Recently, I hosted some of my closest gal pals over for a chili dinner. A few of the girls had not met one another, and I wanted a way to bring each of them together. I decided that a warm dinner on a chilly night was the perfect way!
First, I set out some snack foods for them to munch on as everyone arrived and mingled. I included strawberries, carrots, ranch, baby pickles, and colby jack cheese cubes on the big white and gold tray.
The wooden board housed salami, cheddar cheese slices, chocolate dipped Ritz crackers, and Pepperidge Farm Classic Collection cookies.
To add a final touch to the pre-dinner bites, I included some Archer Farms Caramel Apple Caramel Corn.
All of these goodies were found at Target. Some of the items are seasonal, like the chocolate Ritz crackers, the Pepperidge cookies, and the Archer Farms popcorn. Each were a big hit though!
The chocolate Ritz crackers are particularly good when paired with strawberries.
Next, I setup a drink station. I placed glasses on this mini serving tray. I have had this mini tray for a few years now, and it is great for holding drinks, but also housing office supplies and holding my planner.
I had cokes, dr. peppers, sparkling waters, and bottled waters. I also offered coffee, apple cider, and cocoa from my Keurig. Everyone picked a cold drink to pair with the warm meal, but I had the drinks placed next to the keurig in case anyone wanted a hot drink.
The most important part of a chili dinner: CHILI! I found a recipe via Pinterest and it turned out great!
A topping bar is a must for a chili dinner! I included traditional chili toppings, such as corn chips, saltine crackers, sour cream, and shredded cheddar cheese. I also decided to offer bacon bits. This was a new topping for chili, but many tried and loved it, including me! It added a nice smoky taste.
Finally, I served cinnamon rolls for dessert!
A couple of my guests brought food as well, including cookies and cornbread. Overall, the dinner was a hit! There was lots of chatter and the bowls were empty by the end of the night, with some girls even going back for seconds. The only regret I have, is not taking any pictures of my guests and I. I guess this just means we will have to do it all over again!