At the Sanfranista household, a fancy dinner at home involves throwing a bunch of veggies into a pot of soup and picking up some crusty bread from the bakery down the street. For others, however, it involves custom place settings, foie gras, and cocktails that would cost you $15+ at a specialty bar.
Two of our good friends hosted such a party earlier this summer, and they went all in! For those of you who live in San Francisco (or anywhere else with shoebox-sized apartments), you understand the challenge of hosting dinner for four, let alone almost ten guests. Our friends were graciously and creatively up for the challenge, hosting the cocktail hour in their kitchen/living room area before ushering us to a beautifully set table for the meal. I felt like such a grown-up!
As you saw in my Napa post in March, these ladies know how to dress. They’re always nudging me to wear more color, and I’m such a fan of the little ways they incorporated it via details like baby blue polish or emerald-colored earrings. The evening was delicious, gorgeous, and full of entertaining inspiration. Who knows, I might just have to throw a dinner party in our studio one of these days…
If you decide to host your own dinner party (or just feel like busting out the bubbly), here’s how to make the delicious French 75 cocktails we had. Grab a lemon and carefully slice a pretty, long peel in a spiral shape. Combine 3 tbsp gin, 1.5 tbsp lemon juice, and 1 tbsp simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake it like a Polaroid picture. Strain into a champagne flute or other fashionably skinny glass and top with sparkling wine. Add your pretty little twist and enjoy!