Monday, December 13, 2010

Holiday Party, Menu Links & The Case For A New Camera


A big thanks to our friend Ben, who writes the new blog called An Austin Kitchen. We would have been lost without his guidance, helping us plan a delicious menu of small plates for a gathering of nearly 50 people during an annual Holiday Progressive Dinner!


Lots and lots of preparation. Despite not typically enjoying working in the kitchen, I had fun cooking with my husband! If you'd like to try any of the recipes yourself, see the links below.


{beyond delicious and festive}

{if you like cilantro...}

{goat cheese & fig filling with arugala and a drizzle of lemon zest}

{a hummus like dish with a sweet twist served with pita bread}


Getting photos, let alone good ones, at a party while playing host is a challenge...particularly if your camera doesn't behave well in the evening hour light. Hint, hint. Husband, are you reading?






At one point during the event I noticed the crowd had seemed to thin. When I went looking for the guests I discovered a group had made themselves at home in the newly completed Master Bedroom! And they didn't want to leave...

38 comments :

  1. 1/ Those prosciutto rolls sound amazing! -- I'm in. 2/ I love that your guests ended up lounging in your beautiful master bedroom - and that it was clean enough to entertain in! I usually throw everything in our bedroom and shut the door tight before guests arrive!

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  2. Seems like you full the party together despite of the hazzle of being a host . If I remember it right you mentioned once that your using a Canon Rebel camera we got the same one for 7 years now and still love it.
    Well, it been 2 years now your wishing for Nikon D90. Hope your wish be granted this year. :)

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  3. Looks like a good scene - I always enjoy when people get dressed up for an event - Congratulations for pulling it off!

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  4. Looks like a great time! So glad you included those recipes - they all sound wonderful and perfect for parties. I'll definitely be giving them a try.

    Kelly

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  5. Congrats on a fab party! Your husband looks great! And I'm not surprised that guests made it to your bedroom. That's where I'd love to hang too! Oh, and near the stenciled wall;-)

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  6. Looks like it was fun for all! And you husband was looking so dapper as well! No shots of the two of you? So busy hosting..know how that goes! Have a wonderful Christmas and stay warm!!
    Maureen

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  7. Looks like the party was a huge success and your house looks amazing! Now I have to go back and look through your blog for more! How nice that you and husband made the food yourselves and together! It makes me want to throw a party right now :)

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  8. Your friends look all so glamorous! Also, it looks like a great and fun party!

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  9. Everyone looks so elegant. Looks like it turned out well.

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

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  10. Looks like a great evening, your neighbors are all so stylish too!

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  11. It really seems like you have the funnest neighborhood (and neighbors!) Is the house next to you for sale?

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  12. Looks like everyone is having a great time!

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  13. I'm guessing that no one wanted to leave the master bedroom because you did such a fantastic job with it!?! Menu looked pretty great too!

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  14. Looks like it was great, and the menu sounded divine. I clicked on the link for the prosciutto rolls, but it took me to the muhammura--are you able to relink? I have a craving for them now!

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  15. The links are all correct now...thanks for the heads up!
    Janell

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  16. I can't wait to try some of those recipes exp. the soup...yummmmy!
    I'm laughing that there was a crowd in your master, that's a sign of a good host, they are comfortable in your house!
    Enjoy your new week!
    XO
    Kristin

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  17. Looks like everyone had a great time! The food looks AMAZING.

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  18. Great looking party...and now starving! :)

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  19. I made the meatballs last week - they were fantastic! I served them as dinner, with jasmine rice made iwth part cocoanut milk. Mmmmm....

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  20. I wouldn't want to leave your bedroom either, Janell -- it's stunning! And that pumpkin and shrimp bisque sounds divine...must try!

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  21. i love that the crowd was in your bedroom, always a good sign when they don't want to leave!

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  22. Hi Janell, looks like the party was nothing short of fantastic, and I bet you looked just gorgeous in that dress. I checked out Austin Kitchen -- what a great blog. I also want to say that you have such great style in your home. Is it wallpaper or stencil on the cocoa wall by the staircase? It's fantastic.

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  23. Just found the wall tutorial! Never mind ! :)

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  24. Wow all of those things sound delish and the party looks fun and festive!

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  25. Janell - It looks like a great time was had by all. Glad I could help.

    Ben

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  26. It looks like a fun party with great company, delicious food and your beautiful home. I'm eyeing your gorgeous stenciled wall and that yummy soup recipe. That sounds like a good one for our Christmas Eve dinner.

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  27. everything sounds so delish :)

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  28. Hi Janell-

    I have been hint hinting to my husband all year, too. I am hoping he has gotten the message as most of my party pics I took last week didn't come out or not very well. I hope Santa brings you the camera of your dreams.

    My best- Diane

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  29. Look at all those happy and good looking guest! How come I wasn't invited?! (:

    I would have been the first one visiting your fabulous master bedroom! It is magazine worthy! Love everything about it.

    ox, Mon

    http://www.splendidwillow.com

    Mon

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  30. What a great holiday party! I wasn't suprised that your guest were in awe of your beautiful home and couldn't help touring room to room.

    I also have a 2 year old Canon Rebel. It doesn't have an antishake feature for night portraits and I have no idea how to use a tripod. I can't wait to trade up. I hope Santa hears you :)

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  31. Yum! and what fun! You are making a great case too for a new camera.

    xo,
    cristin

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  32. I'm always up to try new recipes. A progressive dinner would work very well in my neighborhood considering we are always in each other's kitchens anyway! Thanks for sharing!

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  33. Looks like a great party and the food looks fabulous! I am off to bookmark these right away!

    Chelsea

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  34. I want to see a pic of you in the pink dress!!! and good luck with the camera! :)

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  35. looks like it was a great party. love the framed chalkboard in your kitchen! lovely blog too.

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