As promised, here are the photos from the Food and Fun at the Book Club Holiday Party. **(I did not receive any compensation or freebies from any of the products mentioned in this post! NOT that that would stop me from giving my honest opinion ’cause you know I always tell it like it is! Just sayin’)
This is the last pic of the original Book Club Members (minus Lisa who had to run out). Ellen moved to NC and we are welcoming a new member next month.
Every year, the Holiday Party Favor is a Cookbook. For this party, we decided to structure it like a Cookbook Club where each member chooses a recipe from one of the Cookbooks and brings that dish to serve. These are the 4 cookbooks we have received so far. I really love the dishes that everyone brought.
The Appetizers were Sausage & Broccoli Rabe Bruschetta from Family, Food and the Friars by Gino Barbaro. This is a fabulous collection of simple and delicious recipes. The Spicy, Chunky Guacamole from The Pollan Family Table was delicious as well.
Dinner (which, sadly, I overcooked) was Beef Tenderloin Roast from The Pollan Family Table. This incredible book is filled with healthy, simple and delicious recipes that are perfect for every day and holidays too! The side dishes were Polenta with White Bean Pureé (Family, Food and the Friars), Baked Zucchini from Cooking With My Sisters by Adriana Trigiani & her Sisters (Love that Cookbook! Definitely a favorite! So authentically Italian.), The Pollan Signature Salad (Pollan Family Table) and Sweet Potatoes from The Book Club Cookbook.
This was our yummy table. You can see all the Table Details & Decorations in THIS POST from yesterday.
Dessert – always a favorite – was Grand Manier Cake, Micaela’s Nirvana Bars and Apple Cake – all from The Pollan Family Table.
For the gift exchange, I created a DIY Gift Basket with Bourbon Vanilla, Hot Chocolate, Honey Cinnamon Butter – all homemade – and Book Club Wine Charms made with Ice Resin from LovelyEvaMae on Etsy.
After a great time and our Gift Exchange, they walked away with a party favor of a Mini Iron Skillet for making individual Chocolate Chip Cookies.
I hope you’ve gotten a few good ideas for Holiday Party Decorating and Gift Giving. Enjoy! 🙂