Come Dine With Me...Part One

So a couple of weeks ago, my friends and I came up with the genius idea to throw our own version of the show Come Dine With Me! I don't know about you, but I'm at that age now (grandma alert), where I'd rather stay in with a cup of tea and a snuggly blanket than put my heels on and go out on the piss, so we thought instead of going down to the pub, we'd have a grown-up dinner party instead!

There are three of us, so each week or fortnight we will take turn to host and on Thursday night it was the turn of my gorgeous friend Emily! I was on dessert duty and our final dinner party guest Katie would provide the starter!
We went round to Em's with pink lemonade in hand and were greeted by such a lovely little set up! She'd set the table up real nice and lit candles everywhere - so pretty!

 On to the and Katie did a mad dash around Tesco beforehand so she could buy her ingredients (it was bound to happen to one of us!) and in the end we were treated to smoked salmon, prawns, avocado and rocket with a balsamic glaze - and lemme tell ya, it was YUM! 
Next up was Emily, as we'd decided that the host would also cook the main course each time and she got to work cooking us up a delish pasta dish in front of us. She'd gone to town making us a bowl of salad and veggies too, along with homemade garlic bread! 
Our main was pasta with a ham, mushroom and pine nut topping in a creamy wine sauce and it was so good! Took me about 4 hours longer than everyone else to eat it, mind, as I'm the slowest eater EVER...but nonetheless it was tasty.
Lastly was my offering of dessert, which we had to wait a while for as we were all stuffed from the main! I'd spent the afternoon rushing around the kitchen like a madwoman making a Terry's chocolate orange cake and I was super proud with the end result! I think I might do a recipe post on it soon...

All in all it was a fab night, and I can't wait for the next one! It's something different that I've never really done before but it's definitely made me want to start cooking more meals during the week. Next up, starter!

Have you ever done anything like this before? What are your go-to recipes?
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Always, Alice x


  1. Wow this looked like a lot of fun, and your starter looks and sounds really lovely! To be honest I’m a sucker for prawns I’m obsessed with them haha. The main and dessert look delicious also ;)

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

    1. It's the first time I've tried them as crazy as it sounds! Love them though, I'll definitely be back for more x

  2. Such a fab idea! Sounds like you had a lovely time :)

    Charlotte - styleaked

  3. Yum! This looks like such a fab idea and it turned out so well. Definitely a chocolate orange recipe too please!! xx

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

    1. Thankyou Jasmin! Ooh yes I'll definitely be posting a recipe soon x

  4. This sounds like such a fun idea :) I love come dine with me so the idea of doing it in real life would be cool!

    1. You should try it :) we didn't score or anything but it was fun making surprise courses for each other x

  5. Wow this dinner looks absolutely amazing and I am impressed that you guys even had separate courses. I can totally relate to wanting to stay in and have a dinner party with friends than getting pissed and stumbling home at 6 AM on the weekend - mainly because the next day ends up being a total waste nursing a hangover. But I think for me personally, I am still at the age where I need a little bit of both.

    I haven't planned any intimate dinner parties in my life yet, but I would really like to do so soon with friends. I do however, often have potluck parties at my place for different holidays and picnics/bbqs in the garden in the summer. My go-to picnic/bbq recipe would be a good pasta salad!

    Rae | love from berlin

  6. Wow, what an amazing idea and it sounds like you all had a great night! The food looks amazing! x

    Beyond The Velvet | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

  7. I loved this idea of having your own Come Dine with Me party! Like you, I would rather sit in with a cup of tea with a blanket and i'm only 19!

    Your blog layout is so warm and cosy - i couldn't describe it any other way! It makes you feel comfortable visiting your blog.

    Much love,

    Lauren Nicole O'Hara
    Lifestyle Blogger

  8. Such a great idea to spend indoors with your pals :)
    The food looks so yum.

    Ashleigh x

    Being Ashleigh - Lifestyle and Fashion blog ♡

  9. The dinner looks really great. The candle wax bottles are a great idea! x


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