Take a dining room that serves as a water-color studio and a breakfast room that usually serves as the dining room but is too small, unless everyone knows one another and doesn't mind squeezing together. Take a friend who has a birthday and deserves to celebrate without doing the work at her house, so you invite a crowd of her friends who you don't really know. The solution, with the help of a couple of folding tables, is to turn the living room into the dining room. Voila!
Cream of watercress soup with French bread, garlic, anchovy butter croutons.
2 Legs of Lamb with Chanterelles mushrooms and rosemary
Belgian Endive Gratin
Quenelle/fingerling potatoes with persillade (chopped garlic and parsley)
Chocolate birthday cake (not home made)
A 1989 Epernay vintage champagne brought by a guest and quite a few other nice bottles as well.
Lethal fruit in secret sauce (that jar that gets topped up with all kinds of alcohol and fruit all year long)
There is not a plate or glass in the house that didn't get a work out last night. That was fun!