I'm habitually early for things. It may drive some people crazy, but I figure that if you're early, you're on time; if you're on time, you're late; if you're late you probably shouldn't show up. 'Cause that's embarrassing. Maybe it was my sorority days that instilled this in me, though I remember being victim to a stubborn internal clock at an early age. Fear of the unknown usually encourages me to be the first one at the party- then I'm less surprised than everyone else. At least, that's how it works in theory.
So, Saturday ... Mr. Cook turned 70 and his daughter, my dear friend Debbie, threw him a surprise birthday that was just incredible. I was honored to be a part of it. We had a very unique menu based around the tastes of the guest of honor ...The usual crudites, crackers and cheese, of course. Then we had:
Meatloaf Bites - they resembled meatballs, but had the flavor of meatloaf, served with chutney for extra sweetness.
Deviled Eggs - Grammy's recipe is a show-stopper. These were the favorite. Hands down.
Chicken Satay Skewers - these were fun to serve and were garnished with a peanut sauce. They were a huge hit, from what I'm told.
Caprese Skewers - an oldie, but goodie, that I pulled from a previous employer (which I've put my own spin on). These were one of the most popular items, for sure.
Then there was the Crepe Bar - Deb's dad LOVES crepes, so we offered them up with a bunch of different filling options to appeal to all tastes. The strawberry and raspberry sauces were the most popular by far.
Tapioca Pudding - I made this from scratch to accompany the large sheet cake. It was a nice supplement to the super sweet birthday staple. I was very proud of how it turned out.
The whole party was a great success- of which I owe all credit to the people who helped me: My mom, Mark, and my mother-in-law Diane. We were a dynamic foursome that day. Their support and effort were paramount. And I love them all dearly. I am a very blessed woman to have them in my life.
And now ... Pictures!
Mom passing our meatloaf bites- so fancy!
We work very well together.
Three strong women in a huge kitchen. Recipe for awesomeness.
Aren't they lovely?!
Lovely veggies are as good for the eyes as they are for the belly.
It was a great spread and the food went fast!
As you can see, we had a great time. The guests were lovely, the day was breath-taking. It was a perfect event. I couldn't have planned it better myself.
Now, on to the next challenge. I am invigorated by what the future may bring.