I LOVE Gourmet dinner night when it is at someone else's house. Who wouldn't love showing up to a nice dinner with appetizers, main course, side dishes, fun beverages and a delicious dessert? It is all fun and games until it is my turn to host. I can decorate a pretty table:
But the food is my problem. This year, I got smart and brought it my mother to
She came to my party and made the main course--Parmesan Crusted Chicken and rice. She also brought leftover shrimp and fruit from her party. All of this made me look like the Hostess with the Mostess.
We had Ashley's hot artichoke dip to start. yum.
I made my famous salad. My friends had all had it before but no one complained:
I bought rolls from the Lion House Pantry at Deseret Book and tried to pass them off as my own. They were disgusting and dry and in the end, I didn't even want to take credit for them.
I was going to wow my friends with a fancy dessert but sometime around 3:00 in the afternoon, I found Buster sitting on my bar going to town on the sheet cake. The aftermath:
Luckily, I was using a cookie cutter to cut out little cakes and the crisis was averted. Here I am piping on frosting with a Ziploc bag:
The finished product:
The best part of the evening is our annual gift exchange. Everyone brings three identical gifts that cost ten to fifteen bucks and we put them under the tree. Then we each draw three names and we give our gifts to those people:
The gift giving:
Here is some of the loot:
I gave the Mindy Kaling books and lip glosses.
Everyone stayed until 1:00 am talking and laughing so I figure it was a success....
even if my kitchen looked like this the next day: