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

The Perfect Hostess Gift

Written by Patti on September 28th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Our swell friends Nicky & Katruska and Ben & Maura joined us for dinner last night. The plan was to discuss a Holiday Survival Class we want to put together for you.

Well, Nicky & Patruska are the creators of Our Libatious Nature and they know EVERYTHING about cocktails. It is always thrilling to spend time with folks who are passionate about what they do, and they are.

And, they are very well versed in the art of hostess gifts. Boy, are they ever! This is the coolest idea – my friends arrived with all the makings for the perfect Manhattan. All tucked into a wicker utensil holder were Bourbon, Vermouth, Bitters and a jar of homemade fig flavored cherries (how did they do that?). There was even a package of the most darling polka dot cocktail napkins. It wasn’t long before we were breaking everything out and getting a lesson in making the perfect Manhattan. What a fine way to start our evening!

Sipping on Manhattans before dinner!

Keeping with our Autumn theme, I dressed the table with two red lanterns I bought for a song at our local Army/Navy store and five tiny pumpkins. There was seared polenta with a mushroom and onion reduction, tuna salad nicoise and orange chocolate pots de creme. Wine flowed as easily as the conversation.

Ready for dinner!

Tuna Nicoise. I promise to take the wrap off next time! lol

Seared polenta cakes with mushroom and onion reduction.

No one seemed to get a shot of the chocolate pots de creme. Oops.

At Midnight, we toasted my darling Husband, who is having a birthday today. Happy Birthday Sweetheart, I love you!

Did we ever get around to talking about that Holiday Survival Class? We did, but we would love to get your feedback on what you would like to learn about hosting a holiday party! Leave me a comment and let me know!

xoxo, Patti

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1 Comments so far ↓

  1. John says:

    Ummm..YUM!! Looks like I’m going to have to sear some polenta.