As I sit here in the den waiting for the second load of dishes to finish washing, while the next two loads still sit on the counters, I decided it would be the perfect time to tell you about my dinner party last night! Seeing that it was our first dinner party and we had 9 people, I forgot to snap any pictures of the event :(. However, I have some great pictures of the morning after!
The party was a big success, so my boyfriend says. I’m fairly self-critical, and having 9 people eat five recipes that I made felt like putting little pieces of myself out there on a plate and waiting for people to express their opinions. It was a big frightening. Overall, though, I think people liked it.
Picking the menu was the hardest part. It took me several hours to finalize and get rid of things people didn’t like and ensure that there was a range of colors on the table. Here is what I ended up with.
All of the recipes turned out well. Prepping everything ahead of time was smart, but cooking the chicken for so many during the party was a little hard (luckily I had some help from two friends that were here). If I did it again I would cook it ahead of time and keep it warm in the oven until it was ready to serve.
This was the best Sangria recipe I’ve made, but it definitely gets better with time. I think I let mine sit about 12 hours and I can imagine that it will be even better today.
The crostata was really good, and it doesn’t get less good as it cools off, so it was a nice appetizer. It was fairly simple. I’m not really a pastry girl, but I did make my own crust. The recipe came from this book: