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Hosting Supper Club

Thursday night's Supper Club was a hit. Here's how we structure ours: when the time rolls around to host, you take care of the entire food portion of the meal -- appetizers, main course, dessert. The people who join you just bring a bottle of wine. We find that it works out really well that way because if someone has to cancel last-minute, you're just down one person and one bottle of wine ... you don't have to worry if they'd signed up to bring a side dish.


As I mentioned, we've been getting together for over ten years, so we are really comfortable around each other. We pick at each other, we wear our stretch pants, we tell embarrassing stories on ourselves, we let it all hang out. 

I kept it simple this year and went with some easy apps, a one-pot meal done in the slow cooker, and a dessert that I made the day ahead.


I had castellvetrano olives (my favorite), kalamatas, and a cheese and cracker tray.



I just served the appetizers right on the kitchen island since that's where we always congregate. I set up my Swarovski tree and had a few more holiday decor items displayed.


In our dining room, I had everything set out so all we had to do was grab our bowl and serve ourselves right out of the slow cooker in the kitchen.






The tortellini dish was out of this world. I don't think you could call it a soup because it's super creamy -- more like a cheesy pasta dish. Everyone loved it. I used turkey sausage in it, and I served it with garlic toast.


And our Millionaire Pie was delicious -- we ate almost all of it, and I finished off the last two slices after lunch the next day.


We ran two separate gift exchanges "Dirty Santa" style (or Yankee Swap, White Elephant, whatever you may call it) -- a $5 gift exchange before dinner and a $15 gift exchange with dessert.

I was really excited about my $5 gift for the swap. I found this air plant for $4.99 at Aldi. It's living! How cute is it?!



Truth be told, I didn't snap a photo of the one I gave as a gift before it went home with its new owner, but I did go back yesterday and I bought another one for myself.

So, everyone went home with full bellies and two new gifts. I'd say it was a successful night!

25 comments:

  1. That's so awesome you've been doing supper clubs with your friends for 10 years. That tortellini pasta dish you made looks delicious!

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  2. I'd love to do a supper club with my friends, so fun! The tortellini soup looks delicious! The air plant is super cute too. I have one at home and so far it's the only plant I can keep alive ;)

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  3. sounds fantastic! i need to start a supper club with my friends... i love anything that involves food these days! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  4. I made the soup last night and it was SOOOOOO good! Everyone should try it:)

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  5. SO fun!!! I can't believe y'all have been getting together for 10 years!!!!!! For the past few years or so I've attempted to get my girls to start a Bunco group but...no luck. Ha. And your meal looks delicious. Great job, friend!

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  6. Such a wonderful idea. Love the table setting. So pretty.

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  7. That soup looks amazing! Did you already share a recipe? If not, I'm interested! Love that you guys have been getting together for so long. What a fun tradition!!!

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  8. So pretty and gosh that soup looks delicious!

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  9. Those are the best kind of friends. Love it so much! And the layout y'all use sounds perfect! xx

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  10. The "soup" is being made at my house for supper tonight! Thanks for the recipe!

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  11. SO fun! Love all of the details! I'd love to do something like this around here! xo

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  12. Can you link or share the tortellini recipe? It looks so yummy. Thanks for sharing the details of your supper club. I think this always sounds like a fun idea!

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  13. This is such a great idea! Looks like everyone had a great time. I'm hosting my own little holiday party tonight; 'tis the season! :)

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  14. I've seen that pasta on Pinterest and it looks divine!!! I love that you've had this group for 10 years. What a blessing

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  15. love this! what a great tradition, and that soup looks fab!

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  16. What fun! That soup looks great!

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  17. I'll have to try that tortellini dish!

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  18. first of all, i love the idea of TWO swaps in one...amazing!!! and apparently i need to go to aldi NOW to grab one of those cuties

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  19. What a fun supper club!! I love that you did two swaps...double fun!! I already pinned the tortellini dish the other day, and I can't wait to try it!

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  20. You must have started the club when you were 15 ;). Sounds like so much fun!

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  21. So neat you have this group of GFs and it's been going on for so long. Such a big thing down in the Carolinas - I know when my Uncle died my Aunt's supper club organized everything for us for receiving while we were at the funeral. So amazing. What an incredible group of friends to have in your corner (+stretchy pants +wine).

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  22. I love the idea of a supper club. I would love to arrange one with my friends. ALso thanks for the heads up on Aldi and the ornament. I am excited to go pick one up after work today.

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  23. The meal looks great! Could you post the recipes?

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  24. I can't wait to start doing something like this once we move into our new house. It looks like so much fun!

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  25. What dishes do you have? I've been looking for something similar, we need new everydays!

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