I have to do a little personal post with some husband bragging, well, because I'm just so darn thankful to be his wife. I turned the big 3-0 this year and my husband decided he would put his AMAZING cooking skills to use and host our closest friends to a dinner party.
He knows I love an excuse to decorate a table AND dine with friends, so he knew the combo would be a hit. I was humbled when most RSVP’s came in as yes and we then realized we had 20+ people coming over for a sit-down dinner. Our table seats 10-12 max when expanded. Luckily, my handy husband had a solution–we put a giant piece of plywood the same width as our table on one of my portable worktables (we did have to get a little creative to make it level and sturdy) and covered it with linens making it look like one continuous table. I arranged some flowers and candlelight while my husband took care of all the food and drinks. He made the most delicious stuffed flank steak as well as fresh baked bread and sauteed vegetables. Everyone drank wine and cocktails, ate delicious food, laughed, chatted, and laughed some more. It was an incredible night that I’ll never forget.
These images are by Kate Price, photographer and guest. She offered to come over when it was still daylight to snap some photos of the table but we learned a significant lesson that day–never host a big party without a babysitter. Jacob, 3 months at the time, did not understand that we had a timeline and required, rightfully so, a lot of attention that we hadn’t factored in the plans. Let’s just say that we didn’t have much time from the completion of set-up to when our guests arrived. She still did a great job and I’m so thankful for the photos.
I’m even more thankful for my dear friends. And the most thankful for my sweet husband.
And if you are thinking of hosting a dinner party but are overwhelmed by how to do it, email me. This party came together in less than a week and had minimal details, but everyone enjoyed it nonetheless. Because we didn't have a lot of time or a big budget, we made sure to pick details/food that worked with our circumstances--which, in my opinion, is key to any event; knowing what you have to work with (needs vs. wants and how to prioritize them) and going from there to maximize it all. Obviously, being a florist helped as I had the decor on hand and had access to wholesale flowers, but I promise you can create a similar look without that advantage.