Category Archives: Party Planning

Daffodil Dinner 2023

I asked my Mom what theme or food she wanted for Mother’s Day. She said Daffodil dinner. It made sense since we celebrated at the mountain Lake House and the daffodils were about to bloom. They were in full bloom … Continue reading

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Homemade Ravioli Meal

Over the weekend, Renae and family came over for dinner. Jeff hung poster frames in my movie room. Maybe sometime soon I will reveal that room. I made ordinary shaped ravioli which is rare for me, usually I make fun … Continue reading

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Easter 2023 Main Meal

My parents, brother, and sister-in-law stayed at my house for Easter weekend this year. We had 6 at our main meal since my friend Carol was able to join us. I decided on a Spring forest theme. My Mom did … Continue reading

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Easter Deco and Breakfast 2023

Easter weekend, I hosted my parents, brother, and sister-in law. It was a wonderful time with my family. Decorations: This was my first year with a mantel for Easter. I bought the garland at Michaels, the rabbits came from TJ … Continue reading

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Homemade Ramen Lunch

On New Years Day, my niece made homemade ramen. She did most of the work. I only helped with the broth, some toppings and prepared the dessert. Five of us enjoyed the delicious ramen with toppings (my friend Carol joined … Continue reading

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New Years Eve Party 2023

I am a true morning person. I am normally awake and active by 5 am. Staying up until midnight is rare for me even on New Years Eve. This year when my 20 year old niece made plans to be … Continue reading

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Christmas 2022

My first Christmas in my home was special. My 20 year old niece joined my parents and me on December 27. We celebrated Christmas Eve on the 27 and Christmas day with her on the 28. We waited for stockings … Continue reading

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White Christmas Dinner

This year for my fancy Christmas meal my theme was “White Christmas”. During the planning stage, whenever I told people my theme, they looked at me strangely. It was a little unusual to plan an entire meal with all the … Continue reading

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Lentil Soup Spinach Salad Dinner

My friend Caroline Korn came over for dinner. When I asked her for theme/food requests she texted, “USA and salad/soup.” I was not sure what to do with the USA part since there are not many American vegetarian soups. I … Continue reading

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Friendiversary Dinner

My friend Deborah and I celebrated our 4 year friendiversary with a dinner at my home. (I was in the middle of decorating my dining room for Christmas.) I don’t know the date I became friends with the other people … Continue reading

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Zucchini Ravioli Advent Dinner

My friend Renae, her husband Jeff and daughter Elizabeth came over to visit, help me with some tasks, and have dinner. Renae requested my zucchini ravioli. We know I rarely make the same thing twice but I love these zucchini … Continue reading

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Vegetarian Thanksgiving 2022

My Mom and I prepared a Vegetarian Thanksgiving this year in Delmar, NY. My friend Carol and I drove the 3.5 hours to the Albany, NY area on the morning of Thanksgiving we mostly had the roads to ourselves! There … Continue reading

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Individual Corn Lasagna Dinner

A little while ago, my friend Dennis came for dinner. I made something I have wanted to make since 2011! Individual corn lasagna recipe that Giada De Laurentiis made for Prince William and Kate during a visit to California. Table: … Continue reading

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Fall Themed Dinner

To celebrate the change in seasons and find an excuse to use Leaf Shaped Tortilla chips in a meal, I made a fall themed dinner for my parents and friend Carol. The meal also showed off my newly decorated for … Continue reading

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Zucchini Ravioli Dinner

Not long ago, my friend Renae came over for dinner. I asked her for a vegetable idea. She said, “zucchini”. I planned this meal around zucchini which is perfect for August. It was delicious! We ate in my newly finished … Continue reading

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Birthday at Lake

This year I celebrated my birthday a little early (last weekend) at my family Lake House with my parents and 20 year old niece. When I woke, a “birthday fairy” was there overnight. The table and fireplace were decorated and … Continue reading

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July 4 Appetizer and Pizza Dinner

