I love the "Tween" time --
Between Christmas and New Year's
And it's the best time to have company for lunch.
And I often do!
Gone is the stress of pre-Christmas
Gone, too, are the more obligations than you have days
Cards are done, presents are both wrapped and opened
And every cookie or candy has been baked or made and often eaten!
Our tree is still up
Our greens are still on the mantle
The centerpiece is still greens and pomegranates
in a blue and white bowl
And the old brass candlesticks are still on the table
A centerpiece of greens gets a good bit of use around Christmas!
And the blue and white transfer ware
(Alas, the Christmas china is washed and put away Christmas Day)
And five guests for I prefer a table of no more than six!
Old Damask napkins in silver rings
(I love it's softness)
A menu echoing the centerpiece greens
And a gift package of fudge for each guest
Made especially for this party!
And the luncheon?
A deconstructed Caesar Salad
I love this salad and have made it frequently.
It's a great presentation and the flavor is superb!
You might also call it a Caesar "Wedge"!
A creamy pasta dish with sausage and spinach and cheese and tomatoes
Served with a Parmesan roll
Dessert has to be Christmasy!
A chocolate fruit cake
"frosted" with ganache and garnished with maraschino ferries and orange leaves
Not a real fruit cake but a chocolate cake with fruit and nuts in it!
It's good and people who don't like fruitcake adore this cake!
This is always a favorite party of the year --
this last party of the year!
The dishes are washed and put away,
the napkins laundered and ironed
The greens are still in the blue bowl on the dining room table
And there they'll stay until we "undecorated" the house come Saturday!