We love having guests for dinner.
And last year we were lax at having people over.
Often, we just met friends at a restaurant . . .
But it's not nearly as much fun
as having people over!
Two of my favorite parts of dinner parties are:
The dinner table after every one has gone and before we've
hauled the dishes to the kitchen.
The table in all it's finery
the guests arrive.
Everything is perfect
The house smells of cooking food
We've showered, cleaned up and dressed in company togs.
And we've got the anticipation of the party yet to come.
A dinner party we had a couple of weeks ago.
For two other couples
For me, the perfect number of guests.
All can contribute to the conversation
(which with a table of eight, you often have two fours)
And not so many dishes
that the host and hostess
(mainly the hostess)
have to deal with.
And I've learned, to have a simpler meal
Appetizers in the parlor with a cocktail or wine,
A first course
(often a salad)
A main course
Rigatoni with Gino Stipo's bolognese sauce
(the best bolognese sauce I've ever made)
And coffee served with dessert
A lemon yogurt cake
With wee glasses of a liqueur to finish up the meal.
Good company, good food, a good evening.
It's Thursday and I'm joining Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.