Last week my oldest daughter had a birthday, and we’re planning a party with friends in a couple of weeks. But we couldn’t let the special day go by without marking the occasion, so we had a special family party and celebrated with a Make Your Own Pasta Bar.
We’ve been entertaining a lot lately around here for the #yearoffeasting We committed to hosting a party once a month for a year in the hopes of connecting with the ones we love and each other. It was such a great decision and we’ve enjoyed it so much.
It was so much fun to put together the pasta bar and I’m really excited to share it with you. It’s so perfect for entertaining, since everyone can find something they love, and all you have to do is set it up and let them help themselves, so you get a chance to enjoy your own party too.
I set it all up in the dining room. We offered three pastas -fettuccine, cheese tortellini, and rotini.
There were three pasta sauces; tomato, alfredo, and a blush sauce.
Then we made lots of fun toppings. We had grilled chicken, Italian sausage, meatballs, sauteed veggies, parmesan cheese and hot chilli flakes for those that like a little spice.
Our guests loved all the options, and tried all kinds of different combos. It was perfect, even for fussy eaters. I would definitely do it again.
There were a lot of different components to the pasta bar, but they were all really simple to put together. I used store bought sauces, and meatballs. I cooked the veggies ahead of time and just re-heated them. Before serving my husband grilled the sausage and chicken on the bbq, I cooked the pasta, and heated up the sauces. Along with this we made a caesar salad, and cooked some mozzarella sticks. So it was pretty easy to put together.
I wanted the table to continue the Italian theme, so we went for a rustic Italian feel.
I used some tomato tins as herb planters and had basil, thyme, and Italian parsley as the centrepiece.
We added some bread sticks, olives, and fresh tomatoes to the table for snacking.
Each guest had their own roll, wrapped in parchment paper, waiting for them.
I set us some Italian inspired drinks in the kitchen for our guests.
This was such a fun get-together, I highly recommend it to you for a party.
With a Make Your Own Pasta Bar, life really is a party!