Saturday, December 27, 2008

Buon Natale. A Christmas Day Feast

I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend. Since weather complications (i.e. 2 feet of snow) kept me from being with my family for the holiday, I was lucky enough to spend a wonderful evening with friends who hosted a traditional Italian feast.

My friend Gillian is one to aspire to, and a dinner invitation at her house is highly coveted. With a beautiful home, imaginative entertaining and a great meal, a night a Gill's is always great. Christmas day was no exception as we sat down to our 6 course, Italian feast.

Here's a picture of our holiday table and the beautiful dining room. That's Behr paint: Happy Camper (430D-6) on the walls.

For those looking for a green paint, this one is great. It's listed in the muted green family on the Behr website, but comes across as just the right amount of spring green, without too much khaki.

An entertaining must, a great bar.

The Menu:
Antipasto (mozzarella, prosciutto, kalamata olives, fennel and celery)
Insalate caprese with bread
Four cheese lemon garlic linguine with wild caught giant prawns
Lasagna with garlic bread
Chicken Parmesan with steamed asparagus, garlic mushrooms and roasted herb potatoes
Tiramisu and after dinner drinks

Here are some close ups of our holiday table. Since we were having a multi-course dinner, many plates were required. Stacking them all on top of a metallic charger gives dimension to the table and makes serving the multiple courses simple. After each course, clear the top layer away and you're ready for the next.

Gill's home is warm and chic with just a hint of rustic charm, such as these faux antler candlesticks that graced our table.

Gillian and Boe, our gracious hosts. I can't wait for New Year Eve, I'm going back!



  1. This is so fantastic and great Abby! However I feel compelled to mention that you failed to mention the apr├Ęs dinner Gormandizing White Russians, luxurious bath robes, and the Big Lebowski!

  2. I love the Christmas tree. Do you make your own ornaments.

    -Zane of ontario honey