I just checked the date on my last post, and I’m definitely embarrassed that it was over two months ago! Ok, on to the excuses! I’ve been gone almost every weekend since early February to visit graduate school programs. My hermit lifestyle this fall and winter when I rarely saw the light of day while doing applications paid off and I’ve been accepted to a lot of places. So now, the hard part: deciding.
But in those rare weekends when I was at home I was able to have a couple dinner parties. The first one was an annual “Singles Valentine’s Day Fondue Party.” I’ve had this one a couple times now, and I love throwing it! Unfortunately, I completely forgot to take photos. And I had arranged a really cute tablescape to boot!
So, the next one was this past week. I put the slow cooker to use for the first time and made some scrumptious corned beef and cabbage (if I do say so myself). I’ve never made this dish before but it turned out so good, my dear friend Patrick had four (FOUR!) servings. I guess his name required it.
As you can see in the photos, I have a somewhat pathetic dining room table–in the fact that I have neither dining room nor table. I live in a teeny tiny studio, so we make do on the coffee table. This coffee table, in fact, was stolen by my dad back in the ’70s from the common room of his college dorm. It has matching end tables. Just for that fact, I adore it! I can imagine my dad, around 19 at the time probably, thinking “wow, I need some tables, let’s just take these!” Not that I condone stealing or anything. But just the thought makes me laugh!
For the table setting, I used green place mats and a green shamrock tablecloth I have left over from a college party where we made all of our friends green pancakes St. Patrick’s Day morning. No green plates, so my Ikea set had to do. All in all, not a shabby dinner party for a chick on a budget.
How did you celebrate your St. Paddy’s Day?
Also, I’m looking for some new recipes for my slow cooker, in case anyone has any. Thanks!