Monday, March 10, 2014

Plan a Ladies Luncheon

There never has to be a reason to have lunch with the ladies other than to visit.  I make it a point to gather a few girls every 4 to 8 weeks to my home to eat, have a glass of wine and enjoy a meal. While it would be much easier to meet at a local restaurant, it's just not the same.

Creating a menu and an intimate ambiance is something that can not be done in a public place.  But in your home, you can create any atmosphere you dream up.

For my last luncheon I carried over my Mardi Gras theme from my birthday by using bright beads as beautiful napkin rings and repurposed the center pieces... again. With several yards of pink organza for the table, it made for the perfect ladies casual lunch.

I opted out of using the china and instead used my daily dishware for the menu of comfort food. (But I didn't skip out on the proper place setting and glassware.) The menu was as follows.

Tomato Basil Bisque
pork and spinach quiche
Organic greens with a light Italian dressing
Sourdough with olive oil dipping sauce
Fresh grapes and strawberries
Raspberry Thumbprints
Rich chocolate cake.

Regardless if you dine on the patio or in a dining room, the atmosphere is relaxing and what the goal is for me, is to create deeper bonds without the hassle of ordering, bickering over the lunch tab or worrying about whom may over hear the ladies conversation. It is our time to get out all of aggravations of everyday life, talk about the future and most of all laugh. It is my opportunity to show each one of my friends how much I value their company and friendship.

Creating a luncheon may not be for the faint at heart.  The devil is certainly in the details and it's the little things that make such an impact.  The girls loved the beads used as the napkin rings which quickly became bracelets and went home with them.

The evening before I laid my table and this take no less than an hour, ever. The glasses and flatware need to be spotless, the napkins pressed and folded and the dishes are to be placed and spaced properly.

Prepping as much as possible the night before will allow you to concentrate on the cooking on the day of your event.  Here, I was completely finished with preparing my meal by 11:30 am, the kitchen was clean the quiche was in the oven, leaving me more than enough time to get myself ready and relax before my guest arrived at 12:30.

Have fun.. what are you waiting for? Have fun and if you need a little help, It's ok, I've got you covered!

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