**Okay, so I wrote this post about the awesomeness that was my Farewell to Norfolk party almost two weeks ago. Thanks to all the moving craziness, I couldn't find the cord to my camera then and I STILL can't find it now (argh!). This post would be infinitely better with pictures, but it's been annoying me just sitting there in my drafts. So I'm posting it, goshdarnit! If I find my cord (which I KNOW I didn't let the movers take--I just have no sense of organization), I'll edit this and add them in. But for now, too flippin' bad.**
My goal was to leave Norfolk in style, and also get rid of some of our stuff. Sounds like a fine excuse for a "Clean Out the Pantry" Party!
My goal was to not buy anything for the party. Come to find out, we were out of beer, so that was out the window. But I didn't buy any food. We made "poor man's pizza" on slices of wheat bread, I made "PBJ sushi" using a tortilla, I got rid of all our eggs by making box-mix cupcakes (some were mini because I ran out of normal-size cupcake holders), and I even found some leftover jelly beans and put those out in a candy jar (no, they weren't stale!). I also put a bunch of old magazines on the dining room table and let people take what they wanted (the rest got recycled). And as at every party I throw, the contents of our liquor cabinet were readily available :)
The idea of the party took off as more guests arrived. Especially when a certain trio of young ladies arrived and asked if they could just start cooking! It was like that show "Chopped" on the Food Network. They just looked at what we had in the pantry and went to town making pasta for everyone and getting rid of all our tomato sauces and cheese!
Another friend was inspired to make some chocolate fondue. I whipped out a small slow-cooker and she threw in chocolate chips, marshmallows, and some raspberry wine she had brought along. We found some graham crackers and animal crackers to dip in it, and it was super-yummy!
Next time I move, I'll make sure to do this again and bill it as a Cooking Party. Maybe even hold a real Cook-Off and we'll judge people's creations and give prizes or something.
What's the most creative party you've thrown?