Last night we had a splendid dinner party because the
company was great, the food was delicious and the table was pretty.
I hope you enjoy seeing the pictures of my table and the food I served.
I love having friends over and I like to share what I've done!
First thing I do when I plan a table is make my flower arrangement.
This time it was easy as I had these giant exquisite peonies in my garden.
They remind me of the Degas ballerina's fluffy tutus.
They are so girlie and ruffly, I love them!
Next, I pick the table cloth. This one is a retired Le Jacquard pattern called Cherub.
Every year the French table linen company introduces a new Christmas pattern
done in two colorways, one traditional red and green,
and one in a non traditional color, such as this one in pink and purple.
I don't save it just for Christmas,
it's versatile enough to use at any time of the year.
I also put out the matching napkins.
Choosing the plates and glasses was next.
This table is a mix of cherished pieces from my family.
The dinner plates are from my aunt, her every day Mikasa French Countryside stoneware
that I also use every day. I also love to use them for casual dinner parties
because the white is so bright and crisp looking.
First course was Asparagus Tart served on my mother's
Imperial Candlewick salad plates.
The Asparagus Tart could not have been easier, prettier or tastier,
here from Martha Stewart. I will definitely make it again!
The recipe says it serves 4, but for me it easily served 6 as a first course.
The stemware is also from my dear aunt. I think they are Lenox,
but I have never been able to track them down.
I did this same appetizer again.
It's easy and beautiful and everyone loves it.
I was able to pick a bouquet of roses, our first this year!
They were pretty on the bar.
The main course was stuffed artichokes.
Here's what they look like before you pop them in the oven.
This was a big treat as large globe artichokes have been so expensive,
this is the first time we've had them this year.
I found these beauties on sale at Safeway and that's why I
decided to have a dinner party. Who can resist these?
I also served this cheesy bread.
No recipe to speak of, just softened butter mixed with mayonnaise,
grated cheese and herbs, spread on a toasted halved French loaf,
broiled and then sliced.
I love serving cookies for dessert,
and I knew the men at my table were cookie lovers.
What man is not a cookie lover?
These giant cookies have two names,
Cowboy Cookies or Dunkin' Platters.
Served with some pretty muscat grapes and a sharp English white cheddar.
I have the cookie recipe to share but no source unfortunately.
I got this off the internet before I realized how important it was
to credit the source. I am more careful now, I really am!
Anyway, these were a GIANT hit, sweet and chewy and scrumptious.
There are many recipes out there for these cookies,
this is the one I used, slightly modified. Enjoy!
Makes about 4 dozen.
1 16 oz. box brown sugar
2 cups granulated sugar
1 lb. (4 sticks) butter
Add in order:
2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups oats
3 cups cornflakes
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups flour
Refrigerate for a few hours until firm enough to roll into 3 or 4 logs, then wrap in wax paper. Refrigerate again until firm, slice into 1/4" slices. Bake at 350 on greased cookie sheets for 10-14 minutes. Let cool for one minute then transfer to wire rack to cool. Uncooked logs can store easily in freezer.
The last few days have been beautiful here, the rain has brought a fresh sparkle to the garden. We've begun our gardening in earnest and plan this week to work on our vegetable garden. Unfortunately, the last 3 days I have been knocked out by a terrible allergy attack and hope that a day of rest and knitting and a soak in the tub will help to clear me up. So...I am off to do just that! Hope your day is lovely. xoxo
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