Food & Hospitality: Asian Theme Party for Homecoming

For Homecoming, we all don our navy blue sweatshirts, etc. to show the ol’ team spirit! It’s really quite fun, here in our little town, where we still shut down Main Street for the homecoming parade… (can I just say, the marching band rhythm section just takes me back… LOVE it… makes me feel 16 again.) For my second daughter’s first Homecoming dance, we pulled out the stops with an Asian Themed dinner party for her and all her friends.

The dinner was so much fun and such a success, I know it would work for any special celebration. All you need is a simple menu like the one we enjoyed, good sports (like big sister and friend) to dress up as host or hostesses… and chopsticks!

We decorated with simple Asian items and hung a lace curtain for backdrop. This is the simple Asian Menu for you to use at your next theme dinner party:

  • Teriyaki Chicken Skewers (on the grill) with Peanut Dipping Sauce (See recipe below)
  • Sushi (We made an event of making sushi at home, but next time… I might skip that part and purchase it!)
  • Fried rice {Easy-peasy… combine cooked rice and mixed frozen veggies (cooked) with butter, soy sauce and a little ginger}
  • Egg rolls (From the freezer section)
  • Hot tea

TERIYAKI CHICKEN SKEWERS W/ THAI PEANUT DIPPING SAUCE

Teriyaki Chicken
Skewers

1.5 lbs boneless chicken tenders

18 oz Teriyaki marinade Wooden skewers, soaked in water

Place chicken in a glass dish and pour marinade over to cover. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerated for the time instructed on the marinade bottle.

Soak skewers in water for 15 min. Thread each piece of chicken on the skewers and place on a plate.

Prepare outdoor grill or use a grill pan on cooktop. Grill chicken for 4 min on each side. Check for doneness and don’t overcook!

Thai Peanut Dipping Sauce

1.5  c creamy peanut butter

1.5 c coconut milk

3 T water

3 T fresh lime juice

3 T soy sauce

1 T hot sauce

1 T minced fresh ginger root

or 1.5 t dried crushed ginger

3 cloves garlic, minced

¼ c chopped fresh cilantro

In a bowl, mix the peanut butter, coconut milk, water, lime juice, soy sauce, hot sauce, ginger, and garlic. Mix in the cilantro just before serving.

This year, I am not going to all these dinner party measures for Homecoming. Our Homecoming weekend is spread over two days. We have the game on Friday night. Then on Saturday night comes the great dance… complete with all the stages for the evening. First, they’ll gather for pictures at some great predetermined location, then off to dinner.

My daughter is going with a group of ten. One of the girls’ uncle is throwing in Limo service on the house!… LUCKY! After dinner, they’ll scoot off to the dance. This year, we’ve reserved the limo to pick up the group at 10 p.m. and head over here to our house for a fun, relaxed ‘after-dance’ party. I think this is a great plan.. make them leave the dance early, and come here for some good niblets and drinks, maybe a movie or just hang out on our screened porch.

I enjoy pulling off theme parties for special occasions, but this year, the goal is for the kids to have a safe and managed place to come where they can relax and be together after Homecoming. Kids are craving some genuine care and attention from anyone who will give it.

I’ve battled my own temptation to compete with the latest idea for a theme party. But I have decided that this year should be this; Just relax! I’m taking the approach of letting the ‘special time set apart’ be the theme. I think sometimes, we moms forget that just offering our home… it’s warmth, acceptance, hugs and yummy food…is enough. That’s my theme this year!

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