Anatomy of a Dinner Party: a day in the life of a hospitalityaholic

December 11th, 2009 browsing by day


Party Week – Day Five

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Good Morning, Darlings!

Thursday was a flurry of activity. Lisa and I set out early for the grocery store and restaurant supply store for all the food and serviceware. After the grocery store, I was well under budget, but then I got to the restaurant supply store – a wonderful emporium (to the trade only) of mondo boxes of hors d’ouevres, pretty plastic plates and champagne glasses. Ahem….needless to say, I lost my mind in there and went $100 over budget. But it will make everything look so lovely! The grocery store was flat out of puff pasty, so we scrapped the idea of making olive straws and replaced them with a variety box of fancy hors d’ouevres that looked much better than just about anything else I could produce.

Wallet emptied, we returned home for the initial cooking. Lisa poached chicken breasts for the dilled chicken salad sliders while I fried umpteen batches of farfalle (bowtie pasta) that had been previously boiled by Lisa. It turned out well after we mastered the frying time. There are now three huge ziploc bags of crunchy farfalle in my pantry. One appetizer done, three more to conquer.

And the evening brought a delightful surprise – yes, Virginia, there is a Taruan! Yes, our handsome Space Planner was back from the Bahamas and ready to tell me where to put everything (for the party, of course!) It will all be fabulous, but the party is tomorrow and this is what my house looks like.

Tablescape Yet To Be Finished

Tablescape Yet To Be Finished

Beau Coupe Cokes Underneath All These Mixers

Beau Coup Cokes Underneath All These Mixers

Party Updates After The Fold