No, this post is not about a wedding!
It’s about old friends (of 25 years!), and the enchanting time we had together last night. Our weather last night was in the golden 70’s, creating the most inviting evening in our back yard. As we started the night off with appetizers, I pulled out one of our favorite serving trays, a wedding gift to us from one of the couples 17 years ago. It was fun to reminisce about the length of our friendship.
It’s a tradition to eat together with these two couples, usually a couple times per year. We’ve done it for years. But before I continue, as our friends drove up with armfuls of mouth-watering food (I believe in the power of delegation!), I was running out the door!! No, I was not deserting our guests. My oven element went out 2 days prior, so I was running over to my neighbor’s to get my potatoes out of her oven! I was so grateful for Mary letting me BORROW her oven yesterday! Isn’t that what good neighbors are for?
A couple of hours before our guests arrived, I rummaged through my tablecloth closet, looking for a bright, cheery tablecloth with yellow in it, that would go with my previously used daffodils (used for the previous 2 dinner parties, still very fresh looking), already in vases. I love yellow! I pulled out my Sur La Table tablecloth (Goodwill $3.99), and my starched-up yellow linen napkins (garage sale). It was easy putting the table together, adding a touch of BLUE, as I included blue salad plates in the setting. My daughter came in and said, “Mom! This is my favorite table setting!! I just love the BLUE!”
After a relaxing time on the side patio, we moved over to the outdoor dining area and enjoyed a wonderful meal of salad, bread freshly baked by Roger, oil dip created by Paul (from our garden herbs), and then on to the main course of broiled salmon (my broiler element worked!), gingered snap peas (cooked on stovetop), and Potatoes Anna (made by Abby, baked in our neighbor’s oven). Dessert was a white chocolate mousse that was out of this world delicious, served with brownies.
The theme for this dinner party--“something old, borrowed and blue”--just came to me this morning, as I was thinking back to our evening. One friend brought very OLD liqueur glasses that he grew up with, that were given to his parents for their wedding back in 1937! Filled with a yummy banana liqueur, and after he shared the story behind them, we toasted our time together. The highlight of our toast was his wife’s recent accomplishment of stepping foot onto St. Kitts, her 100th country! Her goal for years has been to visit 100 countries, and this recent trip completed it. We also toasted the gift of her added years of life (read Goodness Grows post, here), which really overshadowed anything else.
Yes, our night was enchanting and we discussed again the importance of our multi-generational tradition that we have started quite a few years ago.
The message that I would like to express more than any other is to encourage all of you hostesses to take note of the gift that you can receive, by reaching all generations.
It’s a gift you can give your family, and it’s a gift that you can give your guests! (Read previous posts on this subject, Nothing to Prove, here, and Mix it Up, here.)
Our old, borrowed and blue dinner was exceptional. Or at least my husband and I thought it was.
We were blessed last night. And we all knew it, as we thanked God for friends, health, life, and our tradition, when we bowed our heads before our dinner!
(Stay tuned for my next post as I share a few mouth-watering recipes, and more fun photos!)