Friday, February 13, 2009

A Valentine Tea Party

The time had come for a long overdue fete...
These are the goods for the party favors
I love to wrap presents. Here are the components for the favors.
Lovely wide satin ribbon that I used for decorating the backs of our chairs.
Hersheys candy=antiqued.
I made one of these for each of the girls. Hersheys hugs+wrapped in cellophane+chocolate brown ribbon+paper roses+palest pink organza.
Here are some of those pillow boxes (such as those that I have listed on ) tied off with some satin ribbon.
Place setting.
I was fussing around with the napkins the night before and finally decided on this design, which double-tasks as a silverware holder.
The dishes for dessert and tea+the favors.
Place cards. The table at a glance, before it was filled to capacity with salads etc.
Does it get any more beautiful? I think that chocolate is one of the most sensory-pleasure-activating foods ever invented, from the wonderful smell, the literal eye-candy, and smooth textures. Gorgeous.
More chocolate!
I love to photograph dessert. It's so gratifying with it's colors and textures.
Wafer cookies.
Little chocolate creme filled cakes.
Paper liners. I love them.
The back of my chair=a really big bow.
Black olives and spicy pickles= I love.
I'm actually very fond of very briny foods. A taste is enough, but I really crave that little taste.

Carrots= to help justify all of those lovely sweets. :D

For the rest of the recipes from this party (all invented my your truly) just scroll down.

Apple Cider Salad

Apple Cider Salad

Combine in bowl:
5 Gala Apples, sliced
1 c. dark raisins
1 t. ground cinnamon
1 t. ground mace
½ t. salt
¼ c. apple cider vinegar

Toss. Place salad in fridge for a few hours: for the flavors to blend.

Creamy Pasta Salad

Creamy Pasta Salad

16 oz. cooked pasta (I used wacky mac), drained and rinsed (to remove the starch that would make the pasta gummy)

For the dressing:
¼ c. lemon juice
1 c. Mayonnaise (not a salad dressing, such as miracle whip)
½ t. freshly ground black pepper
1 t. salt
2 T. sugar

Toss with pasta to serve.

Sweet+Salty Ham and Vegetable Salad

Sweet+Salty Ham Salad

For the dressing:
In the bowl of a blender, or in a jar:
¼ c. mustard
2 T. olive oil
2 T. white vinegar
½ t. freshly ground black pepper
2 T. honey

Combine in bowl:
8 c. oven roasted ham chopped
1 c. pimento stuffed green olives, chopped
½ c. black olives, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 bunch celery, chopped
1 onion, chopped

Pour dressing over ham and vegetables. Toss.

Black Bean+Corn Salsa

Above: Serve with these= very good.
Black Bean+Corn Salsa

Combine in bowl:
16 oz. black beans
16 oz. fresh corn, white or yellow
1 t. basil
1 t. ground cayenne pepper
1 c. finely chopped onion
1/3 c. lemon juice1 t. salt

Thursday, February 12, 2009

More from Sarah's Birthday Party

O.K. I finally posted these pics from December!
Yipes, this is overdue. I should post more often.
(Above: the partiers, I appear to be swirling my grape juice in an intellectual manner)
The birthday girl+cake. Shaina did Sarah's hair up in a fancy woven style.
Balloons from heaven.
Bubbly. Cheers.

A fruit salad that I made: Lots of apples and white grapes+some raspberries which turned the salad pink.
Buttery candy cane cookies.
We had a lovely feast.
I *love* kringle. I want some now.