We don't have people over often. Our apartment is just too small to entertain large groups (we actually still have boxes in a few corners from when we moved in about a year and a half ago--shhhh....). My father's birthday was last week and since it fell on a Wednesday, we celebrated on Sunday. Anthony and I dug out the folding chairs and invited everyone over to our place. We had a simple lunch of baked pasta, and my brother made a pie, but the hit was the batch of chocolate chip cookies that I baked that morning. Initially, I had planned to make ice cream sandwiches using the cookies but people weren't really interested in assembling their dessert.
In retrospect, the cookies were probably too soft to stack with ice cream anyway. Lesson learned: I didn't need to fuss so much with the pasta and the salad. I just need to make sure I always bake fresh cookies when expecting company. xo