After a long busy week, I always look forward to the weekend so I can relax, unwind, and catch up with my friends and family. Although the sounds of Motown and R’n’B music always have me wanting to bust a move on the dance floor, entertaining at home is definitely one of my favourite ways to unwind. A small dinner party is always a chic way to test out new recipes, decorate your home and, catch up with friends and a few Saturdays ago I did just that at a dinner party of my own!
For the appetizers and beverages, I asked my friends to bring something of their choice. I always love to do this when having people over because everyone gets to sample new food! This also leaves more time for me to take time perfecting my meal and making sure my dining room has the right ambiance.
For the main course, I wanted to make something healthy and hearty so I went with tofu chili! Not only is it flavourful, making it absolutely delicious, but it is the perfect choice to warm up the bellies of my guests for a night of laughter, good conversation and, catching up!
|All of this turned into...|
|this! It was very spicy, and yummy too!|
For desert, I went bananas!!! Literally. No, I did not make a classic banana split with vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream, whipped cream, maraschino cherries and, all the fixings! Rather I decided to make a healthier banana ice cream desert using this great recipe from the fabulous healthy food blog, OhSheGlows.com. Although the recipe is called Pumpkin Pie Banana Chunk Oatmeal Cookies, I find that it tastes more like bananas. I served these cookies with a side of vanilla coconut ice cream.
For table décor, I used these bright red, ornate candleholders and marble-like print vase that was a gift from my grandmother. We ate off of these red trim plates and bowls, while we used these Ming Dynasty-inspired napkins (they were purchased from Dollarama. Score!), to tidy up our mouths after eating our yummy food.
All in all it was a lovely evening. It was everything a dinner party should be, one filled with laughter, stimulating conversation and, great food!
Do you like to throw dinner parties? If so, what are some of the foods that you like to serve? What are your tips for entertaining? Let me know in the comments below, Facebook and Twitter! Also check me out on Pinterest and Instagram!