A Most Auspicious Night

Six vaccinated friends + Two birthdays to celebrate = An honest to god dinner party!

Attire

The opposite of what has been worn over the last 13 months, yet still comfy and forgiving. Somewhat tamed hair. Dusted off make-up skills. Dug-out earrings and necklaces. Working watches.

Activities

Hugs, screams, reports on missed events, survival skills. Updates on families. Comparison of TV, movies, books, podcasts, and mindless internet scrolls. Commiseration over work misfortunes, zoom annoyances, the teachers among us difficulties and concerns. Tender acknowledgments of personal loses. Lots and lots and lots of laughter.

Appetizer

Cheeses and sliced pear

Entrée

First course: A guest’s superb crab cakes

Second course: Chicken with 40 cloves, mashed potatoes, spring salad of endive, radicchio, red leaf lettuce and dandelion greens mixed with lardoons and dressed with a reduced balsamic vinegar dressing

Dessert

A sorry looking, though wonderfully intense, lemon meringue pie

Chocolate mousse to make up for the sorry looking pie

Wine menu

More than enough to last through the night

Aftermath

Shocked at how rusty hosting skills have become. Forgotten tricks to ensure all the dishes arrive at the table at the same time. Couldn’t believe the amount of sensory overload brought on by having so many people in the house. Amazed at the body’s exhaustion after waving the last goodbye.

Gratitude, humility and awe of the evening–and hopefully others that will be possible soon–that will never, ever, be taken for granted again.