Girl’s Night Dinner Party

There are few things I love more than a great dinner party. I love the feeling of a busy home, great friends and the feeling of unity when everyone sits down to feast together! Especially as I get older (aka mature a little!!) I realize how important it is to have great women in my life. Why not throw together a soiree to celebrate just how awesome you all are, and lucky you are to have each other!

Usually, I try to have dinner parties on a weekend so I can have the day to prep the food and my house…but this one fell on a Thursday, so everyone pitched in. You would be surprised how easy a dinner party can come together with a little bit of planning. My friend Bev is really the queen of the planning. We usually leave it to her!

Instead of posting a recipe, I’m just going to give you some tips to pulling off a big dinner party like a pro.

Don't mind the stain on my shirt, hazards of the kitchen.

1. Play to your audience! Some of my girlfriends are vegan, some don’t do gluten. One is allergic to mushrooms, another one hates salmon. Try to keep in mind any allergies/dislikes when planning your menu.

2. Do as much prep as possible before your guests arrive. Then you get to hang, have a glass of wine and relax with everyone.

3. When you do your grocery shopping, pick up some fresh flowers. It brightens your home and gives your table a great pop of color!

4. If you are going to go the pot-luck route, like we did..do the updated pot-luck. Start an email chain between your guests and decide on a style of food. Then everything will go nicely together and you won’t end up with all different types of dishes.

5. Choose colorful dishes if possible. Some bright green veggies, roasted sweet potatoes…it will add to your decor.

6. Have fun! Don’t stress yourself out, everything doesn’t have to be perfect. Your laid back hosting style will make everyone feel comfortable and at-home in your home.

A kitchen of beauties.

The Menu

Appetizers:

A cheese plate…brie with apricots and blue cheese with a fig jam and grapes (Haylie)

Prosciutto and Melon Skewers (Kimberly, her big “cooking debut”)

 

Dinner:

Baked Meyer Lemon and Red Wine Chicken  (Haylie)

Veggie and Herb Salad (Haylie)

Cherry Tomato and Israeli Harvest Couscous (Amy)

Balsamic Glazed Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries (Hilary)

Roasted Parsnips and Sweet Potatoes with Truffle Oil (Beverley)

Toasted French Bread (Haylie)

Desserts:

Lemon Poppy Cake (Beverley’s super secret family recipe)

Coconut Cake (Lacey)

 

 

Love, Haylie

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  • http://cleverlikewhoa.tumblr.com/ GR&D

    I couldn’t help but laugh…your cherub has a fire crotch! :o ) Looks like it was a fun time!

  • http://twitter.com/beverleymitchel beverley mitchell

    I must say, it was truly an honor to be included. Haylie you truly are not only the most amazing cook but the best HOST! The dinner was not only delicious but healthy! IT is truly a new spin on Potluck that is classy and fabulous! Thanks for bringing out the cook in me!
    Love you!
    -Bev

    • http://twitter.com/HoustonNE Nicole Houston

      You’re a very lucky lady to be friends with Haylie:) As well as Hilary. Both seem like very friendly people. I hope that someday I can see for myself how kind and beautiful they are.

  • Alexis

    I would LOVE the recipe for that chicken dish. Sounds scrumptious!

  • http://twitter.com/HoustonNE Nicole Houston

    Wow.. everything sounds and looks so delicious! What is your secret to staying so thin and fit? Such a huge supporter and fan of you and Hilary. XO

  • http://twitter.com/DeclareUrDreams Kimberly Bigsby

    Haylie, I’m so blessed to call you a friend. You hosted the BEST dinner party in history! HANDS DOWN! You’ve set the bar very high for the rest of us to step up to the plate. Literally:) Thanks for making me feel like a cook, even though my dish wasn’t “cooked”. I look forward to learning all your kitchen secrets! Your Chicken was to die for, and the salad….MmUuAaHh! Thank you for being your wonderful, amazing, perfect self! Can’t wait to do it all again<3

    xoxo,
    Kimberly

    • http://twitter.com/HoustonNE Nicole Houston

      You are also a lucky lady to be friends with Haylie. As well as Hilary. Both seem like very amazing and beautiful friends and i hope someday I will get to meet them

  • Isabel Pavlich-Miles

    All of those dishes look/sound amazing. Nothing beats getting the girls around for a fun filled feast. Thank you for sharing!

  • Whitey @ seeshopeatdo.com

    My friends and I typically have girl’s night when the Bachelor is on, and these recipes sound perfect or that!

  • http://www.20somethingcupcakes.com/ Sarah

    Perfect menu! Love the “new” potluck theme…and love that you’re proving healthy can still be fun for a night with the girls!

  • Lin

    I am looking for the crescent roll with asparagus in it that you made for your dinner party.
    Lin