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Happy Monday, my friends! On Saturday I hosted a dinner party with my closest friends and today I’m sharing all the party details, from table decor to our main course.
I recently had the opportunity to try the new Land O’ Lakes Saute Express Saute Starter kits and I hosted a dinner party with my closest friends to test them out. We made an easy skillet lasagna recipe adapted from the Land O’ Lakes website.
I never pass up an opportunity to create a tablescape, this small gathering was no exception. With Thanksgiving right around the corner I wanted to create gold Thanksgiving inspired table settings and decor. My favorite were these DIY napkin rings made with Christmas floral picks. Wait a minute..I’m sharing a Thanksgiving idea before Halloween using Christmas decor? You bet I am! Even though the floral picks were part of the Christmas decor I couldn’t help think they’d work beautifully in a Fall tablescape.
My idea of the perfect Fall table was to fill it with metallic gold pumpkins and accents. I used a fake 50 cent pumpkin I thrifted and spray painted it with gold spray paint. I then took two small (real) pumpkins and painted those as well. I love how simple they are but make a big impact on the burlap table runner. I also used gold votive holders, gold glittered pinecones, and a gold Christmas garland as a filler.
This was my first time using Land O Lakes seasoned butters and they were perfect for our dinner party. I created a skillet lasagna with the Italian Herb butter, found at Walmart. Cooking with them was simple, I melted the butter then sauteed my meat into it. The butters give the meat flavor with out having to add a long list of seasonings. We also tried the lemon pepper butter with chicken and shrimp, it’s definitely a new favorite around here!
I was impressed with how easy the butters are to cook with. The only changes I might make next time to the recipe is to add more cheese on top, maybe another can of diced tomatoes and reserve a portion of the dish for the kids without the basil. They did however like the spinach and the carrots mixed in. I might even add zucchini in there next time as well. Overall the butter added a nice flavor and made dinner so much easier.
So here’s a little blogger insight ..it’s pretty difficult to keep a straight face trying to photograph your friends eating. They’re used to me documenting everything but we might have had way more outtakes then decent pictures to share. They kept laughing which then made me laugh and the camera shake. It’s always a great time having them over!
Thanks for stopping by!