VE Day


As in “Victory Over Mrs. E.” Yes, it is our eleventh anniversary. And tonight is the party.

Step three in the Easy and Elegant Life Party Planning Guide calls for the final setting up of the manse: buying the ice and the flowers, chilling the champagne, setting up the bar proper and a final carpet sweeping.

I was to have had all the food prepared. As it stands, I will have to cook the roasts beef (not difficult) and assemble the miniature pastrami sandwiches before popping them under the broiler. The chicken salad in phyllo cups got dropped from the menu, simply because I forgot to buy phyllo cups and don’t feel up to the task. But then, the day is young.

Having to prepare food before a black tie party presents challenges. Which is why I recommend a chef’s jacket like the one pictured above. Mine was a gift from my mother one Christmas, and has stood me in good stead through many a last minute dinner party. The sleeves and full front are infinitely better at protecting my shirt from spatters and red wine spills. When will I learn to drink only champagne when cooking? As my jacket is a functional double-breasted model, I may even switch the side on which the jacket buttons to present a clean front to my guests before changing into my dinner jacket.

Happy New Year, dear readers. My wish is for each of you to enjoy the coming year to the fullest and at a leisurely pace. Peace, health, prosperity and a dash of everyday elegance be yours in the months to come.

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