Thursday, March 17, 2011

Philly Dinnertime Dilemma House Party!

Hosted this tonight! I'm a member of a website called House Party. House Party is a company that throws thousands of parties across the country on the same day, all hosted by people like you and in the comfort of your own home. Each event is sponsored by a leading brand, hosts get their own party website and a FREE party pack chock full of goodies to share with friends. If you're selected to host a House Party, you can use their website to invite your friends and family, share your pictures and videos and explore the thousands of other parties. I apply for almost every party that interests me, and I was picked for the Philly Dinnertime Dilemma House Party. 
I received a really nice saute pan from Green Pan that I'm totally loving! I also got some other cool items for the host (Philadelphia pot holder, etc) and lots of cool things for my guests. I decided to put all my guests' goodies into a pot holder instead of a bag because I like for things to be cute AND functional! Unfortunately, I was expecting about 5 more guests to the party, but they had to cancel last minute due to a stomach bug that seemed to have hit everyone and their kids. :(  So, I doubled up the guests gift "pot holders" instead of having a bunch of leftovers. So, every guest got a pot holder, 2 magnets, 2 notepads, 2 1.00 off coupons for the Philadelphia Cooking Creme, a recipe booklet, 2 wooden spoons, a box of Jelly Belly candy, and some other coupon items. I also made the Paper Clutch Menu Planner that I posted about the other day for each one of my guests. They turned out really super cute, but I think they need to be laminated with some contact paper. Oh well, I will do that next time! We had 9 people attend the party total, so it turned out pretty well! I also had the recipes we made from the party printed out on cute little paper for my guests to take home. And then, because I had gotten the Cooking Creme on sale for 50 cents a tub, I bought a tub of it for each one of my guests to take home to try cooking it for themselves!

To sum it all up, we liked all the recipes but the Chicken Florentine (Italian Cooking Creme) and the Sausage & Vegetable Calzones (Savory Garlic Cooking Creme) were by far the favorites! Thank you Philadelphia and House Party for picking me as a host! We had a blast and I had a lot of fun planning and getting together with my friends. We all cooked these together, so it was different to have a party where everyone could get involved like that!
Todd English's Santa Fe Nachos

These didn't turn out very pretty...The cheese was very hard to spread. But, they were well liked regardless!

Cooking the filling for the Sausage & Vegetable Calzones in the Greenpan!

Chicken Florentine Casserole....Everyone's Favorite! Some people skipped dessert to get more of this, and we had the little bit that was left get taken home by one of the guests!

Nachos almost gone!

Tomato Basil Pizza was good, although it really seemed to need a little more to it. Maybe some grilled chicken on top? Also, my store's fresh basil was slimy looking so we had to sub out for dried basil and I'm pretty sure it would have been better with the fresh!

Calzones out of the oven!

Close ups of the Calzones...They were another HUGE hit! Delicious!

All the women sitting and talking while the men hid in the other room!

Gift "bags" aka pot holders and off to the side was my Paper Clutchs!

Dessert was also from the Philadelphia website, Creme Caramel Squares. I changed the crust though to vanilla creme cookies crushed (you know, vanilla oreos!) and it turned out delicious! There was barely any left!
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