1. Tuesday night:
Rick’s parents stayed for a dinner of chicken and biscuits. This was last minute planning but thankfully a) they’re family (so they have the put up with whatever happens no matter what!;) and b) they had no plans that might intervene and thus it did not matter, within reason, when we ate. Easy going and relaxed was the word of the night.
2. Thursday night:
Another last minute decision made on my part to entertain. I wanted to have our friends the Barkers over for home-made pizza (one of my favorite recipes as the dough takes only 10 minutes to prepare). They have a 15 month old beautiful little girl, Mara Kate and thus, I had hoped to have things prepared when they arrived so they could come and go relatively quickly in order to get Mara Kate to bed on time, etc. Well, unfortunately I had not anticipated the very stressful afternoon I’d have with Micah that day (he was fussing non-stop and needing constant attention) and I found it almost impossible to merely get the apartment in some semblance of order much less prepare the pizza before hand. BUT, better pre-planning would have made it possible and so, whether it mattered or not, my apologies to our friends for an evening which could have been a little easier! Thanks for coming…we loved visiting with you all!
3. Saturday night:
Finally, everything came together and when the Morrisons came through the door with their 17 month old son Daniel, the tomato/tortilla soup was simmering on the stove, warm rolls were arranged on a plate, ready to be eaten and brownies made hours before meant there was even a desert this night!;) I must say, the more successful pre-planning always makes for a more relaxed dinner on my part and as the hostess, it just feels great to be prepared, together and in charge of the evening’s proceedings!
*So, what are your tips and/or suggestions for a successful night of entertaining in your home???