We started the evening with a dinner party favorite, artichoke tarts, along with a new recipe for Roasted Shrimp Cocktail. I made 48 artichoke tarts and every single one was eaten, they are always a crowd pleaser and they are incredibly easy to make. I want to try a spinach and artichoke version next time I make them. For the salad, I prepared Mixed Greens with Creamy Dijon Vinaigrette, the egg yolk adds an incredible richness to the dressing. For the main course, I made Balsamic Filet of Beef, Potatoes Dauphinois and simply steamed green beans. For dessert, we devoured an entire cheesecake with strawberry basil topping.
I made three simple flower arrangements for the centerpiece. There are some amazing flower markets close to my house, but my most favorite has buckets full of flowers for 75 cents each stem, it ranges from carnations to roses to daisies. They are basically remnant flowers from arrangements made earlier. The tricky part of this scenario is that you cannot go in with an idea in your head of what kind of flowers you are looking for, you really have to be open to anything because you never know what they are going to have in stock. I went in hoping for either pale yellows or deep pinks, but the flower shop had a different idea for me. The buckets were full of a gorgeous variety of purple flowers, so even though it was not at all what I had envisioned, it turned out just perfectly.
We ended the evening with dancing, a few party crashers and lots of selfie taking. All in all, it was a great success and I can't wait to host my next dinner party.
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