Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Greek Party

I've made this post into a Tablescape Thursday over at Between Naps on the Porch.

Greetings from Greece! Okay, maybe not Greece, but our own back yard where we recently had a Greek dinner party for our Gormande Club.

We took our dining room table out to the patio, rigged a white awning above it, and set the table with white, blue and gold.

The runner is simply a piece of sheer fabric that reminded me of the Mediterranean. We used old blue glasses that we inherited from LOM's grandparents which matched the runner perfectly. I made those collars with the Greek key design to go around candle holders and a vase that I already had.

As the sun was lowering into the West we poured the Ouzo and started with mezede (snacks);

kalamata olives,


and saganaki (fried kefalotyri cheese). We also had pita bread and a sort of rolled version of spanakopita.

Then we progressed to horiatiki,

avgolemono, and the main course souvlaki and potatoes. which I failed to photograph. because it was getting dark. yeah, that's it, it was too dark. couldn't be the ouzo, could it?

And for dessert we had home-made baklava by Teen1. Oh, my, it was good.

Eventually it got dark enough to light the candles and we ate our dessert in their soft glow. In proper Greek style, we made dinner last for several hours and enjoyed our Escape To Greece immensely.

If you want to taste REAL Greek food, Stockton is having a Greek Festival on September 10-12 at the Greek Orthodox Church. Check it our here. I wonder if they will serve Ouzo?


Anonymous said...

what a fun party! great photos and just the right touches of decor! jkj

Marlis said...

I am so delighted you came by and left such a nice comment. Your Greek table is phenomenal. You are right, the blue runner is the Mediterranean completely!! Great idea with the Greek key sleeves. Your food looks delish!

Bill said...

Hi Laura,

It looks very Greek to me -- love the freshness of the sea blue and white, and the greek key design adds the perfect touch!

Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment. You asked how many place settings I usually try to collect. Since most of my dishes are estate sale finds, they're limited to what's available at a given sale. If I really like a pattern, I watch for additional pieces on eBay, while out antiquing, etc. Like you, I like to have at least 12 place settings for larger gatherings. I think 20 would be the most I have of a single pattern (Lenox Essex), but I have a couple of other patterns that mix-and-match nicely with it.

Hope you and yours have a great weekend!

A Toile Tale said...

I hope your guests loved every minute of this meal with such a beautiful setting.

Entertaining Women said...

You did a beautiful job on your table. The azure blue of your table runner is beautiful and sets the mood for the whole vignette. Thank you for sharing y our charming design. Cherry Kay

Pearl Maple said...

Just charming, from the azure table runner though all those carefull selected details, you have created a beautiful vignette

Anonymous said...

How'd you make those collars? Really pretty!!
Teen1: beautiful baklava! You are a really great cook! Was it easy to make? Looks delish.

xo, Karen