This past Friday night we had the pleasure of hosting our French teacher and her family over for dinner. We had an absolutely marvelous time and can’t wait to visit with them again. If you read my post last Friday I had mentioned how I was nervous for the evening. This was actually the first time we’ve hosted a dinner where we didn’t know too much about the company coming over. Obviously, we knew our teacher but didn’t know her family or what they were accustomed to eating, although I had a pretty good idea. One thing I knew was that the menu had to incorporate some sort of French food, but I wasn’t exactly sure what they would or would not like. I started with Gourères which have to be one of the easiest and most yummy appetizers I’ve ever made. They were so incredible right out of the oven that we ate all of them. This was followed by a warm salad, Coq au Vin, and Crêpes Mikado(I didn’t make these, she did), and they were heavenly.
- Plan the menu a week ahead if you can, this way you can make changes if necessary and aren’t scrambling at the last second.
- Visit the grocery store at least 2 days ahead of cooking time, which will again eliminate running around grabbing things at the last minute because you forgot something.
- If you aren’t sure about dietary requirements for your guests make sure to ask ahead of time. The last thing you want is to make a meal only to find out one of your guests has a food allergy.
- Serve at least 2 appetizers to get started while everyone is mingling. I always find it best to have one cold and one warm ready to go when guests arrive.
- A few of my favorite touches are to have one or two candles lit for ambience and smell(make sure it’s not an overpowering smell), have fresh flowers throughout the house, and light playing music in the background.
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