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    Greek Inspired Dinner Party {Part 1}

    Greek Dinner Party

    I love entertaining. Always have. Did any of you ever watch the tv show “Friends”? It’s one of our all-time favorites. In fact, we have the entire series on DVD and have watched episodes over and over and over again. I identified with Monica the most: very type-A personality, control-freak, somewhat neurotic type of person! HA! One thing about Monica that I feel we particularly share is our desire to always be the hostess! Always! Don’t get me wrong, I do love being invited over to other people’s homes and enjoying their food and company without the pressure of having to host, but for the most part, I LOVE being the hostess. And not only that, but I love being the hostess and going slightly over the top. It’s really a hobby of mine: setting up a dinner party with the right decor, the complimentary food and opening my home to welcome and bless people.

    In the last year as we’ve really settled into our new life in the GTA, we’ve unfortunately allowed ourselves to get so busy that we haven’t taken time to really open our home in this capacity. So this summer, we’ve decided to make a concerted effort to host some of our friends, in a grand way! We’ve made a list of dinner themes that we love as well as friends that we’ve been meaning to have over, and we are starting to set dates to make these parties happen.

    Greek Dinner Party

    For our first one dinner party, we decided to go Greek! Greek food has to be one of my favorite cuisines. I credit this to my mother-in-law. She is an excellent cook and ever since Chris and I started dating, almost 14 years ago, she’s been introducing me to all kinds of new foods. I can remember the first time she made a full Greek dinner for me, two things happened: 1. My tongue burned from the amount of garlic I had just consumed and 2. I decided that that was the best meal I had ever, to-date. And since my hubby and I have been married, we’ve tried to our hand at mimicking that amazing Greek dinner. So it only seemed fitting that for our first official dinner party of the summer, we kick it off with Greek!

    To start, hubby and I set the menu. I will share the recipes in a separate post but here’s what we decide on. Sidenote: Chris created these menu’s and I am SO happy with how they turned out! I think it’s really special to create a dinner menu. It shows your guests that you put some extra effort into the dinner party and it also lets them know what to expect throughout the night. Now I realize that not everyone has the ability to make menu cards on there own, so below, in the shopable links, I’ve included a menu card that you can purchase and fully customize!
    Greek Dinner Menu

    Once the menu was set for our Greek Inspired Dinner Party, I was able to then plan out my table decor. I checked out our local HomeSense and was so excited when I found little faux olive trees, with olives on the branches! I also found this lovely piece of driftwood that I felt really anchored the entire tablescape.

    Greek Inspired Dinner PartyI then added an assortment of both real and fake flowers as well as some lemons and limes to complete the look. For me, when I’m designing an event, I try not to be so literal with my designs. So for this one, the literal design could have been blue and white (the Greek colors), complete with Greek block lettering and so on. I decided to approach it differently: I knew olives were going to be a big part of the meal and are a staple in Greek culture. So for me, the olive was the jumping off point for this design and it inspired all of my decor choices. I finished the look off with tying sprigs of rosemary and sage and placing them on the menu cards, for a little added touch and delightful smell!

    Greek Inspired Dinner PartyI then set out my fine china and silverware and set the table. One thing I want to note here is fine china for children. Actually those two phrases should never be in one sentence together: fine china and children. They just do not mix. But what do you do when you want to have a nice dinner party, include the kids and not have their plastic Ikea plates in the set-up?! Enter Corelle dishware! This stuff is genius. It is pretty much kidproof! They can be rough with it and it won’t break. Well actually, it may break, but it’s really hard to break it. Even if they do manage to break it, my heart won’t be torn in two because they didn’t cost me a small fortune like my Wedgwood Fine China set did. So if you are wanting to include the kids in your next dinner party, don’t think you have to compromise on style just for their sake. Invest in some Corelle dishes that match your fine china and make them feel included! I’ve included a shopable link below where you can find some! 

    Greek Inspired Dinner Party

    I also like to give my guests a little gift when they come for a dinner party. For this party, I had found an idea online that I shared about in this post. I just love the look of this rosemary olive oil. I found the bottles at my local dollar store and simply filled the jars with olive oil and put a sprig of rosemary in them. Again, I didn’t want the kids to feel excluded, so I also picked up a few little toys for each of them to bring home.  


    Greek Inspired Dinner Party

    I really am so pleased with how the tablscape turned out. It was so fun to design a really special night with our friends. Now, I will say, that we don’t do this every time we host people over. Some times it’s pizza or BBQ burgers and paper plates. But I do think there is something to be said about setting up a really special dinner for you and your friends. Life is short. Use the fine china, break out the silverware and enjoy community around your gorgeous table while you can!

    Greek Inspired Dinner Party

    Finally, I wanted to leave you with some shopable links so that you can create your own Greek inspired tablescape at your next dinner party! Just click through each link and enjoy the freedom of shopping from the comfort of your own home! Stay tuned next week when I share some of the amazing recipes we had at this party!

