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Monday, April 22, 2019

Entertaining Book Club

Hello, dear friends.  How was your weekend?  The Mister and I had a wonderful one.  It was topped off on Easter Sunday at a lovely brunch hosted by our dear friends, Annie and Bob.  The food was positively delicious and the company beyond compare.

Speaking of company, I hosted my beloved Book Club last Thursday evening with A LOT of help from my Mister.  I told you that I would take pics and I kept my promise.

Here's the rundown.

While Chili and I were waiting for the guests to arrive we decided to use those few minutes to show you around.

Chowdah went to camp for the night, so Chili was the official hostess with the mostess.

Life would be so much easier for her if she would smile more.

We had all our bunnies in a row.

The table is all set.

Party favors were in place.

For your viewing pleasure - candlelight view.

For hors d'oeuvres, the Mister prepared a toasted Naan bar.  He included hummus, tabouli, roasted tomatoes, red peppers, olives, prosciutto and some other stuff that I probably forgot.

While the ladies were enjoying their 'tails and d'oeuvres in the den,  the Mister kept busy preparing our filets with blue cheese au gratin.

Accompanying the filets were grilled vegetables and couscous with carrots, asparagus, snap peas, and a dash of unicorn salt.

Don't worry... I remembered to take the plastic off the avocado tzatziki, which was delish btw.

Panacotta with fresh berries and mint topped off our yummy meal.

Here's Chili listening to every word.

I chose this book to read and discuss.  
It received mixed reviews, most of them good.

As always, it was another fabulous evening with these delightful ladies.  I am so blessed to call them friends.

Speaking of lighthouses, while I was writing this post this story came on the news. 

And you can find a sweet story about a long-lasting book club here.

I am currently reading:


I'm really enjoying this one so far.

And listening to:


This one is not for scaredy cats.

Until next time...


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  1. Is the mister available to cater? Just kidding. What a beautiful setting and meal for a meeting. Thanks too for sharing the story about the 50 year old book club. What a heartwarmer!

  2. You have impeccable taste! I love your classic style in decorating, Katie! The mister's food looks to die for. (Your floors turned out great, by the way) -Jenn

  3. If everyone served their book club like ya'll do, there would be a flood of readers! It looks so scrumptious and gorgeous too.

  4. I will fly again just for this book club get together! Of course your Mr. did an amazing job on the food and the tablescape is just so lovely! I love every little detail!! xo

  5. Your home is beautiful and that table a sight to see! Gorgeous! Hang on to that Mister and never let him go! A man who is good in the kitchen...

  6. Well, how I wish I had been a part of this group. Goodness, the table was just gorgeous and your home is lovely, lovely!!! Good job to the Hubs!

  7. Katie, your home is fresh with spring flowers and tasty food. I'm always impressed with the Mister's skills and presentation. It's so handy to have an "in house" chef. Your table setting is gorgeous. Love blue and Kelly green paired ntogether like blue skies and tree tops.

  8. Oh boy, Katie, I'll never be able to serve snacks again for book club after seeing your lovely spread! Your home, too, is so warm and inviting. Good books, good friends and good food....there's nothing better! PS The little glass containers for your dessert, they are adorable!

  9. Great post!! You have a beautiful home. I LOVE the color of the walls in your dining room. Glad your book club was a success!!

  10. Wow, what a beautiful setting and story!

  11. The table and food looked divine. I think your book club wins the club of the year award. The Mister is a keeper for sure:)

  12. Where do you sign up for your book club Katie?lol What a delightful evening and your mister is truly a great chef!! I just finished reading Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk. It is one of those books that you think you should read but it turned out to be rather a disappointment. It was written the year I was born but set in the 1930s...parts were very good but I had to skim through a lot of the pages. Back to more modern novels.

  13. Love this update from a fellow New Englander. I was sure you must be the minute I read the name of your sweet dog!

  14. That dinner looks delicious, with such a beautiful presentation. It looks like a nice group of ladies, too. My current read is True Places - pretty good so far. Thanks for linking up with Hello Monday! Tanya - The Other Side of the Road

  15. Katie, I am so impressed, may I join your book club? Your flowers and bunnies are stunning and your home is gorgeous! The tablescape in blue and green is so perfect, you are definitely a fabulous hostess. The Mister is amazing preparing that feast for the eyes and I am sure every morsel was delicious. The ladies should have felt pampered and loved! I thoroughly enjoyed visiting with you this morning!

  16. Wow, so fabulous. Love the tour along with Chili. Your table looks so beautiful. The menu looks delicious. I am sure your guests felt so special. The dessert is a lovely presentation. I want to be with this fun group. Happy reading and a happy week ahead.

  17. OMG the food your Mister prepared!!!!! Do you know how lucky you are??? I need to know more about the filets with bleu cheese au gratin, did he pile on the bleu cheese and then melt it with a brulee torch?? Heaven!

  18. Katie,
    Where did you find the small blue and white planters for your hostess gifts? The table looked amazing and the food looked like something out of Bon Apetit!

  19. Lovely, Sis.
    Just the sort of repast Burt would prepare, no?

  20. That food! I would show up early and leave late with my bag full of purloined filet and bleu cheese. The Naan bar would easily fit in my backseat.
    That is one good looking book group! I read The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter and enjoyed it so much I passed it on to my sister. Annie g.

  21. "Chowdah and Chili." Too cute! Also, I gotta ask: Does your Mister hire out? That Naan bar sounds delicious! He can cook at our house any time! :)

  22. Katie, this looks like another fabulous evening at your house. I love reading and seeing all of the delightful treats that you serve as well an reading the book. Have a great week.

  23. Wow -- I thought our book club ate well! We need a Mister around! It looks beautiful Katie, and I know everyone had a fabulous time!

  24. What a beautiful party! Happy spring.


  25. Ooooh -- your house looks gorgeous! That food has me drooling!

  26. Oh my stars! Your home is lovely! Your decor with all those cute bunnies is just so sweet! Your table looks beautiful! And the food! Oh my stars!!! At our book club we use to have something like Chex mix and cheesecake! Goodness gracious what a lovely feast you had! What a beautiful and inspiring post!

  27. What a terrific evening you hosted! I don't think that you all could have experienced a better meal and ambiance in a restaurant. The panna cotta dessert was a showstopper!

  28. I love the blue mixed with the green place settings! And your husband outdid himself again. Can I be in your book club?

  29. Wow! You put so much into this. Lovely! Thanks for sharing at the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home! --Jennifer

  30. Beautifully done and looks like such fun! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  31. What a lovely post. Your table and the food look amazing. I love to listen to books even though I don't belong to a book club. We are currently reading Killman Creek...love it!

  32. What fun and such beautiful decor! Blue and green is one of my favorite color combinations. How wonderful that you have such a talented husband. Mine only grills or messes up the kitchen. Thanks for linking up to Best of the Weekend. This post was one of my features this week! Enjoy your weekend!

  33. My initial thoughts are a) I want to belong to your book club, and b) if only Chili could talk. xo


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