Category Archives: Menus

Make Ahead Winter Menu for a Crowd

Make Ahead Winter Menu for a Crowd

  Are you entertaining this season?  Christmas, New Years, Super Bowl crowds coming over?  We put together a menu that is mostly make-ahead and can be sized according to the number of guests you’re expecting.  Click on the dish for the recipe and get cooking! Anti pasta platter   Visit your favorite specialty market (Italian…Continue Reading

What can I do with leftover party food?

What can I do with leftover party food?

Estimating how much guests are going to eat at a gathering is never easy.  Nine times out of ten, we err on the side of buying/cooking/serving too much.  By incorporating leftovers with a few staples, you can get a wonderful meal on the table in seconds.  Some items to always have on hand include: Mixed…Continue Reading

When Friends or Family Need Comforting

There are many occasions when our loved ones near and far need comfort.  Unfortunately, we have been faced with many of these occasions lately.  Providing food that is portioned out, easy to reheat and transport is a helpful and much appreciated solution to the often asked question, “Is there anything I can do to help?”…Continue Reading

Thanksgiving EVE Dinner Menu

It’s the evening before Thanksgiving and the last thing you want to do is figure out what to make for dinner (much less buy it, cook it, and clean up after).  Here’s a menu that can be done 100% ahead of time and frozen.  We included the Martha Stewart Pumpkin Doughnut recipe again as a…Continue Reading

A Soup Making Party – Cooking with Friends

A Soup Making Party – Cooking with Friends

For several years, friends of The Simple Celebration have gotten together to do pre-holiday cooking.  They make a couple of soups to freeze and pre-measure muffin ingredients to whip together at another time.  Their tradition is making a gumbo which each serves on Thanksgiving Eve and a butternut squash soup for Thanksgiving Day’s first course.…Continue Reading

Great Fall Menu – Freezer-to-Table Ready!

Great Fall Menu – Freezer-to-Table Ready!

This menu is what we call “homey-gourmet.”  The entrée is meatloaf – but not the kind your mom made!  Every dish below can be made ahead and frozen.  Click on the pictures for the recipes.  Add a simple salad or vegetable to this menu and you are done.  How great is that?!!      …Continue Reading

Take Out-of-Your Freezer Menu

Take Out-of-Your Freezer Menu

  Here is a menu which can be made well in advance of your get together and put into the freezer.  All you have to do is take the dishes out of the freezer, pour a glass of wine, reheat and open the door for your guests.  This is one dinner party you can really…Continue Reading

Fabulous Fourth Picnic Menu

  We put together a Fabulous Fourth menu from some of our past recipe posts.  Click on the picture, and you will be brought to the recipe.  All these dishes travel well – just place in throw away containers, put in a cooler and go.  Need help?  Distribute the recipes to your family and friends…Continue Reading

Your Summer Vacation Menu is Served

    We hope your summer plans include a family get away.  And if your destination includes a kitchen, here’s a week’s menu that will allow you to prepare some simple and delicious meals without spending too much time away from the fun! Some of these recipes have been published on our blog (you can…Continue Reading

Our Asian Simple Celebration

Our Asian Simple Celebration

  Vicki and I decided to make an Asian simple celebration the other day and treat our guys to an evening of new recipes.  Cooking together is something we enjoy and the guys love being our guinea pigs!   Here’s what was on the menu: Signature Cocktail Tuk Tuk Martini Appetizer Ginger, Pork and Shrimp…Continue Reading

Easter Dinner is Planned

For those who are hosting an Easter dinner in a couple of weeks, here is a menu that is easy, yet elegant, and won’t keep you in the kitchen away from your celebration.  Many dishes can be made well in advance.  Click on each picture to get recipe: Appetizer:  Hummus is a great, light appetizer…Continue Reading

Freezer to Table Dinner in Minutes!

Freezer to Table Dinner in Minutes!

