Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Dinner Preparations

Tonight we have guests for dinner and have to shamefully admit I didn't prepare well in advance and will be running most of the day. Usually, I'm quite prepared leaving little to chance and enough room to change things around... Not this time! Ha!

Thankfully, the main course has been marinating since last night as I'm cooking some lamb chops {check this post!}, couscous with roasted veggies {tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini and shallots}, a baby green salad with Dijon mustard dressing, fresh bread with herb butter, red wine and vanilla bean ice cream with strawberries.

We'll set up a semi formal dinner setting as our guests are very close and we want everyone to feel relaxed but also feel they are special. The table will be plainly decorated to allow plenty of space for the dishes that will be placed on the center, probably a few flowers scattered all over.

Last night I took care of whatever could be made ahead of time like the roasted veggies, cleaning and hulling the strawberries, and marinating the lamb. Today is mostly reserved for cooking and buying the rest of the ingredients needed for dinner. The big conundrum is some finger foods to entertain the guests while I cook... I guess the trip to the supermarket will be a creative one as well.

The most important thing to consider when you don't plan a dinner party is that your guests should feel comfortable, that the food has to be delicious regardless of it being simple and that the wine is excellent... the rest is easy!

Have a great day!


  1. Sounds wonderful, I hope it all goes to plan and you enjoy yourselves xx

  2. I quite like the formal place setting at home; it does make everything feel that much more special. Hope it's wonderful

  3. Sounds like a delicious meal–have fun!