A Delish Springtime Dinner Party!
Given the choice, I would almost always choose letting my hair down over buttoning up for a dinner party. But, there’s something to be said for gussying up and throwing together a simple springtime feast for friends crowded around a big table. Besides, here in Austin we have another six months of summer heat to lounge by the pool and sweat off our sunscreen!
Thanks to the lovely people of McCormick Gourmet, I hosted a dinner party last Saturday night that had plenty casual, kick-up-your-feet style, but was still occasion enough to swipe on your favorite lipstick. They were kind enough to send along a great gift package of cooking tools and gadgets, gourmet spices and a gift card to plan one fabulous party, which it definitely turned out to be!
As our friends and their families started to arrive, we put a few finishing touches on the table and added a gorgeous bunch of tulips. With wine and conversation flowing, it was turning out to be a just-right night and the food hadn’t even been served!
Once our last guests had arrived, it was time to start getting dinner ready! I had done a lot of preparations the day before, so we weren’t whirling around or frantic at all. But, sauce will spill on your shirt, a dish might need some flavor tweaking, and you’ll end up with at least one wine stain. At least. Such is life! You’ve just got to be a cool little cucumber and realize that nobody – and no party – is perfect.
As the sunset sizzled, Mark threw these four-minute flank steaks on the grill and I made sure the hot and cold side dishes were ready to rock. As I warmed up the mashed potatoes in a slow cooker, I also plopped cornbread muffins into a basket and tossed around a corn salad before serving. Chimichurri sauce slipped into two bowls, ice water glasses clinked full, and the lights were dimmed.
We all said “cheers” to almost a year in our first home, surrounded by cherished friends who have practically become family, and proceeded to dig in. A big platter of juicy sliced steak and bowls brimming with mashed potatoes and corn salad were passed. Wine glasses were repeatedly topped off, good stories were shared, and it became a better party than I could have dreamed!
Here’s what we enjoyed…
We finished off the evening with stronger drinks, louder laughs, and a little dessert. That is, before the dance party portion of the evening! Mark spun some tunes on his turntables, and my adorable friend Teresa and I wiggled around to the music, taking breaks between cleaning up to break into dance! My body may have been sore the next day, but I was plenty glad to have a pristine kitchen the next morning!
All in all, our springtime party was scrumptious, full of good memories, and enjoyed in the best company possible. Thanks to McCormick for making it possible, and thanks to our friends for joining in the fun!
To have the chance to host a McCormick sponsored dinner party of your own…
Join McCormick’s Dinner Party Chain by visiting and submitting an idea for your “Dream Dinner Party” on the McCormick Gourmet Facebook page. Once you submit your dinner party idea, you’ll be entered to win a great big gift box overflowing with lots of goodies, including plenty of gadgets, spices and a generous gift card to make your dream dinner party a reality!