Successful Lunch Party: A Menu

I have this really strong urge to party plan and feed people.  This urge comes on way too often so I love to look for an “excuse” to party.  I love to have my house be the lively house!  Since LLS urges teams to have a kickoff party.. I jumped at the chance this year!  To celebrate our 5th year fundraising, I invited our nearest and dearest over for lunch.

Ready for some lunch party menu inspiration?  I’d love to share it with you!  This particular lunch featured small sandwiches, lots of food that happened to be from ALDI, and $20 worth of fresh fruits and vegetables from my favorite farmer’s market (PS – $20 bought me 5 (FIVE) bags of awesome produce).

Successful Sunday Lunch @


Gouda and Havarti cheeses with crackers

Chips, Pretzels, and Tortilla Chips with dips and salsa

Vegetable Crudite


Sandwich Selection:

We made tiny sandwiches with King’s Hawaiian rolls (3 packages of 24!)

Chicken Salad

Fancy Chicken Salad (with almonds and craisins)

Ham and Swiss

Italian (Ham, Provolone, Capicola, and Salami)

Turkey and Cheddar

We served our sandwiches with a selection of lettuce, tomato, mayo, mustard, olives, peppers, and pickles.


Side Dishes:

Fruit Salad (green grapes, strawberries, cantleope, pineapple)

Potato and Egg Salad

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Sauerkraut and Kielbasa

Baked Beans


I made my cookie bars for dessert – I did something a little special with them that I’ll show you some other time 😉  We also really love ALDI’s mini eclairs for party desserts… oh man.  Delicious!

To drink we served lemonade, unsweetened iced tea, moscato punch, and sodas.


One of my best tips when planning a party of any kind is to do the prep work!  I loved being able to spend time with my friends instead of man the kitchen. I’m lucky because Mike always steps in in the kitchen when needed… but I really felt great about the spread we were able to put out for our guests.  I also had a lot of help from my brother before the party to keep the kitchen clean while we prepped… it takes a village, I tell ya!

I was able to keep costs down on this party by serving lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.  Do the chopping yourself!  The giant fruit salad I made could have easily set me back $30+ pre-cut at a supermarket.  The chicken salad I made involved using a whole chicken we threw in the crockpot two days before the party. I was able to make TONS of sandwiches with a $6 chicken instead of spending more money at the deli counter.  I was also able to give my guests variety!

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Family Reunion

Yesterday we held a reunion for my father’s side of the family and it turned out to be a really great day!  I met new cousins and the weather crystal clear and cool.  We had it at a local park with beer and wine permit right on the banks of the Raritan River (where we picnicked a little while back).

Of course, no picnic is complete without a little party flair.  Here we go…

Tags and Fans for Family Reunion @

Above a few of my crafty creations… flatware tags punched out with my favorite hole punch and easy paper fans made with the same design (just bigger).  I don’t have an exact tutorials for the fans – all I did was design a template with a rounded rectangle around it, cut by hand, and glue to flat craft sticks.  I even aliready had the paper on hand (just plain white cardstock from Staples) and scored the craft sticks 40% with an AC Moore coupon.  And the coordinating ribbon was only $.50 a spool.  Can’t beat that!

Family Reunion Scrapbook Letter @

This is a giant letter for our photographing pleasure during the reunion – which was made out of foam poster board.  All I did was take some antique-looking scrapbook paper that I’ve had forever and mod podge it all the way around the letter!  We had a lot of fun with this one!

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Gorgeous Sewn Paper Hearts (an Etsy share)

One of my friends from college makes amazing crafty paper products that she is now happily selling on Etsy!  I’ll be featuring different craft projects from one of my best friend’s bridal shower party that I helped organize in August.

Please give serious props for Katie and her fabulous shop Herk and Rory as well as her amazing sewn paper hearts:

HeartsPlease be sure to check her out!  She recently started selling tons of new items and I am positive they will not disappoint.

Here is how we used the hearts:

Shower Hearts @

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