While all were assembled at said party it was announced by our able MC that we secretly tied the knot on my birthday a few days before and we were now officially husband and wife. So in a nutshell I am very happy.
|my wedding bouquet|
Back to the party. There were three (not negotiable) pillars to my party arrangements, great food, excellent wine and there must be dancing! ( I love to dance and decided one of my 2013 New Year resolutions was to dance more, to heck with the way I might look - think Kath Day-Night....).
However, to another love - creating in the kitchen. The menu was decided and the week well planned to ensure all was ready for the day. The suspense of keeping such a wonderful moment secret was not easy, however all the cooking and baking leading up to the party kept my mind and hands busy! During the week we also had house and dinner guests to feed (which included a vegetarian). Although some of the party 'starters' were catered for by Gipp Street Deli which were just fabulous - thanks to Sam and his talented team...
|Caramelised onion tarts|
|1960's party non-alcoholic punch|
Orange Hummus with bread
Carrot and Harissa dip
Potato and Fennel Tart
Peter's Five Egg Fruit Cake - Alison Holst (made as a birthday cake - ended up our wedding cake)
Drunken Chocolate Torte
Chocolate Mudcake Cake (Jo Seager's) - omg - it took 2 days to make, but the end result....!
The Preservatory Apricot Slice
Bulgar Wheat and Courgette Salad
Roasted Potato Salad
Smoked salmon on wholemeal blinis (Ruth Pretty's recipe)
At the party we complemented the salads with a huge ham on the bone and fillet steak from our local butcher (ably dressed and cooked by my wonderful friend and assistant Deb), deliciously cooked chickens from the caravan at Moore Wilson's and armfuls of wonderful fresh bread and huge rounds of cheese from Gambonis. There were so many kind helpers on the day, the cake was expertly decorated, table set and final touches made which greatly assisted in ensuring everything ran smoothly.
So over the week we hosted two dinner parties and a celebration party catering for 45 people. Very little was left over which just astounded me, I thought we may have over catered! We also ran out of the punch - everyone loved it! (Note to self - next time more food, more punch!) The good news was everyone had a great time and there is some wine and bubbles left to enjoy over the next few months. Thank you to everyone who helped me celebrate.
A magic week full of family, friends, food, wine, love, great weather and of course dancing. I am truly blessed......
|cake topped off with a great retro cake decoration|