Monday, October 29, 2012

progressive dinner...


Our get-together last Saturday was a progressive dinner hosted by four
families to celebrate our kiddo's preschool teacher, after 25 years she'll be retiring.
However, it's been about 10 years since they had her for their teacher.
That should give you an idea how special she was!

We all live within walking distance in our neighborhood, and thought
a progressive dinner sounded like fun.
I'm so sorry, I'm the worst blogger when it comes to taking photos during a party,
 I just feel a tad obnoxious with my camera ~ I need to improve on being discreet!
 Also, I don't know that everyone likes having their photos and weekend's events publicized.  
On to the fun...

First Home ~ Appetizers


Our guest of honor, Miss Mary (in pink) and two of her fellow retired teachers. 
On the menu - Smoked Salmon on pumpernickel, olives, baked brie with fig jam, crudites,
pita chips and Greek dips
Our talented hostess is a potter and made all of the beautiful serving pieces and vase. 
Her husband, the gourmet, smoked the salmon. The doors were opened on the hutch
 which served as a bar.

Second Home ~ Salad


Our creative friend came up with this beautifully rustic yet elegant display for the buffet table.
Weathered wood paired with silver pieces and white cinderella pumpkins.



Roasted Squash with Dried Cranberries, Walnuts and Shaved Parmesan on Mixed Greens
served with a warm Citrus Vinaigrette 

Third Home ~ Entree


Can you believe this charming festive serving table was a rush job after this family attended 
three soccer games before the party?  



We enjoyed a fall favorite - Traditional Beef Stew with Carrots and Potatoes
 and assorted warm breads. 

Fourth Home ~ Dessert


It was dark when we arrived at our home, I snapped a few photos early before we headed out.


Sorry, we were too busy getting drinks and ice cream on the mini pies to get a photo
and within a short time it wasn't photo worthy! 
The hot pies went on the tiered metal stand, to the right (barely visible) were the shot glasses
for milk, and donut holes were placed on top of each glass.
Caramel apples with twig sticks went on the gold tray in the foreground.
Hope you had a good imagination for all that!  


  I used my favorite items from our yard...leaves, pine cones and clippings in my
  diy rope vase here, along with a couple of pumpkins and lots of votive candles.

 

Mini Apple Pie in a Jar
Caramel Corn
Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes with Milk Shots
recipe here
Caramel Apples 

We had a fun champagne toast, the teenagers shared their preschool memories,
we reminisced about days with preschoolers, how quickly time has passed and
 how grown up they are... 


19 comments:

Tracey@Breathing English Air said...

What a fantastic idea; I have never been to a progressive party, it looks like a lot of fun. Everyone clearly put a lot of effort into making it a very special time.
Miss Mary sounds like a real gem. How fortunate the children were to have such a wonderful teacher. I hope she has a very happy retirement.

cindy said...

That is such a fun idea for the guests to experience each home and what a treat for Miss Mary to be honored that way. Fun to see the different tabletops and ideas. Thanks for sharing! Love the fall finds from the yard, rustic and elegant!

Dana Frieling said...

What a blessing Mary must have been to your sweet kiddos! She's fortunate to be appreciated by such awesome friends.

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

What a fun event! I don't think people do progressive dinners like they used to, sad. Your friend's pottery is beautiful, that vase looks like marble! And, I must make myself a rope covered vase-the texture it adds is so fantastic for fall! Looks like everything went off without a hitch, I'm sure Miss Mary felt very loved and appreciated!

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

What fun! I haven't done a progressive dinner since youth group! Everything is lovely!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

it all looks so festive and yummy!!! i love the rustic salad lettering!

Cotton said...

These table settings are pure perfection! Mart must have felt so honored to have such a fabulous thing done for her!

Katie {Miss Dixie} said...

You had me at donut holes. Ha! I still love that jute covered vase, it makes such a statement!

Taylor Greenwalt said...

Sounds like fun and honoring to a great teacher. I'm sure she will be missed.

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

Lovely party and lovely way to honor Miss Mary

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

How fun!!! Everyone's homes looked so festive and welcoming, and your home in particular was beautiful with the branches as a centerpiece along with the pumpkin on the cake stand. And all your desserts sound so fun! I will have to try those pumpkin donut holes, too cute! What a great bunch of people to make such a special celebration for a beloved teacher!

Leslie said...

This looks wonderful and so festive Pam! I love your centerpiece :) and everyone looks like they are having a great time!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Love progressive dinners....all the tables looked so wonderfully festive..what a great tribute to a beloved teacher...

Holly said...

What a special tribute and dinner for Miss Mary - that is so nice. And so much fun to walk to each other's houses for each course. Thanks so much for sharing Pam. I'm the same way with taking photos when entertaining. I always prefer to enjoy my company (including food and drinks) and by the time I remember everything is a royal mess. I'm with you on that :)

Kathryn Ferrie said...

I love a progressive dinner! What a sweet idea to host one for a retirement party.

Cathy Wall said...

What fun! I'll bet Miss Mary was so honored. Each of you created a wonderful evening and lovely memories in addition to what looks like yummy food stylishly served!

Nancy said...

What a fantastic tribute to a teacher! You all were wonderful to do that. Your desserts looked fantastic! I printed the donut recipe :). Which one was your favorite dessert? Youre a master entertainer!
xo Nancy
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Danielle said...

Looks like such a fun way to celebrate a retirement. I'm sure Miss Mary had a lovely night.

Amber B (Simple Dwellings) said...

What a wonderful and sweet idea! It is so great to take the time and recognize the people that make a difference. :) I loved all of the table styling ideas. I also loved your twine wrapped vase! Great job!

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