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Dinner Menu for a Lumberjack Party

A Lumberjack Birthday Party

If there is any “rule” in my book to hosting a dinner party, it’s don’t make it too complicated!

What’s the point of preparing and hosting a get-together if you’re going to miss it all?

For our Lumberjack Party I knew I wanted a hearty menu to live up to the ruggedness of the theme. What’s a universal man meal? Meat and potatoes.

Lumberjack Menu: All Recipes/Links in this Post

  • Turkey Chili
  • White Chicken Chili
  • Baked Potatoes
  • Cheddar Jalapeno Cornbread
  • Maple Bacon Cupcakes
  • Maple Flapjacks Cupcakes
  • S’mores on a Stick
The best part of this menu? I made most of it 1-2 days before the party to minimize day-of preparation craze.
A Lumberjack Birthday Party
I made two pots of chili – a traditional tomato based chili with beans and ground turkey. I also made a white chili broth-base with chicken and cannellini beans.

Turkey Chili Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 3 lb ground turkey
  • 2 large onions, diced
  • 3  15oz cans kidney beans
  • 2 15oz cans black beans
  • 1 15oz can Mexicorn
  • 60 oz diced tomatoes
  • 30 oz tomato puree
  • 30 oz water
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 5 tsp taco seasoning
  • 4 T sugar
  • Tabasco to desired taste

Brown the turkey, garlic and onions first, then add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 45 minutes.

White Chicken Chili Recipe:

Modified from the Tennessee White Chili at FoodRepublic.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 large onions, diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds diced chicken breast
  • 3 15-ounce cans cannellini beans
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 15oz can Mexicorn
  • 1 15oz can black beans
  • 1 container chicken broth, to desired consistency
Saute the chicken, garlic and onions first, then add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 45 minutes.

Baked Potatoes

Baked potatoes were the easy solution to the potato part of the meal. After I scrubbed some yellow potatoes, I wrapped them in aluminum foil. I cooked them on a cookie sheet at 300 degrees for 90 minutes.

Since I made the chili two days in advance, an hour before the party, I stuck the chili on the stove and the potatoes in the oven. Everything was self-serve.
A Lumberjack Birthday Party

I created a toppings bar on the sideboard of our dining room:

For the Toppings Bar

  • sour cream
  • shredded cheddar
  • chopped up bacon
  • black beans
  • diced chives
  • assortment of hot sauces.
A Lumberjack Birthday Party

Cornbread

I rounded out the meal with some Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread. I made Jiffy Cornbread, adding 2 de-seeded, diced jalapenos and 1/2 cup shredded cheddar per box of corn muffin mix. (For our party I made 3 boxes). Cook per box directions.

A Lumberjack Birthday Party

Beverages

I had several bottles of water on the table and several bottles of pop in the fridge. I also picked up some fun drinks: Maine Root Handcrafted Soda-Pop in Blueberry and Mandarin Orange (YUM! The Blueberry is my favorite. We discovered it at my cousin’s Maine wedding this summer!), Angry Orchard Ciders and some Summer Shandy (hopeful thinking – it’s almost summer, right?)
A Lumberjack Birthday Party

Maple Bacon Cupcakes

Recipe modified from The Fresh Fridge – for in-depth directions, check out her tutorial.

Maple Bacon Cupcake Batter: (This recipe yielded 24 cupcakes)

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened (I replaced 1 tb with bacon fat)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

**NOTE: Keep an eye on these cupcakes while baking. I over-baked mine just a touch. Due to the maple sugar/brown sugar consistency it’s harder to tell when they are finished.

Maple Frosting:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 stick (8 tbsp.) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups sifted confectioner’s sugar

Candied Bacon

Fry bacon as usual in a frying pan – add brown sugar to pan while frying. Watch carefully to prevent burning. When finished separate bacon to dry and harden. I chopped into smaller pieces for the cupcake topper. I used 8 slices of bacon.

I sprinkled the tops of the cupcakes with cinnamon and plopped the cooled-down bacon on top.

A Lumberjack Birthday Party

Maple Flapjack Cupcakes

I’ll post on this separately – basically it’s just sugar cookies and maple chocolate frosting. I’ll share my technique later!
A Lumberjack Birthday Party

S’mores on a Stick

(This time I used chocolate chips and crushed graham crackers.)

