We often hear about guys’ night out with the guys playing poker or having a poker party, but poker isn’t just for guys. Ladies enjoy playing poker and having poker parties too. So ladies, here are some ideas for hosting a ladies’ night poker party.
In order to figure out what to have on the menu it’d be good to know who is going to be at the party. Not just for the sake of having a head count, but also to know what to make so no one is left hungry due to their dietary restrictions. I myself have lots of friends with dietary restrictions. Some of my friends are on total elimination diets due to their breastfeeding child(ren) being sensitive to certain foods. Other friends of mine are vegetarians or are allergic to certain foods themselves. So in my case I’d want to make sure that I had food available for those ladies to eat well. It’s not that much fun going to a party and not being able to eat. Here are a few ideas for easy to make menu items that should work for anyone coming to the poker party.
Every poker party should have snacks! Here are a few to get you started.
Popcorn Kernels (I’d suggest 1/3 cup for every 2-4 people attending)
3 table spoons of Olive Oil (for every 1/3 cup of popcorn kernels)
Salt or other seasoning for flavor (other choices might be a cinnamon and sugar mix or chili powder.)
Take the oil and put it in a 3 to 6 quart pot (I use a 3 quart pot for 1/3 to a half cup of popcorn kernels.)
Drop in 3 popcorn kernels or so.
Put the pot on a burner at medium to medium high heat
When the popcorn kernels have popped, take the pot off the heat and add the rest of the popcorn kernels.
Put the pot back on the heat and let the popcorn kernels pop.
When there gets to be a couple seconds between popcorn pops take the pot off the heat and put the popcorn into a bowl.
Fruit and Vegetable Tray
These are just examples of what could be used. If these aren’t in season or not particularly liked other fruits and vegetables could be used instead.
Take your fruits and vegetables and clean them really well. Then slice them up (except for the grapes and tomatoes.) making sure there is plenty for everyone. Squeeze the lemon over the apples to keep them from browning. Put the sliced fruits and vegetables, with the tomatoes and grapes, on to a platter.
Though your situs idn poker online party doesn’t need a main dish, it’s nice to have one anyway. Even if your poker party doesn’t start until after dinner is over. Here is one dish that’s doable and you can eat it with a fork or spoon, which will help keep your hands and cards clean.
Sautéed Vegetables with Rice – makes 3-6 servings
2 cups rice
3 cups water
1 Red pepper chopped
1 Green pepper chopped
1 medium onion chopped
1 can of water chestnuts
1 can of bamboo shuts
1 bag of frozen broccoli
½ bag of frozen peas
1 clove garlic finely chopped.
Put 2 cups water into a pot. Bring to a boil. Add rice. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Put 2 table spoons of olive oil in a skillet or wok on medium to medium high heat. Add garlic and onion. Sauté the onions and the garlic for about 2 or 3 minutes. Then add the rest of the vegetables and sauté until thoroughly cooked about 7-10 minutes. Serve on top of rice.
What’s a main meal without dessert afterwards, when you’re at a poker party? Here is one that’s sure to be appreciated!
Chocolate Dipped Fruits
Fruits of choice
Double Broiler or a pot of water with a bowl on top (I got that tip from Martha Stewart the other day.)
Take the fruits and slice them up, just like with the fruits and vegetable tray.
Fill bottom pot (or the pot) with water over medium to medium high heat.
Put top pot (or bowl) over the bottom pot.
Melt 7 ounces dark chocolate (to start with)
Take sliced fruits and dip them in the chocolate, either fully or partially coating them.
Set on wax paper to dry.
Every poker party needs a special drink. I mean water is always good to have on hand but it’s also good to have at least one fun drink, right? Here is a yummy drink to have on hand at the poker party. Feel free to add some spirit to it when you make it, if you like.
Strawberry Slush – 2 servings
1 pint of strawberries (washed and hulled)
1 cup of juice (Apple, orange, or grape are the most common.)
1 cup of ice
Puree strawberries in a blender.
Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth
Pour into cups or a pitcher
To top the poker party off, it would be nice to decorate for it. Put a table cloth on the buffet table. Try finding one that either has card suits on it or cards themselves. Another idea would be to take a black, white, blue, or red tablecloth and either glue cards to them or take a sponge or potato, cut the shape of a suit out of it, dip the sponge or potato in some craft paint, and stamp the suites onto the table cloth. Use paper napkins that are red, blue, green, white and black. Paper or plastic plates, cups, and bowls along with plastic utensils in those same colors. This makes clean up, afterwards, a bit less of a hassle and ties the dishes in with the color scheme. And for an extra bit of fun, take some cheap poker chips and glue their edges together making a square. Probably about nine poker chips should do. Same colored poker chips or different colored poker chips can be used. If desired, once the glue has dried glue the square of chips onto a piece of cork cut into a square, about the same size or a little bigger than the poker chip square. Tada a fun coaster to either continue using in the future or to give as gifts to your poker pals.
Most importantly have a blast at the poker party hanging out with your friends! That’s really what a poker party is all about, after all. Any cash you may win at the poker party is just a nice bonus!