Sunday, January 2, 2011

Dinner Party Before the New Year

I hope you are all starting the new year safely and wonderfully! It seems like I have not participated in these memes for a while but you know how hectic it is during the holiday season. But I am determined to party today.

Joining the following parties:

Marty for Tabletop Tuesday at
Lady Katherine for Teatime Tuesday at
Martha and Terri for Teacup Tuesday at
Wanda Lee for Tuesday Tea for 2 at
WandaLee and Pam for Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday at
Sandi for Teatime Tuesday at
Michael Lee for Foodie Friday at

We had a dinner party on the 30th of Dec. I did a formal sit down setting in the formal dining room and served the salad ahead of time there but there was no way the food would fit on the table so I served buffet style and asked the guests to get their food after the salad.

I set the buffet on the kitchen counter. I always start it with white Jazmine rice.
Here is the buffet setting. Looks like I was still preparing the table when my friend shot this. I cooked everything except for the turkey. I ordered it from a local antique dealer and he is Cajun and is an excellent cook.

Chicken Basil and Sweet and Sour Red Fish

The chicken has rosemary, parsley and basil, all from our garden. The basil have been frozen but the rosemary and parsley were just picked.

Turkey and sweet potato casserole

Roasted herbed potatoes using rosemary that I also picked from our garden and crab omelette

Black eyed peas with baby greens salad in the formal dining room. I will share the whole tablescape with you on Thursday.

We had 3 teen-age guests and I set the table in the kitchen for them. I tried to promote the oldest to eat in the dining room but she was too shy and she went back to the kitchen to eat with the youngsters, lol.

Debjani and me by the dessert table. I served flan, macaroons, turtle and mint chocolates.
Well, I really did not make the mint and turtle chocolates either. They were gifts from the staff and patients I think, but I did bake the macaroons and flan.

You can see the dining room from here.

And the youngsters shared the tea table.

I used my Johnson Brothers' Friendly Village set for tea but nobody really wanted coffee so I did not even get to use my Lenox Winter Greetings set.

It must have been a full moon cause after all the other guests left, my 2 close friends lingered and we all got silly, lol. John went on the massager and fell asleep there.

I was exhausted and what better way to relax than putting my feet up on the recliner and do karaoke.
And we did not even wake John up!
It was a fun evening for sure. Today I am getting ready for another dinner party for tomorrow for 16 people.
Thanks to y'all for coming and thanks to our gracious hostesses. See you all again very soon!


Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Wow, Christine! What a wonderful, yummy-looking buffet! Everything looks fabulous! And it looks like you and your friends had a good time! I know your guests tonight will have a wonderful time, too! You are a great hostess! Happy New Year and happy week!...hugs...Debbie

Traci said...

Christine, everything looks DELISH!!! My hubby is a cajun. Aren't they the best cooks EVER???!!!

Carol at Serendipity said...

You are amazing! All that food and all those dishes and then karaoke! Beautiful tablescapes as well.


The Quintessential Magpie said...

This really looks like fun, Christine, and what a wonderful job you did not only with that divine food, but with the tables. You always are the hostess with the mostest! Wish I could have been there to celebrate with you.

Love you...


Sheila :-)

Marie said...

My goodness've prepared a feast there for your guests. They're lucky to be invited to your beautiful home. Happy New Year my friend!
-marie said...

Oh, you make me so tired!LOL But everything is beautiful as always.

Donnie said...

Great photos. Looks like you all had a fun time. Happy Blue Monday.

Anonymous said...

Your meals always look absolutely wonderful, Christine!

Debbiedoos said...

YUMMO!!~ Now that is what I call some entertaining!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Christine, you really do set the most wonderful buffet with so many fabulous dishes to eat. It all looks so good and sounds wonderful. Love your little white labels you have for all the dishes. Fun to see you all having fun. I also love your header picture of all your family together. That is just the greatest. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Christine, that buffet looks wonderful. How on earth do you cook all that food. I just am not good at large functions like that. Great tables.

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

Christine, your buffets always look so good. I loved your tea and coffee station and the table settings for the teens. I look forward to seeing your dining tablescape. I wish I had just a little bit of the energy you must have for entertaining. You make it look so easy and like fun, not work.
Happy New Year!

paperbutterfly said...

