Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Party of 8

This past weekend, we finally had my friend, Teresa's 35th birthday celebration. Her actual birthday was in February, and the first planned dinner party had to be postponed due to lack of babysitting, so here we are in June.....

Anyway, it was my turn to host and can I just say how fun it was to plan a dinner party???? It's been eons since Mark and I hosted a dinner party sans kids. It was fun to decorate and light candles without worrying about someone getting burned or setting the house on fire. We got out the good china and glassware, served fun cosmopolitans for the ladies, enjoyed cocktails and appetizers on the deck, followed by dinner and desert in the dining room. Heck, we even got to use [for the first time] those fancy wine glass charms we bought in Napa Valley almost 7 years ago!! Dinner was set for 7:30, but half of the party didn't arrive until 8:00 so appetizers didn't happen until 8:30 and we didn't sit down to dinner until close to 10 p.m.

MENU: Salad
Chicken Marsala over pasta
Lemon Herb seasoned green beans
Italian bread
Individual Lemon pudding cakes for dessert

A good [too good] time was had by all.

For some reason, I'm always giving Teresa recipes [not because I'm a good cook or anything] so I decided to make her a recipe box as her birthday gift. I had these great recipe card stamps from Stampin' Up that I had wanted to use for a while [read: over a year] and I love how the recipe cards turned out. The dividers were decorated up with ribbon and I made a "5 star yummy" tag on a paper clip for each section so she could mark her favorite recipes.


motheringmymiraclemultiples said...

That is the coolest box I have ever seen! I so want one now! Hope Teresa had a very happy birthday!

Melissa~ said...

Hi Amy!

Your recipe box is beautiful!! I'm glad I'm not the only one who has things for a year (or more) before using them!

So nice to read about your beautiful family again. :)

♥ Melissa~
Pink Paper Peppermints

Mama Abby said...

I too love the recipe box! Wow! how crafty you are and your scrapping page, I am working on an album that I started last year for Father's day for Jared and it's good, but due to time not with as many touches as I'd like...

Also, dinner party sounds amazing, it all sounds great and I would love to be able to host something like this...I've just gotten into the Food Network (it took me a long time! don't know why!) and would love to serve (drink) cocktails...but not in my state;)