August 15, 2016

Dinner Al Fresco

I love any reason to set up a nice dinner table, especially outdoors, so when a few of our friends were coming to visit from New York I seized the opportunity for an al fresco dinner on the deck.

I started off with a simple white table cloth and these outdoorsy woven placemats. I set the table with our everyday white plates and silver wear. To finish off the place setting, I used turkish towel napkins I found at TJ Maxx for a steal and seaglasseqsue goblets from Goodwill. Toss in a few scallop shells and glass votives and your table looks beach chic for cheap.

When we have guests for dinner I like to have a variety of food but I also like the food to be quickly made so I'm not spending the whole party in the kitchen. I have learned the hard way that having 20 different options that all  need to use the oven at the same time is not the way to go when hosting a dinner party. Keep it simple. 

Since it's the height of summer and I can't get enough seafood, I went with steamed lobster. We actually use the burner on our grill when we steam lobster. This is great because then everyone can hang out together while dinner cooks and the mess is so much less. 

Since we were cooking the lobster on the grill, I decided to make a trio of potatoes in foil packets and corn on the grill. I also picked up some Portuguese stuffed clams from our favorite seafood supplier that I tossed in the toaster oven right before we sat down to eat. 

I really love a quaint dinner party like this. It gave my friends and I an opportunity to catch up and sit around for hours without feeling like we were taking over a restaurant. Have you had a chance to host your own dinner party this summer?

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