My husband and I will be hosting 17 people in 6 weeks. I want to get organized and hopefully make and freeze at least a few dishes beforehand so that I don't go totally insane. :)
We've hosted smaller dinners for our parents and wedding party since we've been married almost a year ago, but this is our first big one for close extended family members.
I'm a little nervous because I'm used to hosting parties for 8-10. I hope it won't be too overwhelming.
The menu is Mediterranean with a strong Italian influence. I'm going for a warm, yet elegant atmosphere. It will be buffet style.
Here is our plan so far:
Guests will be greeted with a bellini (I'm thinking pear or cranberry flavor), and we'll be passing around stuffed mushrooms and prosciutto-gruyere-pesto pinwheels.
We may also have a dip on the table and I was considering Ina Garten's barefoot contessa cookbook sun dried tomato dip.
The rest of the menu:
Homemade rosemary focaccia bread
Cheese platter w/ asiago, a smoked cheese, and a blue cheese
Osso Bucco (mario batali's)
Orzo Salad with roasted veggies
Arugula, Radicchio, Frissee salad with shaved parmesan and lemon vinaigrette
Beet-Orange-Feta salad with orange vinaigrette
I think I should add a side dish with shellfish like baked clams or something with shrimp...any ideas? Or could I add shrimp to the orzo salad?
For dessert I may default to tiramisu and panacotta because I know they would be crowd pleasers, but I'd like to try something more creative. Any ideas?
We'll be playing music from our wedding playlist. :)
Thanks in advance for any and all input!