Feb 252007

This past weekend a friend of mine had me cater a party at his apartment to help promote my blog. It was a pre-party before a casino night to honor Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York. When I am planning a party, I’m always more efficient when I have a theme to keep me focused. Since it was a Casino Night, I decided to keep this theme for the pre-party.


In the flower arrangement, I interspersed a deck of cards (thanks Mrs. Funston) and used primary color to try and bring out the colors of cards. The event was black-tie optional, so I chose to make the appetizers a little more special (the pigs-in-a-blanket were a must per the request of the host, but these are always a crowd favorite!) I also made place cards with dice to label each dish.


This was the menu- I tried to have something for everyone- meat, fish, veggie, both simple and more complicated. Thank you Avi for helping promote this site.

Mini Yorkshire Pudding with Roast Beef
Parmesan Cheese Cups with Goat Cheese Mousse
Gruyere, Sage, and Prosciutto Pinwheels
Chicken and Shrimp Satay with Pineapple and Peanut Sauce
Cauliflower Fritters topped with Salmon and Creme Frache
BLT Cup- Cherry Tomatoes hallowed out with bacon, lettuce, and red onion
Carrot Dill Soup Shooters with a Dill Pesto
Peanut Butter Truffles and Grape Jellies
Pantry’s Signature Cookie

 Posted by at 11:19 pm

  4 Comments to “Casino Night- Party Planning”

  1. This is an incredible spread! I hope that this post will be followed by details on the individual dishes. I’m especially interested to learn about the Pantry’s Signature Cookie!

  2. Patty, It looks great! For how many did you prepare? What recipe surprised you the most – easy or difficult? Did you make sufficient quantity? Everythings looks so yummy

  3. The pantry signature cookies have peanuts, raisins, oatmeal, and chocolate chips. Recipes from the night coming in future posts.

    As for was surprised me the Cauliflower Fritters were a big hit as well as the Gruyere, Sage and Prosciutto Pinwheels. The goat cheese mousse I thought would have been a bigger hit…

  4. Patty, The centerpieces look fabulous. Love the primary colors with the cards. Thank you for the note on the menu card – also a wonderful idea. I wish my meals looked more like yours!

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