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a dinner + (video game) dance party.

Posted on: May 21, 2013

Or How to Host a Party, But Get Your Friends to Cook

Despite the fact that I’d been complaining about not having any time to myself, when I discovered my mother was going out one Friday night, I did something I never did in this situation as a teenager – invited my friends over for a party. Now, don’t get it into your head that this was some wild free-for-all. I only invited two friends over and the primary reason was to play Dance Central and Just Dance. The fact that I even have friends who were not only up for it, but were enthusiastic about playing rhythm games makes me happier than I can even say.

Now here’s how you get to host a party and not cook. Ready? The background work is very simple – make sure it is well known that you do not cook and, in fact, eat most of your meals from the freezer, already made. This is important, because I asked Friend 1, if I was expected to supply cheese for the wine. (Did I not mention it was supposed to just be a wine + dance party?) She replied that it was up to me, because I was the host. At that point, I asked how would she like to have my kitchen all to herself to cook in. BAM!

Let me be clear – this was not at all sneaky. She was well aware of what was going on. She even mentioned that it was crazy that I was hosting, but she was cooking dinner. But she went along with it, and that’s all that matters. The only stipulation was that I make dessert. Which, of course, I did. I made two. When I invited Friend 2, she immediately asked what could bring and ended up supplying a Mediterranean quiche (which was tasty in spite of my dislike of eggs, cheese, and most vegetables) and more wine.

And that, boys and girls, is how it’s done.

My friends and I drained mounds of pasta (Friend 1 made shrimp scampi, which is one of my most favoritest meals), quiche, cupcakes, cheesecake, and 3 bottles of white wine (Moscato, Strawberry Riesling, and Pinot – if you were curious) while dance battling on the XBox. We may have looked foolish, but we did not care one whit. I am beyond lucky to have these lady as friends and never was it more apparent than while we tried to keep up with a routine to Whip My Hair.

If you want more information about the desserts I made, keep reading.

I ended up making the two desserts at the same time. Inevitably, this lead me to panic and a kitchen messier than it normally gets during my baking session. I started off with the cupcakes. You’ll recognize these items from the Valentine’s Day cupcakes I made for my nephews. The cupcakes were my back ups in case I screwed over the new dessert.

I made a No Bake Raspberry Cheesecake from Women’s Day magazine. I thought they were adorable and wanted to make them more for than reason than to eat them. I was worried that they wouldn’t come out right, but after I tasted the cheesecake filling, I fell a little bit in love. Even now, I’m trying to find a cheesecake recipe so that I can make it again. Or maybe I’ll just make these with an assortment of berries next time. I mean, I did run out and buy a dozen mason jars. Might as well get some use out of them.

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1 Response to "a dinner + (video game) dance party."

I have YET to taste one of your culinary creations and I feel some type of way about that lol

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