|Setting up: The First Annual Fabulous Femmes Film Fest|
|Add your own special touches! Be outrageous!|
This year, I took it easy. I prepared the main course - two make-ahead stews - and everyone else brought the rest. In addition to appetizers and my stews, we had mixed salad greens tossed with sweet onions and thin slivers of colored bell peppers, artisan breads, a beautiful fruit plate, a selection of cookies, and a surprise birthday cake with candles for a Fabulous Femme celebrating her mmmfff mmmfff (whoops!) birthday. There was wine and Prosecco (which has fizzy bubbles that tickle your nose).
We are not talking this:
We are talking fun. No flames (except those under the chafing dishes). No competition (we’re all fabulous, remember?). No knife-sharpening. And definitely, no men (in the kitchen or anywhere else).
We watched movies, of course: Simultaneous screenings of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on the big screen in the living room and The Artist on the mid-sized screen in the bedroom. And yes, Dollinks, there was popcorn - hot, buttered, messy - just the way we Fabulous Femmes like it.
In the darkened bedroom, five Fabulous Femmes cuddled on the bed and on chairs with warm blankies; in the living room, six Fabulous Femmes squeezed together on the sofas. A good time was definitely had by all.
Here’s how the buffet looked and here’s why it matters to you!
|The Beef and Chicken Stews stayed hot in chafing dishes|
|Space-saving vertical chafing dishes are |
also perfect for soup and chili
|Be prepared and be organized: Napkins wrap cutlery|
|Stew bowls, salad plates, small dessert plates|
Why should you care? Women need other women. Just as men bond over sports, women bond over hours of conversation - weeping, laughing, kvetching, gossiping. About what? About men, of course. Women strive to understand men the way Jane Goodall strove to understand chimps. Goodall succeeded; most of us have not. We Fabulous Femmes talked about men while munching Halloween candies. We cried about men while licking popcorn butter from our fingers. We laughed about men over bowls of stew, unsure whether it was the stew or our long friendships that warmed us on this cold, wet November day.
Treasure your women friends. They are all Fabulous Femmes, and so are you. Hold your own version of a Fabulous Femmes Film Fest and see what fun and mischief you can have. There’s some work involved - invitations to be sent, food to be made, dishes to be washed - but make it easy on yourself and ask others to share the load. It doesn’t matter if the dishes don't match and you don’t live in style. What matters are the smiles on your friends’ faces as they loosen up (ah, yes ... last year’s Crantinis) and open up.
|Breaking bread with women friends transcends food|
|Was it the stew that warmed us, or our friendship?|
Coming up over the next three days, I’ll blog my Fuss-Free Beef Stew, my Creamy Chicken Stew, and yes ... my lethal Crantinis. Why do you think I needed a nap?