|My son and his girlfriend Jennica|
My son’s girlfriend Jennica’s birthday was coming up in June, so she asked me if we could have a party in our barn. We hashed over a few ideas, and came up with an Italian Dinner Party theme.
We searched the web for ideas, decorations and food because although I have had people over for dinner, and hosted larger Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners, I have not had a semi-formal dinner party in a barn!
Jennica and I decided to keep it simple: Appetizers, wine, salad, garlic bread, the main dish and desserts.
Please keep in mind this party can also be in your backyard under a shade tree, on the patio or even indoors!
Jennica started out with an invitation list of 16, enlarged it to 20 and ended up with 18 guests for dinner.
She also wanted an after dinner party bonfire for friends who couldn't make it to the dinner.
Because Jennica is only home from college on the weekends, I was left to my own devices to come up with more party ideas, be them good or bad!
I decided to use actual china or stoneware dishes, but not my own. Having the dinner party in the barn did not sound good for my dinner plate's health. And I could not expect a bunch of 20 something college students not to break one or two.
We searched second hand stores and yard sales and were able to find 25 plus white china plates of various patterns, but all white and mismatched silverware and wine glasses for the needed amount of table settings . The total cost for all was under $25.00.
|Tables all set and ready for dinner|
(She didn't know about it).
I decided to hang Christmas lights from the rafters, which along with the candles gave the barn a warm glow.
Just a note here: We do not ever allow fire or smoking in our barn, just too much risk since we have straw and hay stored in one stall.
So if you decide to do this, make sure the candles are in fire safe containers and well away from children!
(I know, danger issues)
|Italian Barn Party!|
Cucumber sandwiches, which are amazing,
Bite-size garlic bread and
These appetizers are extremely easy to make, delicious and look great!
For the garlic bread, after baking, I cut the loafs into small pieces and arranged on a serving dish, which was covered with a red and white cloth.
Just slide a small cube of cheese, a slice of pepperoni and an olive or tomato onto a party toothpick, viola!
We used mozzarella and cheddar cheese, black and green olives, cherry tomatoes and prepackaged slices of pepperoni, and mixed them up.
Recipe for Cucumber Sandwiches
Sliced cucumbers (leave skins on)
1 package Softened Cream cheese
1 package powdered Italian dressing mix
About 1 Tablespoon Milk
Party-sized pumpernickel bread
*The taste of these will surprise you, even if you're not particularly fond of cucumbers. Because they have more of a pickle - cream cheese flavor than cucumber flavor.
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|The mustaches were a hit!|
I wanted a little fun added to the party, so again searched the web for ideas.
I came across this website; Poofy Cheeks, and directions on how to make Mario Mustaches.
What a hit these were!
To make, I folded black scrapbooking paper in half and cut out 2 mustaches at the same time, then glued them back to back onto a popsicle stick. (Poofy Cheeks directions are much better than mine).
These don’t have to be perfect, no one will notice if their uneven, (as I found out), because they’re having too much fun with them!
For the table decorations: We covered the tables with white tablecloths, then used red and white checkered material from the fabric store to add the Italian feel.
|Spaghetti with meat sauce and salad|
Dinner was Spaghetti with meat sauce, toss salads and garlic bread.
For salads, I cut up lettuce, used packaged shredded vegetables and cherry tomatoes cut in half. I think dressing is the key to a great salad so: Olive Garden’s Salad Dressing supplied by Jennica’s grandmother.
We set up our Camp Chef Grill in the barn to boil the noodles when it was time to eat.
|Brownies w/ powdered sugar & strawberries|
For dessert there was a selection of:
Homemade Blackberry Cobbler, (one of our favorites) Italian Cream Cake and Double Chocolate Dessert with Strawberries, although I don't think any of the chocolate dessert made it pass dinner.
After dinner more of Jennica and Daniel’s friends arrived to enjoy music, we moved tables for dancing and ended the party late in the night roasting hot dogs and marshmallows over the campfire.
Jennica is already talking about having a 4th of July party!
It's lots of fun having a themed party!
More ideas for hosting an Italian Dinner Party:
Homemade Italian Meatball recipe
Toinette's Homemade Limoncello
Growing your own garlic
Hosting an Old Fashion Dinner Party
|The kids having fun helping with decorations|
|Even the doggies got in on the fun!|