What a wonderful evening you provided for your guests. The buffet looks so delish!!and so nicely presented.
Thank you for stopping in for tea and sharing your special evenet with us. Look forward to seeing you soon.
Blessings, Pam

Nancy said...

Looks marvelous! Question: Where did you get the little white pottery tags to identify the food? I am always looking for something similar.

Gloria said...

Wow, Christine, you are the best Hostess! Everything always looks so lovely, and I can tell that you really make your guests feel at home. Your buffet looked delicious too. I would be able to eat that whole tray of roasted potatoes! LOL! Can't wait to see photos from your latest dinner party for 16!!!!
Best to you and John in 2011,

Gloria said...

P.S. Love your new header with all the kids and the whole family!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

wow what a spread! and a very well prepared hostess! food looks delicious! friends look so fun to be with and ambiance looks lovely! together sounds so much fun!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hello Christine and Happy New Year
You sure know how to throw a dinner with style! All the food looks yummy and you girls are having a great time.

Rebecca said...

WOW Christine-you're amazing-beautiful home, beautiful meal- and most importantly-looks like you and everyone is having a great time!!!! Hope to visit more now that the holidays are over-again-Wow!

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hello Christine,
you did an amazing job. Such a huge buffet and everything looks perfect and yummy. I am sure your guests all love to join your parties. Have a wonderful New Year.
greetings, Johanna

Sue McPeak said...

Christine...I really enjoyed your post with all the beautiful table settings and buffet. Your home is beautiful and I enjoyed seeing your Christmas Decor and the fun time you had with your friends. Great post and beautiful photos!

Beth said...

What a lovely party, Christine! The buffet is beautiful, the teasets are beautiful and love your tables. You have the decorator's touch, most definitely! I also loved the chili for two setting you did a couple of days again. Elegance in dining, rather for two or 32!!! Happy New Year, Christine! It has been a pleasure getting to know you a little bit through blogging this year.
xo, Beth

Martha's Favorites said...

Christine: Can I be invited to your next party? That table looks amazing. Such elegance! I have just loved getting to know you this past year. I look forward to sharing more of each others lives in 2011. May God richly bless you, Martha

Terri said...

Wow, look at all that delicious food! You must have had a great time. Your tea sets are both really beautiful. You set them out so nicely too.
Thank you so much for sharing.

Snap said...

Wow Christine! I'm going to your house next year!!! Everything looks delicious. Love the Friendly Village -- one of my favorites. Happy Tea Day and Happy New Year!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Wow, Christine! What a wonderful way to bring in the New Year! Everything looks and sounds wonderful! Thank you for sharing and have a lovely week.


Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Christine, your tables and your food look beautiful, and it looks like at least 3 of you had a blast! How cute y'all are. Was the camera set on automatic, or did someone else take the pictures? And then another dinner party! I think you have MORE energy that the Energizer Bunny. laurie

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Oh I forgot to tell you that your header mosaic is beautiful. What gorgeous children! laurie

Unknown said...

Xinex, your dinner looks deelish, your table setting is very inviting & beautiful ... love the colors in your presentation.

What a fun eve ...

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Have a beautiful New Year.

Dolores said...

Oh Christine... everything looks so delicious and beautiful! I want to be there!!!

Kathy said...

The food looks marvelous, the setting beautiful and the friendship - well as they say - priceless - love all the wonderful smiles.

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Hi Christine. Your buffet looks delish! And you did all but the turkey - wow - fantastic. And, you have another dinner coming are one busy lady! Linda

Kathleen said...

What a feast you prepared. And an antique turkey too! :)
It all looks wonderful, and looks like you and the gals had a good time! Great party!

lvroftiques said...

You're killing me Christine!! All that food looks sooo scrumptious!! I'm drooling a little on my puter. You ARE the hostess with the MOSTEST for sure! Y'all look like you had a great time! Vanna

lvroftiques said...

Oh I forgot to mention I love your new header! That's one beautiful bunch of kiddos!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Everything looks so good!
I need some of your energy. :D

Chandy said...

Christine, that table and all that food! Oh my, you totally had me wishing I was there! And that new header is sooo darling! Been still busy with trying to organize all we own and stashed away into this house, but it's getting there. No more paid storage! Woot!

Hoping you, again, have a great year! Hugs!

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Wow that was FUN!!! And everything looked SO YUMMY!!! and everyone had the BEST TIME!!! Happy New Year to you Christine!!!
Hugs, Donna

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