Thursday, September 25, 2008

dinner with a friend

I had dinner last night for my good friend LODA to catch up and thought I would share it with you and what went into the evening. Here she is before the first course.
The day before I first planned the menu. The primary concern was that we were meeting straight from work so everything had to be ready to go and easy to make. Caprese salad to start because it's easy and delicious! I served this on these beautiful hand painted Limoge (by CFH) plates. I made pork loin and new pototoes in a red wine and stewed tomato sauce in my crock pot. Just threw it in in the morning and let it go! This was served on the underplate you see here: a white minton plate with a pale blue sidelight, gilt edging and a beautiful silver and gold raised monogram (for who knows who and who cares!) . For dessert I made the pear dessert I blogged about a few months ago on my white rosenthal sanssouci china. I served a little cordial of the port to go along with dessert and mint tea: always a great way to top off a meal!
Before bed I ironed the table cloth and set the table. I placed the salad plate here just for the photograph and to see how it would look - at dinner the napkin was on the plate before the first course. I used these very large european sized irish linen napkins with my monogram; a thoughtful Christmas gift last year! Thankfully the silver didn't need to be polished!
Here is dessert after our fun dinner of gossip and drinking!
Always a polite guest, she brought these beautiful sunflowers as a host(ess) gift! Thanks Laura!!
They're so pretty -the last taste of summer! Then the clean up and things get put away. The table flowers were just some simple pale pink carnations in a silver trumpet vase that hopefully will grace my table for the next week!

27 comments:

Beaux Mondes Designs said...

You such an elegant soul. Very classy and sophisticated table and menu. You go boy with your cultured self. Thanks for the inspiration.

Be the change..... said...

Thanks so much BMD for the exuberent compliments! I was blushing as I read it!

Anonymous said...

Everything look so beautiful!!!! I heart the dinner plates. Your Apartment is Gorgeous! I want to see more!!!!
Eddie Ross

Be the change..... said...

Thanks Eddie - keep tuning in ;-) I'm not quite the host I'm sure you are, but I do my best!!

Kwana said...

Wow. I really do treat my friends awful. I've got to step it up. Everything was lovely. Just lovely. Thanks for sharing.

Be the change..... said...

Thanks Kwana, it was just fun to do!

Edi Style said...

Marvelous!!! She must be still drunk with satisfaction

Be the change..... said...

And on the bottle of wine and port we had as well, Edi! lol

Loda said...

Thank you again Architect Design for a beautiful night, I always love coming over to your home and seeing all the beautiful thing you put in it. I can't wait to see the new china lol.

Pigtown-Design said...

When can I come... i can catch the Marc down after work and be there by seven-ish!

Be the change..... said...

Where were you last night, PD? haha
One of these days soon!!

Topsy Turvy said...

Lucky girl! What a great host you are!

-Lana

Be the change..... said...

Thanks, lana!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

How perfectly lovely! Lucky girl to have a friend such as you!

David said...

We should all live like this more often. Man I wish Boyfriend would let me be a Haus Frau. =)

Be the change..... said...

I wish I did this more often, David! I used to make nicer dinners more often -I need to get back into the habit!

pve design said...

As I admired your table and your hospitality, I thought to myself that really, you and Eddie R. should meet.
Doing things like this, and well, without any expectation in return is what a true friend really is.

ps. Kwana & I will come anytime and bring you some treats from the Hudson River Valley.

Be the change..... said...

It would be so much fun to have a big blogger dinner with us 4! I'll be up in NY hopefully next month, PVE, visiting my best friend - maybe we could make it happen! I would love to go thrift shopping with Eddie -he's just amazing!

Kathleen said...

Beautiful dinner and apartment. Love the photos.

Be the change..... said...

Thank you, Kathleen!

The Peak of Chic said...

What a wonderful host you are! I love the gorgeous table, the menu, the atmosphere... what a perfect dinner à deux!

Be the change..... said...

Thank you, POC!

Cote de Texas said...

look so beautiful - I love your home. I wish I could have been there too!

btw - I bought the tea table yesterday - you were right!

Be the change..... said...

Thanks Joni! You have a standing invitation for whenever you are in DC! I'm glad you got the teatable - I can't wait to see pictures of it in your house!

ALL THE BEST said...

Your home is just lovely and has such great appeal and ambiance. What a lucky friend. I would love to have dinner at your home!

Be the change..... said...

Thanks ATB! I'll throw a dinner party for you anytime you're in DC! It would be a pleasure!

ALL THE BEST said...

If I find myself in DC I will be sure to let you know! How fun would that be!?!