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

I’ll Have A Side of Laughter With That, Please

Written by Patti on May 13th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

Last night Eric and I were the happy guests at the home of our friends, Erin and Chris. Joining us were our darlings, Matt and Clint, who had introduced us all. Erin and Clint work together at Cartoon Network and are slap hilarious.  Matt, Chris and my sweet Eric are no slouches in the make ’em laugh department either, so when all of us get together I leave with sides aching from all the laughter.

Erin and Chris are fresh from their honeymoon in Nevis, which is in the West Indies.  For our dinner, they recreated a dish they had while in paradise, crab encrusted tilapia. Essentially, a crab cake topping a filet. How could anyone say no to that?

Here’s our sweet host, Chris, donning his chef’s jacket (sidenote: Way to go, Chris’s dad, on the swell gift!) Take a look at him and tell me you don’t see happy host written all over his face. Chris and Erin are like a great big hug and I love spending time with them.

Can You Smell What The Chris Is Cooking? It Smells Great!

While Chris is fixing us the most divine dinner, the rest of us catch up. Matt has the new ipad (super cool! I might need one) and shows me all the bells and whistles. It does just about everything. I love it! Erin shows us the gorgeous photos from their wedding and Clint keeps me up to date with all of his news.

But there’s always time to pose for photos, right? Of course!

Eric Pops Open The Bottle of Reserve Mead, Bottled in Asheville, NC

Patti And Erin Pose For Matt, Artiste Extraordinaire

Clint and I Share A Hug

Time to eat! First course, a beautifully arranged melon ball and proscuitto plate. Isn’t it pretty?

A Classic! And So Yummy, Too!

Now for those last minute touches to the entree – crab topped tilapia with sauteed squash over angel hair pasta. Deeeeelicious!

Chris, Erin and Matt In The Kitchen - Erin is So Cheeky!

And now, what you’ve all been waiting for, straight from the islands….

Doesn't This Look Scrumptious? Oh, It Was!

I probably shouldn’t say this, but I had two helpings of the fish. It may be greedy, but golly, it was good.

Wait, there’s dessert? Banana cream pie? With homemade filling?? Who makes the pudding part of the pie from scratch? Our new bride, Erin, does, that’s who! Nom, Nom, Nom.

Hooo Wheee! Banana Cream Pie, Y'all!

How was it? I think this picture of Clint says it all.

Was the Pie Yummy? Clint's Look Says a Big YES!

And before we knew it, it was way after midnight. Where did all the time go? Well, there was the visiting, the eating, the glasses of wine and the side splitting laughter.

I slept like a baby when I got home.

Thanks again, Erin and Chris. You always make us feel special. Because you both are so very special. We love you!

xoxo, Patti


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Wendy says:

    Another awesome dinner party, the crab encrusted tilapia looked insanely good! Will have to get the recipe from Erin. 🙂

  2. Erin says:

    Aw you’re too sweet Patti. We had a blast last night and my head is hurting this morning. But it was totally worth it!! 🙂

  3. Patti says:

    @Erin – you two are so dear to us, you always make us feel so at home!

    @Wendy – it was amazing!

  4. Matt says:

    We had SOOO much fun. I too am hurtin’! You guys are a bad influence! Can’t wait to do it again. ( :

  5. Patti says:

    Uncle Matt, you are a constant joy to me! xoxo, P

  6. Clint says:

    That was AWESOME! I dreamed about that dinner and woke up wanting more!