Event Menus 2019...

Discussion in 'Holiday Cooking' started by AuntJamelle, Nov 15, 2019.

  1. AuntJamelle

    AuntJamelle Well-Known Member

    I know we've all been sharing menu plans here and there on various threads - I would love to see a summary of what everybody is doing for their various events this year!

    Thanksgiving! Any parties or dinners you're hosting! Christmas of course! Even New Years!

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  2. AuntJamelle

    AuntJamelle Well-Known Member

    I'll start!

    Thanksgiving (Not hosting, just attending!!!)

    - Cucumber Bites appetizer
    - Deviled Eggs
    - Roasted Brussells Sprouts with Pecans and Gorgonzola
    - White Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Cheesecake

    Thanksgiving Weekend - Hosting friend and her kiddos

    - Chili
    - Rolls from bakery
    - Big bowls of popcorn popped on the stove with lots of butter and salt!
    - Hot Cocoa
    - Ice Cream Sandwiches
    - Edwards Frozen Chocolate Pie

    Christmas Dinner Party (12-7)

    - Shrimp Cocktail
    - Traditional Caprese Salad
    - Spinach Dip + Hawaiian Bread Cubes
    - Puff Pastry Taquito Cups (freezer recipe)
    - Mini Bacon Pinwheels (freezer recipe)
    - PW Cheddar Puffs (freezer recipe)
    - PW Holiday Bacon Crackers (freezer recipe)
    - Glazed Pigs in a Blanket
    - Buffalo Chicken Flatbread

    Work Team Christmas Party, Hosted at my house (12/13)

    - TBD!!!!

    Christmas Dinner with "the brothers" and their wives...(12/14)

    - Spinach Dip with Hawaiian Bread Cubes
    - Shepherd's (Cottage) Pie
    - Herb Cream Cheese Puff Pastry Crescents
    - GF Crescents
    - Dulche de Leche Cheesecake
    - Butter Pecan Ice Cream
    - GF Apple Crisp
    - Hagendaaz Vanila (GF!)

    Weekend Before Christmas Overnight Visit from family (12/21-12/22)

    Dinner 12/21

    - Black Olive Dip + Crackers
    - Deep Fried Dill Pickle Slices + Ranch
    - Lasagna (freezer recipe)
    - Cheese Garlic Bread (freezer recipe)
    - Reese's PB Cheesecake

    Breakfast 12/22

    - French Toast Casserole (freezer recipe)
    - Scrambled Eggs
    - Bacon
    - Fresh Fruit

    Christmas Eve

    - Pimento Dip + Crackers
    - Chicken Pie with Cornbread Topping

    Christmas Day Breakfast

    - Sausage Strata
    - Apple Danish

    Christmas Day Dinner

    - Turkey or Pot Roast (not sure yet!)
    - PW Mashed Potatoes (from freezer)
    - Cheesy Green Bean Casserole
    - Sage Stuffing
    - Brown and Serve Rolls

    New Years Eve

    - TBD

    New Years Day

    - TBD
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2019
  3. Holiday_Mom

    Holiday_Mom Well-Known Member

    That is a lot of events! What a great idea to gather all the events and menus into one place. I don't think I ever did that before. I will be back with our events and menu later in the weekend.
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  4. sweetpumkinpye

    sweetpumkinpye Well-Known Member

    Phew AJ, that is a lot of events and a lot of food. It all sounds absolutely amazing.
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  5. sweetpumkinpye

    sweetpumkinpye Well-Known Member

    We are only doing two events this year,

    Saturday 21.12.2019
    Christmas Eve at our house.

    Platters of fresh fruit, strawberries, kiwifruit, pineapple, grapes, raspberries and blackberries.
    Platters of cheese and meats, salamis, cabanossi and pastrami with cheeses and crackers.
    Sparkling apple cider

    Tuesday 24.12.2019 Christmas Eve

    TBD. Just DH, DS and myself will be home so I want something simple but nice,

    Wednesday 25.12.2019 Christmas Breakfast

    Selection of sugary boxed cereal (the bad kind that we don't normally eat.)
    Hot sugar donuts,
    Ham and cheese and plain croissants,
    Fresh fruit platter,
    Fruit juice, tea and coffee.