Suffice it to say, we were all stuffed…. and candied bacon is dangerously easy to make.

Could you eat a bacon cupcake? Everyone was freaked out to try it, but I think they liked them!

A Lumberjack Birthday Party for Moose

A Lumberjack Birthday Party
If there’s anything that makes my heart pitter-patter, it’s a good theme party. (Besides you, dear husband.)

And it’s been far too long since I’ve thrown one.

The reason you haven’t heard from me in the last week is I was busy planning a Lumberjack Party to celebrate Moose’s birthday with friends. TIIIIMBER!!!!

Today I’ll share decorations and I’ll follow-up with a post on the Lumberjack Dinner Party menu.

This was the largest sit-down dinner party we’ve had in this house so far – our new record to beat is 11 people at our dining room table.

For a general theme I was shooting for woodsy, rugged fun!

Every good party centers around food. So the dining room was the first place I started.

A Lumberjack Birthday Party

Instead of a formal, fancy centerpiece, I created a meandering trail of center “items”.

Some of those things included: Ikea Lanterns + pinecones, my Coffee Can Centerpiece with Rhody leaves, green wine bottles with red berries (Michael’s), white candlesticks and birch tree tealight holders (from my Mom – borrowing is a beautiful thing).

I laid down 2 yards of green buffalo plaid flannel from Joann Fabrics as a runner.

A Lumberjack Birthday Party

For the place settings I used woven chargers (Pier 1) with my yellow everyday dishes and red napkins.
The adorable mason jar glasses were favors from my cousin’s wedding. The heart is made from chalkboard paper! I added some adorable red striped straws that I bought from Amazon a while ago.
You know I love a good before and after photo:
A Lumberjack Birthday Party
The sideboard in the dining room was where the “Toppings Bar” was located:
A Lumberjack Birthday Party
The Nearly No-Sew Autumn Bunting has been hanging there since the fall, and the “runner” was made of plaid wrapping paper from the Dollar Store.
I added some natural colored raffia (to look like wood shavings) and pinecones.
A Lumberjack Birthday Party
I should just write my Mom’s name all over this post. The hilariously appropriate “Got Moose?” napkins were also a gift from her! She found them at Marshall’s.
She was a key part of this party theme coming together!
A Lumberjack Birthday Party
Of course the graphic designer inside of me couldn’t help myself.
I made labels for all the toppings and desserts and stuck them with toothpicks.
I used the font “Tall, Dark and Handsome” for all print materials for the party. It’s a free download from DaFont.
A Lumberjack Birthday Party
I moved the Front Porch Desk inside to hold the desserts.
The “Timber!” sign was made from wrapping paper and drawn on with chalk. I also strung red and black streamers throughout the house (also from the Dollar Store).
A Lumberjack Birthday Party
The ADORABLE cake stand was borrowed from my friend Heidi. She had the cutest “gnome” birthday party and lent it to me!A Lumberjack Birthday Party
For the “S’mores-on-a-Stick” holder I put my dear Moose birthday boy to work.
I chose a perfectly shaped log from our stockpile and he drilled dozens of holes in it to place the s’more sticks in.
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And… I couldn’t help myself. I made more cupcake flags.
They had woodsy phrases on them, like: “Hey There Lumberjack”, “Moose”, “Timber” and “Happy Birthday”.
A Lumberjack Birthday Party
A Lumberjack Birthday Party
In the hallway I hung the remainder of the red plaid wrapping paper and made a little photo station. I bought some felt rectangles from Joann Fabrics and cut out beards and mustaches.
How can one be a Lumberjack without a massive amount of grizzly facial hair?
A Lumberjack Birthday Party
And of course there was lots of plaid, flannel, Carhartt and Lumberjack Hats to be had.
Don’t mind the cut-off heads.

A Lumberjack Birthday Party

For the mantle I used some wooden trees (borrowed from my Mom – so I don’t know where they are from, sorry!), built a few log cabins out of Lincoln Logs and added raffia and pinecones.

A Lumberjack Birthday Party

The bunting is the same I used at Christmas. It’s made from burlap.
A Lumberjack Birthday Party
A Lumberjack Birthday Party
PHEW! That was a lot of photographs!
We had an AWESOME time with friends. Happy Birthday Moose!
I’ll be back later with food details – YUM, YUM, YUM!