Housewarming Dinner Party
I’ve been dreaming of hosting my own dinner party for quite some time, so when it came time to throw a housewarming for my apartment, I knew just what I wanted to do. Instead of a standing room only-type shindig, I planned a more formal sit-down dinner for a few of my closest friends one Saturday evening.
After spending a good portion of the previous night scrubbing every nook and cranny of my home, I spent Saturday doing some last-minute tidying up and prepping for the big dinner.
On the menu for the evening were three kinds of hors d’oeuvres, pasta, a salad, two kinds of desserts, and of course: lots of wine.
I got cracking on the starters first, since those would take the longest to prepare.
I used three different bases for the three types of hors d’oeuvres: rosemary & sea salt artisan crisps, Paris toasts, and olive oil & sea salt mini crisps.
Each of those had a different spread or cheese on them. The first had my special greek yogurt/cream cheese concoction, from my smoked salmon and cucumber crostini recipe.
The second had a slice of creamy, soft brie cheese, and the third, a smearing of Boursin garlic & herb cheese. (This stuff is heavenly – you absolutely must try it.)
I find hors d’oeuvres really enjoyable to put together, because they’re very aesthetically appealing and don’t require a lot of effort or skill. Just some time and a bit of patience!
And ta-da! The finished product: smoked salmon and cucumber crostinis with fresh chives, fig jam and brie on Paris toasts, and cherry tomatoes and Boursin cheese on olive oil & sea salt mini baguette crisps.
A platter full of these are sure to impress your guests. Or three platters, in my case. (And would you believe I still had to throw together a few more during the party? They got gobbled up quickly!)
For the main dish, I served my guests spaghetti with roasted tomatoes, sliced sausage, and caramelized onions.
Served with shavings of parmesan, because one can never have too much cheese. (Monica and I fiercely disagree on this point, but luckily our friendship has managed to withstand it.)
Even the salad had cheese: goat’s milk feta with organic mixed greens and homemade balsamic + olive oil vinaigrette.
While the pasta finished cooking, I set the table.
My love affair with Kate Spade grows and grows!
Each table setting was marked with a matching place card (also by Kate Spade – big surprise!).
I think these are adorable, because they say things like, “Playing footsie is encouraged”, “Save room for dessert”, “Please have a second helping”, and “Please chat with the person next to you”.
You get the picture. Back to the food!
For dessert I served up chocolate-dipped strawberries that I made myself.
Mmm… Can’t you almost taste it?
I also served an assortment of cheesecake lollipops, which I most certainly did not make myself. (Thank goodness – or dinner would be served at 4am!)
The three flavours I chose were praline pecan caramel, salted toffee, and triple chocolate. So decadently delicious, and so convenient to grab and eat!
Here, have a nibble.
I was getting very hungry toiling in the kitchen and waiting for my guests to arrive, so I maaaay have snuck one in pre-dinner. Don’t tell!
All that was left to do was light a few candles, put on some jazz, and wait for the knocks at the door.
Unfortunately once my guests arrived I didn’t have much time to take photos; in between serving courses, opening hostess gifts, playing Cards Against Humanity, and making sure my guests’ glasses were always full.
It was a wonderful, silly night, made sillier by the fact that most of us were ridiculously sleep deprived from either work or school, so we were all giddy and delirious. I tried to explain ‘none pizza with left beef’ to my friends, but was laughing so hard that tears were streaming down my face long before I managed to get the story out. (That’s here, in case you haven’t seen it.)
It was long past midnight when my friends left to find their ways home. I took a quick snap of the aftermath: we left chaos and quite a few empty wine glasses and bottles in our wake.
Though utterly exhausted, I was happy that the housewarming-stroke-dinner party was a roaring success, and can now say with great pride that my house is officially a home!
I hope you’re all having a marvellous long weekend, and Happy Easter if you celebrate! xx