Hello sweet friends!
OMG, another dinner party, for sure!
We decided on entertaining again, as we had to reciprocate to some more friends and yes, we do have lots of wonderful friends; so, since we made the dinner party to celeb our 40th. I haven't stopped the 'entertaining at home situation' lol..
I had sixteen friends, or eight couples including us for a dinner party, last night.
My menu was: Some horderves, such as a crab dip and some small hand pies.
The entré was a favorite of ours, nice, light in calories and simply delish, 'Zucchini Lasagna,' I've been making for a very long time, and the recipe came out from an old 'Good Housekeeping Magazine;' long before Internet or Pinterest was around! The recipe is at the end of this post, as it's great, low calorie and simply marvelous!
I've been making buffet dinners and serving it on top of my foyer's vintage French marble table, directly from the chafing dishes, as I've shown in my other posts.
Ok, here are the two tables I created for the dinner party last night. Hope you like them.
|I paired two different sets of Viennese hand etched glasses here.|
|The place set as I did it.|
|I love the long edge of the tablecloth with the elephants running thru it.|
|I also decorated the round breakfast vintage French table to sit six people, as between the two tables we were sixteen total.|
|I decided on mixing my two black and white china sets for six that I have. Here is the one place set.|
I did buy them a few years ago with this idea in mind and I always set them together for Father's Day.
|Here is the other mixed place set.|
|I always make a tea or coffee setting for after dinner and for this evening I chose my red transferware as opposed to my Mil's antique teacups from her china.|
The stemware here was also my Mil's and it's French and they come in three different sizes.
Thank you so much sweet and kind friends for visiting me, you so make my day every time!
Thanking the lovely hostesses for having me at their great parties.
A special thanks to the generous and supportive ladies that have recently featured me.
Kathy for "A BOUQUET OF TALENT LINKY PARTY"
Angel for "WAKE UP WEDNESDAY LINKY PARTY"
2 very large zucchini, about 1 pound each
1 cup chopped onion
1 tsp. minced garlic
3 Tbls. olive oil
1-16-ounce jar chunky spaghetti sauce
15 ounces ricotta cheese
8 ounce mozzarella cheese, grated
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
Basil sprigs for garnish
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
Cut zucchini lengthwise into 1/8 inch-thick slices.
Parboil in three batches, 5 to 6 minutes.
Remove from pot and drain well on paper towels.
In heavy saucepan, sauté onion and garlic in olive oil over medium high heat until soft but not brown, 6 to 8 minutes.
Add spaghetti sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile combine ricotta and half of the mozzarella, eggs, parsley, basil, salt and pepper in large bowl. Blend with a wooden spoon.
Preheat oven to 375F. Butter an 11x9x2 inch baking pan. Spoon a thin layer of sauce in bottom of pan. Cover with slices of zucchini, overlapping slightly. (cut to fit). Spread 1/2 cup of sauce over zucchini. Top with half ricotta-cheese mixture.
Repeat a layer of zucchini, sauce and cheese mixture.
Finish with a layer of zucchini and remaining sauce.
Sprinkle remaining mozzarella cheese on top.
Bake in preheated oven 40 to 45 minutes until cheese is melted and golden brown. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Cut into squares.
Garnish with basil sprigs if you want.
I will be joining:
Tablescape Thursday http://betweennapsontheporch.net
Foodie Friday and Everything Else http://designsbygollum.blogspot.com
Home Sweet Home http://thecharmofhome.blogspot.com
Show and Tell Friday http://myromantichome.blogspot.com
The Weekend Blog Hop www.clairejustineoxox.com
A Morning Cup of Joe http://thecottagemarket.com
PINK Saturday http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com
Bouquet of Talent Linky Party www.lifeonlakeshoredrive.com
Chain Linky CLIMB www.godsgrowinggarde.com
Simple Saturday Blog Hop www.sunnysimplelife.com
Silver Pennies Sunday www.findingsilverpennies.com
Snickerdoodle Sunday www.meatloafandmelodrama.com
A Return to Loveliness www.adelightsomelife.com
Make it Pretty Monday www.thededicatedhouse.com
Inspire Me Tuesday http://astrollthrulife.net
TUESDAYS AT OUR HOME http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com
MMM #274 Block Party www.keepingitsimplecrafts.com
Amaze Me Monday www.dwellings-theheartofyourhome.com
Debbie at, Confessions of a Plate Addict
Suzy at, Worthing Court
Ivonne at, Stone Gable
Anita at, Cedar Hill Farmhouse
You're Gonna Love it www.kathewithande.com
Pretty in Pink Teacups www.marthasfavorites.com
Brag About it www.vmg206.com
Tuesday with a Twist www.godsgrowinggarden.com
Tasty Tuesdays www.anyonita-nibbles.co.uk
Wow Us Wednesday www.savvysouthernstyle.net
Share Your Cup Thursday http://jannolson.blogspot.com
Share Your Style http://northernnesting.blogspot.com
Home and Garden Thursday www.adelightsomelife.com
It's a Party http://acreaticeprincess.blogspot.com