You may have seen my post where I first talked about the dinner party my sister and I put on. I shared pictures of the invitations I designed and the envelope-making process. I didn’t get a chance to take too many photos during the actual dinner party because I was busy making sure everyone had cocktails in hand and were having a good time, but you can see my friend Olivia’s post about the party. We attempted to create an entirely Vegan/Gluten-Free meal for eight people featuring baked zucchini chips with marinara and chopped veggies with pesto hummus for appetizers, an edible flowers and butter lettuce salad for the greens, and cauliflower flatbreads: one that was SouthWestern and one that was savory. For dessert, we were going to serve a chocolate earl grey sorbet, all made from scratch.
My sister, Gillian, invited three of her friends and I invited three of mine: Ngoc (from San Jose Food Blog), Olivia from (Rio the Dreamcatcher), and my friend Aubrea. We hosted the dinner party at my grandparents’ home which overlooks the Almaden Valley of San Jose. It was a beautiful, yellow-Sunlight-filled evening with sparkling conversation and loads of fun. But, as high as my hopes were, it wasn’t perfect.
A party of eight for dinner wouldn’t seem like much, but it caused me a bit of stress. I didn’t used to, but lately I get overwhelmed in group settings. My three friends knew each other and had (mostly) met each other, but I still felt pressure to make sure everyone was comfortable and having a good time. Despite the fact that Gillian and I had been at it in the kitchen since the morning, we were behind on all the dishes. The market didn’t have the edible flowers for the salad nor key ingredients for our flatbreads, so we were rushing to make ends meet. We had originally planned for the dinner to start at 7:30, but we ended up eating well into the night.
(me and Aubrea)
(me and Ngoc)
(me and Olivia)
With the disappointment and craziness aside, I’m glad that Gillian and I put on this dinner party. It was nice to meet my sister’s friends (finally), my friends had nice things to say about the food, and it was an overall eye-opening experience. I’ve been planning the collaborative 30 Day Challenge (which I’ll be starting soon) and I’m already feeling so much more relaxed and mindful, so I feel like if I were to host this dinner party next weekend it would run even more smoothly and be more relaxing! Overall, I’m so glad to be close with my sister Gillian and put on parties with her. She’s such a bright light in my life and she is such an amazing person in general. Spending more time with her and meeting her friends was worth any of the headache over the flatbread not crisping well or the sorbet not setting up. With some adjustments to the large guest list and tweaking this event to a potluck, we are already looking forward to our next dinner party!
Have you ever put on a dinner party?
How do you feel in group situations?
What’s your best dinner memory?