not entirely sure I know how. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb
on Jan 30, 2013 -
Hey, what should I cook for dinner tonight?
Okay, I apologize in advance for asking this question. I know questions like it have been asked many, many times before. But I'm suffering from brain freeze brought on by an over abundance of options and lack of time.
Specific requirements inside. Thank you for looking at my ridiculous question. [more inside]
posted by quietshout
on Jun 18, 2012 -
"Informal" dress code. "But you still should... you know, dress up." What do I wear?! [more inside]
posted by AmandaA
on Jun 4, 2012 -
My flatmate and I belong to a very informal supper club, and it has fallen on us to prepare this Friday's meal. The theme... is synesthesia. Help us make this an unforgettable (and delicious) experience! [more inside]
posted by Chichibio
on Mar 5, 2012 -
My roommates and I would love to throw a dinner party that involves "difficult food." We're thinking of warm-ups like corn on the cob and bobbing for apples, maybe moving onto very tall sandwiches and artichokes. Maybe for dessert, a king cake with way too many kings. Any more ideas for food that's particularly difficult (and amusing) to eat?
posted by lauranesson
on Jan 7, 2012 -
What would you serve at a dinner party featuring food that is on fire? [more inside]
posted by rosa
on Jun 14, 2011 -
I was invited to a dinner party, but don't know the host. What do I bring to thank them for inadvertently having me? [more inside]
posted by patientpatient
on Oct 10, 2010 -
I'm having a thematic dinner party for 12 in honor of Don't Step On A Bee Day (July 10.) The theme is honey. I think I'm going to make BBQ honey chicken for dinner -- and carve up honeydew, too. But if you have any honey-themed recipes that are amazing -- or know of any honey/bee songs to play during dinner, please share them here. [more inside]
posted by melodykramer
on Jul 6, 2010 -
How much food do I need for 14 or 15 people for dinner? I know what I want to cook, but am not sure how much of each dish I should prepare. [more inside]
posted by AnnaRat
on May 11, 2009 -
I will be hosting a Japanese dinner party on Sunday night. What should my main course be? [more inside]
posted by indiebass
on Feb 28, 2008 -
It's time, once again, for a menu idea for an annual potluck at my house. Past successes have included veggie lasagne, rice noodles w/ peanut sauce, chicken/spinach curry, potroast, chicken wings, potatoes au gratin, corn pudding.
Health conscious, veggie friendly, no red meat (the potroast was popular, but I made a nonmeat alternative, and that's a lot of extra work). Preferably not incredibly untidy to eat, as it's buffet and laps. No Canned "Cream of" Soups. Money is not unlimited, so no lobster or caviar. I like to cook, but nothing terribly complicated. @ 15 people. [more inside]
posted by theora55
on Nov 29, 2006 -
If you could invite *anyone* from all of history to your house for dinner, who would you invite, and why? Further details, and reasons why this isn't chatfilter: [more inside]
posted by mdonley
on Nov 3, 2006 -
Dinner Parties! I'm looking for impressive recipes. How did you last knock your guests' socks off? A few minor restrictions and links to previous great threads inside. [more inside]
posted by CunningLinguist
on Nov 27, 2005 -
EtiquetteFilter: An undergraduate professor of mine invited his entire class to a traditional Indian dinner at his house tonight. It is somewhat mandatory, as we will lose points on our final paper if we don't show up. Should I bring a gift, and if so, what?
Dinner is in 1 hour, so hurry please!
posted by muddgirl
on Apr 27, 2005 -