For the past couple years, my husband’s side of the family came up with the idea that when someone’s birthday comes around they host their own event. We used to all go out to a fancy dinner as a family but as the family has grown that old tradition became increasingly more difficult and expensive. Thus, the new tradition, host your own party. This has become fun. Because who knows more of what you like than yourself. Make or order your favorite food, desserts, the works; all within the comfortable environment of a home.
This year, my brother and sister-in-law graciously decided to host my birthday. Having thought beforehand of what I might have done if I threw my own party, I couldn’t let those ideas go. So, I kept with tradition and hosted my own party any way, this time inviting my parents and siblings along with their families. Funny enough, my side of the family was shocked with this idea. “You’re hosting your own party?” “Yep!”
My husband and I love to cook together and have dinner parties so anytime we have a special occasion to have people over for a meal, we take it. Whether it be a Christmas party, fakesgiving, Inauguration Day, I-feel-like-eating-yummy-Chinese, you get the picture, if we don’t have an actual reason for an event we make one. But, what better reason to have a get-together than a birthday?
Having made other people’s cakes and cookies for all their special events for almost 10 years now, I thought, I should probably make some for myself. So I did. And enjoyed every second of it. Of course, I used the too-brown-to-sell cookies, it’s a start.
So here’s my party….Dessert:
Beetroot Chocolate Cake with berries
I have been wanting to make this cake recipe for a few weeks now. Wow! Is it good, a little specific instructions but do yourself a favor and test it out!
Also, that chocolate frosting is so heavenly, my toddler and I were licking our fingers, the spoons, the spatulas. None of that went to waste. It would also make a great dip for fruit if you want to skip the cake (not recommended) and just eat that.
Homemade hoagie rolls
Smoked bbq tri-tip
Danielle Walker’s potato salad from her book, Celebrations
Like I said, my husband and I love to cook together. It’s such a joy to plan a menu and bring all the ingredients together to make a meal that can be shared. He’s the king of bbq and has pretty much ruined any chance of me enjoying meat at any restaurants. He’s my favorite cook. And meat is always on the menu.
We planned out this menu to go with our overall look and theme. Comfort food, summer food. All the bright colors of the vegetables and fruit look so pretty with the whimsy chamomile flowers and my favorite, tulips.
What a lovely evening it was. And such a great way to show my family how much I love them for all the love and support they have shown me these past TWENTY- SEVEN years.