This post is sponsored by Pier 1 Imports.
The weather is finally perfection, the patio has been whipped into shape courtesy of Pier 1 Imports, and the stars are all aligned for hosting a party at our newly christened backyard Greek Taverna (see my before/after prep post here).
Well, there was one hiccup in all our planning, an extended family trip overseas, and not a lot of time to get everything ready. I should have known not to worry though, pulling together all the decor was a total snap with the carefully curated collection at Pier 1 Imports- all the Mediterranean flair and ideas a gal could ask for.
Another life and time saver? I had a portion of the meal catered, from our local favorite the Fiesty Greek (how can you not LOVE a place with a name like that?), and prepped the rest of our family favorites day of.
The menu (check links for my favorite recipes):
Spicy Feta (my recipe, below!)
Ouzo and Sangria
Trying saying Galaktoboureko 10 times fast- a delicious dessert well worth the tongue twister.
Guests at the party were wowed by all the Pier 1 Imports goods, especially the gorgeous turquoise melamine platters and plates, which even fooled my husband into thinking they were glassware! My happy hostess tip? Even when you don't have the time to do all the cooking yourself, take the time to serve it on a pretty platter- no one knows the difference. Presentation is seriously 3/4 of the game.....remember, you "eat" with your eyes.
Finally, I pulled together some simple center pieces with flowers and gorgeous glass encrusted lanterns, all in shades of white and green (my other hostess tip, keep flowers to a single color and go crazy with size and variation). Decor was completed with a few vintage Brimfield flea market finds- the Moroccan tea table, Hellenic inspired glasses for ouzo, and the wooden bust. Once the play list was on and the lights lit, you were instantly transported to the Greek isles, minus airfare.
I may have taken my theme to extremes with a cool blue caftan (from Bazaar 28), straight out of the Mediterranean style-wise- comfy enough to run around all day, accommodate my growing belly and waistline with baby, cool enough for the hot temps we had, and actually perfect for hiding any hostess stains, which we know will happen.
What an amazing day, full of delicious food, drink, and people. Can't wait to do it all again soon.
Makes 1 large bowl (about 2 cups)
1 lb good quality feta, look for traditional in a brine
2 fresno peppers, de-seeded (anything with medium heat will do)
1/4 cup good quality olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon/juice about 1 lemon
pepper to taste
*1 clove garlic optional
Whip all ingredients in a food processor until light and fluffy. Chill if it becomes too runny to firm up.
Serve with pita and fresh cut veggies, or alongside a meat dish for a little extra kick.
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