Moving and Mingling


This weekend, we were part of a progressive dinner with our church. Oops..let me backup...

{progressive dinner}- where people move from house to house; each house serves one course of the meal

Okay~we were the first stop of the evening and I served two kinds of salad....a spinach salad with a wonderful homemade onion dressing and an All-American salad. I had the basic toppings like cucumbers, peppers, broccoli, tomatoes and then they could put extra toppings on. This included feta cheese, almonds, croutons, cheddar cheese, sunflower seeds or cranraisins (oh yum!). I also served and assortment of breads. However, I think many people loved the coffee punch which I have featured in Stir and Season Saturday a couple of months ago.

After we mingled and ate our first course, we left my house and moved onto the next. We settled down to a wonderful Italian "main" meal with lasagna and assortment of sauces with pasta. She had such a nice touch with welcoming candles in jars on her front yard pathway to the porch. Each table had little flowers in vases and fun music playing in the background.

Lastly, we moved on to another inviting home for dessert. She had a warm fire going and the aroma of coffee filled the air. She served an almond mousse which was a true delight with every "spoonful". We finished the night with "sweet" fellowship....

If you have not ever done a Progressive Dinner..I encourage you to take the plunge. It's nice b/c you don't make the entire meal...you are always moving....talking with different people throughout the night....it's relaxed and "different"!

Have you ever done a Progressive Dinner???

What are some fun Ideas you have done with "meals" in your home?



41 comments:

AndreaLeigh said...

that sounds like so much fun! the salad looks delish!

Julie said...

I did these in college but not here. Sounds like you had a wonderful time full of great yummy food. You can tell I have little ones at home "yummy" food...ha ha

Liz said...

That looks like a lot of fun!

Mari said...

I've done a progressive dinner once and it was a lot of fun. As I was reading your post I was thinking that we need to do it again~

April said...

I have never done a progressive dinner, but have always thought they sounded like such fun! Sure sounds like you all served up some yummy food! I'd, for sure, have to hop on the treadmill when I got home! Have a super Monday, my friend!♥

Chris said...

Yes, I have been a part of Progressive dinners and also we had a Progressive cocktail party this last Christmas season. Lots of fun.

Hugs,
Chris

Jo said...

I love progressive dinners. You're right about a great way to get together and you don't have to make an entire meal. We've done them in our wardrooms (military thing) as well as in our neighborhood. You can have as many or as few course as you'd like.
You've got me thinking we should plan one soon!

Have a great day,
Jo

Busy Bee Suz said...

I have not done this in years...but I did enjoy it. Yours sounds fab....can I join next time??

lmerie said...

I have heard of people doing these, but have never been a part of one! Your salads look delicious! Sounds like fun!

LuLu said...

It's been so long since we went to one but loved it when we did.. thanks for the reminder of how fun they are and i must see if my friends would be up for it! it all looked so yummy,
have a great Monday
LuLu

At Home In Georgia said...

I have done one of those and it was fun and yummy. Your salads and toppers look mmm good!

Jboo said...

Sounds wonderful and like so much fun and such great food. Have a great week.
Janet

squawmama said...

Many years ago we did Progressive dinners but not for a long time... They are fun... Your salads sounded yummy... Thanks for the fun post Sandy...

HUGS,
Donna

the undomesticated wife said...

Everything looks tasty!

When I was a teenager, our youth group did a progressive dinner. I think we went to 5 houses. It was a lot of fun!

Joanna said...

I have never heard of such, but that sounds like a great time.

Kelli said...

I've never done one of these but I've heard of them. Your salad presenation is just lovely, it made me a little hungry for a nice salad.

Darlene said...

I've never done one of these but I have heard of them. It sounds like not only was there FABULOUS food but great fellowship as well.♥

Nikki said...

Now that sounds like fun. The food looks like it was all delish!

::Jan:: said...

I gained 10 pds. reading this, but it was so worth it. How fun.

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Montee said...

I think this would be fun!

Lindsey said...

