Greek Dinner Party- Drinks & Appetizers

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Our Gourmet Club met last weekend for another one of our fabulous dinner parties. We have 11 couples in our club and we meet for dinner once a month. This time it was our turn to host, and I chose a Greek theme. The hosts are responsible for planning the whole menu, preparing the main dish and then doling out the remaining recipes to the other couples. I know that 22 people sounds a little crazy for a dinner group, but not everyone attends every single dinner so we usually end up with fewer than 22. For our Greek party, we had 16 attending.

16 ended up being perfect- I was able to seat 8 in our dining room:

And 8 in our kitchen:

I have a bit of an obsession with buying all kinds of dishes, linens, glassware, etc. I have loads of patterns & colors, and I love to mix & match.

My husband and I fully intended to wear togas at the party… but we had some costume malfunctioning goin’ on and had to throw on regular clothes at the last minute!  In keeping with the theme, we did play some rather festive Greek music.

Since there were so many recipes involved in the making of this dinner party, I’m going to share them in three posts. Today I’m sharing the drinks and appetizers. Here’s what the menu looks like so far (and I’ll add to it in the next post).  Each of the titles are linkable to the recipes.

Greek Dinner Party:

Greek Mojitos

Marinated Eggplant with Capers & Mint
Goat Cheese with Olives, Lemon & Thyme
w/ Crisp Rosemary Flatbread
Dried Fig Souvlaki

We started with the drinks.  Everyone brought plenty of wine- some actually were able to get their hands on ‘Greek’ wine.  I wasn’t so lucky.  None of the wine shops I went to carried Greek wine.  So we served Greek Mojitos instead.  Typical mojito recipes are made with rum.  Greek mojitos are made with Metaxa (a Greek liqueur), which is much easier to find than the Greek wine!greek-mojitos1
The Greek Mojitos were good… making them as directed, they were a little sour… so my husband cut down on the lemon/lime juice a bit and they were just right- a little sweeter.

We had three appetizers- all very good:
This one was amazing. The men were gathered around this platter gobbling it up. I heard many raves, and I thought it was excellent too. We served the eggplant with slices of toasted baguette. I wouldn’t hesitate to make this for any party- no need to be Greek!
This one was super easy to make- both the goat cheese and the flatbread crackers. We kept the flatbread in big chunks, and everyone broke off their own shards to their desired size and spread the goat cheese onto the cracker. This was a delicious appetizer too, and it was impressive on the platter.
Ding Ding Ding! Although we enjoyed all of the appetizers, this one was the big winner for me. Each of us took a bite into this one and were completely surprised at the flavor & texture. These were dried figs stuffed with feta, wrapped with sage & prosciutto and then sauteed.  They were so, so good- definitely my favorite of the three.

*Click recipe titles in the menu above to see actual recipes.

For the rest of the dinner party- click through to see….
Greek Dinner Party- Main Dishes and Sides
Greek Dinner Party- the Desserts

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  • VeggieGirl wrote:

    Lovely table-setting and food!!

  • Elyse wrote:

    I love the idea of a dinner club!! How perfect. All of these recipes sound delicious. I’m a huge Greek food fan, so I really can’t wait to try these! Beautiful pictures!

  • Manggy wrote:

    Can’t wait to see the rest! And yes, the souvlaki would have probably been my fave too, but then again I can’t resist a good flatbread… 🙂

  • Claudia Lima wrote:

    Hi! What a nice party!
    I loved how the table looks: Really, really nice and inviting!
    My favorite appetizer was the last one as weell.
    Great job!

  • patsyk wrote:

    What a great start to your meal! Can’t wait to see the rest of it.

  • foodlibrarian wrote:

    How wonderful is this dinner! Everything looks lovely and delicious!

  • LilSis wrote:

    I can’t wait to see the rest of your menu! Beautiful table settings and a great selection of appetizers…Can I join your dinner club? tee hee

  • sharon wrote:

    I love the pictures from your dinner group. Everything looks so exquisite!

  • Aimee wrote:

    Those figs look to die for!!I’ll be checking out the recipe for those. Love your blue & white dishes in the dining room photo! We had the same set when I was growing up.

  • Joy wrote:

    My god, woman…I’m relocating to your city and joining your group!!! The table setting is fabulous…and the food, the food! I’m just left here drooling!

  • CookiePie wrote:

    What a fabulous dinner party! Everything sounds soooo delicious!

  • Leslie Green wrote:

    lovely food you had for the party! The togas would have been a hoot!

  • Karen @ Mignardise wrote:

    Gorgeous table setting! I’m all about the table top too. I even work part-time at a store that sells beautiful tabletop accessories. Guess where my paycheck goes? Looking forward to reading about the rest of the menu.

  • Cathy – wheresmydamnanswer wrote:

    I love this – I belong to a group called Gourmet Girls and we meet every two months – it is so much fun!! I will suggest a Greek night to them!!

  • dawn wrote:

    Oh man would I love to try a greek mojito! How festive! Where do you like to get diff plate pieces from? I’m always drawn to crate & barrel; they have such sturdy pieces. The Mikasa outlet was good too.

  • courtney aka glamah wrote:

    What gorgeous place settings. If I had the space and$$$ I would add on to my collection. So far its looking like it was a beautiful party.

  • Kathy – Panini Happy wrote:

    Wow, the food looks just as fabulous as I imagined it would! I would have had a hard time pacing myself with those appetizers…

  • Louise wrote:

    What can I say? Everything looks heavenly. Oh how I wish I could have been there. I’m big on Greek food and your Dinner Party looks wonderfully executed. Thank you so much for sharing….Oh I’m so wanting Greek food right now…

  • Rosie wrote:

    I just adore your table settings and what a great party! Oh boy I wish I was there 😀

    Rosie x

  • Karen wrote:

    sounds like fun! the menu so far looks great… can’t wait to see the rest 🙂