Dreaming of A Tasting Party…

If you’ve been into a Pier 1 lately, there is a chance you may have seen their new “Tasting Party” line of party-ware.  If you haven’t, you should totally check it out!!

http://www.pier1.com/TopMenu/GetInspired/TastingParty/tabid/889/Default.aspx

I tagged along with my sister to Pier 1 the other night, and when I saw this new line, I was totally smitten with the idea of having a “tasting” party.  I secretly love to cook (shhhh… don’t tell my husband).  I especially love to cook appetizers, finger foods and desserts.  I think it’s the only reason I ever have parties in my home. 

OMGosh! I want to have a tasting party!!

I’ve spent the last 36 hours unable to think about anything except what I would serve, what I would serve it on, and what wine or cocktail would go with each course.  It’s all I can think about.  I’ve been constantly planning a menu in my mind.  I think I may have even dreamt about it!

I would have a few different beverages for people to sip on throughout the night.  A nice selection of wine would be a must.  Also a few different cocktails – after all it would be a “Cocktail” and tasting party. 

As for the meals, I’m thinking of 4 courses. 

     Course #1 would be a selection of 2 or 3 appetizers.  Cheese, crackers, salmon pate… maybe my artisan grilled cheese sandwiches, cut into small squares.

     Course #2 would be a small cup of soup and small plate of salad.  I love arugula.  I would definitely have an arugula salad.  With bacon.  I love bacon.

     Course #3 would be the main course.  Some sort of smaller version of a normal entrée.   Maybe a beef tenderloin or grilled shrimp kabob.  Maybe bacon wrapped shrimp kabob.  Did I mention I love bacon?

     Course #4 would be a selection of 2 or 3 desserts served in shot glasses.  I’m a sucker for tiramisu and cheesecake… maybe even a dark chocolate mouse or mini creme brulees.  A dessert wine and espresso would also be available.

The possibilities are so exciting!!  I’m not sure, but I may have been a caterer in a past life… 

I love the little plates, little bowls and little cocktail glasses that Pier 1 is now offering.  They would be so perfect.  Now mind you, I don’t see any reason to spend an arm and a leg to purchase these items at Pier 1.  But the “idea” has really got  me thinking.  Why couldn’t I find these items or similar items at a dollar or discount store?  I see little ramekins and shot glasses just about everywhere.  I’m sure I could come across some smaller cups, bowls and wine glasses in the near future. 

 Now here comes the reality of it.  I’d love to have the money to purchase this whole line of dishes, but that’s just not feasible at this time.  Even if I could find them cheaper, I couldn’t afford to purchase them all at once.  Heck, I don’t even have the money to purchase the food that I would want to serve – even if I cut costs and served it on paper plates.   Much like most of my “dreams”, my pocketbook just doesn’t seem to share my passion.

So in the mean time, I will be keeping an eye out for these smaller dishes at much smaller prices – maybe purchasing a few plates here and a few glasses there.  I’ll also be polishing up my “menu” – maybe even experimenting a little in my kitchen with different dishes.  I will also continue day dreaming about hosting an elegant, sophisticated party, where everyone is dressed to the “T” and is constantly complimenting me on my delicious food. 

This is amazing, Tera”…

“Who is your caterer, Tera?”

“You sure look amazing in that cocktail dress, Tera.  Have you been working out?”  

Hey, they’re my dreams… don’t judge!