Dinner with Friends


table setting for friends

The table setting included those green plates I found at Helen Ballard’s estate sale—napkins and placemats from C K Swan.


Any weekend is a great time to cook dinner with friends. I had a wonderful surprise when two friends offered to cook dinner and deliver it to my house—how great does that sound. My initial panic quickly turned into delight when I realized all of those half-finished and postponed projects were being finished in record time!

The guest chefs arrived with delicious food, beautiful garnishes and serving platters in hand. ‘Mr.P’ served champagne by the front door along with local blackberries and those crazy delicious cheddar-chili crackers made fresh by Mountain Fresh Groceries.

Poached salmon in a bed of lettuce and cucumber and garnished with lemon and dill was the star of the dinner table. Gazpacho made from a family recipe was the absolute most delicious version I have ever had—really. Fresh shrimp, corn and tomato salad rounded out the menu. A large fresh fruit salad featuring those famous local blackberries was dessert—how healthy is that!

Why not follow the lead of my fabulous friends and bring dinner to someone’s house soon—or volunteer your house!

cheddar-chili crackers

See the plump Blackberries and Cheddar-Chili crackers served with great cheeses.


dinner with friends

What a wonderful display by my friends.


corn and tomato salad

The tomato and corn salad was fresh and delicious.



The Gazpacho was just perfect.


poached salmon

Beautiful and delicious!


Ready for my close-up Mr. DeMille!

Ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille!


xo♥, Lissy
All photos by Lissy Parker for lissyparker.com. You are welcome to ‘borrow’ my photos—just please credit and link the source.

September 20, 2017



  1. Reply

    Design Chic

    September 15, 2017

    The food looks delicious and what a treat, but more than the food, I can’t quit looking at your countertops…the marble is stunning! Happy weekend, Lissy!

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      September 18, 2017

      Thank you so very much! The food was amazing. The counter tops are Arabiscotto marble.
      xo, Lissy


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