Friday Things: The (Somewhat) Formal Dinner Party Edition

Tonight we’re having friends over for a (somewhat) formal dinner party.  Something I’d like to do more often but after a week of planning, shopping, prepping and cooking I remember why this is a rare occasion. It’s a whole lot of work!

I know,  I know.  It doesn’t need to be this way.  I could pick up a lasagna and charcuterie at the local deli and replate them for my guests before serving a simple homemade (or not) dessert.  If I did, I’d entertain more often.

But tonight’s gathering happens to be a dinner we donated to a charity auction last year to raise money for a Sub-for-Santa event. It deserves more effort. So I’ve dug deep–literally, to excavate my old wedding goblets to pair with my new Anthropologie plates—and embraced my inner Martha.

And you know what? Today, when there are fresh flowers on the table and my wedding goblets sparkle in the afternoon sun while the house smells like Mom’s Sunday dinner,  I remember why women used to entertain this way.

Other things I’ve entertained  this week:

Pretty pastries.

The List App. 

George Washington, Mules and Donald Trump.

How to make a newspaper blackout poem.

Mindy tackles every mom’s dilemma.

Halloween (and other) candy reviews.

Goofy ghoulish art.

Happy Halloween Weekend All!



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  1. Posted November 2, 2015 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    I will not be entertaining this way for a long while, but I still want to hear what you made!! =) In case I ever feel inspired…

    • kathryn
      Posted November 5, 2015 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

      Hey! Give yourself a few years, though I made most of this while fighting a bad cold so you could make all this during nap time. The menu: Radish Toasts, Squash Apple Soup, Roast Pork, Baked Beans, Kale Slaw, Corn Bread and Pumpkin Cheesecake. One of the guests wrote the next day asking for the recipes. I’ll compile them and post them here!

      • Posted November 5, 2015 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

        Yay!! Please do!! =) I can definitely make one of those things during nap time. I make too big of a mess to make more than one without a professional cleaning crew standing by.

  2. Posted November 3, 2015 at 5:29 pm | Permalink


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Kathryn Pritchett

writes about Things Elemental — where we find shelter, why we connect, what sustains us and how we strut our stuff.