Birthday Dinner #2

Saturday night, M had a birthday dinner at her home in McLean. It’s such a great house, and she and her S.O. have put a lot of work into it. So for part of her birthday, she has excited to host her first seated dinner party for 13, plus one five-year-old.

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The main dinner table with china, crystal glasses and silver. Red tulips in blue glass was the perfect touch.

I was excited to help her set up, and it gave me a chance to use all those non-practical skills: setting up a cocktail bar, flower arranging, cheese platter feng shui…

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We set up the bar with champagne glasses, white wine glasses and crystal bar glasses. Along with Vodka and Gin, she had a few beers, white wine and sparkling waters for cocktail hour. M also picked up these pretty glass bottles of Q club soda and tonic water.
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For the cheese platters, we got two goat and two cow cheeses. The best was a hard cow’s milk cheese with a black pepper rind. We also got mixed olives, salted nuts and garlic crostini.
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The most amazing coconut and raspberry birthday cake from Baked & Wired. Dinner was lasagna from Balducci’s, garlic bread, and salad with Mama Terry’s special dressing.

It was a really great mix of people and great conversation. I will not be hosting any seated dinners with china and crystal anytime soon, but I do have family coming to the house in two weeks. Let’s get out the fresh flowers and deck furniture.

Just kidding, I don’t own deck furniture yet…

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