Dinner Party Planning 1

Monday, 21 December 2009

Please, if you will, go along on my dinner party planning adventure.  I have 5 days to prepare to host a holiday dinner for 8.  The invites went out two weeks ago.  I am thrilled to have something to look forward to this week as my family is in Ohio, I have to work on Christmas and the love of my life is in London.

Today, I woke up early (8am is very early for me - darn jet lag) and went out to look for a few items to spruce up the place.  I found two new wool rugs for the entry way of my apartment and kitchen.  I purchased cloth napkins, candle holders and two vases since I want to have real flowers for the table and buffet.

I also unpacked 8 settings of silverware and my pretty serving dishes and utensils.  They are washed and placed nicely on the buffet.  My menu is close to being planned and will include:

Kalamata and Servillano olives
Peel-and-eat chilled shrimp with homemade cocktail sauce

Main course:
Green salad with pine nuts, red onion, cherry tomatoes, balsamic viniagrette
Cornish Game Hens
Couscous with pomegranate and almonds
Sweet potato bake with brown sugar and pecans
Soft bread

Third course:
Poached pears with chocolate sauce
Vanilla bean ice cream

Still to do:
Buy plates
Purchase extra wine glasses
Grocery shopping
Flower shopping
Re-arrange furniture for extra dining space
Set the table
Prep food

How are your entertaining plans coming along?


Unknown said...

Now I'm starving...seriously.

Also, you can e-mail me at heylola (at) sbcglobal {dot} net and we can figure out how to get you your stuff...and stuff :)

LizP said...

I'm just now getting caught up on some blog reading ... Wow your menu sounds delicious! Can't wait to get caught up on the next 6 posts to see how it all turned out.