Once the date and time has been set, it is time to start planning. I head to my Yummy Appetizers Pinterest Board to help me plan my menu. We have a group of around 15 kids that range in age from 13-18 years old and they are mostly boys, so I need a lot of food!
Pick 4-6 appetizers and have a mix of sweet and savory and several drink options, including a hot one. I also try to pick a mix of recipes that I can prepare before hand vs ones that need to be served hot, so I am not making all of the dishes at the last minute.
This was my menu:
- BBQ Meatballs (served in a crock pot)
- Snowman Mix (This is a sweet chex mix snack)
- Meat, Cheese, and Cracker plate
- Hawaiian Sliders
- Mozzarella sticks
For drinks, I served assorted sodas, tea, and hot cocoa.
Write out the menu on a chalkboard or label the dishes, so your guests know what they are eating. I found these cute, chalkboard tags in the Target dollar spot a while back and used them for the Soup Party I hosted earlier this year.
Use disposable plates, utensils, and cups, so cleanup is a breeze. I picked up the festive plates and cups at the dollar store and displayed the utensils in mason jars.
Have several "stations" so everyone is not congregated in one small area. I set up the food and drinks on both the serving buffet and dining room table and used a beverage stand for the hot cocoa bar. I used mason jars to hold the marshmallows and peppermint sticks.
Plan 2-3 games/activities to fill the time, while the teens are snacking. Our Youth Minister brought a few games, like CatchPhrase, which they played the majority of the time.
Have you ever hosted or participated in a Progressive Dinner? If so, comment below with your favorite memory!