Saturday, February 11, 2012

Beginning my Dinner Preparations for Tomorrow

I was up earlier than normal this morning and after checking out a few blogs, I decided to wash all of the dishes for my table setting tomorrow.

I bet some of you were wondering something along these lines:
Is she really going to eat off those plates that have been sitting out for three weeks?

LOL.  By now most of you should know I am a borderline germ-a-phobe.

So the answer is an unequivocal NO! I was just setting things out as I thought about how to do the table.   I have so many dishes, that they don't all get used very often and they collect dust just sitting in the cupboard, so I always wash everything just prior to the dinner.

I was not thrilled with the martini vase centerpiece-- I thought I needed  something that took up more space.  While down in the basement, I found something different that I forgot I bought about two years ago.

They were still in the same bag that I carried them home in.
I have 12 stems of a pink flower that is a nice match for my table.  I plan to submerge the flowers underwater with a floating candle.  Assuming this new idea turns out, I will show you tomorrow what they look like when I finish the trio of vases.  Yes, I am using 3 glass cylinders with flowers instead of the single martini glass.  I also decided to change the purple glasses. I am now using the red glasses. You will see the whole table later.

About noon, I  brought up my frozen mixed berries to thaw for my mousse dessert.
The berries need to be pureed and then strained to remove the seeds.  It's an easy, but time-consuming procedure.
I have never made this dessert before, so I hope it turns out. I did make a lemon mousse for my dinner last month and it went over well. I am hoping this one does, too.

I also brought out my Valentine quilt and draped it over the living room sofa. I was not going to bring it out this year, but then I thought why not? As long as I have this stuff, I may as well use it.

It just so happens to have some patches of the exact same color as the sofa cover.  Gotta love when that happens.

It is very cold here this weekend--single digits. Yesterday we got about 3 inches of snow. I think the snow is done. The cold does not bother me because I don't intend to leave the warmth of my kitchen & computer room until I go to work Monday morning.

Hope you are all warm and toasty this weekend, too.


  1. Those berries look so good! I've been taking packages of strawberries from the freezer lately to get a reminder of summer.
    The weather this weekend is fine with me....I've spent the whole day baking and just puttering on the computer and listening to music. But, I am getting a bit tired of the winter and want back out into the garden.
    Stay warm and enjoy the dinner party!

  2. I had no doubts that you would be washing those dishes before your guests arrived, didn't think you wanted to serve dust with your meal! lol It sounds like you have everything under control and I'm very much looking forward to seeing pictures of the final tablescape. Your valentine quilt is gorgeous as well. Good luck with your dinner tomorrow but I doubt you need it, I'm positive everything will be perfect:-) xoxo

  3. Lovely quilt Zoey. I just love quilts. The berries look good, bet your dessert will be wonderful.

    Cher Sunray Gardens

  4. oh- I am so anxious to see your special set up for the dinner party. Can't wait. I LOVE that quilt. xo Diana

  5. those berries look that quilt...stay warm is cold here in Texas...

  6. so glad you brought that quilt out. It looks wonderful with your couch.
    I can't wait to see your meal!
    Good luck!

    (It's 13 here and snow is coming , or so they say)

  7. Your dessert sounds wonderful Zoey. Love those berries. What a beautiful valentine quilt. It looks so lovely one your sofa. You may need to cuddle in it on this cold weekend.

  8. I want to see the table all set and ready to serve...berries look so yummy! The quilt is a nice touch on the sofa.


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