The Perfect Dinner Party

Now its the summer holidays we are spending quite a lot of time as a family gathered at our table. I’m revisiting my past observations that a family pig every year would be a good idea for my bacon loving crew, and wondering how it is that 5 children can eat so much cheese. We are really good about eating dinner at the table with a no tech rule and playing dinner games. One of our silly games is ‘who is coming to dinner’ where we have to guess (in less than 20 questions) who someone has invited to tea. Usually they are Minecraft people, Footballers I’ve never heard of, or made up Fairies. We also play ‘the perfect dinner party’ complete with talking about location, decorations, food, and the guest list.


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My ultimate dinner party would take place in my future kitchen, which is white, marble and whitewashed wood with a wine fridge, fully integrated coffee maker and gigantic farmhouse table that easily seats 15 but can extend to seat 30 or more (because if my 5 kids all have 5 kids that’s 25 grandkids, plus 5 spouses, I’ll need a huge table) there is also a DJ booth and a gigantic disco ball infront of a wall of windows leading out to a modest patio and hot tub area. Until I win the lotto I’ll make do with my largish farmhouse table in my current kitchen. I love nothing more than having my whole family all around the table with fuss free but delicious food. I’m more of a serve yourself from heaping plates of grub, than little stacks of perfectly presented food type of gal.  A roast chicken, leg of lamb and some pulled pork would feature, with parm roasties and polenta crisped sweet potatoes, huge bowls of green salads and coleslaw, green bean salad and some sort of pasta salad too, I would also have to have a lot of bread and cheese because no one in my house really eats fancy cheese except me!. Pudding would be chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate finished off with more wine from the wine fridge and a coffee from the built in coffee maker – obviously.

While it would be nice to have someone do all the cleaning up I think I will stick with our current system. We have a Washing Up play list on Spotify, and each child is responsible in turn for stacking plates, washing up pans, cleaning the sides, sweeping and mopping the floor. We dance, joke and tidy and it makes my heart happy. It also makes my children that bit less lazy and I’m sure aforementioned future spouses will thank me one day for making sure they have tidy partners!

The lovely people at Finish Ireland recently got in touch and sent me some products to review. As I officially have the hardest working dishwasher in Ireland I obviously leapt at the chance (my dishwasher does 3 loads a day most days, THREE!!!).


Obviously these were kept away from children, as per the instructions on the back. This was my attempt at taking a staged photo that Cora photobombed. The reason why there are no better photos is because Blue Packets are very lucrative to the under 2’s, and every time I liberated these products from their babysafe locked utility cupboard Cora instantly tried to eat them. 

We have blitzed through a 6 month supply of dishwasher tablets in 8 weeks (told ya my dishwasher works hard!) and have noticed a real difference in how clean the dishes are and how streak free the glasses are. The dishwasher has been loaded up with Finish dishwasher salt and rinse aid too. To show my dishwasher some love, because I do abuse it and it might one day decide enough is enough and go on strike (heaven forbid), I pampered it with a Finish dishwasher cleaning cycle. She loved it (my dishwasher is a girl) and is not only sparkly clean but every time I open up during the wash cycle I get a lemony fresh steam facial!! Dishwasher care was just one of the many tips I picked up from the Finish website, they have heaps of information on there about the correct glasses for drinks and why it is so important to regularly clean your dishwasher. After a few weeks of using Finish products I 100% won’t be going back to supermarket own brands as I’m so pleased with the results I’ve had.

Off to load the dishwasher again and dream about that white wash kitchen…

Disclosure – Finish Ireland sent me a selection of products for the purpose of review however all opinions and future kitchen plans are my own! 


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