With Independence Day right around the corner and school just ending, it seemed like the perfect time to talk about celebration dinners.
One good friend of mine, Cate O'Malley from Sweetnicks
, throws a small bash each year, serving up towering slices of rainbow cake. Her kids adore it, and you have to admit that the bright layers of the cake are eye-catching. (For something similar, try this Rainbow Angel Birthday Cake
Whether you are planning a little soiree for the end of school or a big bash for July 4th
, making a plan is the first step to throwing a fabulous dinner. Keep the decorations to a minimum (really, they are secondary to the food and company). The table, set nicely with a little vase of flowers, is perfect.
Most important, across the board, is to keep it simple
. You want to make the dinner special, but if it's too complicated, you will be stressed out. That's never fun. So keep everything simple, and throw in one dish that is a little more complicated or impressive.
Here are a few simple, but fabulous menu ideas:
Sarah W. Caron (aka scaron) is a food writer, editor and blogger who writes about family-friendly foods and raising a healthy family at Sarah's Cucina Bella.