Tomorrow evening my sister and I will be putting on a dinner party for some of our dearest (most nearby) friends. She had the idea awhile ago and I jumped at the chance since I love entertaining and I love making food for people. I designed the invitations for us and we decided on a menu together (cocktails and appetizers, two-course meal with wine, and an amazing dessert) which we will make ourselves. Most of the food will be VGF (vegan, gluten-free) due to my dietary restrictions (and some of our guests’ as well) but my sister will be modifying a few recipes to include dairy. That’s a new thought: modifying a recipe for dairy.
You have heard me talk about Gillian (my sister) a couple of times here on Clear the Way, and you may even remember I introduced her blog awhile back though it has since been abandoned. I’m always trying to get her to start blogging again because I think she would really enjoy it and I’d love to collaborate with her. (Help me out and encourage her in the comments!) I’ve even featured her in an interview-style post for Feminist Fridays about the beauty standard.
It has been so refreshing to spend so much time with her recently, especially because I am at a point in changing family dynamics where I feel very distant from certain members of my family. She and I are similar and dissimilar in very complementary ways, and I really enjoy talking with her about our shared passions, journeys, and trials. We didn’t always get along; there was a time in our lives where we were truly terrible to one another. We made friends with each other in High School, drifted apart in college, and have begun to build a new relationship with each other now that we are becoming adults. I’m very grateful to have her in my life. She constantly inspires me.
I will be sure to share photos from our endeavors in the kitchen as well as the result of our dinner party. Here is a little preview of the invitations we made. I designed and printed them, my dad helped us design and make envelopes for them, and then we wrote out the addresses and sent them by mail. I must say it was funny to send out the invitations “the old-fashioned way” by mail and then receive RSVPs by text!
The smudge right there (and above it) is because I blurred out the give-away-part of the address in order to deter creepers and uphold my sister’s privacy. We’ll be hosting it at my grandparent’s gorgeous home which overlooks the Almaden valley here in San Jose. You can see a dusky hint at the view on my Instagram. Be sure to check our Instagrams for updates about our party, and tell me: Have you ever thrown a dinner party? How did it go?