Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Freeform Punch

This past weekend Mr. Cha Cha and I hosted our annual potluck/dance party and the potluck hit the jackpot this year! People brought so many goodies--recipes that took time and forethought to prepare.

You know how sometimes potlucks attract a lot of deli items that are picked up at Safeway on the way over, and then the hostess gets asked to supply dishes and serving ware when the guests arrive with them? This wasn't like that. Most people brought things that they had actually made, on their own platters, in their own bowls, or in their own pitchers and stockpots.

There was a wonderful Pad Thai made by Linda, incredible desserts made by Cynthia and Carla, a killer soup and homemade ice cream by Jim, a sumptuous beet salad by Kate, and a wonderful non-alcoholic sangria by Kate and Nick.

The sangria, in particular, was a huge hit because it was so refreshing. What started out as sangria kept changing as the night wore on and more liquid was added to the yummy fruit.

I think here had originally been some white grape, lime, and orange juices, some soda, and of course, the fruit. During the evening there was added some limeade, peach iced tea, fresh berries, ginger ale, raspberry iced tea, more club soda, tangerine juice, etc.

People kept asking me what was in the great "punch" and kept getting the reply, "Hmmm, don't know."

The really cool part is that this week Kate insisted that I keep the pitcher, which she swears is really too big for her kitchen, bless her heart! So I started another batch of mystery fruit punch for us earlier this week. Who knows what's in there right now.


Anonymous said...

This looks so delicious! I want to make some.

velvetwoods said...

Sounds like a great party,I love sangria...hahaha who cares what's in it as long as it taste good and it's hygienic.

LoveCharlesVintage said...

Looks like fantastic punch! I love potlucks, especially when they are such a success!

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cabin + cub said...

mmm.. that looks so yummy.. perfect for a hot summer day! ;)

w said...

if i had been invited, i would have added rum. still. it looks great.

Kate said...

Sharon, you are definitely making great use of that pitcher!

shellie said...

What a great party! I love it when everyones brings a real dish! And you even got to keep the fantastic pitcher!