Hello Lovely! A couple of weeks ago we hosted the church ladies night at our house and being the first official church function we’ve hosted since we moved, you know I wanted to go all out. Having a two month old has its challenges though, so going shopping for a bunch of new things was not an option and cooking the entire spread was also not an option. I racked my brain for hours trying to come up with a fun theme that I would also be able to delegate part of the menu. Anyone who knows me well knows delegating can be a struggle for me, especially when I don’t know the people I’m delegating to very well.
At some point I remembered an Americana event I’d planned a few years back that included a biscuit bar which had been a huge hit. Basically it was a bunch of beautiful biscuits and a few really fun toppings. Now if you follow along on my social media, you know I do have a biscuit recipe I make fairly regularly. Although the recipe is super simple, having the biscuits out fresh right as everyone arrived and the mess tossed away also had its challenges. Here is the breakdown of how I did everything.
First, I got on an invitation website and created a single invite to share on the church ladies Facebook page. Yes, I’m well aware this is slightly cheating but I didn’t have time to add everyone’s e-mail for an e-blast. Instead I made a really cute one, screen shot it and posted to fb. I also included on the Facebook invite some suggestions on what I needed help with bringing, of course letting everyone know anything that wasn’t signed up for I’d be happy to cover myself (Wal-Mart grocery-pick up anyone?!?).
The following was what I posted after the invite:
I’m making homemade biscuits to pile high with these toppings, I’d love help with Biscuit Bar if you can bring any of the following:
Sliced Red Onions
Sandwich pickles (sweet or dill)
Sides- Couple types of salad
Sometype of squash dish (sautéed, casserole, ect..)
Tomato, cucumber, and onion
A couple of deserts (maybe something light since the biscuits will be heavy)
As for the time frame on things, I used my normal recipe (here) but I mixed up the dry ingredients with the shredded butter the night before. I let it chill in the freezer so it would be nice in cold just when I pulled it out to finish off the recipe. About an hour before everyone arrived I preheated the oven and got my buttermilk all measured out. I laid out a large plastic cutting board to prepare the dough on which was quickly thrown in the sink as soon as the biscuits were in the oven (easy clean up). I mixed it all up but altered the recipe for this since the biscuits were used as a sandwich instead of a side item. I used a 2.5 inch biscuit cutter and rolled the dough out to be a little over an inch in thickness. I just wanted to be sure these were hardy enough to hold a good amount of toppings. I also cooked them on a sheet pan spread out instead of the cast iron skillet, again all to give more of a sandwich bun effect.
I have to say they did turn out pretty well, well enough that I only had one whole biscuit left by the end of the night…
I also had a Make Your Own Lemonade Mocktail station set up at my bar cart. I had two suggested options, one being a Blueberry Lavender Lemonade and the other being a Watermelon Mint Lemonade. For this set up I had the following all laid out for everyone to use:
Confession, I used Simply Lemonade Jugs because… I have a two month old and it’s really good
Fresh Mint Leaves
Sweet Tea (Arnold Palmers are always a win)
For a bit on a childhood throw back, I bought silly straws because silly straws are awesome. You know you’d like to have one…
There should always be a nice water option because some people will always just want water. Since it’s a ladies night I wanted to fancy it up a bit, I froze some fresh blackberries and sliced some lemons to add in.
Overall I really felt like everyone enjoyed it, it was intended to be a treat for all and I think it was just that. Even with this set I was able to slow down a little and still spend most of the day just hanging out with Delaney, which is exactly what I want to do these days anyway.
Happy hosting everyone and let me know if you try the biscuit bar out. People really loved it once the started piling all those toppings on!