Yes, even at The Simple Celebration we need a little help from the freezer section every now and again!  Margaritaville Island Lime Shrimp is a wonderful, tasty product that comes together in no time.  Purchase several packages to keep on hand for an effortless meal (the package says it will serve two, but we use…Continue Reading

Simple Ideas for your Baby Shower

Simple Ideas for your Baby Shower

Here are some simple ideas to make your baby shower something to remember.  A lot of these ideas came from either Jen’s  friends Lauren, Amy, Ashley, Emily and Calista who hosted one of her baby showers or Vicki’s friends – Cathy, Glenn, Mary-Ellen and Julie who hosted the other. Color scheme – should match the…Continue Reading

Baby Shower Celebration

Baby Shower Celebration

  Vicki’s daughter, Jennifer, is anxiously awaiting a visit from the stork.  Little “Baby K” will be arriving later this month much to the delight of first time grandparents, Vicki and Skip.  This week we will share some baby shower menu ideas, decorating tips, and a new recipe.  Baby showers are very fun and happy…Continue Reading

Romantic Valentine’s Dinner at HOME

Romantic Valentine’s Dinner at HOME

We are not sure how or when it happened, but Valentine’s Day has become another one of those “holidays” that add things to your to do list.  Classroom cards are no longer simple – they are now crafting projects which require candy attachments.  Dinner reservations have to be made weeks in advance.  And, if you…Continue Reading

The Big Game!  Let’s Eat and Drink!

The Big Game! Let’s Eat and Drink!

Whether you go to a Super Bowl party for the game (Vicki), or you go to the party for the food (Mary-Ellen), having a good time is guaranteed by following some of these simple adult beverage suggestions and recipes for a party of 12: Beer Suggestions (please buy bottles, cans are just awful): 18 bottles…Continue Reading

Let’s Have Some Friends Over

Let’s Have Some Friends Over

Home Entertaining – Two words should NOT be feared!  If you are new to home entertaining, don’t start out by having your mother-in-law over as your first guest.  Start by having some friends or siblings over that you are completely comfortable with and will overlook any whoops’ that might happen! This week’s menu is for…Continue Reading

Put the Festive in your Fiesta!

Put the Festive in your Fiesta!

Serving pieces which match your celebration’s theme help bring your party to a whole new level.  When your guests walk through the door and see your special glasses, serving platters, napkins, etc. the fun and festive mood begins immediately! For your Mexican Fiesta we have some suggestions: Make sure you have Margarita glasses.  Using regular…Continue Reading

“Every Hour” Party – A Huge Success!

“Every Hour” Party – A Huge Success!

We had so much fun New Year’s Eve at our “We’ll Do It Every Hour” party. We rang in the new year in style at Vicki’s house and want to share some tips and ideas on how to make your own “Every Hour” party a success. Our recent blog explained the food concept –  each…Continue Reading

Thanksgiving “Revisited”

Vicki writes: In our family, we not only love Thanksgiving Day but also look forward to our family traditions on the Wednesday night before and the Friday after. On Wednesday night we eat seafood gumbo with a salad and cornbread muffins.  The gumbo is made earlier in November when a group of friends – Glenn, Julie,…Continue Reading

Pie Party Madness – Now on YouTube!

Pie Party Madness – Now on YouTube!

Our dear friend, Andrea, dabbles in photography and videography.  During our recent pie making party, she set up her camera and filmed the craziness of six women making ten pies.  Click on the link below to watch the insanity and pay close attention to the real star of the show, Vicki’s dog, Bronte! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DL2liCrDFjYContinue Reading

The Final Candy Table Touches

The Final Candy Table Touches

No candy table is complete without the personal touches.  You can add almost anything to make your theme stand out.  For birthday parties add color with balloons.  At my daughter’s wedding, pictured above, I placed a big lollypop in a prominent position so that people were able to “find” the candy table. Several items –…Continue Reading

Candy Bar Essentials- Phase II

Candy Bar Essentials- Phase II

Ok so you have determined what candy will be on the table – now you need to make the table look fun and inviting.  Here is what you will need: Table (6 foot for up to 50 people, 8 foot for 50-200 people) Table linens (white works well – floor length) Fabric pieces – organza…Continue Reading