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Welcome to Our Cannabis Dinner Party

How to host a soothing soiree—with a retro-inspired menu from edibles expert Vanessa Lavorato.

February 16, 2022
Photo by Ty Mecham. Prop Stylist: Nidia Cueva. Food Stylist: Yossy Arefi.

In The Green Scene, there's no such thing as a silly question about cannabis. What's the difference between THC and CBD? How the heck do I make edibles at home? What home design advice can dispensaries teach me? Kick back—we have the answers.

Edibles break the ice and bring people together—a way to let loose without the hangover. Anytime I invite someone over for an infused dinner party, the RSVP comes back plus one.

I’ve thrown a few edible parties over the years and the key to a successful soiree lies in coursing out the dose. Divvied up between appetizer, entree, dessert, and drink, I find that an overall dose of 10 to 15 milligrams of THC per serving ensures guests will have a fun time without falling asleep at the table.

My retro-inspired menu lands right in the middle, at 12½ milligrams of THC. Divided between five recipes over several hours, this hits different than consuming a similar quantity of THC in one recipe in a matter of minutes (for example, devouring one of these brownies). Edibles take time to digest—figure one to two hours—so microdosing each dish and spreading out the courses creates a mellower, smoother experience.

For this menu, you’ll need to make three different types of infusions: butter, oil, and a tincture. To avoid this feeling like too much work, you can prepare each one in advance of the party. Then on the day-of, just focus on the recipes themselves.

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Since everyone’s tolerance varies, offering non-infused bites allows people to indulge without the fear of couch lock. Each of these recipes taste delicious with or without weed, so feel free to mix it up and let your friends pick and choose what works for them. Say, with the salad, you can make a double batch of dressing, one infused and one not. And when it comes to dessert, put out some chocolate bars and citrus, so anyone who is tapped out can skip the last dose. Just boldly label which dishes have cannabis (edible roulette never ends well).

Let’s have fun.

The Menu

This party serves six lucky people and should be leisurely served over several hours. Don’t fret too much about the timing, so long as you aren’t eating everything at once. Here’s a suggested pace:

5 p.m.—punch and deviled eggs
7 p.m.—stuffed peppers and wedge salad
9 p.m.—cookie sandwiches

Now, let's get into the recipes.

Cannabis Pineapple Punch

I found this punch in a recipe tin from the Long Beach Antique Market, then added cannabis to make it even better. Because the tincture is so potent, a couple teaspoons are all you need for the entire bowl.

Deviled Eggs With Cannabis & Horseradish

The first bite of the night amps up the party with the addition of devil’s lettuce to an already decadent finger food.

Cannabis-Infused Stuffed Peppers

A perfectly personal portion, so everyone can feel confident about their cannabis intake. In lieu of meat, mushrooms radiate a savoriness that goes hand in hand with herbaceous weed.

Shiitake Wedge Salad With Cannabis–Blue Cheese Dressing

Earthy shiitakes play the role of bacon, but otherwise this recipe stays true and blue—blue cheese, that is, which masks any cannabis flavor.

Teeny-Tiny Cannabis Cookies

Bite-size oatmeal cream pies make for a sweet finale. This recipe makes more than you need, so you can send your friends home with the extras.

If you're considering enjoying the products and/or recipes in this content, please consult and follow the legal restrictions for controlled substances in your state. Because there are so many variables with cannabis products, go slowly. You may want to start with half a serving and determine your tolerance and ideal dose from there. And always wait a couple hours to feel the effects.

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ann August 10, 2022
Driving home?
Vanessa L. August 10, 2022
Hi Ann,

I would assume the same precautions taken for parties with alcohol will be take by adults who consume cannabis. The safest plan is to call a car or have a designated driver. Hope that helps answer your question.
LindsayG February 20, 2022
Love love love Vanessa Lavorato! She is brillant. Her culinary skills coupled with her in-depth scientific cannabis knowledge and her exquisite taste is truly a slice of heaven right here in on Planet Food52!!