    25.12.2019 Christmas Dinner at Mum's house.

    Baked turkey, ham, beef and chicken plus platters of cold meats
    Various salads, green, coleslaw, potato salad, cold asparagus and bacon salad.
    Beetroot, olives and various dressings, bread rolls and butter.
    Hot baby potatoes with sour cream dressing, bacon and chives.

    Hot fruit pudding, pavlova and fresh fruit and icecream and cream.

    Cold fruit punch, wine and cold water.

    26.12.2019 Boxing Day lunch,

    Leftovers form the day before as we sit and watch the cricket on the TV
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2019
  6. Minta

    Minta Administrator Staff Member

    Thanksgiving Day (hosting)
    Pepperoni bread (must have for the football games)
    Mashed potatoes
    mashed turnips (for my mom)
    green bean casserole
    sweet potatoes
    Jersey Corn (blanched and froze in the summer)
    canned and homemade cranberry sauce
    Steamed Broccoli
    Desserts: pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie, apple crumb pie

    Christmas Eve breakfast with MIL and family (hosting)
    Sausage Gravy and Biscuits
    Quiche (SIL is making)
    scrambled eggs

    Christmas Eve Dinner:
    Still planning

    Christmas Breakfast with my dad and step mom (hosting)
    French Toast Casserole
    Assorted homemade breads (orange cranberry, applesauce, banana)

    Christmas Dinner: (hosting)
    Still planning

    Weekend after Christmas: (hosting)
    Breakfast (with FIL and family)
    Sausage gravy and biscuits or sausage stuffed French bread
    quiche (SIL making)
    Cinnamon Roll French toast casserole (FIL is making)

    NYE: (hoping to stay home LOL)
    Maybe just be us - still not planned yet
    Pepperoni bread
    pigs in a blanket
    cheese and crackers
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  7. Ahorsesoul

    Ahorsesoul Santa's Elves

    Oh my Minta. You will be worn out until Christmas 2020 with all those events so close together.
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  8. Minta

    Minta Administrator Staff Member

    This is why I take almost 2 weeks off from work LOL. I am off starting Dec 20th and go back Jan 2nd. I do my 3 day bakingfest Dec 19th to the 22/23rd.

    I will have help in the kitchen for sure. We host because we have the biggest house and can comfortably fit everyone.
  9. Lori K

    Lori K Member

    Will be hosting a brunch for my family either Sat. or Sun. after Thanksgiving -- still trying to pin down the timing, one sister is a nurse and doesn't have her schedule finalized yet.
    • breakfast casserole with ham and cheese
    • oven-baked french toast
    • hash brown casserole (pre-made with frozen hashed browns, cheese, condensed soup, sour cream, etc., topped with corn flake crumb crust)
    • fresh fruit and juices
    • assorted quick breads and muffins

    Thinking of doing an afternoon tea with a group of widow-friends --
    • filled croissants, danish, or muffins, cranberry coffee cake
    • quiche bites and/or finger/small sandwiches
    • holiday cookies
    • tea, coffee, juices, maybe mimosas or cranberry cocktails?
  10. sweetpumkinpye

    sweetpumkinpye Well-Known Member

    Forgot about NYE. Easiest night of the year,
    We order Chinese food and just sit and chat, set goals for the new year.
    At midnight (if we stay up) we toast with sparkling apple juice and fortune cookies.
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2019
  11. Holiday_Mom

    Holiday_Mom Well-Known Member

    Thanksgiving - Hosting 12 guests
    Creamed spinach
    Mashed potatoes
    Mashed Sweet Potatoes
    Cranberry, Apple, Sausage stuffing
    Pumpkin Pie
    Baked Apples
    Vanilla Ice Cream
    Drinks: Seltzer, Soda, Beer, Wine, Coffee, Tea
    4 guests are providing:
    Green beans
    Apple Pie

    Brunch - Sunday Dec 1st
    French Toast
    Fruit Salad
    Orange Juice, Coffee, Tea

    Tree Trimming party - Nov. 30 or Dec 1st - 7 of us and any visiting guests
    Carrots and Celery with Ranch Dip
    Bagel Bites
    Candy Canes
    Drinks: Hot Chocolate, Seltzer, Soda

