One of my favorite parts of planning these events is the opportunity to host and prepare food and fun for others. Even though this event only had three people in attendance, I still found a way to entertain with food.
After doing a lot of thinking an hearing that the girls wanted pasta, I went searching on Pinterest for pasta recipes. Instead, I found several things that led me to the final decision - I was going to create a pasta bar! Below are some nifty hints (and pictures!) on how to host your very own pasta bar.
First off, everything has to be cute! I pulled out the scrabble tiles for this one!
In order to host a pasta bar, you are going to need lots of pots and a busy stove to cook all of the different kinds of pastas! You want to keep them separate. :) I think I pulled out every size pot I own.
You're also going to want to warm your sauce. I used the crockpot for this. This was a first time experiment and I learned that they need to stay in the crockpot a little longer. It also would've helped if I used smaller jars so that I could put the lid on and keep heat in. The sauce was a little cold, but still very tasty!
Prepare your garlic bread! My favorite is to buy a loaf of French bread and use a garlic spread from my local grocery store on it. Keeps it simple and delicious.
Prepare your toppings! I put out various cheeses, including Italian blend and cheddar. I did not have any parmesan, so that was missing from this event. I'll have to remember to buy some for next time!
I also put out several meats that could be used for toppings, including ground beef, chicken, and bacon. When I repeat this, I'll also be putting out some veggies.
A good Italian night needs a delicious salad! Here we have greens, croutons, cheese, and Italian dressing.
When the pasta finishes cooking, set out to be served. I used a divided tray that I had in my entertaining cupboard (yes, I have a cupboard dedicated to parties).
If you can, cover the pasta while you wait for your guests to arrive! (Sidenote: when you drain your pasta, toss it in olive oil to keep it from getting sticky.)
Place out the sauce, uncover the pasta, and let your guests enjoy! (I used small fish bowls for the pasta sauce. I thought it was a fun little touch.)
And of course, no hostess post is complete without a shot of her! Here I am cooking up a storm in my "Little Black Apron." (Seriously, that's what it says on it!)
This was a last minute decision. Originally, I was going to cook a pasta dish but decided the pasta bar would be more fun. Next time, I'd love to add cute little labels to everything to help people identify them. All in all, the pasta bar was a success and I look forward to hosting another one in the future! (Little Black Dress party maybe??)