I'm starting this blog BEFORE my guests arrive. Because I need to sit down and rest! My plan of action always takes a few days ... planning, cleaning the house, getting the groceries and then cooking. I like to have entrees that are make ahead with only a few last minute things to do. So I can enjoy the party as well!
The table setting turned out better than I had planned. Who knew a single carnation would look so good with sprigs I cut from my front yard. Lots of lights and then candles at the last minute.
Dinner got pushed back until 7pm as Jody had to meet with a VIP at her wine department. Remember when nothing started before 7pm? Now, a lot of the time, the invitation is for 5pm!!! I sometimes look at these meals as a late lunch!
It was fun, interesting and delicious! Part of "Entertaining 101" is the table. The other part is the food .... and how you talk about it, as well as present it. I could have said fish, vegetables and potato. Starting out with nuts and olives. But when you call it walnut vinaigrette salmon, oven roasted colorful vegetables, Marcona almonds and Kalamata olives ... just sounds so ... gourmet!
Kerry ended up not feeling well enough to attend but he sent the most wonderful curried squash soup. Gary brought an old time, long in the family, home made spice cake (I kept a piece and had it with my coffee this morning).
Conversation was lively. Fire glowed perfectly. Lots of wine glasses used. And finally had to ask Jody to leave at 11:30! Success!