Last night we were excited to host our first big party at our house, and I promised Sara that I’d share the menu. It’s the first time I’ve hosted that many people (almost 50), and I have to say, we had a blast.
We spent a few nights slowly wrapping presents and decorating the tree and the mantels with holly, magnolia leaves, and hemlock branches from Mom & Dad’s yard, and we especially enjoyed these gorgeous red and white tulips, courtesy of Ryan and Sara. I never buy fresh flowers for the house and so they were such a treat.
We forgot to take pictures during the party, as we were busy filling drinks and socializing, but it reminded us of how many lovely people we’ve met in Knoxville, and how we’ve really started to make our home here. The only thing missing? My BFFs. I sure do wish we could’ve had you all there–I miss you guys, especially around the holidays.
I put some thought into making the menu budget-conscious and as easy as possible, so I’ll share below in case it helps anyone plan a big cocktail party in the future! I’ll post the recipes separately and link to them so they’re more easily searchable. Truly, you can spend a lot of time arranging items on a table, but none of these recipes took very much time, most of them could be made ahead, and you could take some additional shortcuts (buy already-baked rolls; store-bought hummus; etc.).
Happy holidays to everyone!
Cocktail Party Menu for 50
- Bourbon Marinated Pork Tenderloin with Mango-Ginger Chutney and Yeast Rolls
- Smoked Salmon with Green Onion Cream Cheese
- Cheese platter with Brie, Blue Cheese, Syrah Soaked Toscano, Marinated Feta, and Goat Cheese with Honey
- Saucisson with Dijon Mustard
- Pumpkin Hummus
- Horseradish Dill Yogurt Dip
- Assorted Crackers
- Sweet Potato Pie & Apple Galette
- Trader Joe’s Cookies
- Bourbon Milk Punch
- Wine & Beer