Well, the party was great! Lots of wine & good food & laughter. Even my 'bad' guest was fun - she ended up being the one who kept clearing away for me & rinsing things off in the kitchen - maybe trying to make up for her awful answerphone message?
I suprised myself and amazed my guests when I found out that one guest was allergic to mustard (which was in the chicken dish I'd prepared), Luckily I had a spare chicken breast in the fridge, so I just grabbed a pan, seared it, threw in some red wine, garlic, french herbs, butter and cream to make a quick pan sauce and voila! she had her own special chicken to eat....My guests just stood around amazed that I could invent something so quickly without having to use a recipe book LOL!
My guests left at about 1.30am, and I WAS going to leave all the clearing up until this morning....but as I lay in bed I heard my two Great Danes sneaking downstairs, presumably to raid the plates of left-over food. I was so scared that they would break my best china & crystal that I had to get up again and go and make sure everything was at least rinsed off and stacked safely....much to my dogs disappointment! I ended getting to bed around 2.30am, so I'm off to have a nice afternoon nap right now :)
British ex-pat living in Colorado, USA