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We have a revolving pot luck each month with two other couples, but we only have seating for four. We've done a couple of casual small plate themes (tapas, fondu) where formal seating isn't necessary, but are coming up short this month for ideas. Anyone have a theme suggestion for a non-traditional, stand around dinner party?

asked by paupershopper almost 4 years ago
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Desert
added almost 4 years ago

Once a year I have a party that is a stand up dinner with several stations of surf and turf. The turf is on kababs that I stick into pumpkins and the seafood is usally finger food or on skewers or in individual spoons. I also put veggies on skewers and sauces in bowls that can be spooned onto the plate. This can be very elegant or informal. I hope this helps.

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added almost 4 years ago

Problem solved! Thanks for your suggestion.

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added almost 4 years ago

Tacos! Soft, small taco shells so no crunching or breaking up of food in your mouth or on your floor while your guests stand and they can roll them up and eat them bites at a time. 1-2 meats, some veggie or other toppings for sides. Done! And Mexican drinks are always fun. Mediterranean food is also good for standing, dips like hummus, beans, baba ganoush, etc... pitas cut into triangles for easy dipping and the kabobs sound great, too! I would just make them small skewers so you don't necessarily have to use two hands to get the food off the stick.

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added almost 4 years ago

Great ideas. We're set until January!

Desert
added almost 4 years ago

Oh yah I forgot that this year I will be serving seafoodin shot glassed as well. Possibly a soup or sauce with shellfish of some sort.

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added almost 4 years ago

Raclette might be one idea (although you would need the rig, which is inexpensive). Essentially your guests cook their own hors d'oeuvre which could be based on toast and raclette cheese (of course), small sausage, and cornichons. Raclette setups made a comeback a couple of years ago and then disappeared from sight once more. For total retro you could also offer pigs in a blanket.

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added almost 4 years ago

dbabs--I love your idea so much I absolutely must steal it! And Paupershopper--I also think your potluck group is a great idea--I too have little seating, but would love to get together with friends. Where else would one person's question result in my getting 2 great ideas? You're all priceless!