One of my Japanese language partners actually lives in Philadelphia. Over 4th of July weekend, she and her husband visited me and my parents at our family Lake House. We all had a wonderful time! USA Theme Individual Appetizer Plate … Continue reading

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Individual Fresh Watermelon Cake

I enjoy revisiting the same theme to do something different. Over the years, I have made many melon cakes. This is my first time making an individual one. It was easy to make and a delight to eat. I used … Continue reading

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Niece 20th Birthday Party

My parents and I celebrated my niece’s 20th birthday a little early with her this year. I am posting this today since it is her actual birthday. It was special to be able to celebrate her birthday with her. Decorations: … Continue reading

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Memorial Day 2022

Here are some photos from memorial day at my family lake house. 6 family members were together this year. I think this is actually my first time to create a Memorial Day themed post. My Dad did the grilling, my … Continue reading

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Dinosaur Ravioli

I enjoyed this meal with my friend Renae. When I was a kid, I drew sheep. Renae drew dinosaurs. I thought it was fun to make dinosaur ravioli. I made and froze the ravioli several weeks before the meal. It … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Gyoza Dinner

My parents came to my house for Mother’s Day weekend. I finally made a meal my Mom loves but had not made it in a long time. Vegetable Gyoza – I made my own with store bought dumpling wrappers. I … Continue reading

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Easter 2022

We had a wonderful Easter. It was my first major holiday in my new home. My parents and 19 year old niece came to my house for the weekend. My friend Carol joined us for the Easter main meal. My … Continue reading

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Lamb or Lion Pizza Dinner

Happy March! I hosted a Lamb or Lion themed dinner with my parents and friend Carol. Carol made the flower arrangement. I love that some of the flowers look like lion manes! March weather described as a lion or lamb … Continue reading

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12 Days of Christmas Themed Meal

This year for Christmas dinner, I prepared and served a 12 Days of Christmas themed meal (12 Courses!) My parents, friend Carol, and her son Mike joined me. Table Decor I like the look of placemats on top of a tablecloth. I … Continue reading

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Easy Christmas Eve Dinner

I made an easy to prepare but festive Christmas Eve meal that I enjoyed with my parents. Asparagus Christmas Tree tarts – Puffed pastry with asparagus, Boursin cheese, Cheddar cheese stars (cut with a cookie cutter) Blue Cheese Dip – … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving for Two

This year I had a wonderful Thanksgiving with my friend Carol. It was supposed to be 3 of us but a co-worker had to cancel that morning because of side effects from his 3rd booster shot. Carol and I had … Continue reading

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Cat Bread Dinner

I made a cat themed meal for my friend Renae and her family. Even the lentil soup had cats in it! Her oldest daughter Natalie helped me style the meal. Raw Vegetables and Hummus – carrot, cherry tomato, celery Lentil … Continue reading

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Halloween Dinner 2021

Happy Halloween! My 19 year old niece and I enjoyed planning and preparing this Halloween party. My Mom also helped. My parents, niece and I had a memorable meal! Table Decor Centerpiece – Carved pumpkin Tablecloth Pumpkin Name Cards – … Continue reading

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Birthday Tea Party

Thank you to my awesome 19 year old niece who helped me out by taking most of these wonderful photos! In honor of my 50th birthday (today), I hosted a Luncheon Tea (last weekend) for the women closest to me. … Continue reading

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Red White and Blue Ravioli Dinner

My parents and I had a delicious 4th of July themed meal at their Lake House. Red, White, and Blue Appetizers – Red Stars – red bell pepper cut with a cookie cutter, White Stripes – blueberry white cheddar, White … Continue reading

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Daffodil Dinner

In October 2020, my parents and I planted over 100 daffodils at my parents lake house. The three of us made quick work of the planting. My Dad used my bulb drill bit to drill the holes and my Mom … Continue reading

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Easter 2021

I went to my parents house for Easter this year. Pre-Covid, we used to go to a fancy buffet Easter brunch. This year we enjoyed all our meals at home. My parents have a traditional Easter Basket bread that they … Continue reading

