Monday, February 25, 2013
Today I was planning a dinner party for five. Unfortunately, two neighbours had to stay home due to illness.
But I had a fun time getting a Birthday party ready for my neighbour, Shirley. Even though it was only a tiny gathering of my partner, the birthday gal and myself.... I wanted it to be special.
I got my dining room table cleared off for the first time in nine months. I chose a green tablecloth to go with our Laurentian Snowdrop china. (I figure it is 50 years old-- the china, not the tablecloth.)
For starters, I baked up some cheese canapes which we nibbled on as our dinner finished in the oven. The birthday gal had brought some bubbly wine, so we ate our cheese appetizers around my counter, with her vino contribution. It was perfect.
On the fancy table, I had chosen cloth napkins, china bowls for the veggies, a presentation platter for some ham and a trivet under the steaming scalloped potatoes. We had mustard or apple sauce to go with the meat.
To finish, we enjoyed some decaf coffee and a wedge of layer cake, called Hedge Hog cake. I put five fancy candles on the top for her to blow out. She is 80!
I made up a quiz about Shirley and she got 100%! Why wouldn't she? It was a laugh.
Before she went home, we watch a few moments of the Oscars. Shirley had seen Lincoln, but she didn't know many of the actors on stage. Oh well, she was finished and ready to go home anyhow.
My calories were over my daily goal, but I enjoyed a special day with a special neighbour over a special meal. It was totally worth it. What a fun evening!