I also made a simple sun dried tomato and basil pasta served on a bed of homemade fettuccine.
To me, the best parties, are often the most casual parties. The kind where more emphasis is put on making guests feel at home with effortless decor and simple foods. It’s the kind of party I love to host, because I can relax and enjoy everyone’s company. That’s exactly what this is about!
I always have a pot of mixed herbs. They’re great for preparing fresh meals, adding a little decor to a place setting and even to whip up a last minute arrangement.
Fresh cheeses and fruits are a must for a quick bites in lieu of hors d’oeuvres.
Who can resist beautiful pomegranates?
This last minute “centerpiece” is simply leftover fruits.
For a casual table runner, I just draped a folded piece of fabric over the middle of the table, versus lengthwise. It creates unexpected interest. The frayed edges keep with the rustic decor, allowing the food to shine.
Call me crazy, but I love tarnished silver. Yes, I don’t enjoy polishing it, but the patina provides a nice contrast for the food.
I prepared a quick pear, candied walnut and gorgonzola salad with a 3 minute white wine vinaigrette.
For dessert, berries with pre-made mascarpone cream.
and because I love a great cocktail, Prosecco Sangria.
Photo credit: Alea Lovely