Sunday, August 12, 2012

FABBY: Dinner Party Menu

Hi everyone!
After posting my orange Summer Tablescape early last week, I had also planned on having eight guests for dinner last Friday night and so I decided on going orange again for my dinner guests and used the same centerpiece with the orange roses, which was perfectly fresh.  I chose for setting my dinner table, my vintage oriental dishes, which I've posted a couple of times before for you, but haven't used them with guests in many years... so here they are, paired with my orange rim dinner plates, as the vintage ones have such a small size dinner plates for today's standards, (I guess we eat more amounts these days).  Here is also some photos of the menu I served last Friday.
 I served the Walnut Cake, which was hubby's grandma's in my antique Belgium buffet's, pull out drawer, with marble top and with my reticulated cake plates.
 As an entree I served, Tamales de Yuca, which are made of yuca, (cassava in English) another tuberculous popular in Latin America. We also make them of potatoes, hominy and many other kinds as well. I'm showing you how they're steamed in the leaves. The flower vase is  vintage Italian yellow crystal.
 Here is what they look like released from the leaves and I served them in the small dinner plates as the entree, so I didn't want to start shooting my camera while my guests were about to it was a set down dinner.Oh, they are delicious!
 At left the Fish and Shrimp Escabeche. Next is the rice with pine-nuts. The fresh Green Salad with arugula, two types of lettuces, black olives, tomatoes, red pepper and yogurt Salad dressing, topped with blue cheese, which is in the small bowl. The silver weaved basket holds warm bread.
 Here is a close up of the Fish and Shrimp Escabeche. The recipe is at my post: Sea Food for my Mama, back in May for Mother's Day.
 The table was set with my vintage oriental dishes, orange rim dinner plates and reticulated chargers. The beautiful tablecloth was my Mil's. We can call it an EARLY FALL table too.
Whenever I set a table for posting or for guests, like this one in orange, I cannot help myself remember my sweet blog friend Christine, from Christine Home and Travel Adventures; as she loves orange and she looks so good in it too!
 The stemware is Mexican hand blown from several years ago.
 The coffee, and tea station.
 My two tier Meissen piece with some green apples and grapes. I placed four cups and saucers only for coffee or herbs tea, cause usually only women ask for anything like this for after dinner to go with dessert; but the other night, the men asked me for herbs tea and none of the women, they kept on drinking their wine, including me, lol...
 A high shot to appreciate my Mil's beautiful hand crocheted tablecloth, she had it made several years ago. Some doggies around the centerpiece's mirror.

We had a real pleasant evening with our good friends, including my best friend Stephanie from New Jersey and Julio her husband.  Dinner was at eight and our guests stayed until one in the morning.

Hope you liked my dinner party menu. Thank you in advance for your wonderful and kind visits, which I appreciate so very much and always make my day!!

Thank you lovely and gracious hostesses for having me each week at your terrific and fun linky parties, which I love to be part of.

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Cheryl said...

It's all so beautiful!!

NanaDiana said...

My goodness, Fabby- What a beautiful table setting. The china is gorgeous and I love the Mexican glassware. What fun it must be to dine at your house. I can only imagine. Our sit down dinners usually have a child or two present so it is a whole different level of conversation. We need to do more all adult dinners. I love fussing with a meal for everyone. Yours looks delicious...especially that cake.

How funny that the men wanted tea and the woman kept drinking the wine! Hope you have a wonderful week- xo Diana

Antiques And Teacups said...

Looks like a wonderful menu, Fabby! I love your choices. The teaset is a favorite of mine! Thanks for sharing and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

Sarah said...

Fabby, not only do you set a beautiful table, you serve delicious meals. I know your guests enjoyed this dinner party!

Norma2 said...

