11.22.2010

Our First Party!


Appetizer platter
We invited people over for dinner at 6.  By 6:15 they started rolling in and we Mj had dinner ready to serve by 7:20 pm.  It was a rainy cold night but 10 people still made it out to come hang out with us and we had a really great time.  We put out tortilla chips with salsa and a really fancy schmanchy looking cheese, cracker and fruit platter for snacking on.  Then for dinner it was a really yummy chicken that hubby dreamed up.  Breaded chicken with an arugula mix and tomatoes covered with melted mozzarella cheese on top.  You put your marinara sauce on the bottom and the chicken goes on top.  He served it with pasta on the side and it was extremely tasty.
Dinner

My awesome hubby host extrordinaire!

I was drinking and chatting and having a good old time after dinner when suddenly I realized...I'm a host too and I can't let my dear husband do all the work.  So I hopped up and kicked him out of the kitchen and finished up the dishes.  Everything was washed or put in the dishwasher by the time dessert rolled around.  We used these really cute clear square plastic plates so the only thing that really needed washing was silverware and glasses.  Plenty of glasses for all of the wine and drinks we offered.  We had three kinds of beer, wine and a variety of mixed drink options.  Dessert was made from scratch brownies (by Mj of course) which we warmed up right before eating and had ice cream to put on top.  One of our guests bought some cheesecake and another brought some wine and more beer so there was plenty to go around.  The first guest didn't leave until around 10, the last ones left around 10:30 pm and we had the kitchen all cleaned up by 11 ish.  Mj is so awesome.  He really was the one who put everything together and I just made sure that I helped with whatever he needed.  
Time for dessert
What struck me the most is that it really didn't feel like work at all.  It's a party!  It's fun.  I clean regularly so we mostly just had tidying up to do to get the house ready for guests.  The cooking and any other prepping we had to do was for something fun and I found that I just didn't mind it at all.  The clean up wasn't bad either.  You just roll up your sleeves and jump in there and before you know it everything is done.  I was so happy that everyone had fun and that everything went so well that I hardly even noticed what I was doing.  Oh, and still being a little tipsy from the drinks made it fly by.  The good thing about having a party at your house is that you don't have to go anywhere.  Everyone comes to you and it's your party so you get to have what you want.  I got to have my hard alcohol of choice, Grand Marnier which I mixed with orange juice.

Mj told them it wasn't a house warming.  We were just having folks over for dinner and we were not soliciting gifts but they decided to chip in and get us something off of our wedding registry.  The Cuisinart stainless steel wine cellar!  It's a wine chiller that holds 8 bottles of wine.  Another couple got us a really cool drink dispenser that will come in handy for future parties.  They are so sweet.  I think everyone had a really good time.  I'm glad we did it and I never thought I'd see the day when I'd say this but....I loved it and am actually excited about the idea of doing it again sometime.   Who knows, by this time next year I might even be ready to host Thanksgiving.

9 comments :

Lil' Woman said...

I'm so glad everything turned out well..I can't wait to host a party at our new place.

Natalie said...

I am glad the party went well. That dinner sounds amazing and pretty easy to make, yum!

Random Musings Of My Life said...

yay!! I bet you are hooked now.. you are going to start searching fabulous recipes and everything..

Steph said...

The food all looks great! Glad to hear the party was a success.

Dancy said...

I love having small parties like that - just a small chill night where everyone can come over & hang out, nothing huge. Unfortunately out apartment can't hold more than 6 people comfortably right now. Can't wait till we move. LOL

Frugalista said...

yeah...i think i'll now be one of those people i used to think was crazy that says "we loooove to entertain!" it was fun.

Dancy-i know what you mean! this is the first time in my life i've lived in a place that could accommodate any # of people.

redhead75 said...

Yummy looking food at the party! Man, you really scored with MJ and the wine cellar!

Faith said...

your food looks amazing! i am so happy that it was successful and that you are actually thinking of hosting again! that is exciting! i enjoy entertaining! i wish i did it more often! :)

Adorably Distracted... said...

that cheese platter looks delicious!!! I'm glad you had such a great time! You made me so hungry and I'm stuck at work for another hour!!

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