Friday, May 9, 2014

Dinner Party Series: Fabulous Femmes Film Fest

This week marked the Third Annual Fabulous Femmes Film Fest - an occasion I’ve written about before. The FFFF is an informal gathering of female friends who (a) like to eat and (b) like to watch Oscar-nominated films and (c) like to eat some more. Food and films are a winning Dinner Party combination. I hope youll try hosting an FFFF party, too. 

The first year I gave this party, I was so disorganized (Translation: blitzed) that I forgot to take photos. Too bad, because that first FFFF was lots and lots of fun. You’ll find the Second Annual FFFF posted in November, 2012. Check the Index under Dinner Party.

That second party was a potluck. The combination of flavors and foods was delicious! This year, I was in the mood to cook! As usual, one thing led to another, and things got wonderfully, happily out of hand. This year’s FFFF Dinner Party began as brunch, became lunch, and morphed into dinner, with a top-rated movie in the morning and another in the afternoon. I enjoy table-scaping, so this year’s Film Fest centered around color - and plenty of it! 

My theme used a colorful table ... Click to enlarge the images.

With glints of candlelight ...

And a rooster standing guard over our brunch muffins.

There was plenty of cutlery wrapped in paper napkins ...

As well as plenty of colorful plates ...

And plenty of food! My fridge isn’t overly large, so I often rely on an electric cooler in which to stack salads and other chilled foods. The menu? Im happy to say that most of the recipes at this party already appear on this blog. Make-aheads worked beautifully for the brunch and lunch I planned for 14 guests. There was no last-minute panic, no staying up late the night before, and no getting up at dawn. Dinner? We raided the fridge for leftovers. 

Brunch started with iced bottles of bubbly in a colorful bucket.

Be sure you have (or can borrow) plenty of freshly
washed glasses - no dusty ones, please!

“fun champagne bucket always comes in handy!

I like to prepare one or two “show stoppers” while keeping most other dishes ultra-easy. Serving Suzy’s Caviar Pie wowed everyone at brunch! Put that name into the search engine at the top left of this blog to find this April, 2011 recipe. 

Suzy’s Caviar Pie: Tastes as good as it looks!

We enjoyed tomato and orange juices, Blender Date-and-Orange Muffins (posted in April, 2011), and Lemon-Poppy Seed Muffins, which I’ll be posting tomorrow. These muffins would make a great breakfast or brunch for an occasion such as Mother’s Day.

Lunch was a scrumptious, make-ahead Mediterranean Chicken: I’ll post that recipe tomorrow, too. 

Rosalie’s Caesar Salad (foreground), Mediterranean Chicken (behind)

I served Rosalie’s Caesar Salad made with Nicole’s Special Croutons (both posted in March, 2012), Avocado Jellied Salad (posted June, 2011), and Marinated Carrot Salad (with one version posted July, 2011 and another posted September, 2013).

Marinated Carrot Salad (Version 1)

I also served Nancy’s Summer Salad (recipe to follow Monday), and a delicious Potato Salad from Costco. You dont have to make it all! And I didn’t. The hit of the evening was a Blackberry Pie Ron made from scratch.

Nancys Summer Salad and Costco’s Potato Salad

I previously blogged the recipe for this great pie in August, 2011. You’ll find it in the date Index, or under Pies: Fruit (Kenneth’s Slam-Bam-Thank-You-Maam Blackberry Pie).

Ron rolled out the crust ...

Added the blackberries we froze last summer ...

And out popped a pie! 

Ron vanished before my guests arrived, but of everything I served, the guests liked my Potato Salad and my Blackberry Pie best! When it was all over, Ron and I put our feet up to relax with ... 

Can you see it? Can you see it?

But of course! A dry martini! PS: Posted as 
The Perfect Loutini (Feb. 19, 2012)

Tomorrow: Lemon-Poppyseed Muffins and that delectable make-ahead Mediterranean Chicken. Two for the price of one, Dollinks!

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