We had a great little dinner party tonight, even if I do say so myself.
Now I seem to be too keyed up to get to sleep, so I'm sharing it with you.
Because we were away in Colorado most years for Christmas, we decided about five years ago or more to do something that gave us a reason to decorate and use the good china and go all out. We began the Lucia Day dinner party tradition. We host members of our breakfast group, who are retired teachers from Tom's old school. Our guests are four ladies and one husband. Two of the ladies are widows.
Tonight the dining room was aglow with candle light. Our guests arrived at 5:00. We sipped wine and visited while the food was cooking.
The adjoining living room was decked out.
Dinner was served at 6:00. We started with a salad of butter lettuce, mandarin oranges, avocado and pomegranate seeds.
That was followed by cedar planked salmon cooked on the outdoor grill, scalloped potatoes, and asparagus.
We sat and visited around the table and then it was time for coffee and Tom's hazelnut torte.
It was all very delicious, the guests provided lively conversation, the setting was beautiful, and we were so very pleased to be able to share this time with our friends.
Tom and I have both been working hard to get jobs done inside and out and to get ready for the holidays. Now the fun has begun! It's time to party!