Question: While planning one big bash after another during the holiday season, do event planners get too partied out to plan their own? Answer: Heck no! Even in the midst of all the large-scale holiday events we produce for our clients this time of year, we always — ALWAYS — carve out a little time to gather up our team and celebrate the season together. Our annual potluck dinner is a fun way for our team to nourish one another, taking a quick break from the daily hustle and bustle to ease into the comfort of good food and familiar company.

While we love planning every detail to the nines for each of our clients, this particular gathering is a casual one just amongst ourselves, with more emphasis on cameraderie and relaxation than anything fancy or formal. Whether it’s a family recipe, a favorite dish pulled from a Pinterest board, or a crave-worthy haul from a local food producer, everybody contributes something to the table, and nobody leaves hungry. Want to try some of our deeeeeeelicious Thanksgiving dishes for yourself and serve them up to your favorite people this holiday season? Then keep scrolling, and bon appetit!

 

Bountiful Brussels Sprouts from Sunny Fellows, Director of Design

For a triple kick of sweet, tart and savory combined, Sunny marries the hearty fall flavors of Brussels sprouts and squash with the zing of dried cranberries and dijon vinaigrette for balance. This seasonal dish doesn’t last long on our table, that’s for sure. Check out A Beautiful Plate for the recipe!

 

Super Southern Mac & Cheese from Whitney Hatano, Sales & Marketing Coordinator

Some might say it’s not really a down-home gathering without a heaping helping of mac ‘n’ cheese, and let’s face it: they’re right. So, Whitney keeps it real with this comfort food classic, baked to golden brown perfection and filled with ooey, gooey goodness. For the recipe, check out Southern Living.

 

Perfect Prosciutto Rolls with Goat Cheese, Arugula & Fig Spread from Anika Tripp, Executive Assistant to the CEO and Office Manager

Sometimes, the smallest bites can pack the biggest punch, and Anika’s prosciutto rolls are a perfect example of such a phenomenon. These delicious little hors d’oeuvres set the scene for a delicious meal, and they’re picture-perfect to boot. Here’s how Anika makes the magic happen:

  • 6 oz. soft goat cheese, at room temperature
  • 12 slices (not paper-thin) prosciutto, halved crosswise
  • 1⁄2 cup fig preserves
  • 1⁄2 bunch arugula, trimmed
  • Spread a thin layer of the goat cheese mixture on each piece of prosciutto, spread a thin layer of fig preserves over cheese, and top with 1–2 arugula leaves.
  • Roll prosciutto up around filling and arrange on serving platter, seam side down. Garnish with fresh herbs if desired.

 

Super Sweet Treats from Cassie Robinson, Event Producer

Pretty much everyone around here has a sweet tooth, and these delectable peanut butter blossom cookies hit the spot, delivering a super satisfying sugar rush to pick us back up after a big, hearty meal known to create the need for an afternoon nap. Cassie whips up this decadent dessert with a little guidance from everyone’s favorite baker, Betty Crocker.

 

The Almighty Main Course from Natalie Kennedy, CEO & Founder

Thanksgiving’s not Thanksgiving without a turkey — or, better yet, a turducken. When Natalie’s not running the show in the office or encouraging the team out onsite, she’s wholeheartedly supporting local Austin businesses like Stuffed Cajun Meat Market, which sets our taste buds watering with anticipation over our main course each year. So, cornbread-stuffed turkey, or wild rice-stuffed turducken? We choose both. It’s a tradition we always look forward to, and by the end of the meal, we are — indeed — stuffed.

From our table to yours, happy holidays!

Want our team in your corner for your next big event? Give us a buzz and let’s talk about what’s up ahead in 2018.