Publish date:

How About Lunch: Throwing a Great Home Party

lunch menu easy dips

Gathering friends at night can be tricky, so I took a page out of Chef Gale Gand's latest book: Lunch! I invited a few of my girlfriends over for a weekday “Home Party” to catch up. I kept the menu pretty basic. A few dips to start, served with iced tea and then my semi-famous quiche. The party was so civilized--all the kids were in school and no babysitters required. It was easy to execute since it wasn't a full-blown dinner party. And I want to inspire you to throw a lunch-party too. I was most excited about two things--the flowers and the dips. So I'm going to share how I created them. Thanks to Delta Faucet my #HappiMess party was easy to plan and clean. Let's start with the food. I admit to buying store-bought appetizers when I entertain, this go-round I made them on my own. Back in August, I flew out to a cooking class with Gale Gand. The celebrity chef was sharing recipes from her latest book and she made the dips look so EASY. Turns out this party really is a DIY for less story. Because Gale's book is all about simple and easy recipes that you can make at home for a fraction of the price of prepared foods. One dip was especially yummy and I want to share the recipe. Pea and Garlic Dip(Serves 8 as an appetizer)--courtesy of www.galegand.comIngredients 1 pound bag frozen peas, thawed 10 mint leaves 2 medium cloves garlic, peeled ½ teaspoon salt 1/8th teaspoon black pepper 6 tablespoons good quality extra virgin olive oil Instructions: Place all the ingredients in a food processor and puree till well blended and relatively smooth. Serve cold with pita chips to dip. Or spread on crostini and top with a thin slice of beef tenderloin for a great hors d’oeuvre. Keeps in the fridge covered for at least 4 days. Now let's talk flowers. Normally I pay to have a florist deliver flowers, but this time I really wanted to add a personal touch. Plus the DIY spirit saved me about $50! Since I was messing the kitchen up left and right, I was thrilled to have the Delta 2.0 Touch faucet installed. Instead of constantly having to stop what I'm doing to dry my hands or clean them, I simply tapped the faucet with my forearm. This extra step saved me clean up time and headaches. Flower arranging can be especially messy. The sunflowers had quite a bit of dirt on the stems, but I didn't have to wreck the clean counter again and again. Here's a quick and easy way to make this (or another) $20 flower arrangement at home. As I share in the video--I kept it simple 3 types of flowers and one contrasting colors:


And here's one last tip. All the leftover flower scraps are perfect for a small bouquet for the bathroom. We put together this sweet all-white one and it's like getting a gift with purchase when you buy flowers.

Recommended Articles

The Ten Best Wooden Play Kitchens For Kids

The Ten Best Wooden Play Kitchens For Kids

Cooking is a timeless fascination for children. This type of play goes beyond gender and teaches kids loads of life skills along the way. An investment in a play kitchen is money well spent, as it can provide hours of entertainment. We've rounded up the ten best wooden play more

New Victory Theater for Families in New York City

New Victory Announces a New Season of Shows

We know you're busy planning picnics and summer outings, but we wanted to let you know that The New Victory just announced their new season and it looks fantastic. We thought you'd like a sneak peek of what's in store! Each year the New Vic theater brings culture to tourists and more

Fun Ways to Discover Venice Italy with Your Family

Fun Ways to Discover Venice Italy with Your Family

Greetings from Italy wear the gelato is rich, the clothes divine and the scenery is inspiring. Now that I've been to this fine city in the north of Italy, twice, I've amassed a list of favorites to share. These are some fun ways to discover Venice, Italy with your family. more

Bathroom Bouquet

“Why do people treat mess like it’s a bad thing? It’s actually the evidence of a life well lived. When you’re out there making, creating, doing and playing, embrace your #HappiMess and let Delta kitchen and bath innovations help clean up so you can do it all again tomorrow.”


“Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Delta via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Delta.”

Related Articles