Special dinner party - pieces missing from the menu
I'm planning on throwing a dinner party in a few weeks, and I have most of my menu planned out. I think it's a pretty solid menu that goes really well with a Shiraz I have picked out (I planned the main course around the wine), but I'm stumped about appetizer, soup, and dessert. Sure, I could pull together some random things for any of those courses, but I'm really going for a thoughtful, well-planned, harmonious menu.
The main course is:
-pan seared lamb chop in brandy-tarragon demiglace with matchstick fennel
-gateau aux pommes Anne
-sauteed chard with shallots
For the appetizer, I was thinking of something very light and simple, like sliced honeydew melon wrapped in prosciutto. I'm just afraid that this is too simple and might not go well with everything else.
I'm stumped about soup. A cream soup is out of the question because I cannot consume milk protein. Again, I'm looking for something to mesh with the rest of the meal.
I'm also stumped about dessert. Again, no milk. I can use all the butter I want but no milk, cream, etc. I would prefer something that can be prepared ahead of time, since everything else will be rather time consuming. What kind of dessert goes well after a meal of lamb?
Again, the constraints are that the missing parts must fit into the big picture, and milk products other than butter are not to be used.