Birthday bash

Wow. What a weekend!IMG_3098 I can explain my blogging hiatus quite easily….. it was party time! Friday I started Friday with an early morning run. I knew that the weekend was going to be BUSY so I figured an early morning run was the best way to go. I then headed straight out to the markets, where I picked up some amazing fresh produce. IMG_3085 Then played a little fridge tetris trying to fit it all in! IMG_3086 Friday night my Mum and brother arrived, and we celebrated my mum’s birthday with homemade risotto and some cheesecake for dessert. IMG_3089 IMG_3091  I just realised that I forgot to take photos of the finished cheesecake! I think Mum and I were talking too much πŸ™‚ Saturday Saturday was PARTY DAY and in true party form, it was BUSY BUSY BUSY. Mum and I set about making salads to feed 80 people! We decided on:

  • Chickpea tabouli
  • Asian-style Chicken Salad
  • Bean and Rocket with red wine vinigarette
  • Coleslaw made with cottage cheese dressing
  • Basil pesto pasta salad

Our little kitchen was a flurry of energy, vegetables and dishes for the better part of the day. I cannot thank my mum enough for all her help. Every time I turned around she was busy washing dishes and packing them away. Thanks Mum! Around 2pm we loaded up the cars and headed to the venue to set up. Team-work, balloons and final food preparation later, we had the venue all set to party and appetisers awaiting the guests’ arrival. IMG_3099 IMG_3101 Pumpernickel, turkey and brie. IMG_3106 Mixed sushi platter. Dinner was a bbq selection, with sausages, steak and vegetable burgers, coupled with a big range of salads. IMG_3110 IMG_3111 IMG_3112 And a special croquembouche for dessert. IMG_3092 (I cheated and ordered this, but would love to try and make one one day). It was a great evening and I think the birthday boy had a good time! We were so lucky to have so many wonderful friends and family attend the party, and I had a great time running around catching up with everyone. The evening flew by, and before we knew it, it was midnight and time to pack up the venue and head home. I fell into bed when we arrived home, and I think I was asleep before my head hit the pillow. It was around 2am by this stage. Sunday I was up and moving by 7am on Sunday. Although I had only had 5 hours sleep, I woke up and couldn’t get back to sleep. Plus I knew there was a little cleaning to be done and I wanted to do it before everyone else woke up. We had a relaxing morning, and had lots of giggles recounting the various party antics and a balloon filled drive home from the venue. Think 20 helium balloons, 5 people and one small car….. Overall it was a fun weekend – filled with great food, great friends and lots of laughs! I was so sad to say goodbye to my family when it was time for them to travel home. It’s back to reality I guess….our house is SO quiet now!! Happy baking πŸ™‚

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