Progressive Dinner With Friends

Join me and my friends for an “e”- Progressive Dinner! (It’s really a pretend dinner, but it will be lots of fun with recipes and a special give-away!)

The first course will be held at my friend Jennifer Brouwer’s blog. Click HERE to start the party! She will start the first course with an appetizer, including the recipe! From there, she will direct you to the Salad Course (hosted by: Gwen Driscoll) and on to the Main Course (hosted by: Traci Zeller Interiors), then finally, to the Dessert Course (hosted by: moi!)  Oh lucky you to start with dessert!

Let me introduce you to the inspiration behind this party…Kathryn Greeley. She has published a beautiful book on entertaining called “The Collected Tabletop – Inspirations for Creative Entertaining”.  It contains fabulous ideas for tablescapes, entertaining, & wonderful recipes. She believes that, “The juxtaposition of the grand and opulent with the ordinary and humble, and the intermingling of a variety of colors and textures add interest to tabletop design.” She also adds, “Buy what you love, and buy the very best you can afford when building your tabletop collection – and use it!” You can visit her website, blog, or preview a copy of her book here! I’m always looking for original host/hostess gifts…wouldn’t this be perfect!

I have one more surprise…one lucky winner will get an autographed copy of her book! All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win.

I put together a little mood board to set the tone of the party. The inspiration behind my party theme was her Lavender Ice Bowl (pictured bottom left), which she first discovered at a meal in Paris, and one of her favorite china patterns, Royal Crown Derby Gold Aves (pictured lower bottom right). Of course I can’t have dessert without coffee!

And for our final course…Dessert

Chocolate Yule Log

Recipe by: Kathryn Greeley

Cake Ingredients:

4 eggs, separated

2/3 cup of sugar

1 tablespoon of pure vanilla

1/3 cup of all purpose flour

¼ cup of baking cocoa powder

½ teaspoon of baking powder

¼ teaspoon of salt

Whip Cream Filling:

1 ½ cups of heavy whipping cream

1/3 cup of sugar

1 ½ cups of coarsely chopped English toffee (I use a wonderful toffee that is made locally where I live-Steeplechase English Toffee ,  but any will do).


Line a jelly roll pan (approximately 15X10X1 inch) with parchment paper; grease the paper.

Beat the egg whites until stiff.  Add the sugar gradually, while beating the egg whites.  In another mixing bowl, beat the egg yolks lightly.  Add the vanilla into the egg yolk mixture and then beat into the egg white mixture.  Sift the dry ingredients together.  Fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture and mix only until smooth.  Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until the cake springs back (do not over bake ).  Cool for about 5 minutes.  Invert into a linen tea towel dusted with confectioner’s sugar.  Peel off the parchment paper. Roll up in the towel starting with a short side.  Cool on a wire rack.  In a mixing bowl, beat the cream until it begins to thicken.  Add sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.  Chill the whip cream for about 10 minutes.  Unroll  the cooled cake and spread the whip cream filling  to within ½ inch of the edges and sprinkle the toffee over the whipped cream. Roll up again and place on a serving platter and chill.  When ready to serve, dust with confectioners’ sugar and garnish with holly.


How did you like this e-progressive dinner?

Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win Kathy’s book!


Update 12/28 Congratulations Susan Gosman! You have won a copy of Kathy’s book. We will mail it out shortly.


  1. Good job sweet girl! Hope you’re well. Miss seeing you.

  2. Wow! You southern Gals know how to “martha” it up!!
    Your putting this Canuck to shame!
    FABULOUS post , love love love the purple inspiration so fun!!

    You are a Design Star baby!! xoxox

  3. Brooke says:

    Who doesn’t love chocolate???? Thanks, Stacy

  4. Susan Gosman says:

    I love, love Yule logs. Yours is particularly lucious looking – you may have inspired me. Thanks for participating in the party.

  5. I love Yule Logs, but I’m terrible at making them :-( My hubby has taken the task over, and he never seems to have trouble with them… How does that work? Maybe this recipe is my ticket to success! :-)

  6. Love the quotes of Kathryn’s that you used … and can I have that purple Chanel bag under my tree?? 😉

  7. Tamra Feito says:

    Love the lavender ice bowl that inspired your purple color palette!

  8. Linda says:

    Would love to be at your dinner Stacy…so beautiful. Also, your Yule Log has inspired me to maybe give it a try this Christmas. We used to buy one every year for big $$$$ but the recipe you posted looks doable. Think I’ll try it…wish me luck!

  9. Megan Thomas says:

    Love love love your china – the plates and the cups! Can’t wait to try all the yummy recipes from the dinner! And thanks for the chance to win the book!

  10. Sherry says:

    What a great idea. And even though I don’t really cook, I may give that Yule Log a try! First time here!

  11. Jennifer says:

    I love your mood board Stacy…what a fun idea!!

  12. Melina says:

    Love the lavendar theme – thanks for pulling together something different.

  13. Chrystal says:

    Loved everything, just wish I had the time to make some of it. Maybe I will give the recipes to my husband, since he is the cook in our house!

  14. Trisha says:

    What a great way to have a dinner party, Stacy! The lavendar theme for a table setting is so pretty. Mama has a similar recipe that is a family-favorite (we call it ‘Chocolate Roll-up Cake’). We’ll definitely have to try Kathryn’s recipe, too. Thanks so much for a chance to win her book!

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