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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Planning a Pop-up Dinner Party

Every since I first learned about Jordan's "pop-up dinner parties," I've wanted to throw one. I try to push myself to live differently--more boldly and interestingly--because of blogs. If I merely read them, then I feel like I'm wasting my time. If I'm influenced to make change because of something I've read, then my hours of blog reading has a purpose. 

So, a pop-up dinner party it is. I tried to suggest that we throw one for my friend's birthday, but she was pretty "meh" about the idea. I, on the other hand, could not be more thrilled. I'll be sure to only invite people who would be equally intrigued by the idea.

I think I found the perfect location. On the trail that circles around the lake in the middle of town, there's a separate area that overlooks the lake. I think it would be the perfect place to shlep in everything we need for a stellar dinner party.

For starters, I need to decide how many people to invite. This event could go two ways. On the one hand, I could throw a small dinner party and do all the cooking myself. On the other hand, I could collaborate with one or two friends and we could throw a bigger dinner party. So one or two tables worth of people? I think the collaboration aspect could be really fun, which means we would go for two tables = 10 people. 

Woo-hoo! That sounds really fun. 

As for the menu, we need to pick foods that will travel well and taste good once they arrive. We could always go for cold foods, but I think hot would be better for dinner. Perhaps enchiladas or lasagna? That way, we could bring them in one of those casserole bags? If we went the enchiladas route, we could make guacamole and creamy jalapeno sauce for chips. And horchata to drink! If we went the lasagna route, we could enjoy homemade bread. 

And for invitations we could make pop-up cards! And we could get battery-powered LED lights. It would be fun to invite people who like to play board games. I'm getting excited about the possibilities...

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Sarah said...

Fun fun! My friend held one out in Santa Cruz and worked it like an organized pot luck so all the dishes coordinated into a delicious meal, course by course. I think they had around 15-20 folks and she keeps saying they can't wait to do it again. :-) Enjoy!

Meghan said...

ooh, i wish we lived in the same town! it sounds super fun!!

Sara E. Cotner said...

Meghan, you would be the first person I would invite. You are such a good cook!

Jessy@FairytaleFrosting said...

Ha! I've been wanting to do a pop up dinner party too, but many of my peeps are pretty "meh" about the idea too.
Im thinking "pop up date night" might be a better option for me. Its going to be fall soon, so Im thinking park with pretty color trees, perhaps some chili and some spiced wine. A text to my bf with a location to meet me, and there I'll be with a beautiful table in the middle of some place random!
Ha! Good luck with your plans! I hope it works out, make sure to post about it!! (I'll post about mine when it happens too!) =D

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