Recipe for a Successful Dinner Party

Lately, I have been obsessed with a British show called “Come Dine with Me,” where a group of strangers throw dinner parties for each other and compete to see who is the ultimate host. It had been a long time since I threw a dinner party, so last night, Chris and I had a couple of friends over. We decided to recreate a meal (or several meals if you want to get technical) that we had at a dumpling festival in Austria. So we looked up some recipes, picked out ones that we already knew worked well and went to the grocery store. Our finished menu was spinach dumplings, ham and cheese dumplings, chicken and dumplings, plum dumplings, and chocolate mousse dumplings. Needless to say everyone was beyond full. Here’s what I learned from last night, and of course from watching way too much “Come Dine with Me.”

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