    My brother's party - Dec 14th
    A bottle of wine and half a case of beer

    Sunday Brunch with my side of the family - Dec. 22nd (This is new for me this year. We use to host Christmas Eve for 21 people.)
    French Toast
    Fruit Salad
    Orange Juice, Coffee, Tea

    Christmas Eve - 7 of us
    Vegetables and Dip
    Pigs in a Blanket
    Cheese and Crackers
    Buffalo Chicken Dip
    Hot Sandwiches
    Egg Nog

    Christmas Morning
    Orange juice, Coffee
    Leftovers from Christmas Eve

    Christmas Dinner - Parent's house

    Dinner the day after Christmas - in-laws

    Ice Skating Party - New Years' Eve or the day before - in laws stop by after skating
    Hot chocolate and cookies

    Some years we host up to 3 impromptu gatherings with friends if our schedules align.
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2019
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  12. sweetpumkinpye

    sweetpumkinpye Well-Known Member

    Mary, an amazing set of menus there, Take it easy and do not over exert yourself.
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  13. Myron's Mom

    Myron's Mom Well-Known Member

    Goodness! Lots of good food!!
    Lori, where I was working, we had our November / December projections out the end of October so every one could plan their holidays. I guess my unit did do some good things after all.
    Christmas and thanksgiving will just be the 3 of us.
    Mashed potatoes
    Roasted Brussels sprouts
    Cranberry rice pilaf
    Homemade rolls
    Pumpkin pie with homemade whip cream

    Dinner Christmas Eve
    My grandmas chicken soup
    Sarma (cabbage rolls)
    Fried potatoes wedges
    Homemade dinner rolls
    Desert ? Not sure yet.

    Christmas breakfast
    Cinnamon rolls
    Breakfast casserole
    lunch and dinner will be leftovers

    we usually have friends over for a holiday dinner but with Myron not doing well I’m not wanting to rock his world. Or mine for that matter.
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  14. Holiday_Mom

    Holiday_Mom Well-Known Member

    Ok, I just added another brunch to the mix. :rolleyes::eek: We've been trying to get to see my dh's parents but with everyone's schedule, including dh's schedule, it's crazy. They are going to stop by here so then everyone can pop in and out and say hi. I decided to do the same menu that I'll be doing on Dec. 22nd. I was going to worry about those details after Thanksgiving weekend but now I need to deal with it in the next few days.

    I'm thinking of crustless spinach quiche or another egg dish without bread/pie crust. What other vegetables work well in an egg dish?

    I have a French Toast Casserole that I was going to use. It calls for preparing the night before and baking in the morning. I'm curious about your freeze ahead method. Could you share it?
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  15. Ahorsesoul

    Ahorsesoul Santa's Elves

    I do believe bacon is a vegetable.
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  16. MrsSoup

    MrsSoup Well-Known Member

    All I know at this point is Thanksgiving. I was waiting to see if we were going to celebrate with friends but it doesn't seem like we are since I haven't heard a word from either of them. So, here is our menu:

    Chicken- probably baked (No one in my house will really eat turkey and only a couple will eat ham, so I refuse to keep making them for it to go to waste)
    Green beans
    Mashed potatoes/gravy
    Homemade noodles
    Pies- Chocolate, Pumpkin, Butterscotch

    Christmas Breakfast (typically the same)
    Sausage Breakfast Casserole
    Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
  17. sweetpumkinpye

    sweetpumkinpye Well-Known Member

    Green onions work well with eggs.
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  18. sweetpumkinpye

    sweetpumkinpye Well-Known Member

    Jess, can you share your recipe please?
  19. teachermomof2

    teachermomof2 Santa's Elves

    I love red sweet peppers with spinach.
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  20. teachermomof2

    teachermomof2 Santa's Elves

    Thanksgiving menu;

    Mashed Potatoes
    Candied Sweet Potatoes
    Green Bean Bake
    Pumpkin Pie
    Pumpkin Roll
    Pickled Beets and Eggs

    Christmas Eve:
    Crackers,Cheese and Kielbassa Tray for Appetizer

    Breaded Veal Cutlets

    Assorted Cookies for dessert

    Christmas Day
    Eat at il's and parent's homes
    Ham, Potatoes, Beans, Rolls, Pickled Beets, Kielbassa,
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