- I love to cook
- I am obsessed with Colin Cowie
- My Mum is the best Mum in the whole world
- My Mum's birthday is coming up
What does this mean?
Yes, I've taken it on myself (in conjunction with my Dad, bro and his GF Su), to throw Mum the best birthday party ever! We are having about 30-40 friends and family over for drinks and food. However, this will be no simple chip & dip affair. There will be matching glasses, votive candles, and more hors d'oeuvres than you can poke a ficelle at. I'm currently throwing around words like "centrepiece", "colour scheme", "spun sugar" and "table-runner" with gay abandon. It's good to aim high.
The party is coming up in 2 weeks. The invitations are sent, and now it is time to prepare. We're currently having a vaguely French theme to the food (although this is not set it stone), as I am hoping to have a croquembouche as the cake, with the possibility of madeleines and macarons to round out the dessert buffet. Is anyone else excited by the words "dessert buffet"? I hope so.
As Colin advises, it's best not to unleash dishes you've never made before on unsuspecting guests, not least of all to save yourself stress on the night. Over the next couple of weeks I'll be trialling (and pre-preparing) some dishes. All duly blogged.
Any tips for hosting a big stand-around-with-food-and-drinks party will be greatly appreciated. Decor, recipes, organising, or anything like that.
Wish me luck!