Guest Author - Robin Rounds Whittemore
One way to save money, yet have a good time, is to host a card game night. Have friends over and suggest they bring chairs, tables, cards or a dish to pass. It is a great way to avoid spending money out and it gets people and their families together.
The main colors of cards are red and black, with the white background of the cards serving as an accent. Highlight colors could also be silver or gold.
For decorations, any party store should have a variety of card-themed accessories including tablecloths, napkins, plates, and even glasses among others. They would probably also have solid red or black disposable silverware, crepe paper, and other ideas for décor.
Red and black high-end foods include both colors of caviar. You could even top deviled eggs with caviar. The lower end of budgets could include red peppers and black olives. You could hire a caterer or a personal chef for the night, or do your own meal preparations.
Cherries Jubilee, which is red, would be a great showy way to serve a dessert and show off culinary skills as well. Another dessert could be a dark, almost black, chocolate cake with very white icing. Using icing gel in red and black, hearts, diamonds, clubs, and spades could be drawn on the cake for decoration.
Black and white sandwich cookies are usually a favorite. Around Christmas time, they even have red filling. Licorice comes in red and black and could help satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth.
Little cherry red tomatoes could be cored out and filled with a vegetable dip filling. A black olive slice could top off the filled tomato. Another idea using black, red and white could be Italian marinated black olives, red peppers and quartered artichoke hearts.
If you are serving a more filling meal, then red and/or black beans over rice could come into play. Red barbecue sauce goes well over chicken blackened on the grill. Salsa mixed with yellow corn, and black beans is a well-received dish at most gatherings. Chips even come in different colors as well.
Meatball subs might be an idea for your gathering. Keep the meatballs and sauce warming in a crock-pot with the French or other rolls at the same table for people to make their sandwiches. They may want to just have the meatballs without the sandwich bread.
Sandwiches of any kind can also be cut into the shapes of diamonds, hearts, spades, and clubs with handy cutters. Tuna, chicken, or egg salad sandwiches are usually easy to prepare. Mart stores or cooking stores should carry items like that.
Drinks also come in red and black, as well as clear. You could try searching for ice cube trays that come in the shape of diamonds, hearts, spades, and clubs. Freeze throughout the week before the party and have a few freezer bags already filled with the ice cubes.
Whatever the reason that brings you all together; this article should help give you ideas as you plan your card party. Have a fun time!