February is an odd month amongst my friends and I, because there are a very large quantity of birthdays crammed into that month. This might explain why I haven’t been posting as much lately, since I’ve been planning and making birthday packages and birthday party-ing all month.
You read about Lauren’s version of the Wine Tasting and Tapas Birthday party….now here’s mine!
The Theme: Wine Tasting and Tapas Birthday Party
- Yakitori Chicken – Japanese-style kebabs alternating chicken & onions with a sweet glaze
- Futo-Maki – Thick rolled sushi (homemade!)
- Eggs Mimosa – A deviled egg with avocado mixed into the filling…although, since our avocados were overripe, we wound up just making deviled eggs! No recipe required.
- Caramelized Sweet Onion Dip & Black Bean & Roasted Corn Salsa, served with a baguette.
- Various cheeses, served with crackers
- Vegetable platter, with ranch dip, of course!
- Apple cake, courtesy of Samantha’s awesome little sister, Patience
- We invited our guests to bring their own wine glasses which helped differentiate. Since Samantha’s kitchen is separate from the dining area, we wound up just all cramming in around the dining room table and doing a quasi-sit-dinner and not migrating much, so glasses didn’t really get confused. Which leads to…
- Know your floor plan, and your guests. Lauren’s apartment is very similar to my own, with a very open floor plan where those in the kitchen can still be in conversation with those in other areas. Samantha lives in an older, adorable little house with lots of separate rooms, so you could only mingle with those who were in the same room as you. Also, our group of friends knows each other very well, so standing and talking and mingling wasn’t really a necessity. It worked out best for us to just all pile elbow-to-elbow around the table and chow down.
- I would highly recommend following a menu similar to Lauren’s, or at least make it a point to make sure everything flows together. While all our food was delicious, it just didn’t feel right to have deviled eggs with sushi. Definitely, definitely not.
- Kebabs are wonderful and fun, but I would highly recommend serving them when you and a bunch of friends are gathered around a grill outside, and not broiling them in a pan. Ours turned out to be fairly high maintenance (albeit easy to make), and we wound up pouring the chicken, onions, and glaze into a large pan and cooking them up without the skewers, serving them as “bites”. We wanted to be able to hang out with everyone rather than spend the entire evening in the kitchen.
- Plan lots of prep time. We made ours fun by having the girls arrive early and spend the afternoon prepping and having time to chat without the “boooyyyss” around.
- Like Lauren, we LOVE games. Our game of choice recently alternates between “Things” and Balderdash. Things is….absolutely hysterical, and we highly recommend it.