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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Weekend at the Ritz!

My husband took me to Atlanta this past weekend.  We stayed at the Ritz Carlton, Buckhead.  It was a gorgeous weekend and the hotel was ready for the holidays.

In true Ritz style, we were given champagne when we checked in!

The lobby was lovely.  I want to share a few photos with you.  There was a giant gingerbread village that I did not photograph, but you will enjoy the floral displays!

 Many families were using this tree for photo ops!

There was even a place in the lobby for children to write a letter to Santa.  (There was a mailbox, too!)

We stayed on the club level.  

 Of course it was beautifully decorated.

 Big jars of candy, cookies and fruit sat waiting for good little children in the foyer.

Santa paid a visit each day and there were carolers on Friday afternoon.

One interesting thing on the dessert buffet were the "barks."  Hammers were provided for chipping away a piece!

The daily dessert buffet was spectacular!

Bring on the desserts!

And my personal favorite, the minty French macaroons!

The Ritz Carlton at Dove Mountain in Tucson recently inspired me to serve small plates at a dinner party at our Arizona home in November.

Their Hors d'oeuvre buffet was equally as impressive as the one in Atlanta.

 I've stocked up on petite plates for serving, now.

I have small bowls now too. Libby makes darling porcelain or glass bowls and plates for "small bites."  They also have several cookbooks for serving small food portions.

 My meager attempt at "small bites."  Could you call these "Tapas?"

I served individual Caprese salads and squash soup as a first course.  I often serve soup in taller narrow shot glasses for parties.  One of my favorite is Bloody Mary Tomato soup with vodka! 

At the same party, I served California rolls with a dab of ginger and wasabi in my short shot glasses along with the appetizers.

For dessert I made a chocolate raspberry torte in the taller glasses, a lemon cheesecake with raspberry garnish in the shorter glasses and raspberry sorbet.  The shot glasses have been used a lot!!

One more lovely Ritz Carlton photo to share.  This is my favorite!

More on Atlanta at Christmas time, later!