Last Saturday we had friends over for dinner. We love to entertain. It is one of the things I have always loved about my husband, no.. wait! I love that he likes to entertain as much as I do and he is not the type of man who sits on his ass and expects everything to get done without his help (cleaning, cooking, serving, etc.).
I've watched some of my female family members (the older generations) work themselves to the bone when having parties. Exhausted over cooking and cleaning while their husbands sit around like guests expecting to be waited hand and foot. I don't know how many times I've wanted to smack some of these older gents on the head and tell them to get their asses moving!
This very nightmare was a big problem for me dating. Once they (the exes) got wind of my "traditional Latino upbringing" they thought they had it made and could just kick back and let me handle it all! NO CREO YO! (I don't think so!)
The first dinner party my husband (boyfriend then) and I ever gave he was right there with me cleaning, shopping at the grocery store, cooking, and taking turns with me working the kitchen while the other sat down and engaged with our friends. It was the type of entertaining I had always wanted to have at my place (with a mate). That was a big sign for me that he could be long term material...He has not only participated that first time, but every single time after thru our dating, moving in together and now marriage! It makes entertaining pleasant occasion rather than a chore! (One of the many reasons I married him!)
Anyways, dinner was nice! I dug up an old recipe (a chicken, bell pepper, prosciutto and capers dish) that I had never cooked in the years my husband and I have been together! It all turned out great and our guests were wonderful company. We will definitely be having more small gatherings as opposed to larger parties. Less preparation, more of a chance to practice my cooking skills with more elaborate dishes and definitely less clean up afterward!
Hope your weekend was perfect!