12 Fancy AF Recipes to Celebrate Your Modest (AF) Accomplishments

I Dream of Jeannie, but I also fantasize about hosting a fancy self-celebratory dinner party that requires all of my guests to arrive in horse-drawn satellites bedazzled in Swarovski crystals. I'd wear earrings that weigh the equivalent poundage of set of newborn twins and, on my body, something with dramatic bell sleeves.

Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana , Dress: Ellery, Earrings: Rebecca De Ravenel , Sequins on Your Tootsies: Priceless

Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana , Dress: Ellery, Earrings: Rebecca De Ravenel , Sequins on Your Tootsies: Priceless

The only foreseeable glitch in this scenario is the tendency of the aforementioned bell sleeves to catch fire, especially while hosting with an audience. I would bypass this party foul by turning it into an entertaining trick that would send a chill up Ina Garten's bangs, stiffening them at a right angle with the rigidity of industrial cement. Here's what I'd do: While cleaning up dinner and speaking to my guests exclusively in bits of Meryl Streep's dialogue from It's Complicated, I'd boil water for tea, lingering my sleeve over the gas range stove until it sets ablaze.

"Your sleeve, Mia! Your arm hair!" they'd exclaim, and I'd throw my head back in laughter because I shave my arm hair and there would be miniature pots of crème brulee waiting to be torched perched in my now-blazing sleeves. Once they caramelized, I'd unveil the sugary surprises to my dear friends and proclaim, "Bon appétit, you uptight pedestrians. Ice cream is in located in the creamery in my barn if you need to cool your clenched bottoms and don't ask me for decaf coffee."

This is just a pipe dream, but here 12 of my favorite accessible recipes that give off a fancy-ish vibe whether you're trying to impress guests or if you just feel like celebrating how hot you look after finally taking a shower. Line up your little wins for down-the-line high-fives because, hey, they deserve to be celebrated, too. Click the photos to jump over to the recipes.

12 Fancy AF Recipes to Celebrate Your Modest (AF) Accomplishments


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Analyze & Discuss:

What went insanely wrong at your last dinner party? Did you serve cubed string cheese? Be honest.