Last night we participated in our first, but hopefully not our last, neighborhood progressive dinner. There were four couples, four houses and four courses. Justin and I are fairly new to the neighborhood, but we were graciously invited to participate with some progressive dinner veterans.
How do progressive dinners work? Each house/couple is responsible for one of the courses. The first house has appetizers, the second has salads, the third has the main course and the final house serves dessert. Typically you spend about an hour or so at each house.
Ideally, everyone should live within walking distance. This allows for everyone to enjoy a few drinks without having to drive any where. One of the couples in our group used to live in the neighborhood but moved away before Justin and I moved in. We started at their house for appetizers and they enlisted their high school senior to be sober cab to pick them up later.
The other three houses are very close together. (I can’t wait until we have progressive patio dinners this summer!) Some how Justin and I ended up with the main course. We were shocked given it was our first rodeo! We were up to the task though and made some yummy enchiladas that everyone seemed to enjoy. We also had salsa, guacamole, margaritas and some Mexican beer on hand for everyone to enjoy.
As the night went on we all discussed how fun it would be if we had a theme for the evening. Everyone could makes something Italian, or we could pick a specific ingredient that everyone has to incorporate into their course. We scheduled our next progressive dinner for a couple of months from now. We decided we’d all make appetizers and maybe get more creative when the weather gets nicer.
Overall, it was a great experience, and I highly recommend you try this out with some of your neighbors. It is a great way to get to know the people who live around you and hopefully watch your house while you’re out and about.