March 18, 2013

That's Entertainment

One of the best things about our new house is the dining room. I love entertaining, and condo living isn't really conducive to throwing dinner parties. Since we moved in almost eight months ago, we've thrown our fair share of fetes - including a very fun holiday party. But bringing friends together on a Saturday night is my favorite kind of entertaining. 

I thought I'd share my must-haves for a successful night with friends. 

First, good conversation. Our round dining room table is the perfect space to bring people together for some good old chatting...and believe me, this crew knows how to chat it up! 

What's good company without food and wine? Contrary to conventional wisdom, I always want to try new recipes out on my dinner guests. Thankfully they were all a success and everyone had clean plates - a few even went back for seconds (the ultimate compliment to the chef). We dined on a cheese plate, potato kugel gratin, soy-marinated flank steak, sauteed asparagus with Dijon vinaigrette, and the EASIEST, most delicious easy flourless chocolate cake. We also enjoyed some Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc from our visit to Napa Valley earlier this year. 

While I'm lucky to have some beautiful dishes and glassware that we received as wedding gifts, it's always fun to add a little something extra to the party. Since cherry blossom season is almost upon us, I thought these Caspari cocktail napkins fit the bill. If you aren't familiar with Caspari, they have the BEST paper products, and also make great candlesticks. Their products are sold all over, but there is a beautiful store in Charlottesville, Virginia, should you be in the area. 

And last, but not least, no evening is complete with out an ample amount of laughter. If you've played Apples to Apples but want something a little less PG, Cards Against Humanity is your game. It's aptly called "a party game for horrible people." We certainly had a horribly good time playing. 

Do you have any go-to entertaining tips?


  1. Love it all! Thanks for sharing the recipes and the joy you're having with entertaining. I'm the same way, and am grateful that our condo design has the capacity for a dinner party! Have to also ask...maybe you posted about it earlier - that LAMP. It might just be perfect.

  2. That game is genius, you should suggest some new cards for the next expansion pack.