Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Election Night Dinner

One of the best things about being an American is having the privilege to vote!!  I remember the first time I voted.  I was nineteen and it was the first election for which I was eligible after the voting age was lowered (Yes, I'M OLD!!!).  Our family has always been interested in politics.  My mother worked at  the polls every year and was happy and proud to do so.

So we decided to watch the returns together and I said I would make dinner if they wanted to come to my house.  Peter was working so it was just us girls.  It was a great night with lots of discussion!!

Nothing fancy...just a casual table

I just wanted to show this pumpkin a little closer

This is just a closer look of the placesetting

Oh yeah...left-over Halloween candy...anyone else have a bowl of these???

I actually remembered to take photos of the food.  I know the quiche looks a little lopsided, but there is a story behind that..  When I was removing it from the oven, I had pulled out the rack.  Since I routinely burn myself on the racks, I had on my HUGE oven mitts which made me more clumsy than usual.  I just happend to hit the quiche dish and pushed off the back of the rack and it tipped into the back of the oven.  I was able to pull it back up, but it had slipped in the dish.  That's why it is lopsided.  And the ridiculous thing is that is the second time I have done this...and the first time was when I was having a little luncheon.  Oh well, it still tasted good!!


 This was for dessert.  We had a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream with home-made chocolate chip cookies

And here are those cookies...this is Tyler Florence's recipe...Peter's favorite!!

 It was a great way to watch the returns!

Now for the dish on the dishes:  
  • The toile plates are from T.J. Maxx (we don't have a Home Goods, so I hit T.J.Maxx a lot!)
  • The silverplate is my Oneida Vanessa/Francesca
  • The salad bowls are from my everyday Gibson set
  • The glasses are Waterford Marquis (TJM again)
  • Taupe placemats are from Linens & Things several years ago
  • Ralph Lauren napkins (TMJ)
  • The white pumpkin is T.J. Maxx as well
  • The white bowl for the salad was from a garage sale about 25 years ago...we usually use it for potatoes.  I think it was about $2!!
  • The little footed ice cream dishes have been with me for as long as I can remember
  • Creamware dessert plates are Wedgwood queensware.  I LOVE this pattern!!
 I hope you all voted for the candidates of your choice!!!

Thank you for stopping sure to visit all of the beautiful tablescapes at "Between Naps on the Porch" ...the button is up on the right of my blog.



  1. I was right there watching the returns with you. My precinct said that over 50% of the entire precinct had voted by noon, with half the day to go. I was thrilled. I love your mix and match of favorite thing to do when I design. Everything looks beautiful...what a great reason for a dinner party! Thank you for sharing your charming tablescape. Cherry Kay

  2. It sounds like a lovely dinner! I echo your sentiments! As a naturalized American I'm so very aware of the tremendous privilege and responsibility of voting on Election Day!

  3. I'm with you 100%. We always had a big election night dinner, and this year we still tried to make a festive evening of it with just the two of us. We were watching the returns too.

    I love the whole variety of plates and scrolled very slowly to see details on them.

  4. Hi, Tess! First, I'm impressed that you actually sat and watched the returns. I was SO burned out from all the commercials these past few weeks that I just couldn't do it! Second, that quiche looks great even if it did get tossed around a bit!!! I will admit to bowing to Costco quiche because I'm fearful of how my homemade will look. Third, I am SO sorry you don't have a Home Goods there!!! We have two here and I still feel deprived. (They have scads of them in the twin cities are of Minnesota, in suburban Detroit, and in St. Louis. I am SO jealous!!!) I send my family members and friends on quests to help me complete sets! :-) Have a great, great week!

  5. I love that you had this casual yet special meal and decorated your table wonderfully for the occasion! That white pumpkin with the cut-outs is terrific! Your quiche and salad look yummy (my quiche is never "even" and I don't even have an excuse!). Thanks for sharing this - Makes me want to invite some friends over!
    P.S. I work in the Health Records Dept of our local hospital - I think I'm familiar with what you mean by "medical coder" as your employment.

  6. Hi Tess,
    Although I have no tablescape today, because my first blog party "International Christmas Cookies" kept me busy, I enjoyed your tablescape very much. You say, that is nothing very special - I think it is. The placemats and napkins are very nice. I love this paisleys pattern. And the grey patternd plates look like silver plates at the first moment. Thank you for showing this nice table.
    Greetings, Johanna

  7. Looks like a great dinner, I love your paisley napkins!

  8. ...a very pretty table ... and the food looks great! It took me six months to get used to my new oven racks! ... quit counting the number of cookies that slipped into the bottom of the oven!
    Thanks for sharing ..

  9. I had to chuckle a little when I read you burn yourself on the oven racks,I can relate,seems I'm always getting burned on those durn things.Your election night dinner looks delish.And, One of the best things about being an American is having the privilege to vote!! I agree 100%.I am new follower of your blog,love it.

  10. Hi, Tess... I voted. Does that mean I get to come eat at your house???

    YUM! That looks like a delicious meal and a neat white tablescape with your pumpkin, white dishes, and transferware. So festive and so delicious. I'll be right over if you have any left...

    Happy Tablescape Thursday...


    Sheila :-)

  11. Great table, Tess! We must be about the same age, because I remember getting to vote shortly after they lowered the age to 18. I love those plates -- they are popular and perfect for this time of year. Glad you enjoyed Election Night with your girls!

  12. Enjoyed my visit to your blog!


  13. Tess -- I love the toile! The napkins also make the table special. I would have liked to eat at your home on election night -- we just had a salad. YOU had better check your serving pieces of Damask Rose -- I am envious and it's not in the budget right now! Joni

  14. An election night dinner is such a wonderful idea! I sure do like your pumpkin. I think your quiche looks delicious.

  15. Tess, your dinner looks delicious...quiche and salad sound so good right now.
    I like those black/white transferware dishes so much I picked up a few the other day!

  16. My first visit and you have wonderful blog! You set a very nice table!

    We didn't live in England but we've visited there frequently and we'll be going next year for a month to live in a cottage in the Cotswolds! A lifelong dream come true.