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Friday, November 2, 2012

Autumn Dinner Party

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C was headed to Six Flags Fiesta Texas for the weekend with his brother-in-law and two pre-teen nephews, needless to say they rode a lot of rides. So I was home alone for the weekend, which provided the perfect opportunity to host a dinner party for my girlfriends. I had read an article in Bon Appetit about a fall dinner party, the main course was a glazed pork, which looked amazing. I knew it had to go on the menu. We started with crab stuffed mushrooms and brie with grapes & baguette slices. The soup was butternut squash and apple, which was suprisingly savory. The soup was followed by a salad of mixed greens with balsamic dijon vinaigrette and candied Creole bacon. The entree was the glazed pork from the magazine alongside roasted root vegetables. For dessert, we shared rich chocolate cake with salted caramel frosting. I will post all the recipes over the next couple of weeks. I decided to challenge myself and try all new recipes for the party, which worked out amazingly well, I was very pleased with the outcome.

There was lots of wine, food and friendship. It was such a lovely evening with the girls, I am very lucky to have so many amazing women in my life. One of my dearest friends was not able to join us for the evening, her mother had passed away the day prior. All of our thoughts were with her and her family, we know she will join us at the next one.

I kept the decor very simple for the party. I ordered burnt orange napkins from Amazon. I got small grapevine wreaths from Hobby Lobby to act as napkin rings. I added some silk fall foilage to each wreath and the napkins were ready. The centerpiece was an arrangement of gourds on a gold runner with more leaves scattered about. I didn't even bother with fresh flowers, they didn't seem to fit the autumn them at all and the gourds were a lot cheaper. I am planning on re-using most everything for our family Thanksgiving celebration.
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6 comments:

USA Kiwi (Kylee) said...

I would love to be invited to a dinner party like that!

Your guests must have had a wonderful time :)

Heather said...

Looks like it was a wonderful party! I love the table decor and the crab stuffed mushrooms sound fantastic!

Heather Lynne said...

All of your dishes sounds amazing-I can't wait to see them! I saw most of them in Bon Appetit, but I'd rather see someone who has actually cooked them! Also your tablescape is beautiful!

Chrissy said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! I love the simple centerpieces and decor.

Dawn said...

I love the centerpieces and decor-so simple and elegant! And the food sounds amazing! I can't wait to see your posts on all those recipes!

Kelsey said...

I love how you seized the opportunity to get together with the girls!

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