Fabby veo que sos una excelente anfitriona, agasajás a tus invitados con una comida riquísima y una vajilla de lujo que engalana lo que hay sobre ella.
Saludos desde

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

Fabby, I am sure that was a very enjoyable dinner shared with good friends. Everything looks perfect! The colors on the table are very beautiful and the food looks delicious. Have a wonderful week!--------- Shannon

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Fabby,

You not only do set the most perfect and elegant tables but are a great Lady Chef as well.
It would be a feast for sitting at your table...
Love your Belgian buffet, with the marble pull out tray. So practical and beautiful; a rare combination.
Hugs to you,

Isabel - Las Delicias de Isabel said...

Se ve todo delicioso y la decoracion de la mesa es impeclable. Un beso guapa :)

Laura said...

Fabby those plates are absolutely gorgeous. I love the color. The food looks amazing. I am sure people love to be invited to your dinner parties with all of the care you take to create such a nice atmosphere. Have a great week!

Gina said...

This is such a pretty table! I love orange and those dishes are really lovely. The food looks wonderful!

Kim, USA said...

Wow you prepare a lot and definitely your dishes are great. I know of yuca and escabeche in the Philippines we have food like that too. Thanks for sharing your images and the visit too. ^_^

Designs By Pinky said...

Fabby, this looks like a fun evening with friends! Your table looks beautiful, love your oriental dishes. The menu is wonderful too! XO, pinky

On Crooked Creek said...

What a gorgeous tablescape!!! Those roses are exquisite!!! Love your hues for an early Autumn tablescape! Your menu sounds delicious!!!

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

Orange is my favorite color, so this is just BEAUTIFUL to me! I have an antique crocheted tablecloth that I'm always so afraid to use, but your's looked so V-E-R-Y good, that I'll have to rethink.

Lovely. Lovely. Tasty!!!

Linda said...

Beautiful Fabby. Your hubby's Grandma's cake looks so yummy.
Love your dishes as usual. You have the most beautiful collections. What a pleasure to be able to sit down and enjoy your special meal. Come see my dancing at the fair this past Saturday. The post is under my skillet corn griddle cakes. XOXO Linda

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Lovely, Fabby! Beautiful roses and dishes. The food looks good too. Love the lace tablecloth! I imagine you had a wonderful time with friends at dinner. Thank you for joining me for tea today and have a lovely week.


Babs said...

Fabby, I'll bet your guests were thrilled at the orange table setting and your delicious food. Orange seems like such an appetizing color and great for a tablescape. Your walnut cake looks really yummy, too.

Anonymous said...

Dear Fabby...this is a lovely tablescape, and yes, it does have a touch of fall to it...and how I wish fall was here as is my very favorite season!!!
Your choice of orange is a pretty one to work with. The Oriental china is stunning, especially paired with the orange rim dinner plates and larger chargers. And your MIL's crocheted tablecloth is gorgeous! I love pretty linens, just like you do!!
The Mexican blown glass stemware is beautiful. AND your menu sounds delicious!! When I saw the picture of the main entree I was thinking how I would enjoy some of that! Berch does not like seafood and especially shell-fish...he is not allergic or anything, he just does not THINK he likes it...he will eat a grilled MILD I never
get to cook fish dishes at home. Of course I can order all I want when we go out to dinner..and I do!
The orange roses in the yellow vase looked pretty used again, and the little doggies by the center-
piece did, too. You always set such a well-thought-out table. I am sure anyone who is lucky enough to be guest at your dinners know they are in for a treat. Not only are you an accomplished cook, but a gracious hostess, too. I am sure
you learned a lot from your
elegnant mother!!
Last evening Berch and I did have our evening meal on our front porch. It is a large covered porch
and we have a bistro table and two chairs out there where we like to dine when the temperature is not too hot, which is was not. We enjoyed that!!
Thank you always for sharing your tablescape before your delicious dinners. I wish I could have joined you! LOL
Have a happy week Fabby and I am sending love and hugs to you,

Judy Bigg said...

Beautiful table Fabby. The china is so gorgeous and the glassware is perfect. You always set such beautiful dishes on your table.

Bonnie said...

I know your guests were so impressed with the food and elegant table. Everything is lovely and I am so glad you got to enjoy the party too.

xinex said...

