I live in a pretty amazing neighborhood. I often refer to our neighborhood as an episode of Leave It To Beaver. If the weather is good, you will see kids playing in yards and parents standing in driveways talking. We’ve made some lifelong friends here and there are many weekend nights that we will all get together around a fire or play games in someone’s kitchen. Last weekend we decided to have a Progressive Dinner and it was so much fun.
If you aren’t familiar with a progressive dinner… it’s different courses of a meal, eaten at different people’s houses. We chose an around the world theme, meaning each course would be from a different country.
We had 6 couples participating so we each drew a country and a course. Each couple had to provide a dish and a cocktail, wine or beer from that country.
This is how it all played out:
China- Appetizers | Italy- Soup | Greece- Salad | Germany- Main| Mexico- Side | France- Dessert
We had the main course and side at one house, but combining Germany and Mexico was a little bit of a challenge. We ended up having schnitzel and spoon bread (it’s like a corn casserole). All the food was so good!
I got China but really stuck to anything Asian. (If you can read Chinese, please don’t look too closely at my food labels!!)
I cheated and ordered a few things from PF Changs. 😉
Decorating was optional. I used a few paper umbrellas and made some lanterns out of craft paper (nothing too fancy).
I think our next Progressive Dinner might be food from different states in the U.S. If you have a special dish specific to your state, please leave it in the comments…I’d love to try it!