But the dinner....well, that will be something else entirely.
You see, the dinner is being held to celebrate..... Um. How to explain. The Frugal Hostess is holding a dinner party in honor of.... Well, in honor of some new tableware that she acquired from The Frugal Mother. TFH will sort out the guest list and other nonsense later, but right now she's completely focused on eight crystal compotes and a set of pot de creme pots.
As the guests of honor, the compotes and pots will, of course, need to stand apart from everyone, er, everything else. Not that they need much help. They're stunningly beautiful. The compotes are slightly smaller than a DVD in diameter, each perched on a crystal stem. They are the perfect vessel for a decadently overflowing shrimp cocktail. And the pot de creme pots are white porcelain with gold edges and rims, and tiny gold bean-shaped handles on the lids. They will be filled with pot de creme de chocolate. Or Jello Instant Chocolate Pudding. One or the other.
With such knockouts on the table, the centerpiece will have to strike the precarious balance between being attractive and distracting. The centerpiece will have to be, if you will, the bridesmaid to the compote/pot de creme bride. After spending hours
What do you think? FruHo's got her eye on that big one in the middle, and it's 30% cheaper at that bar stools site than the department stores she looked at.
In fact, The Frugal Hostess likes it so much that she's giving one away! To enter, leave an idea for what should go in either the compotes or the pot de creme pots in the comments, and a winner will be chosen at random Sunday at 6PM EST.
UPDATE: The contest is closed. Congratulations to the winner, Karen!
The Frugal Hostess just posted her first giveaway - how exciting! Are you going to comment, or what?