House & Home - September 2020

House & Home - September 2020

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LAST NIGHT, we hosted our first socially distanced dinner party on our terrace. There were only five of us, it was super simple and casual, and yet it felt very special. I have a long dining table, so I sat one couple kitty-corner at one end, one single in the middle, and Michel and I at the other end (you can see my terrace video on houseandhome.com/terrace). The trick I learned is to give each person, or couple, their own set of serving pieces, and stacks of paper napkins, clean glasses, plates and flatware, salt and pepper, butter... and little bottles of hand sanitizer. I put the food out on platters, buffet style, on a serving table and filled huge bowls with ice, plus bottles and cans of assorted drinks. We had grilled the ribs and corn in advance, had the salads ready to go and bought small, individual baguettes for each person. Everyone used their own plates and tools to serve themselves, and it actually felt somewhat normal and totally safe.

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