In one week, I have hosted four different times!
Last Saturday we celebrated my sister's birthday with:
*roasted vegetable platter (cauliflower, broccoli)
*English fish pie
*gluten-free, dairy-free chocolate pie
--and used the cream-and-brown china, with the aqua napkins (flowers courtesy of my father).
On Sunday we hosted my in-laws for my mother-in-law's birthday. We made:
*purple cabbage-carrot coleslaw
*roasted potatoes and carrots
*key lime pie cheesecake
--and used the white fine china with the Christmas linens.....
On Monday and Wednesday I did scads of Christmas baking. On Thursday we hosted our neighbors for:
*salad "bar" (lots of toppings in individual jadeite bowls)
*spaghetti with meatballs and freshly-grated parmesean
*fresh foccacia kissed with pink Himalayan salt
*platter of Christmas goodies
--and used the jadeite, with no tablecloth (easy cleanup in case of spaghetti spills! five children between us, and all of them small....) and paint-dipped pinecones.
And on Saturday we threw a little Christmas luncheon for my grandparents featuring:
*chicken salad with pecans
*fresh Parker House rolls
*buttermilk pie (my grandfather's favorite!) & decaf coffee
--and used the cream and delicate aqua-flowered china passed along to me by my husband's grandmother, set on top of a cream tablecloth with aqua napkins....so beautiful! My centerpiece was a fruit bouquet my neighbor made and brought on Thursday evening.
Now I'm done!