Oh Fabby, first of all, let me thank you immensely for the special mention and for thinking of me. And OMG, your table is just gorgeous! And you know how much I love orange. I also love your domed silver server. The food is also amazing. I would love to have some of that escabeche right now. I am sure your guests had so much fun dining with you in this stunning setting....Christine

Betty said...

Hi Fabby,
I love your beautiful tablescape this week. And, I loved last week's Orange tablescape. You have the most fabulous dinnerware and accessories.
You are amazing.

Betty said...

Hi Fabby,
I love your beautiful tablescape this week. And, I loved last week's Orange tablescape. You have the most fabulous dinnerware and accessories.
You are amazing.

andrea@townandprairie said...

Beautiful and romantic! I love your dishes.

Johanna said...

Hi fabby,
you always create such powerful and colorful tablescapes with delicious food. This was certainly a great party. Thank you for sharing your wonderful dishes.
best greetings, Johanna

Alycia Nichols said...

This is the kind of dinner party I miss so much!!! We used to enjoy having a few friends over for cocktails at 7, dinner at 8. It was wonderful! Now we're schlepping takeout back to our hotel room on most Saturday nights since we're on the road so much. Ugh! I want our social life back!!!!!!! The orange rose centerpiece is absolutely perfect with the dishes you chose! I LOVE orange, too! It's a color that creates quite a stir and stimulates the appetite. The pattern of your china is so pretty that I almost can't stand it!!!!!! Gorgeous!

Kathleen said...

The table looks so pretty, and the food looks delicious!
Thanks for linking to Let's Dish! I am sure your guests were thrilled!

Terri said...

OH Fabby! Your setting is just amazing. Everything looks so perfect. The tea set is beautiful too. Your guests are very lucky : )

Betty Stapleton said...

Love the orange, so beautiful. You do a beautiful dinner party, it's all in the details and you have that covered - right down to the little dogs. Love the Meissen tiered stand-beautiful. Always, love your posts...

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

I LOVE your table Fabby...You have such beautiful things. I know I have told you before "BUT" "I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE,LOVE,LOVE your MIL's tablecloth! It makes me MELT every time I see it... The time and love involved in making such a masterpiece is "priceless". You are such a lucky lady!!!
You dinner looks SO GOOD! "Yum"!
Have a fun filled week,
Big Hugs to you,

Tanya@takesix said...

What a gorgeous table. I love your nod to fall with the orange color. What a wonderful treasure to have your MIL's beautiful tablecloth. It is stunning!

The French Hutch said...

HI FABBY, You never disappoint with your tablescapes. I love the vintage oriental pattern paired with the orange rimmed plates. Of course the flowers and centerpiece pull the colors together. I'm sure your guest were delighted and the cake looks delicious! Wish we could sit and have cake and coffee together, how lovely that would be……

The French Hutch

Entertaining Women said...

I am not surprised that they stayed into the wee hours. Beautiful tablescape...not just a Fall table...this is a glorious design for all seasons. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

designchic said...

What a delicious dinner and the tablesetting is beautiful!!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Fabby, What a beautiful table setting and the menu so perfect. Everything looks so delicious. I love the roses and your coordinating dinner plates.
Gorgeous for all times of the year. Your guests must have felt so pampered. I can easily see them staying till one in the morning having a fabulous time. You are the perfect hostess.

Thank you for sharing your talents with us all. I always enjoy my visit. Thank you also for stopping by while I was away. So nice to see you and I am always blessed by your kind comments.

Big hugs, Celestina Marie

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Fabby, I'm sure your dinner guests were delighted to be sitting at your beautiful table. Love your choices!

Kathy Olson said...

What a lovely presentation!

SavannahGranny said...

Fabby, I don't know how you do it. Each table is prettier that the last. The tablecloth is so beautiful. All that handwork, I wish I could do that. Your roses still look awesome. The china is so exquisite and I love the two tiered dish on the coffee station. Everything is so wonderful, I bet it was a great party. You can tell when people have fun cause they stay longer. That cake looks so good. Did you say you had posted the recipe before. If so I will have to go look for it.
Thanks for sharing. Love to you, Ginger

Dawna said...

