I've been dreaming about this dinner party for months now. It's kept me up at night, brainstorming about what theme to go with, what entrée to serve, which appetizers would be easy and light, even down to what I was going to serve each dish on. It's been a blast planning it all out and buying all the new serving wear that I didn't have. One shopping trip included a lovely afternoon hitting antique shops with my girl friend, Shiann, searching for the perfect cake pedestal... and I actually wound up with two! Determined that this party was going to happen, I marked it on the calendar and sent out the facebook invitations. As long as people showed up, a dinner party was going to happen... no backing out.
Crostini Alla Romana
Toasted Ravioli, with Marinara & Alfredo for Dipping
Vodka, with Cranberry and Lemon-Lime Soda
Italian Cream Cake
But as the date approached I found myself becoming very apprehensive. I had chosen to keep the guest list small to keep costs and stress down for me, since it would be the first dinner party I'd ever hosted, and when one of my guests came down with pneumonia and couldn't come I was afraid I might have to cancel it. All that dreaming and planning and anticipation... I saw it all ending in a disappointing night with Dane and I stuck eating pizza and watching movies by ourselves. But I quickly invited a few more people, and by Saturday morning it looked as though we'd have enough people to have a successful party.
And then I started cooking.
But by this point, I had no choice but to run with it.
And guess what... the party was a huge success. :)
Everyone left full and I happy. And that night, I went to bed a very happy hostess. :)
As expected (and requested!) I will be posting recipes for all of the dishes I served for this party. Look for another post containing these very soon!
In the meantime, thank you to all of my lovely friends who came and made my very first dinner party a huge success! I look forward to throwing many more, and to many more fabulous times with all of you! Ciao until next time!