November 16, 2010

So we had ourselves a little party.

Okay, to be fair, it wasn’t exactly “little”—this was actually the largest group of people I’ve ever cooked for in my life!—but it was a party, a plenty-of-food, generously-poured-drink, introductions-and-good-conversation, joy-and-warm-feeling kind of gathering filled with people from all corners of our life.

And these people?  These people are amazing.

They came over after work on Monday to help tape the living room for the somewhat insane project of painting it red by Saturday.  They came over after work on Thursday to string lights, on Friday to help move tables and chairs and lift things, they came early on Saturday to chop and stack and clean and set up and arrange.

My friend Leslie designed our beautiful invitations, Courtney the darling food labels I want to keep forever, and Rebecca and Megan the gorgeous table décor that made me feel like our party belonged in a magazine.  Sonya, as you can see, took a lot of stunning pictures.

I served, among many other things: Vadouvan Spiced Cashews, Grilled Halloumi, Lamb Koftas, & Cardamom Shortbread Cookies.

I felt like a very lucky woman indeed to be surrounded by so many people I love, to watch them interact with each other, enjoy food that I made, light sparklers, laugh, and help me honor my father’s memory .  To eat, drink, and relish a good night in good company, to celebrate for no reason and every reason—that’s why we gathered for Diwali, and that’s why we toasted L’Chaim, to life.



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  2. To life, my friend, to life!

    Comment by Katherine — November 17, 2010 @ 7:45 am

  3. How wonderful!! Thank you so much for sharing about your Diwali 2010 fête! Sounds and looks like it was a party to be remembered. 🙂

    Comment by Karin (an alien parisienne) — November 17, 2010 @ 8:02 am

  4. Every year I look forward to your post about Diwali [and not just because there is a snazzy photo of the invite 🙂 ]

    It always looks like such a warm, welcoming, deliberate, delicious party, and I know you & Jill are the epicenter that make it so!

    Comment by Leslie — November 17, 2010 @ 9:32 am

  5. Looking at the photos again reminds me both how honored I am to have been invited and how sad I am that I had to miss any little part of it.

    Comment by Sharon — November 17, 2010 @ 8:52 pm

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  7. Is that you and Jill? What a great picture!

    Comment by Cheryl Arkison — December 5, 2010 @ 8:30 am

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