I invited my gramma over for dinner tonight. Her birthday was this week so I wanted to do a little something special for her and I knew she would really really enjoy coming over to my house for dinner. I really enjoy having people over and don't get the chance to host very often.
I switched up the flowers on the table from my dining room post for some sunflowers and mums mixed in with the hydrangeas and a few pieces of wheat to give it a little something extra.
I put a leaf from out trip to North Carolina on each napkin. Because it seems like something Pottery Barn would do. Tablescapes are not really my thing so I struggle in the creativity here.
I also made a caramel apple cake with cider buttercream frosting. I found the recipe on pinterest and while I'd love to share it with you, it just wasn't that great. It was a bit dry and just did not blow me away. It was pretty so that was a pretty big letdown.
We also had a pear and goat cheese salad with praline pecans and bbq shrimp and grits for the main course. I kept the food really simple because when I'm cooking for someone else, that's when I always tend to screw things up. Am I the only one? I just knew the cake out end up dry because I was making it for someone else.
Sorry for the iphone picture- Our appetizer was a hit though and I'll definitely be making it again! I just baked some brie (cut the top off) for 5 minutes, spoon a bunch of whole berry cranberry sauce on top and stick it back in the oven until it's bubbly. Top it with grated orange zest and praline pecans. I served it with apple slices and crackers. We loved it!
We spent a lot of time sitting out on the porch working on the details for Thanksgiving. I'm feeling a little more relaxed about hosting a major holiday for 35+ people.
Tomorrow we are going to pick up what is possibly my best Craig's List find to date! Stay tuned!