My First Dinner Party
As I’ve developed my cooking and baking skills I’ve also come to love making and sharing with others. Baked goods, gift baskets, small mementos, I find so much joy in providing others a small token of appreciation for their friendship and their role in my life.
Going into home ownership I couldn’t wait to host friends and family for holidays and meals. There was a reason we registered for a full set of wine glasses and numerous serving platters. Getting folks together around a table with great food, a beautiful tablescape and a few bottles of wine is pure bliss in my book.
Shamrocks from Trader Joe’s.
With today being St. Patrick’s Day I found it only appropriate to dress the table in green and keep things festive and fresh. I found this tablecloth on Ebay (a total score and will certainly be used again as we head into the summer months) and made the easiest centerpiece to date. A few kale leaves, Italian parsley, Russet potatoes and a head of cabbage, simple and rustic!
I provided the main course of Shepherd’s Pie and used this recipe. Nothing overly complicated and was easy in the sense that I was able to assemble the casserole before everyone arrived, popped it in the oven and it was ready in about 30 minutes. By keeping the main dish simple I am able to host and participate in conversation rather than standing over a hot stove while everyone gets to enjoy each other’s company.
I am yearning now for patio furniture so we can take entertaining outdoors when Spring is here to stay. I’m curating this home one dinner table at a time!