Sunday, August 12, 2018

Dinner with German Friends and Family

I finally got over my colds and cough which seemed like forever and I was in the mood to cook and entertain, so I invite my daughter, our German friends and their families to come over for dinner.

 I used my gray, oval Portuguese made CMG dinnerware in "Sari" pattern for the adult table.
 I gathered a few mercury silver stuff I have at home and cut up some flowers from the garden to create the centerpiece.

 I love the oval shape and the subtle design on the plates. When John saw the table, he mentioned that we have never used these plates. Not true, I have used them once, when we entertained an Australian doctor and his wife in Natchez. If you want to see that table, here it is, Australia in Natchez

Crystal pineapple S & P shakers

I served baked salmon, rice and beef stew that I cooked in my new instant pot. I asked my daughter to bring Caesar salad.
 Aren't my supposedly "helpers" just too cute?
 The desserts.... I had no butter to make icing for a cake and I knew I wouldn't have time to go to the grocery, so I decided to try to make a chiffon flan cake. It turned out really good. Natascha, our German neighbor, brought those yummy individual orange cakes.

Polish pottery for the youngsters
Here are some of our young guests.

 And some more. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the adults. Darn!!
 I used a silver plated tea set for our tea.

Thanks again for stopping by. Here are a few memes I am linking with. Thank you for the parties!

Christine's Dishing It and Digging It
Chloe's Celebrate it Monday
Bernideen's Tea Party

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Dinner for my College Colleagues, May 14, 2018

I had entered this on my blog hoping to publish it in a few days from then, but my mother got ill and we had to fly to Illinois to see her, but she passed away so fast that we did not see her alive. We are thankful that she went peacefully and not suffer. She was tired. She was 2 months short of her 100th birthday. Rest in peace, mama. I love you always and forever! 
Anyway, we had very nice services for her in Illinois and now we are taking her ashes to be buried next to my father in the Philippines. 

I thought I would publish this before we left.

This beachy tablescape was set for my friends from College who visited us a few weeks ago.

I just gathered beachy stuff from around the house, mostly from the master bathroom where I have shells and coastal d├ęcor surrounding the Jacuzzi tub.
I used a fish net table runner instead of a tablecloth.

The capiz plate chargers were bought from Pier 1 many years ago.

Shell napkin holders
Starfish S & P shakers

I served seafood paella, salmon and grilled ribs and of course, rice.

And there they are..... my happy guests! We had so much fun reminiscing days gone by!

The desserts: macaroons and coconut pandan

Tea in my Nippon Toki Kasha tea seat

Thanks so much for stopping by. And thanks to all the parties I am I am linking with:

Anything Goes" Pink Saturday  
Christine's Dishing It and Digging It

Monday, April 23, 2018

Baby Daughter's 37th Birthday Luncheon, 4-22-2018

I can't believe my baby is 37 years old! Geez! Where has the time gone? Anyway, she was hosting a baby shower at 2 PM so I decided to have an early luncheon to celebrate her birthday with her family and our close German family friends, Todd, Stephanie and Isabel.
I got so busy that I forgot to take pictures, but trust me, we had a lot of fun eating and conversing over the table.
 This was how the table looked before the food and the flowers on the vase were placed.
I opted to use Polish pottery because the dishes are the easiest for me to access, since they are one of my everyday dishes and they are easily accessible. I am not used to hosting luncheons which do not give me enough time to prepare, compared to dinners when I would have pretty much all day.


 Because I cooked all morning, I did not have time to go to the store to buy fresh flowers so I just gathered and cut some from our garden and just stuck them in a Polish pottery pitcher.

 I love this PP elephant sauce server. You can light a tea candle underneath too for warm sauces, but today it's just lemon and soy sauce.



 I wanted to create something girly but due to lack of preparation time, I just picked the Polish pottery plates that are in kitchen cabinets.

Filipinos almost always cook pancit for birthday meals. For us, it signifies long life.

I also tried a new recipe for seared ahi tuna which was a hit. It had just the right spices! And we always serve rice, which is not shown here.
I had to prepare tea for my grandkids. They love my sweet fruity English hot tea, this time, they picked lemon lime flavor.
Thanks for stopping by and for your visits. Mostly, I am very thankful to be blessed with a daughter who is a perfect daughter, wife and mom.
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