My friend Jill and I have wanted to do a recipe exchange party before the holiday season for several years and finally did it this past week. It's great to go taste and collect new recipes to use for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's that are new and different.
It was a perfect, crisp autumn evening and the house was aglow with candles and good vibes.
Not all of our friends enjoy cooking but they brought over tasty dishes and it was fun to see and sample.
We set up the food in sections and put the bar outside.
The ladies voted on their top 5 recipes and we awarded prizes to the winners.
Who wouldn't want to sit outside on a nice evening with a roaring fire, a glass of wine and lots of friends to catch up with?
We decorated with naturals...and harvested them the day before the party.
Everything looked so lovely...Jill loves to cook and decorate and has such a keen style. Love it!
I had the ladies email their recipes to me and I formatted them onto uniform cards with quick little watercolors to play up on our theme. They could pick up recipe cards for the dishes they wanted to try at home and store them in an envelope I designed that copied the invitation.
It was such a great evening and now we all have an bunch of new recipes to try! What was the recipe winner, you ask? I can promise you this...you will want to make this easy and elegant dish over the holidays! See below!