Where do I go from here? I know, it’s been quite some time. I can’t say it’s been hectic because if I say that I’d be tagged a liar. Sixteen years of being a stay-at-home-wife took away my then highly commended time management and organizational skills that I have acquired during my years in the corporate world. It’s not for lack of anything to blog about, but I just couldn’t find the time to sit down and blog away.
Enough of that, so instead of updating you with our real outdated ‘life in the Big Apple’ I’m going to start with the most recent.
Two weekends ago, we invited two couple friends and my husband and I tagged it as the first ‘not quite party’ in our home for the summer. I’m not keen on throwing big parties at home. I can’t handle that (unfortunately, I didn’t acquire that knock for entertaining big crowds at home just like my Dad did when he was still alive. Obviously, my Moms’ gene was more dominant). I’ve always felt that I enjoy intimate gatherings at home. The big parties have a real venue for that – and that is to us (my husband and I) at catering halls/restaurants or whatever you call them (lol). For now, four is my maximum. Which means, we have to invite the rest of the gang before summer ends.
Thus, the day before the get together, a visit to the flower shop was inevitable. I did my own arrangements : one for the buffet table and a couple for the dining table. I picked out the flowers myself and went to work.
This arrangement was more elaborate and I was really happy that I got compliments from our guests. I had a couple of carnation in mini vases for the dining table and that was it (you’ll see that in one of the photos below).
It was imperative for my husband to have a bottle of Don Julio. So off to the liquor store, I went too. For tequila connoisseurs, you must know why he wanted it. He’s really not big on alcohol, in fact, he only does social drinking but when we entertain he normally picks out what he really likes.
This bottle was my choice and you can see why. This is more of a dessert wine called Plum wine with real plums in the bottom.
To round up the drinks, we also had these:
This was my setup at the dinner table. It was a choice from table cloth, to place mats to plate chargers. I chose table cloth and plate chargers. I actually had to buy a new set of plate charger to match my color scheme.
I have to be honest, I didn’t cook. I wished I can take the credit for the delicious food but I can’t. I hired a caterer and that was it. All I did was set up the table (at least I did that), and the caterer came to deliver, set up the food and fire up the food warmers when it was close to dinner time. The food was good for ten as no caterer I guess would be willing to cater for anything less than ten. We decided to serve two kinds of salad, green beans almondine, Italian bread, yellow rice (yes, this was needed even if we also served pasta knowing how our guests love yellow rice), chicken, veal and the seafood pasta which was customized because I wanted whole lobsters on it. It was such a big hit that they couldn’t stop raving how awesome the pasta was even if they had to do a bit of work on the lobster.
Dessert table came after a few hours. I served two kinds of loose tea (Teavana’s Blueberry Bliss and Dry Rose Flower) and assorted K-cups coffee. Since mango is in season, we pre-ordered Fresh Mango Cake and Italian Rainbow Cookies.
Of course, this post is not complete without photos of the guests. But I don’t want to be lectured so I had to conceal their identities. Overall, it was a night of fun and laughter. They eventually left at 1:30 a.m. Did they overstay? I say no because this is our norm. We also do the same when we are invited. It was a very long get together I must say, as the invite was for 3:00 p.m. and they were prompt. Simple hors d’oeuvres ( I failed to take a photo) which I put together was waiting at the coffee table when they arrived.