Now That’s a Dinner Party

On Saturday after our river tubing adventure we hosted our first dinner party. Nine of us circled our dining room table to share fresh seafood and some amazing corn on the cob put together by grill master Hardy while Adam supervised. Kate and I focused on all the nibbles: cheeses, prosciutto, grilled veggies, and drinks. Daphne even managed to not try to climb up on the table every minute!

With our first party behind us as fun and successful, I’ve been looking for ideas for our next. And if only I could swing a dinner party like this one in Oslo this July:

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Featured on Gardenista, the party floated on a pontoon on the Akerselva River, and featured a five course meal fully prepped outdoors.

On a recent July evening, 20 dinner guests gathered for a lamp-lit mid-summer feast on floating pallets tethered to a riverbank in the middle of Oslo. A few weeks prior, Oslo-based food events promoter Food Studio mysteriously tweeted “Tickets for sale—if you can follow the clues to find them” before sending a roving bicyclist to several secret destinations with a handful of tickets. By the cyclist’s second stop, the tickets were sold out.

Um, I want to go on a ticket hunt!ultimate outdoors dinner party, waterfront dinner, dinner on the river, oslo, food studio, maaemo, jen darling

First, this table looks like it belongs in a fairy garden. I’m sure they could squeeze in a couple of seats for Adam and me?

Second, I really want to know what pine butter is and how one cooks with it. The ingredients that the chef’s used sound delicious. Read about it and see how hungry you get for foods you can’t pronounce.ultimate outdoors dinner party, waterfront dinner, dinner on the river, oslo, food studio, maaemo, jen darling,

Oh yeah, and they kept the wines and beers cold in the river. That’s the kind of dinner party I want to go to. Hunny, can we divert part of the Schuylkill into our backyard? K thanks.

What would be the key to your perfect dinner party?

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