|New Year 2012. Believe it or not this was quite early!|
|New Year 2013. We had just lost the quiz and had won a wooden spoon for our efforts.|
I could say that but it wouldn't be true. In reality I just completely forgot to organise it and by the time I got my backside in gear most people already had plans.
So instead we went quiet (ish) and intimate.
We had James and Sasha (and Ashley who was asleep in the travel cot upstairs) and RV and Claire around for dinner and games. We still had to rearrange the living room but it was significantly less hassle than I had anticipated. To be honest I actually didn't lift a finger to help with the furniture - Steve did all that for me!
I did lift a finger in the kitchen though! I cooked a 3 course meal for 6 and a cheese course - I was actually quite impressed with myself! I have hosted dinner parties before but have never attempted three courses - normally someone else brings dessert. We started with antipasta sharing platters similar to this one, moved onto beef stew with dumplings and finished with creme brulees and coconut and pistachio baklava's, the recipes for which will be appearing on the blog in due course. All the food was chosen as it could either be prepared the day before, assembled at the last minute or cooked earlier in the day and left to simmer for hours, meaning that I had plenty of time to relax and not worry about anything.
We started with the Logo game. Sasha and I were in a team together and the first three sets of cards we got were all to do with cars, which isn't exactly a strong point for either of us. Everyone else got rounds of chocolate and alcohol so we felt decidely hard done by. We lost. Spectacularly.
Note to self, must take games more seriously.
There was copious amounts of drink to wash down the food with. We started on champagne, moved onto beer and wine, then onto port and Baileys to complement the cheese board and then back onto the champagne (Chapel Down, a local vineyard and one of my favourites) as midnight struck. There was also a bottle of very good Old Pultney that had appeared at Christmas!