Wednesday, March 10, 2010
The Dish on Dinner Parties
Sit, relax, break off a piece of crusty french bread and EXHALE.
Last night I had five women over for dinner. I served Greek Chicken Soup, crusty French bread, an herb salad, and brownies for dessert. We had a wonderful time catching up and then they rolled home.
I LOVE setting the table for a dinner party. I want people to feel special and loved in my home. Don't get me wrong - sometimes I just grab a papertowel and a stained placemat and call it a day....but I find the times that I can set a beautiful table so fun.
I am a big fan of eating out but nothing beats a dinner at home for connecting with people. No waitresses. No time limits. No issues with the check. No noise. Just good food with good friends, served at your leisure. The food portion of this party cost me about $20.00 and I have left overs. However, I have learned a secret over the years. Gather 'round. You get in 10 seconds what it took me 10 years to learn. Fix something that is ready to go and can simmer while you enjoy your guests. Unless you are a mad multi-tasker and completely confident in the kitchen, cooking will take your attention away from the most important thing - your guests. The soup was simmering, the salad was tossed and the bread was browning. That left me to sit and enjoy an appetizer instead of observing the party from the kitchen.
Do you have any go-to entertaining secrets?