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I’m not sure how much of a “formal” dinner party it was. Some day there will be time for people to come over and sit around a table with candles and wine.

I do that now too, but not in the “movie scene glamorous” kind of way. Am I worried about that right now? Not in the least, because it’s more about the friends, and the food.

And the friends and the food are great! 13 months ago


I have thrown MANY-a-dinner party at this point. But not the one in my head.

The one in my head has this amazing meal attached to it. With a very small group of close friends. Bottles of wine, dim lighting, candles, and lots and lots of laughs.

The only thing that I’ve thrown has been larger. ALSO a ton of fun, but the problem is that I think I just have too many friends! Have you ever sat down and been like “Crap, if I invite this person, I need to invite this person. and then this person needs to be invited too!” And the next thing you know, there are 15 people on the list!

How does that happen people?! Either way. Someday this will happen! 2 years ago

dottiemamaI've Always Loved Having People Over

My mother joked about em as a child “always wanting to have parties.” It’s true. I love bringing people together. I love hosting a card party or a movie night. I love bringing people together on social media sites. I love introducing friends to each other.

I wish I could have people over more. I’ve always wanted to host a superbowl party too. Maybe that should be another item on the list.

Problem is, I don’t have the house for it. :( I don’t have a dining area large enough. I think I could pull off a superbowl party though, even though I don’t have a bar downstairs or a fabulous giant flat screen TV.

Jason has no interest in having a superbowl party. What should I do about that? 2 years ago

Somebody SpecialI want to do it again.

Hard work, very stressful, but rewarding! 3 years ago

Somebody SpecialI did it.

It was really hard, but I did it. 4 years ago

Somebody SpecialDinner party for strangers. I really need to get on it!

What am I scared of? I love entertaining and I’d just rent a room too. 6 years ago

Queen Estherit was easy!

my fiance invited his friend/best man and girlfriend over for dinner - very impromptu, actually - and since it was saturday, i was already in the process of cooking and cleaning, so i was primed for it.

we started with salsa and guacamole, of course. then i served an exceptionally good seafood ceviche that i bought from a sweet guy with a cart on the street. the main course was chicken fajita soup, which needs tortillas, cheese and guacamole in the bowl (in that order, pretty much) before the soup is added. and then we ended with apple pie that i made from scratch—a la mode, of course.

it was all so easy, probably because there were only four of us. i put everything on the kitchen table so everyone could get as much of whatever they wanted. and i insisted on no leftovers, even sending them home with soup because they liked it so much.

now that i’ve had a test run, i think i can handle a bigger group, even though my place is not all that big. it’s all about getting organized, serving things that can be eaten with fingers or buffet style, and keeping up with the garbage as it accumulates.

next, i think i’m going to have friends up for dinner at a nearby restaurant and then have them over for dessert afterwards… 6 years ago

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Jan 14. 7 years ago

maharaniFirst, the house...

This one’s on hold until I buy the house. 7 years ago

Somebody Specialstep 1

Guess the first step is to pick a date. 7 years ago

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