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Carol of the Bells Dinner

I love the song, Carol of the Bells. This year it was my inspiration for Christmas dinner. When I first told my Mom the theme, she seemed confused but planned beautiful table decor. I made the menu cards and we … Continue reading

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Christmas Meals 2020

We decided on a Snowman theme for our traditional Christmas breakfast table this year. I love the snowball lights my Mom found! This was at least our second time making a citrus snowman but this year was the best. I … Continue reading

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Europe Inspired Christmas Meals 2020

I was fortunate to spend 5 days at my parents house for Christmas this year. When my Mom and I planned the meals, she wanted to have themed nights celebrating different countries. My Mom planned the tablescapes for each of … Continue reading

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In-Person and Virtual Thanksgiving

This year my parents came for Thanksgiving. We shared the same food and ate together virtually with my friend Carol. I delivered the food to Carol and gave her instructions to cook the main course the same time I cooked … Continue reading

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Online Reypenaer Cheese Tasting

My Dad wanted a fun social distancing activity for us so he ordered cheese from Amsterdam for an online cheese tasting. It took 3 weeks to arrive because mail is not as good these days but the cheese arrived! We … Continue reading

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Virtual Easter Meal

I am social distancing due to the Coronavirus. It was my first year to be alone for Easter. I was still able to enjoy good food and company while celebrating the holiday. I even set my table and wore a … Continue reading

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Garganelli Pasta Dinner

A week ago, I made a pasta dinner for my companion Ken to celebrate his birthday. When I asked for his request, he said homemade pasta with asparagus. I was excited to try making garganelli with my gnocchi board. It … Continue reading

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Vegetable Wellington Birthday Dinner

Last Friday was Carol’s birthday. Instead of going to a restaurant, I offered to make dinner for her at my home. I made the Vegetable Wellington from Thanksgiving 2018 that she loved. Note: Since this dinner was on a Friday … Continue reading

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Eggplant and Garlic Toast Dinner

My friend Renae came over for dinner on a night that her family was out of town. Since we both like eggplant and a lot of people don’t, it seemed like the perfect choice for dinner. This meal was mostly … Continue reading

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Rose Ravioli Dinner

I made this Rose themed meal for my parents and friend Renae’s family the weekend they went to my parent’s Lake House. Renae’s daughters were very helpful with making enough cute ravioli for 7 people. Rose Ravioli – I found … Continue reading

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Dia de los Muertos Meal

Awhile ago, I hosted a Day of the Dead themed taco meal for my friend Renae, her family, and my friend Mark. It was mostly a gluten free and vegan meal. This was actually my first time making this theme! … Continue reading

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Vegan Thanksgiving

This year was my first Friendsgiving. My friends Mark and Carol and companion Ken joined me for a 4-course Vegan autumn themed meal. It was the first time for each of them to meet each other but I think that … Continue reading

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Sheep Themed Birthday Meal

Today is my birthday! I was fortunate to be able to take the day off from work and have my parents and my friend Mark over for a sheep themed meal. A co-worker thought it was strange that I was … Continue reading

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Sleeping Beauty Dinner

Last month, my friend Carol and I went to see the Rochester City Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty. I made a themed dinner for us to enjoy before the performance. Carol made the cute woodland themed arrangement from flowers in her garden. … Continue reading

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Vegetarian Easter Dinner

While my friends were visiting from Japan, I wanted to give them some cultural experiences so I decided to celebrate the secular side of Easter with them. The 7 year old Anna helped set the table.  In the photos, you … Continue reading

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Favorite Non-Lunch Posts from 2018

A majority of my posts in 2018 featured lunch but I am proud of some of my non-lunch content. These are my favorites from 2018. My friend Carol and I are still talking about this dinner I made before we … Continue reading

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7 Continents Dinner

This year I decided to host a 7 Continents Dinner on Christmas Day. The theme was A Culinary Trip with Santa Around the World. Adults can enjoy the spirit of Santa with kindness and food from around the world. My … Continue reading

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