We did a special dinner for the young women at church and their dad or special guest. I was in charge of food, and out of the options I offered, they picked spaghetti. We also had salad, garlic bread, and cannoli cups. I made meatballs and lemon-herb salad dressing, and cheated by buying French bread instead of making it. I did make my own garlic butter with fresh garlic, at least. We estimated 25 guests and it was too much to make it all from scratch. Everything actually fell into place really nicely, although our turnout was lower than expected.
The other leaders did a beautiful job decorating. We bought nice plastic plates and used our own glasses or goblets and real silverware. I got to take home a little vase of carnations. I put lime, lemon, and minneola slices in the water pitchers. I loved the bright color combo!
I wanted an Italian dessert to go with the rest of the food. I found a really easy and tasty looking recipe for cannoli cups. It did not disappoint. Check it out here! I bought the pre-made pie crusts the recipe calls for and just about died at the price, but I didn't have time to make my own. I also substituted regular sugar and chocolate chips rather than buying turbinado sugar and mini chips. So yum! Make them!