Aw I love Progressive Dinners! Reminds me of my old church growing up, so fun!

Ruby Red Slippers said...

I love progressive meals! We are always going to people's house for dinner, or having people over-I love to do dinner parties-the planned ones, and the last minute ones where we all pile around the table, sitting squished together!
Saturday was a DDR, pizza, salad night with my sis. family and our neighbors-loved every minute!

Heather said...

Yes - Our church also does the progressive Dinners and they are so much fun because you not only eat great food but you get to mingle and acquaint yourself with different people and their homes!

jennykate77 said...

We've done progressive dinners, but it's been a while. They are fun. It's a great way to mingle and visit w/ people you normally don't. Also a great way for everyone to eat dinner together, without one person being responsible for the whole meal! Sounds like you guys had a delicious meal...everything sounded so yummy! I'm going to have to go back and take a look at that coffee punch (I ♥ coffee)!☺

May said...

I've read about these, but I've never actually participated in one, never had the opportunity. I love the idea though, it seems like it'd be a lot of fun.

Annikke said...

Our church did a progressive dinner.... with a slight twist! The women in the church were travelling from home to home (there were about 30 of us) eating food that the MEN had cooked and prepared for us. We had salad at one home, spaghetti at another home, and desserts at the final home. It was really fun!

nikkicrumpet said...

Sounds like a lot of fun! And your salads look delicious...I guess that chopper did come in handy!

Anonymous said...

COFFEE punch sounds de-light-ful sunriseside

Sarah said...

I have only been to one and it was awesome! I should really branch out and stir one up with our women's ministry! :)
Thanks for the idea! :)

Sarah said...

I am trying to find the link to your coffee punch, I am sure that would be a hit with our women's ministry meetings. Please let me know the recipe! :) Thanks!

Erin said...

I love this! When I was younger my mom's family had a Christmas progressive dinner. It was so much fun to go to each other's houses and see their Christmas decorations and eat yummy food.

Tricia Anne said...

How much fun!!! We are in the process of planning a progressive dinner and the main course is at our house! I can not wait!! :o)
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Looks like a great meal!! We have plans to do one in our neighborhood....you know that this is right up my alley:)

Lisa

Katie said...

That all looks so good I have never heard of it.. Oh yum it really makes me hungry at night sitting here looking.

Smelling Coffee said...

Your salad course looked beautiful and delicious!

We've done several progressive dinners - the most fun to me was a Mexican themed one.

A friend of mine has taken my children on a progressive drive-thru dinner - with sodas from one place, appetizers from another, main dish from another, etc... Lots of fun.

Jennifer said...

I have never done one of these, but want to.....Looks like so much fun!

I would LOVE the coffee punch recipe. I looked every where on your blog for it.... :)


Jen

Ruth said...

This sounds absolutely wonderful. Everything looks very delicious and so beautiful.
Ruth

Sandy said...

oh, they are the best! and so fun! i've cooked every course to cook! :)

Stacy said...

The people at my church did a progressive thanksgiving for our youth group when i was younger. It was so much fun. That all American sald looks great! So is it everything you'd put in a regular salad minus lettice? Great idea! My 2 year old chokes on lettice. I JUST did my grocery shopping or i would be trying this this week! lol! Well, maybe in 3 weeks when its grocery time again ;D

Dot O said...

Looks beautiful and sounds like a lot of fun. We've talked about a progressive dinner but it has never happened as of yet.

We have done themed-type dinners. There are six couples in our group and each would take a turn at hosting the meal which means providing the main entree and the "drink" of the night. My first time was back on March 25, 2007, which happened to be Elton John's birthday so that was my theme. I purchased some accessories from Oriental Trading, i.e. flashy glasses and some 70's colored items. I then went to a thrift store and purchased a pair of platform shoes that I used to make flower arrangements for the centerpiece of the dining table. My guests came dressed for the theme too.

Last year we decided games would be our theme so dinner was a bit less labor intensive and we played some new party games.