Friday, June 20, 2008

Preparing for the open house

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.

Sheila's Cake
Lemon Cake

Cup Cakes (used as a centerpiece, too)
Cowboy Cookies
Key Lime Squares

Potato Salad
Lentil Salad
Potato Chips
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. :)


Anonymous said...

Everything sounds delicious! I can't imagine why your son would ever feel embarrassed. You have a lovely home, your food sounds scrumptious and I'm sure you are a most gracious host and especially loving mom.

I hope you all have a wonderful time!

Heather said...

It sounds like it will be a lovely time. We did something similar when we graduated our oldest son last year.

I hope you all have a blessed time celebrating this accomplishment!

Love, Heather

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

It all sounds great! The best part will be to have time to enjoy the evening and the guests. I'm hoping that Chris will get his dip, though. ;>

Firefly Nights said...

Wow. You're putting out quite a spread. It all sounds really good. The Cowboy Cookies are making me hungry, and I love Snickerdoodles.

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

Brenda, it sounds just great. The cup runneth over...........I agree with you about the amazing cost of baked goods. I gave all my nephews their wedding cakes as a gift because they are better and a tenth of the price if made at home. And I decorate them with flowers from the garden. (most of them got married at this time of year. I grow Sweet Cecily with its miniature fern shaped, anise flavor leaves and use them as part of the decoration. It's a very easy perennial...If you like anise flavor you can make a syrup from the seeds and use it for baking too. Let me know if you want any seeds. I'd be happy to send you some. It would be nice by your fence, off at the edges of things.

I think your menu sounds terrific. Will the lentil salad be vegetarian too? Lentils are very much a part of Indian cuisine.

I know you will make everyone feel welcomed and happy to be there.

Anonymous said...

I love to cut my sandwiches into little triangles for buffet tables when we have parties. I use different kinds of breads too.

My son is getting married in Dec. up in Cananda. Most of the people we are inviting won't be going. I'm thinking of having an open house next May after he and his wife graduate from college.

I'm sure your open house will be wonderful.

Robin in New Jersey

marye said...

sounds wonderful Brenda!

Susie Q said...

It will all be just wonderful! I know it will be joyous for all. Take care of yourself and enjoy the party too! You deserve it!