Enjoying the company of good friends and sharing a pot-luck, home-cooked meal with our dinner group is the ultimate in frugal, fancy, and fun entertaining. I always look forward to these regular, neighborhood gatherings. It’s especially nice when it’s an early summer dinner group get together and we can sit outside, even if it’s only for appetizers.
The evening began with a light and refreshing signature drink.
Our dinner group, which consists of four couples and no kids, meets every other month – or so. Sometimes coordinating schedules gets tricky and we have to skip a month but it’s always an evening to look forward to.
The hosting couple chooses the menu for the evening and serves the entrée. The other couples get assigned appetizer, salad or dessert. At this dinner group gathering, the hosting couple said the menu was, “Italian-ish/French-ish so they served lamb with…
lentils (loosely following this recipe, by David Lebovitz) and it was delicious.
This time, our contribution was the appetizer. We brought white bean dip with anchovies and arugula.
Are you noticing all of the guys wore gingham dress shirts? They supposedly did not call each other first but there was a definite “gingham” theme going on this night.
Well, everyone got the memo about wearing a gingham dress shirt except my neighbor, Kenton. We made him carry the wine outside as a result of his not wearing the proper attire. We eventually forgave him.
My friend, Robin, and her husband brought the salad. It was fresh and fruity.
The table looked really pretty.
The always anticipated dessert. It was a flourless chocolate cake infused with lavender. I love how it looks on this plate, too. The lavender was fresh from the garden.
Dinner group is at house our next time. Cross your fingers that it will still be warm enough to dine outside!
Are you in a dinner group that meets regularly? Do you want to start one?
Go Gingham related links:
How to organize a dinner group – why not start one? It’s frugal, fancy & fun!
Last summer’s dinner group gather is here and the appetizer we brought is here
Our dinner group followed Bon Appetit’s menu last fall
The last time we hosted diner group – in between decorating seasons
Dinner group in spring – well, it felt like winter
The appetizer – white bean dip – brought for dinner group