I can get back to baking, now that the outside of the house looks good again. I needed to do a little cleaning before the open house but that storm that blew through last week really messed up the yard (my hubby cleaned most of it), as well as the porch and deck. I lost a couple plants and I'm hoping one other lives. All the rain we've had didn't help any of them.
God has provided in miraculous ways so we not only were able to put our car in the shop to be fixed but we could purchase a few more items for the open house. Christopher will not be disappointed or embarrassed when his friends are here (as well as people from work and church).
I'm doing something very similar as I did for Stephanie's wedding open house (she and J. had a beautiful but small wedding and reception for only family and close friends but then they had a huge open house at our place a couple of weeks later for everyone). The only difference will be that this is more casual, which is why I was going through Goodwill looking for baskets. I have lots (and lots) of "nice" serving pieces collected through the years but I don't think my girly tea stuff will do for a graduation open house. :)
Here is the menu so far, it is open to "tweaking" as the day goes on... all items in italics will take you to the corresponding recipe on my recipe blog.
Cup Cakes (used as a centerpiece, too)
Key Lime Squares
Veggie Platter w/ Ranch Dip
Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Shrimp Salad Sandwiches
Ham and Cheese Sandwiches
Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches
(all sandwiches cut into triangles)
Christopher wants his favorite dip but I'm not sure about that, yet. I think we have enough. If I add anything, I'll add open face cucumber sandwiches as I know a few of his Hindu friends are coming over and they are vegetarians.
I am so thankful that I had a well stocked freezer and pantry and for the financial blessing we received! God is faithful. I'm doing a lot of baking because that is one way to save a lot of money. I'm always shocked at how much even the grocery store charges for baked goods. Keeping it simple will also keep it cheaper. :)