     

    Love & Blessings,

    CMartin-Sign

     

     

     

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  • Reply Jessica July 2, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    This turned out so beautiful. I love the tablescaping, especially the driftwood. This is so summer appropriate. Love it!

  • Reply Brooke Knipp July 2, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    You do things up right! That is straight-from-a-magazine gorgeous! I grew up eating Greek food and to this day it’s one of my favorites. PLEASE tell me you did flaming saganaki! 😉 kidding.

    • Reply Christine July 3, 2015 at 11:21 am

      HA! I actually had a really bad experience with that stuff awhile back and so I just can’t do it! Thanks for the love! xox

  • Reply Sara McCarty July 2, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    This is beyond gorgeous. How do I get myself invited to one of these amazing parties? The menu sounds fabulous and I love the tablescape!

    • Reply Christine July 3, 2015 at 11:22 am

      Ha! Thanks love! My door is always open…just gotta come to Toronto to find it! xox

  • Reply Chloe July 2, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    This must have taken so much time and effort! Would love to see how the food turned out 🙂

    http://www.chloecake.blogspot.com

    • Reply Christine July 3, 2015 at 11:23 am

      It did, but it was all fun! I’ll be posting the food next week so stay tuned! xox

  • Reply Alice July 2, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Loooove this!! I seriously want to recreate it for my friends too!

    Thanks for the tips and inspiration!

    xo, Alice

    • Reply Christine July 3, 2015 at 11:23 am

      My pleasure Alice! Enjoy! xox

  • Reply Kristen July 2, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    SO absolutely beautiful! Love the table-scape!

  • Reply Samara July 2, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    LOVE this!! It is so beautiful. You seriously have a gift with decor 🙂

  • Reply Ashleigh July 2, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    I love the menu and that center piece, wow!! I think I want this for a whole season as my table setting! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Reply Christine July 3, 2015 at 11:24 am

      Thanks love! I know, I didn’t want to take it down! I loved it so much! xox

  • Reply Kate July 2, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    WOW! The table is to die for!!! How can I get an invite to these dinner parties??

    • Reply Christine July 3, 2015 at 11:24 am

      Ha! Thanks Kate! Anytime you’re in Toronto, let me know! xox

  • Reply Alana July 2, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    Oh my I just loved this!!! You SHOULD always be the hostess, but you blow Monica out of the water! I love the aesthetic of everything!!!

    • Reply Christine July 3, 2015 at 11:25 am

      Ha! I love it! Thanks so much! xox

  • Reply Annie July 2, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Wow! I think I need to have you plan my next (first, only) dinner party!!! This is beautiful!

  • Reply Chelsea July 2, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Wow, everything looks gorgous! I shit you not Christine, I’m typing this response while watching Friends on Netflix! lol!!

    • Reply Christine July 3, 2015 at 11:25 am

      HA! That’s amazing Chelsea! Enjoy! xox

  • Reply LiNdsay July 2, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    Very pretty and clean. Love the green you went with instead of the obvious white and blues that are associated with Greece. One of my favorite cuisines, too.

  • Reply Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert July 3, 2015 at 3:27 am

    I love the table settings and the menu cards! GORGEOUS!

  • Reply Stephanie @ Casa Watkins July 3, 2015 at 8:51 am

    This is amazing! I love the tablescape. I’ve been called Monica a lot I among my family and friends, lol. I even have the secret closet hat no one can go into, but mine is an entire room. .

    • Reply Christine July 3, 2015 at 11:26 am

      So funny! I think all Monica’s have a secret closet! xox

  • Reply Chris July 3, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    What a great looking party!

  • Reply Irion July 5, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    I love the setup especially the center piece. I’ve only eaten greek food once at a festival, but I loved it.

    • Reply Christine July 5, 2015 at 8:22 pm

      Thank you! You really should have some more! It’s delicious! xox

  • Reply Jacynta July 6, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    okay your table styling is ON POINT. i absolutely LOVE what you did with the centre piece!

    • Reply Christine July 7, 2015 at 10:59 am

      Thank you love! Just wait for our bloggers dinner!!! YAY!!

  • Reply Jaclyn July 9, 2015 at 10:26 am

    I think I already commented on this but I still think about this table setup often. So. Stunning.

  • Reply Misty Blue August 12, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    This is simply stunning, friend! You are so talented and clearly a wonderful hostess. I can’t wait to attend your dinner party in September! I’m also looking forward to meeting you too, of course! 😉

    • Reply Christine August 25, 2015 at 4:57 pm

      Awe! Thank you so much Misty! Means a lot! And also can’t wait for our party! yay! xox

  • Reply Jello February 8, 2018 at 1:20 am

    Wonderful idea Christine! My family and I will be celebrating a Greek Fat Tuesday as a celebration for Valentine’s Day since it falls on Ash Wednesday. You’re idea is really admirable but I don’t think I can find olive branches in my area. Haha. Instead, I will probably be using Lemon branches. We’ll see.

    • Reply Christine April 5, 2018 at 12:57 am

      I bet that looked fabulous!

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