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Dinner Party - help please!

samanthajh | Nov 22, 201110:53 PM

I'm hosting a dinner party for the girls this weekend and I need some help! We are all in our 20s, there are 6 of us, and one is lactose intolerant.

It's not very formal since we are all close. I have only hosted a few dinner parties before and I'm bad about always trying to do too much. (Overachiever)

Trying to do something more simple ths time.

So far I've thought of doing:
- Spinach and artichoke dip
- Roasted butternut squash soup and curry condiments (from Ina Garten)
- Puttanesca with shrimp (from Jamie Oliver)

Originally I wanted to do Jamie's honeycomb cannelloni as that is quite an impressive dish to serve to guests and I have done it before. However, one guest is lactose intolerant and though she insists she can eat cheese and is fine with a little dairy, I thought it would be best not to make her uncomfortable?

Suggestions? I worry the puttanesca is too homely (it is a prostitue's pasta after all! But good for a laugh). Not doing dessert as the girls are helping to bring that.

Thank you!

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