I could not resist the chance to host a gathering to serve Halloween inspired foods. I am lucky to be friends with a group of girls that love to have a good time, love the TV show Glee, and appreciate good food. The evite was sent and plans were made for a Tuesday night cocktail party. Each person was asked to bring a festive food item. We watched the Rocky Horror Picture Show Glee style and enjoyed good company and food.
In August, I was excited to surprise my sweet Mom with a small lunch with some of her closest friends. We certainly missed a few special ladies that could not be there as well. Luckily, the surprise was perfect and we had a delightful time. At the beginning we ate Mushroom and Shallot Goat Cheese Flat bread with a balsamic drizzle and sipped on Grandmother's recipe of Peach Punch.
For Lunch we started with a Strawberry Spinach Salad with roasted Walnuts and Poppy Seed Dressing. The main course followed with Rosemary and Mustard tenderloin Medallions, Israeli CousCous,Roasted Asparagus, and Dad's fresh rolls. Instead of one dessert, we had the option to eat some or all of several mini bites: Nigella Lawson's Chocolate Mousse, Madelines dipped in Chocolate, Tiramsu, and Cupcakes filled with Lemon Curd and topped with Chocolate or Butter Cream Icings.
During a computer conversion meeting at work, I found this site
http://www.katiegracedesign.com/2010/07/60th-birthday-ladies-luncheon.html and it became my inspritation for the party. I was delighted to use a colleciton of gold china. The bread plates had butter molded into shell shapes. I found coral colored paper to coordinate with the taupe damask pattern and used shells at each place setting to add to the coral and white flowers.