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I was inspired as I was cleaning out the armoire in my dressing room. I live in a historical home, big enough for my husband and me, but the storage space is very limited. So the flat bottom inside of my antique armoire had become a storage place for leftover party decorations. Paper combed colored balls, strings of school decorations (from last year's back to school dinner), Happy Birthday banners, and numerous other party decorations that looked like new because I only used them once, so it seemed wasteful to toss them out. But they also felt like something I would store for years and never get around to using again, and that's when I was inspired to have a Leftover Dinner for my family and friends.
Decorate my dining room with leftover Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas, Back to School, Easter and Halloween decorations, and the food would be leftovers, too. Just how would that work? Everyone would bring a leftover that's in their refrigerator the day of the dinner, I would include my leftovers, too. It would be a chancy dinner menu, I know, so I'm planning on making a couple of staples the day of the dinner, like my Skunk Beans, deviled eggs, and scalloped potatoes--just to be on the safe side.
I think it would be fun to tell people to also bring leftover things to exchange with other dinner guests. Odds and ends they used, but don't want anymore, or opened packages where they only needed one item, but they had to buy six. Trade leftover items, enjoy a leftover buffet, and since there's always too much food at my dinner parties, I'm sure everyone would be taking home (new) leftovers.
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