Your table is gorgeous. How wonderful to have the lovely crocheted piece done by your MIL. Dinner at your house must taste as good as it looks.

Anonymous said...

Fabby..I saw your invite over at Rattlebridge Farm,thanks for sharing this lovely menu I surely enjoyed feasting with my eyes,and your gorgeous tablesetting's are always perfect,again thank you for sharing this incredible meal,with us here in blogland,You are always the most gracious hostess!..on yeah and I'll have another slice of this delicious cake please.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Your flowers are the loveliest color! You always set the most beautiful table! Enjoy your week!

Infuse With Liz said...

Wow Fabby! That was great! I love seeing your have such a nice variety! You really do a beautiful job...Your cake on the stand on your server looks so elegant! Darn you are just too far away!!

Dolores said...

Fabby...... your table-scape, china, and menu.....WOW.... all so delicious and beautiful.... just like you my sweet friend!!!!

Athena at Minerva's Garden said...

What a beautiful tablescape, Fabby--I love the colors, and your food looks so delicious. Your guests must have had a wonderful time!

Texas Tea Party said...

I'm glad you are using your Oriental china for it is lovely. The men must have enjoyed drinking from your cups for they are so precious. I would love to try your tamale for it looks so delicious. A beautiful dinner and hope your friends enjoyed themselves for the photos are terrific.

Thanks, Pam

chubskulit said...

Now I am hungry and you are to blame hahaha. Just kidding.

Thanks for joining Color Connection last week. THe linky is up for this week, hope you'd join again.

Jann Olson said...

Fabby, a meal fit for a king! The tamales look so yummy. I have never heard of them wrapped in yucca. I love pine nuts so I am drooling over the rice. The Walnut cake looks delicious! What a cook you are. How nice to have friends over to enjoy your talent. Not only of the wonderful meal, but the beautiful table as well. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.

AshTreeCottage said...

Fabulous menu and a lovely setting!

Susan and Bentley

Richella said...

FABBY!! I want to come to a dinner party at your house!

Wow--I don't know what's more beautiful--the table with its glorious dishes, stemware, and flatware, or the scrumptious-looking food. Honestly, it all looks absolutely wonderful. What fun your guests must have had!

ms.composure said...

o wow!!

so does that mean you are coming to my house this weekend to set up dinner for me and my family!? LoL

joy said...

Everything is beautiful and you made me hungry:) Dropping by from Color connection!

Elaine said...

Your table is so beautiful! Love that color and it looks so pretty on the white lace tablecloth. I am drooling over your menu. You had some very lucky guests!

Honey at 2805 said...

The table setting is gorgeous, Fabby! Looks like you had a fabulous dinner party! Thank you for sharing this special event at Potpourri Friday at 2805!

Carole said...

I just love your table setting - it must take you ages to set it up. Have a great week.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Fabby your table is beautiful as always. I know your dinner guests had a wonderful time. Everything looks so lovely.

Jocelyn @

Marigene said...

Everything is just so lovely. I am happy to see so much orange is such a happy color!

Diann said...

Fabby, this must have been an absolutely wonderful treat for your guests! The table is so lovely and the food looks delicious! I love the dessert table and the coffee/tea service. I bet everyone had a fantastic evening with you! Thank you for joining TTF and have a great day!

Linda said...

My mouth is wide open. First off, your buffet table with marble pull out is beautiful along with all the silver pieces. That walnut cake makes my mouth water. I made it once and loved it but nobody else in the family seemed to like.
That tablecloth is so special. Imagine the hours of work that went into it. I love the flower plates with the orange charges. I was wondering what your painting is by the buffet. YOur food looked delicious and pretty at the same time. You have some lucky friends.

Kathleen said...

What a feast, for the eyes and the tummy! You did a beautiful job. I bet everyone had a great time.
Thanks for linking to Let's Dish!

Sherry said...

Thank you for joining me at HSH!