On Sunday, I hosted my first-ever dinner party. You may remember me telling you about what my mom wanted for her birthday: for me to make dinner for her and the family. I decided to turn it from a simple family meal to a fancy(ish) dinner party because:
- I read too much Pinterest and I was dying to pretty-up my house
- This woman fed me (feeds me, actually) for years and years, so I wanted to make it good.
Last Saturday I hit up Bed Bath & Beyond for some essentials – cloth napkins, napkin rings (ones that match my cutlery, of course) and a white tablecloth.
On Sunday, it was a quite massive trip to the grocery store. I think everything in that cart, minus the toilet paper, was used for the dinner.
And since heavy cream does not exist for some reason in Northern Kentucky, I would naturally choose two recipes that require it. A 30 minute drive into Ohio later and I was the proud owner of these babies.
Since I had nothing to do until 5:30 when I was going to start cooking, I just putzed around the house and watched Rugrats on Netflix for a while. I even taught myself how to do fancy things with napkins
I got skillz…
After that, it was time to set the table.
Then I started cooking! I made the desserts first because the baking/chilling process was going to take the longest. And (whoopsie!) I didn’t realize until around 3 PM that my nutella ganache cheesecake was supposed to be baked and chilled OVERNIGHT. It was still a little loose when it was time for dessert, so my mom took it home and had it the next day.
No worries, though, we had a smores pie to feast on in the meantime. I didn’t get a finished picture of the whole pie, so here is my slice.
The rest of the dinner
1. Appetizers (potato skins, marinaded olives, cheese, salami and crackers & bread and dipping oil).
After dinner, my sisters found their way to my 1,000 piece puzzle. Completing one is on my 101 in 1,001 list, and I have been doing it for over a year (and making little progress). Well, now I have to start over, because they completed more of it in an hour than I had done in a year! Turkeys!
Overall, I deem this a success. Family, wine and good food, what’s not to like? This was especially important because I hosted this (unintentionally) on September 11, a time that should be spent with family. It was great being with loved ones on this tragic day.
Posted on September 16, 2011, in Design/DIY, Food and tagged Bed Bath & Beyond, birthday, Cooking, Desserts, Dinner Party, Grocery, Heavy Cream, Mom, Pinterest, Rugrats. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.