Monday, April 18, 2011

Another Weekend, Another Party

Yep, we have a LOT of spring birthdays in our family.  This time it was my daughter Paige’s turn.  Her actual birthday (#11) is tomorrow, but we celebrated with family and friends last night.  Big shout-out to my brother-in-law, Dan, who cooked Paige’s favorite barbequed ribs in his green egg for the occasion.  They were delicious and we’ll be enjoying the leftovers tonight!  Yum.
As I was pulling together the menu and preparing, I thought of a few tips and ideas that would be fun to share:
  • We made cupcakes as part of the birthday dessert.  Wilton makes these adorable flower-shaped cupcake liners in pink, lavender, peach, and yellow that gave such a wonderful springtime appearance without any extra effort.  We used the pink ones and my older daughter piped white icing in a swirl on top of each and then sprinkled with pink sugar crystals.  These would be adorable for Easter brunch, baby showers – anytime you have a springtime theme. 

  • I’m a big fan of eating off of real ceramic plates instead of plastic or Styrofoam.  Found “fiesta” plates in burnt orange, golden yellow and spring green at my local Deal’s store.  $1 each!  I bought 20 plates total, in all three colors.  They looked beautiful at the party and we popped them into the dishwasher for easy cleaning.  We’ll be using these over and over again.

  • Easiest and delicious summer vegetable recipe.  Peel an English cucumber -- those long skinny ones wrapped in shrink-wrap in the produce section -- and slice it in 1/4 inch thick rounds.  Dice a small onion and add it to the cucumber.  Drizzle some Hendrickson's Dressing over everything and store covered in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.  For added color, slice grape tomatoes in half and add them to the bowl shortly before serving.


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