I love catering bridal showers! Bridal showers have a lot of elements, ranging from the menu to the decor. This bridal shower had an all white theme. The hostess wanted everything white, the food, the decor, the drinks. At first I was a little stressed about preparing an all white menu, but by the end I loved the challenge. We decided on an all white cruditee platter (which included white bean hummus, white carrots, white radishes, white cauliflower, and white Belgian endive), poached chicken salad, aged white cheddar macaroni and cheese, coconut cupcakes, and Belgian white chocolate covered shortbread cookies. I adore the woman who hosted this shower. She handled everything with grace and is such an amazing friend who put together an adorable party in her perfectly charming home. As much as I loved the white I would really like to do an all pink shower! What food comes to mind when you think of all white?
Everyone loves chocolate covered strawberries, but if you have ever tried to dip a raspberry into chocolate you’ve probably had a nervous break down. It is possible, but the size and the squishiness of the raspberry doesn’t make it very easy. My sister Dominique made these magical little treats the other night and I just want to share them with the world. Yes, I am that excited.
It’s simple take a raspberry and fill it with your choice of chocolate chip. Trader Joe’s has an amazing selection of belgian chocolate chips ranging from white to dark.
Sometimes your birthdays are magical and they fall on a Saturday and everyone you know is free and your favorite restaurant can take your large party, and then other times your birthday falls on a weekday and people have work and have work week obligations. Here are some ideas for making that weekday birthday just as special as if landed on the weekend.
It was my wonderful friend Alexandra’s birthday yesterday so I wanted to put something special but laid back to match her personality. We invited her close friends over and snacked on her favorite treats including cheeses, cruditee and homemade ice cream with chocolate meringues.
Put together a cheese platter with seasonal fruits and crunchy crackers. Arrange all the food on platters and leave out on a coffee table for everyone to serve themselves. I put out a big green salad and made sure to leave the salad dressing in a large creamer so guests could dress the salad themselves. Since all the guests had busy work week schedules and were arriving at different times it made it so the salad did not get soggy.
I set up a serve yourself bar with lots of beer, wine, champagne, cocktail supplies, and plenty of non alcoholic options. The bar was set up right before the entry way to the patio where the party took place.
We made special “Alexandra” cocktails with Titos Vodka and Sparkling Fruit Juice. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge and it taste great and could not possibly be any easier.
The other day I was driving home from work and I almost got in a car accident. I was staring/gawking at the most attractive boy ever in the traffic lane next to me. On a closer glance I realized it was my boyfriend.
Since Matt got the farm, we have been splitting our time between our house in Ocean Beach and The Farm. I try to make it to be this glamorous arrangement where we have our country home and beach home, and while it is for the most part, at times it is some what lonely and I find myself longing for the days when we could spend every day together.
The day I saw him in traffic I was shocked because he was not supposed to be down at the beach house. I called him mentioned nothing of the near death accident and asked why he was down. He told me he had to give me the first crop ever from Griffin Farm. He could not stay down because he had farm duties to get back to, but it was important tI had the first crop.
He had brought me some radishes, french breakfast and multi colored globes. Being superstitious and an all over food freak and felt I had to do something special when I ate them. I wanted to drive up to the farm and eat them right where they came from, but I couldn’t because I had work. I thought about waiting until Matt came back down and we could have them together. So many scenarios went through my head I wore myself out. I ended up watching three movies on netflix eating trader joes taquitos and falling asleep.
I had somewhat of a stressful and emotionally exhausting day today. I came home saw the radishes, cleaned them, sliced them thinly, spread some french butter on toast, piled on the radishes, sprinkled it with sea salt, opened a bottle of Kermit Lynch Rose, called Matt told him how much I loved and appreciated him and sunk into the New York Times and by New York Times I mean Perez Hilton.
We may not get to spend every night together anymore, it may have not been some magical occasion or a complicated dish, but it made me realize through our food we are always connected and that his radishes are freaking good.
My boyfriend and I have been dating for about three years. Not a day has gone by in that time that he is not talked about his dream of having his own farm. That dream has finally come true, and he is now the owner of just about the coolest farm ever! I can not wait to see how the land changes and of course to eat all the amazing vegetables that come from it. He plans on growing everything he can and using only Heirloom seeds, of course! The farm dinners in the big barn are going to be unreal! And did I mention it has a kitchen house?? Yes, a house set aside just for a kitchen. Was this his dream or mine?
Who is ready for a barn dance?
My sister Dominique had an amazing party last night. The party was titled Coulon Rouge a play on our last name and of course Moulin Rouge. We glitzed her house with LOTS of candles, and of course lots of treats and cocktails!
The cocktails as seen above were the Coulon Sapphire. We used Bombay Sapphire Gin, mixed with homemade organic lemonade, sparkling water and topped it off with some sparkling pomegranate juice to add a little rouge to it. I wanted to enjoy myself as a guest at the party so I made all the cocktails ahead of time (about thirty minutes) and placed them in a row on my sisters mantle. Freshness was not an issue because of the ingredients used. I made an extra pitcher and refilled when necessary. As amazing as it could have been to make fancy little cocktails on the spot the amount of guests and the time frame was not plausible. If you ever feel as though you are in this situation I recommend making the cocktails ahead of time and arranging them in a creative way, I had lots of success with this.
On the menu was:
Mini Ham and Cheese Eclairs
Goat Cheese and Olive Tapenade Crostinis
Cucumber and Hummus Rounds
Brie Pear and Hazelnut Compote
Organic Radish Toasts
Lemon and Raspberry Tarts
Sapphire Macaroons (made by Michele Coulon Dessertier)
I also set out some martini glasses with popcorn in them. I did one with sea salt olive oil butter and parmesan and one with dark chocolate covered almonds. They looked cute in the martini glasses and they were a nice little buddy for when you were sipping on your Coulon Sapphire!
Check Out Two Other Blogs Who Posted On The Party As Well:
http://noondesigns.wordpress.com (These are the girls at Noon, the best jewelry paper goods store EVER)
http://www.elbowroominteriors.blogspot.com (the amazing designer who made my sisters apartment look so killer)
Good Luck Hosting Your Next Cocktail Party!
I spent Saturday afternoon with the adorable Decker sisters Trisha and Jenny. They are both sophomores one in college and one in high school. They have both decided that they want to be able to bake, which I of course think is AMAZING. It was really fun and I think baking with your family is a great way to spend a Saturday. By the end of the lesson the girls had learned how to bake a cake, make chocolate mousse and bake mexican wedding cookies. Consider Heirloom for you a fun day with friends learning a few baking tips to make your next event even more killer.
Here are some fun pictures from the afternoon.