*Mail or hand deliver invitations to each guest or couple, inviting them to your Silly Social..Encourage them to wear the funniest combinations of clothing they own, telling them a prize will be awarded to the silliest. Invite them to dinner, but tell them they will need to bring the ingredients for dinner and also help prepare it..Assign each couple or person to bring one of the ingredients for the "Group Effort Soup" (you provide the hamburger).
*Let your imagination run wild as you set the table. Mix and match paper cups, paper plates and napkins (or paper towels) from a variety of holidays. A decorated paper tablecloth would be a nice addition (florists are usually glad to give you their wilted flowers).
*When the guests arrive direct them to the kitchen and assign them a task to help with dinner. Some could brown the hamburger, others peel and cut the vegetables and others could get the bread sticks ready. Have some prepared fresh vegetables in a container and some cheese and crackers for your guest to munch on as they are cooking.
*Take candid pictures of your company.
*After dinner, clean up will be a breeze and leave plenty of time to watch a silly movie or play silly games.
*Award the silliest get-up with a prize.
1 pound ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
4 cups hot water
1 1/2 cups chopped celery
1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
1 1/2 cups quartered potatoes
2 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
1 bay leaf, crumbled
1 can whole tomatoes
1 T. beef bouillon
Brown beef; add onion and cook until softened. Add the rest of the ingredients, except the tomatoes. Bring to boil, cover and simmer 20 min. Add tomatoes, and if necessary, more water; simmer 10 min. longer.
Yield 4-6 servings..double as needed per guest list..
This is a great Youth activity..they learn to work together..Remember to have fun..
Crunchy Cheese Sticks:
24 frozen dinner rolls, thawed but still cold (thaw in refrigerator)
1/2 cup butter
1/2 t. garlic salt
1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
2 t. parsley flakes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine butter and garlic salt in a bowl. In another bowl combine the cheeses and parsley flakes. Shape each roll into a rope 5 inches long. Dip in butter mixture and then roll in cheese mixture. Place on a cookie sheet and let rise 30 min. Bake 15 to 20 min. until cheese starts to brown. Serve warm.
Yield 24 sticks.
Adapted from the book: The Domestic Diva's Party Cookbook..