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January 29, 2010

A little supper for six

Filed under: Entertaining, Food, Friends — sashyjane @ 2:24 pm

I absolutely love entertaining.  It’s one of my favorite things to do! I love prepping for days ahead of time, setting the table and dressing it and cooking fun new recipes.

Last night, I had Rhende, Paige, Jen and Jessica over for a little supper of pork roast, red potato and sweet onion gratin, butter beans, biscuits and chocolate pie. It was my first ever attempt at meringue (the thought had always terrified me!) and I couldn’t have been more pleased with the looks of it.  The taste however… I shouldn’t have tried to make my own instructions for the chocolate filling portion of the pie. Hindsight’s 20/20.

I like to set the table a day or two ahead of time to make sure I’m not rushed the evening of my event.  While I’m no Eddie Ross, I do like to dress a table with a mix of new and old and play with fabrics, accessories and linens.

Pardon the wrinkled tablecloth. I put it down and got carried away dressing the table… it never got ironed.

Almost all of my dishes, etc are hand-me-downs.  The plates, silverware and glasses are all cast-offs from Mama’s collection. Unfortunately, I don’t have six wine glasses so we all drank our wine from champagne glasses.  I don’t think anybody minded too much. The wooden salad bowls were from my great-grandmother’s collection.  The brown embroidered napkins were a steal from Williams-Sonoma after Christmas one year and the white linen napkins are hand-me-downs from my paternal grandmother.  They’re embroidered with a “B” for her maiden name. The tablecloth, table runner and placemats are all from Target.  I love their Waverly Linen Hemstitch stuff. I buy whatever colors they happen to have on clearance. The nest-shaped napkin rings and bird salt and pepper shakers are also Target. The bird napkin rings are Z Gallerie.  The candlesticks were a hand-me-down from a friend.

 Have I ever mentioned how much I love my percolator? I believe it was a gift to my great-grandmother.  She already had a coffee pot so she just put this one away for later.  When we moved her out of her house (at age 10o!) I got to keep the percolator.  It makes delicious coffee and it’s so pretty to look at!

We had a fantastic time and I was so glad to be cooking for more than one person. Would you like that pie recipe? I’ll post it when I get home this afternoon. It’s super easy and super pretty.  You just have to follow the instructions instead of making up your own.

Photos by Rachel.


1 Comment »

  1. I would beat you down in the street to get a hold of those napkin rings! I love birds… have you seen my bird lamp? I think you’d love it. I’m sending photos asap!

    Comment by JENA — February 4, 2010 @ 10:49 am

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