When people ask how to really add some flair to their dinner party decor, they are often surprised at my answer – white dishes. Often cast aside in favor of trendier and more colorful dinnerware, these classics can bring a sense of simplicity and elegance to any dinner table. I’ll admit that this trick may not be quite enough to save a floundering party, but at least your table will look fabulous. And with choices like this available in any price range, how can you go wrong?
I’m taking a break from the Party Primer series today as the future hubby and I travel back from our amazing wedding shower this weekend. I just have to say a tremendous THANK YOU to our wonderful family and friends. We are so blessed to have so many, many people that love us. We are so grateful and so excited to share our celebration with each of you!
I would also like to thank YOU, my wonderful readers! I’ve only been writing here a short while and already I feel a wonderful sense of community. For those that haven’t commented yet, please take a moment and introduce yourselves to me and each other. If we’re already getting to be old friends, please let me know what you’re enjoying most about Confetti & Buttercream, what would you like to see more of or less of? What are you celebrating this summer?
Have a wonderful day!
When we traded our little old house in Michigan for our lovely new apartment here in Madison, we lost the luxury of a yard and all the wonderful summer activities that go with it – including our BBQ Grill (still pouting about that one) and our flower garden. Luckily our little balcony gets enough sun that a few flower pots should thrive there! I haven’t had time to plant them yet, but I’ve been swooning over all the ideas on Pinterest. Follow Me for More!
I’ve always enjoyed listening to music and especially discovering new artists. In fact you’ll rarely find me without my headphones in or the radio blaring. I used to spend hours browsing the iTunes store, listening to 30 second snippets of songs to discover my newest favorites. The recent rise of services like Pandora and Spotify have made this even more fun.
I can hardly keep up with all the amazing new music I find, and I’m thrilled to share it with you! So thrilled in fact that I am thinking of making this a monthly feature. You can find April’s playlist here. I’m switching it up this month with some great songs from some of my favorite artists of the moment. Lately I’ve been listening to these in the evenings as we relax on the balcony with a glass of wine, I hope you’ll enjoy them too!
This post is part of the Party Primer Series. Answers to all of your party and event planning questions.
If you’re having a dinner party (or any party, really) the focus is going to fall to one thing – the food. Believe me. All the amazing decorations, music and entertainment in the world can’t make up for bad food. So before you even begin to worry about what you’re going to serve, start thinking about how in the world you’re going to prepare it.
Traditionally, of course, the hostess takes on the task of preparing the entire meal for her guests. If we want to get really traditional, the hostess’s private full-time cook makes the meal, but since so few of us employ our own cooks these days (and if you do, let me know! I’ll be over for dinner!) we are left with a blank slate when it comes to preparation.
There are several common ways to go about preparing and serving your guests a meal. I’ve listed these choices these in order of most difficult and time consuming to least.
1. Prepare the entire meal by yourself; the least fun and most time consuming of all your options, knowing that, it can also be the most rewarding, if you’re the kind of person who likes a lot of compliments and praise.
2. Prepare the entire meal with the help of your significant other; this is only a good option if you both like to cook and already do so together regularly. Forcing your boyfriend to cook Coq A Vin for your parents the first time the two of you are in the kitchen together will cause chaos and tears.
3. Prepare the entire meal with the help of a good friend; try not to drink so much wine that you’re completely sauced before dinner. Harder then it sounds.
4. Prepare part of the meal and purchase the rest from Whole Foods or your local gourmet grocer, then complete the prep yourself; I like this one.
5. Prepare part of the meal yourself and ask your guests to bring sides, appetizers or desserts; commonly known as a pot-luck. This is fine for casual events but I don’t recommend it for fancier occasions.
6. Order carry-out from a reputable and reliable restaurant; don’t try to pass it off as food you’ve cooked yourself. You’re not fooling anyone.
Tell your guests that you’ve got the drinks covered if they’ll bring over some food because you don’t have a thing in the house. No. Don’t do this. Ever. Seriously.
8. Go to a restaurant; not usually recommended with groups larger than 6, unless advanced plans have been made, or its a slow night or off hours.
Honestly, any of these is a perfectly fine way to enjoy an evening with your guests. The choice is yours and depends on your skills in the kitchen and the atmosphere you’d like to convey for the event. Going all in and preparing the entire meal from scratch may be a fine option for you if you’re skilled in the kitchen and want to show off a bit.