time to party!
Before I share more party details, I want to wish my dear friend, Karen Mock a very Happy Birthday!
Karen was a bridesmaid in my wedding. At the time she was pregnant with her first child, Nick. Dave and I are Nick’s godparents … so yes, Karen and I have been friends for a loooong time and I love her to pieces. Happy Birthday, Karen! I look forward to celebrating with you on Friday! xoxo
On to the party ….
Peggy arrived a little early so she’d be there to greet her guests, and I was actually ready to greet her and the guests too. That doesn’t always happen. More often than not, I’m still scrambling and getting ready at the very last second before a party at our house begins. But not this time, and here is why -
I had gone to Sweet Salvage the day before the party with my friend and colleague, Kim Howard. (after all the party posts, I’ll share with you what I got that day – it is so cool!)
I was telling Kim about the party plans and she said, “Let me come help.” I resisted at first, because I’d already hired two servers and a bartender from Elite Events AZ. Kim insisted and I finally came to my senses and took her up on her generous offer. Kim and I work together at Les Gourmettes. When I teach my series of classes there, Kim works right beside me. We’re a great team and I knew that having her in the kitchen, finishing off the dishes, overseeing everything, and doing things exactly as I would do them – well I knew that I wouldn’t have to worry about a thing and I could really relax and enjoy my own party.
That is exactly what happened! Maybe I enjoyed it a wee bit too much, if you know what I mean! So, thank you Kim. Thank you Jana, Cami, and Jeanie from Elite Events. And thank you, to my adorable son, Connor, who was the lone man in the kitchen, there to help with whatever the ladies asked him to do!
Anne and I, giving Peggy her official birthday kiss.
Peggy with her darling parents, her brother, John, and her sister-in-law, Lorraine. Take note of Peggy’s pink crown and scepter. The Birthday Princess!
Anne and Dave at the appetizer buffet. The bar is in the background…
… thanks Anne for taking this picture of the bar, I can see your reflection in the window and I see myself in the kitchen. What am I doing in there?! I think I was cutting green onions for the mashed potatoes and talking to Kim about the recipes. This was prior to the guests arriving. Well, of course Anne was a guest too, but she was and is much more than that! She helped me so much in putting on this gala event. Love you girl! xoxo
Along with the full bar, we offered two signature cocktails…
The Pink Pear
1 1/2 ounces pear vodka
3 ounces mango nectar or pineapple juice
1 ounce cranberry juice
Lemon juice, for rim
Pink or gold sugar, for rim
Dip the rim of a clear “highball” glass in lemon juice, then dip into sugar. Fill glass with ice.
Gently layer the vodka, then the nectar, then the cranberry juice into the glass for an ombre cocktail.
Coarse pink salt
1 ounce tequila
1/2 ounce Grand Marnier
3/4 cup grapefruit juice
Grapefruit slice, for garnish
Dip the rim of a clear “rocks” glass in lemon juice, then dip into sugar. Fill the glass with ice. Pour tequila and Grand Marnier over ice.
Top with grapefruit juice and stir. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit.
Also on the bar, were bowls of the ever popular Ranch Oyster Crackers, also known as Crack Crackers. These are seriously addicting!
Another fun 50th birthday party touch was a little something else I found on eBay …
…vintage magazines from February, 1963 – the month and year of Peggy’s birth.
I had them scattered around on the various tables for the guests’ reading and reminiscing enjoyment during the cocktail hour and then sent them home with Peggy after the party as keepsakes.
Photo collage that Peggy’s gorgeous oldest daughter, Samme (pictured above with Peggy) made. Thanks for letting me use this Samme! xoxo
Tomorrow – please come back for the appetizer recipes…