First things first...this kind of occasion calls for using the good china.
I still love my china...which is awesome considering we bought it almost twenty years ago. The "pearls" you see on the chargers and on the plates are actually raised. The only negative to my china is that it has to be hand-washed because of those beautiful "pearls". A bit more labor intensive, but worth it.
My husband is an incredible cook and he was in charge of this meal. For an appetizer he grilled up shrimp. For the main course he made Summer Grilled Pork. We originally saw this recipe on the Nate Berkus show and tried it and it was a huge hit. We knew it would be perfect for this dinner party.
Here is the recipe: