The Roving Stove Gathers…
I’ve been throwing dinner parties ever since I can remember. It started with parties for my dolls when I was a little girl, and eventually grew into my career… The Roving Stove really lived up to it’s name a couple weeks ago when I was in the middle of preparing dinner for 17 girlfriends in honor of our friend Lisa Barbuscia Bilton who was visiting from London. BOTH of my ovens decided to go on the fritz. Emergency phone calls and superhero oven repair men were of no avail…
Hello Magazine 1995
…the oven Gods just weren’t cooperating that day, so I made a quick phone call to close friend Normandie Keith. Lisa was not leaving until the following Monday, so The Roving Stove moved the party to Normandie’s Saturday afternoon instead…
Julie Anne Rhodes, Normandie Keith, and Lisa B
aka
Charlies Angels
Just like Charlie’s angels, my friends swept into action. Lisa, who just wrapped a television series for ITV and founded the charity Mother’s for Children last year, got on the phone to call out the family forces while Normandie arranged for the bouncy castle and filled the house with beautiful flowers, and I set about getting the feast on the table with Sasha’s assistance, but not before stealing a few cuddles from the other angels’ angels first…
my favorite little men
Uber hostess Normandie Keith working her magic on guests Jack Huston and Lisa I’Anson
Amos Pizzey announcing “chow time”
Lynn and Cat Deeley fall into line
Terri Seymour tucks in
The kids work up a sweat in the bouncing castle…
…then cool off in the pool…
…while Lisa B caught it all on film for In Style magazine
Normandie and Cat share a few giggles…
….as did Janet and Danny Huston
…and Alex tried to convince us he had nothing to do with the disappearing lemon bars
…while old friends were reunited.
Together, Charlie’s angels and The Roving Stove managed to rescue a dinner party that was headed for disaster into a fun filled day in which the LA Brit Brigade gave Lisa B a proper farewell. My only complaint? The visit was way too short Lisa…come back soon!

Party Menu:
Guacamole & Chips
Cerviche
Mixed Green Salad
Balsamic Marinated Broccoli, Cauliflower, & Carrots
Mama’s Artichoke Lasagna
Jewel’s Cocoa-Curry Magic Grilled Portobello Mushrooms
Egg Salad
Grilled Zucchini, Eggplant, Peppers, & Yellow Squash
BBQ Chicken
Red Beans & Rice
Fried Plantain
Baked Penne with Spicy Turkey Sausage
Lemon-Lavender Bars
Grapes