It's possible to do it all, the garden, the table settings, the pressed linens, the flowers...and of course the food! But in order to do it all this middle aged woman needs a whole bottle of ibuprophen (or vicodin) and a week to recover. Martha Stewart has staff, I don't...nor do my friends. Hence the unanimous decision that Garden Parties would be all about the food. I'm still working on the garden but not in a frenzy, the frenzy is in the kitchen!
One couple does cocktails and appetizers, another does main course and then it's dessert at the last garden, every year we rotate - last year I did dessert and this year I'm back to appetizers...woohooo...my favorite! The menu is always a secret so I can't post about what I'm making until after the event. Speaking of menus, the photo is a menu from a dinner party I did last year for moms birthday, I love making menus...it's fun for the guests and it's a great way to keep track of what I made over the years. Last year I made a dessert menu but the font was really fine so a photo wasn't possible. Here's what I served to my guests.
July 14, 2007
Roasted Peach Sorbet
Fresh Okanogan Peach Slices
Dark Chocolate Lime Souffle
Whipped Lime Cream, Raspberry Coulis
Fresh Local Berries
Banyuls Rimage, France 2003
Okay folks, I'm off to the kitchen...it's time to do some prep cooking!
* bloggers note* why won't blogger let me put spaces in my menu so it's easier to read? grrrr