I'm Not the Hostess Type

Fancy Cheese Platter
Anybody who knows me personally knows that I am not a cook.  Heck, if you read this blog you know that.   I want to WANT to cook and bake but I just don't.  I think life is simpler without it.  No grocery shopping, no kitchen clean up, no dishes, no dishwasher loading and unloading and no worry about letting ingredients or left overs go bad.  I have simple tastes so I don't have to eat out to compensate for not cooking.  I don't need much.  I've saved a ton of money on groceries since Mj has been gone.

When he goes out of town I get this bright idea to invite the girls over for a little get together which kind of makes sense but doesn't.  On the one hand it's the perfect time to take over the house with the girls but on the other hand he's the one who would know exactly what food to serve at a party.  He told me that if I ever wanted to have a party he'd plan the menu and prepare it as long as I help but I always do it when he's gone so my poor guests are left with me.  Whenever I try to come up with things to serve I draw a complete blank.  I can't deal with anything too complicated.  For me that means anything with more then five ingredients.  I saw a $19.99 family meal deal from Pat & Oscars and it was tempting, but I couldn't go out like that so I came up with something.

It's not like it was a big deal or anything.  I only had four friends over.  But still, I made a stress run to the store that morning.  You know the one that happens when you get paranoid and go buy stuff  for 'just in case' that you end up not even using.  I worried about what to make, if there would be enough and if my guests would like it like every hostess does, but I think I did pretty good.  I had a fancy looking cheese and fruit platter, tortilla chips and salsa, green salad, pasta salad with Italian dressing and Turkey Meatballs.  I did not make the meatballs myself; they were frozen but really tasty.  I am most proud of my Pillsbury Crescent snacks because they were a little different and I actually had to put them together and bake them.  They didn't look quite like the picture, but close enough and they tasted great.  Everyone had a good time and I got to see some friends; one of which I hadn't seen in a year!!!  It's crazy how that happens.

Source: pillsbury.com via CeCe on Pinterest

Two weeks ago I spent the night at my parent's house, then my parents spent the night at my sisters house, then last week my sister spent the night at my parents house so this time my mom and sister spent the night at my house.  Did you get all that?  Ha!  Apparently we just really love taking turns spending the night at each others houses.  So my mom, sister and nephew came down for the party on Saturday, spent the night at my house and stayed all day on Sunday.  We had a lot of fun hanging out together.

The only thing about my weekend that sucked was having to cough up $480 bucks on my car for brakes.  That really hurts and there is a chance I got ripped off because I don't know any better but it had to be done.  I did not let it spoil my weekend.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like you had an awesome weekend with your friends! All that food sounds amazing! I don't know why you worried - sounds like everything turned out great! :)


Mrs. S said...

Looks like you are a hostess! Food sounds like it was all great!

CeCe said...

Thanks! I did my best.

Ameena said...

You are a better hostess than you think! A lot of entertaining is about presentation and I think you've got that down.

Sorry about the brakes. :(

Mrs. Pancakes said...

I think you did a great job! Not everyone can out together good eats for friends...I know I don't do this enough! And I ,I love how close your family is:-)

Janna Renee said...

I'm proud of you! I think that you did fabulous!! Those crescent sandwiches look AMAZING, actually. I think family sleepovers sound fabulous, so I am jealous!! It's great that you live near your family <3

CeCe said...

Thanks! And, I do really enjoy living close to my family. I'm just soaking it all in right now because my sister will be moving out of state (military family) and my parents don't plan to retire here.

Travel_The_World said...

Wow...you did a fabulous job with the menu! Sounds like it was a fun dinner/weekend with family & friends.