Taste of the Coastal South Dinner Party

Some info about our Gourmet Group:  We are 4 couples who enjoy cooking, entertaining, and most of all, each other’s company. 
We take turns hosting in our homes.  The hosts decide on the menu (theme) from appetizers to dessert for the evening.  The hosts cook most of the meal, but give at least one course (along with all the recipes) to the other couples to prepare.  We love trying new recipes and ideas.  So most of the time the recipes are ones we haven’t cooked before, but they don’t have to be.

coastal dinner tablescape

Another couple hosted our Gourmet Group last month.  Our theme for the evening was “A Taste of the Coastal South”.  Here’s a look back at it.


She used blue – the color of the ocean (on sunny days) – as the primary theme for her table…

blue coastal tablescape

beach / shell table ideas

Shells and white candles played an important role too…

beach / ocean tablescape

coast dinner party theme


She used shells for place card holders…

beach theme table




chicken bacon bites - appetizer ideas

We devoured the Chicken Bacon Bites with Orange Marmalade…

crabmeat cheesecake appetizer

Luscious Crabmeat Cheesecake…


southern coast dinner party menu ideas

mixed greens citrus salad

Mixed Greens Citrus Salad with French Toast Croutons – refreshing…

southern succotash

Southern Succotash

shrimp and cheesy grits

 Shrimp with mushrooms, green onion, and bacon – Yum!!  Served with a southern favorite – (cheesy) grits…


We were in charge of making the dessert, Hummingbird Cake.

Hummingbird Cake - a southern favorite dessert

Since the magazine, Southern Living, originally ran the recipe in 1978, it has become the most requested recipe in Southern Living’s history.  (Source:  Southern Living)

A couple of photos I took while making the cake…

southern dinner party menu idea

hummingbird cake

Hummingbird cake is a banana-pineapple spice cake (very similar to a carrot cake) typically served with a cream cheese frosting.



The recipe actually called for chopped pecans on top.  Since we served the pecans on the side, I took the liberty to add a few M & Ms  to the top of the cake so it didn’t look plain.  I wish I would have added some edible flowers instead (…next time)

humminbird cake - a southern favorite

southern theme dinner party ideas

‘Twas delicious – you can never go wrong with cream cheese frosting…



Even the artwork in their dining room complemented the color theme of the evening…


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