Welcome Wagon: Celebrating New Neighbors

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A moving van next door means new neighbors and a reason to invite everyone to party. Celebrate the new family in your neighborhood with a block party, an evening entertaining and eating inside or make a welcome package to hand deliver at their front door.

Invite as many people as you feel comfortable cooking for. If you never cook for more than 7 to 10 guests, invite no more than 10 guests. Prepare as many dishes ahead of time as possible so you can mingle and enjoy conversation. Start the party with a beautiful, tasty drink.

Welcoming a new neighbor

Throwing a block party will get everyone in your neighborhood together in one place at the same time. Have each homeowner bring their favorite dish for a culturally diverse flavor feast. Your newest neighbors will feel at home by the end of day.

You can start the celebration with Mr. Food’s recipe for Mini Quiche. Baked in muffin pans and easy to make, these cheesy quiches make great appetizers. Grilled American treats like hamburgers and hotdogs for the kids are a must at any block party but the adults will appreciate more sophisticated eats.

Wow the new family with the Beer Barbecued Chicken found on Delish. You make a homemade rub and pour beer inside the cavity to create this mouth-watering grilled chicken. When the weather makes outdoor entertaining impossible, take the party inside.

Cold weather dishes

Serve a warm Butternut Squash and Spinach Lasagna on a cold fall or winter evening and your neighbors are sure to feel welcomed. The mix of mushrooms, squash, and cheeses proves well worth the hour and a half prep and cook time.

For an even warmer welcome, cook a big pot of Chicken Vegetable Stew with Dumplings. You start with a whole fryer and slow cook it in a crock pot until the meat falls off the bones. Make a hearty stew with the de-boned chicken and vegetables in a large pot or Dutch oven. Drop teaspoons of the dumpling mix on top of the bubbling stew and cook covered for 10-minutes. Don’t peek in the pot or your dumplings will come out hard in the center.

If your new neighbor has no time for entertaining, just welcome them to the neighborhood with a gift box!

The welcome wagon

You know that unpacking and arranging take time, especially with school and work taking priority. You can help ease the load by delivering Crunchy Milk Chocolate Oatmeal Bars that can go in lunches or make a delicious snack.

Bake a casserole so your new neighbor can concentrate on decorating instead of cooking. The Pizza Spaghetti Casserole featured on My Recipes will feed a family more than once or can go in the freezer for quick microwave meals anytime.

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