Call it a celebration of the “Fall” harvest. An annual re-enactment of New England pilgrims’ feast. The starting gun on holiday entertaining. A reason to get friends together. Or a meal to give thanks for all the graces of the year so far. At any rate, we broke only one major tradition for this feast this year, we decided to schedule it on some random Sunday evening, like last night. A couple of weeks in the planning stages, we had promised some Canadian friends a “thanksgiving meal”… then we invited an aunt who requested sauteed chicken livers… then some more friends confirmed they were attending despite getting off a transpacific flight just hours before, some edible goodies stuck in their luggage for all of the guests to enjoy… but the really sweet reason for giving thanks and a toast with the bubbly last night was the fact that the Teen just received word of a private triumph, something that she had been working on for a while, and we are all truly thankful… :)
So a special dinner for 10 it was. And this was the setting for the evening…
A cream-colored linen tablecloth draped the dining table, ironed to crisp crease-less perfection earlier in the day.
Mustard yellow plates (a gift from Sister, as were the linens and silver) actually meant for casual outdoorsy settings, say on the French Riviera or your villa in the hills of the South of France. We had stored them at the beach, but brought them back for this dinner… and liked them so much I think they will remain in town throughout the holiday season 2011… :)
The centerpieces included dozens of mini-gourds in various shapes and sizes…
…yellow roses, orange-pink carnations and pale yellow lillies and a dozen votive candles…
…the yellow roses appeared “too yellow” during the daytime, but once it got dark, the table looked fine. All those orange, yellow and candlelit hues were quite flattering.
And yup, it was a formal enough dinner to warrant place cards, which Mrs. Marketman does with her calligraphy pen.
Just a peek at a side table, with pies in waiting. Menu/dishes up in posts in the days ahead. But a quick note to Bettyq, I made a “foraged by BQ mushroom bread pudding” and it was STUNNINGLY GOOD. One of the best new things I have tried this year! Thank you. :)