Fancy Nancy Dinner Date for Three
I have to admit the work/life balance has been pretty off balance this month. I know our followers can relate so I will skip the apology for not posting in awhile. Here’s a story I’ve been wanting to share for the past few weeks but just didn’t have the time to download the pictures and get it all together.
Earlier this month was my 9th anniversary. Although not one of the landmark number of years as defined by the greeting card industry, each successful year of marriage is a cause for celebration according to me (a child of divorced parents). My husband and I are generally low-key about an anniversary ritual but we always make sure to plan something special. A homemade dinner, a favorite Thai restaurant, anything to spend some much-needed time together. This year, however, our anniversary had the misfortune of falling a few days after I returned from a 4 day business trip and a busy weekend mostly away from our daughter.
My husband and I were out at a Dave Matthews show the night before said anniversary and were discussing what we wanted to do. My husband, and this is why I love him dearly, suggests that we have a Fancy Nancy dinner for my daughter. “Splendiferous” I think (all you Fancy Nancy parents know what that means). It was the perfect way to celebrate our 9th. I have to admit the idea of doing a Fancy Nancy dinner date with the right fancy flair stressed me out for a few minutes before I reminded myself that our daughter is only 3 and would be thrilled just by wearing a few glittery accessories to dinner. And that’s just what we did.
We got dressed up in dresses (for “the princesses”) and suit and tie (for “the king”). We found just the right accessories – sparkly necklaces, fancy-shmancy rings, tiaras, crowns, princess shoes. Dinner was served in the dining room using dishes that usually only see the table once a year when we host Easter. Candles lighted the table while jazz piped out of the iPod. And we had a fancy dinner consisting of Perfectly Pink Salmon, Polka Dot Potatoes (twice baked potatoes with peas & corn), TMB Mini Bites (tomato, mozzarella & basil on baguette slices), and the most scrumptious lemon cake for dessert (graciously purchased from the local bakery by my husband). The highlight of the meal was chocolate milk served in fancy margarita glasses garnished with strawberries.
As we finished dessert our daughter says, “Momma, can I go to bed now? I’m very tired.” I agreed. But it WAS a perfectly fancy way to spend our anniversary. Whatever will we do to top this next year???