Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Busy In the City

Image from Scribd.com, via Pinterest
We all have busy schedules these days, but there's no reason that weeknight can't be as enjoyable as a Friday or Saturday evening. Gather some of your favorite friends for a weeknight dinner party. Keeping it casual will minimize both the prep and cleanup, and a memorably evening of conversation will make you feel like you've made the most of your week.

Table Setting
Don't go crazy trying to curate a special tablescape. Simply pull out your favorite plates and some flatware and call it a day. Make sure to have wine glasses and water glasses on the table- if your friends are like mine, the wine will be flowing!

Centerpieces
If you have time on your way home from work, pick up a bunch of whatever's seasonal. Fresh flowers instantly add an air of sophistication, and a low vase spilling over with beautiful blooms will add to your home decor even after the dinner party is done! Missing a vase? Fill a few small glasses with small blooms.

Menu
You have a couple of options here. Grab some carryout from your favorite local spot (there's no shame in outsourcing the cooking!) or pull together something simple that you can make ahead. Pasta is always a hit, and a lasagna will make your home smell incredible as it cooks.

  • Giant green salad with freshly shaved parmesan and balsamic vinegarette 
  • Homemade lasagna
  • Wine- lots of it!
  • Gelato or ice cream served with a variety of toppings (I have chocolate chips, buttey caramel sauce, homemade hot fudge, fresh fruit, and rainbow sprinkles on hand)
Music
Turn on something that will create a bit of ambiance and background, but will still allow for easy conversation. Anything from Dave Matthews to Train will work- make sure it's something YOU like!

It's hard to break up the weeknight routine, even for something fun. BUT, you eat dinner every night anyway. Make an ordinary night a celebratory occasion- you won't regret it!

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