Hey, I made another gif! This time to remind you of the decadent White Russian. You see, it made a comeback at the birthday party we recently threw for my Mom. Kahlua + Cream has always been her cocktail of choice, but we’d say, “What about a White Russian?” Her scrunched up face was the response. Marc tried to trick her and add a wee bit of vodka to her Kahlua and cream once, but she detected it immediately. Kahlua and Cream is a little sweet for us, but we do love a good White Russian.
For the party, we had beer, hard cider and we made 2 signature cocktails. Kahlua + Cream or “The Chris” and then we had White Russians. They were a big hit!
We threw Mom’s 65th birthday party over memorial day weekend and I thought I’d share the details. I started by ordering party supplies and invites a few months before the party while collecting recipes in a secret Pinterest board for food she would like that would also be easy to prepare. We went for mostly cold appetizers, so there wasn’t a lot of cooking to do and bite-sized appetizers that didn’t require forks and knives.
We used my favorite photo of my Mom as a little girl to make these Pinhole Press invites. All of the guests were smitten with them.
The theme was kind of “Modern 50’s” with pinks, corals and glitter gold. I bought this cake topper at Etsy shop Mod Party and it turned out cute! There was some assembly to it, each flag was a sticker you had to stick on itself with the twine exactly in the middle. It took me entirely too long to make, but it was worth it.
We drove to Holland on Friday night, but first thing on Saturday we went to work. We stopped by Pereddie’s, an Italian restaurant and deli, to pick up their incredible bread, some veggie dip and fancy olives. We also went to the Holland farmers market for radishes, peppers, spinach, cucumbers and asparagus. We made one final stop to Sam’s Club with Dad for liquor, beer and a few odds and ends. Five of us got to work prepping all of the food and hanging the decorations until late Saturday night.
Sunday morning we were back at it, getting everything ready before the 5 pm party. Two hours before the party, Marc said the last-minute tasks were backing up because the to-dos were in my head or on my list somewhere. He talked about making a scrum board, which he eventually just made on his own with sticky notes, to categorize the remaining tasks into either the to-do section, the in-progress section or the done section. It worked really well, actually, after we made fun of him.
Just before the party, we put out all of the food, except for the jalapeño poppers that were grilled outside as guests arrived. Marc and my Dad stuffed 126 jalapeño poppers on Saturday afternoon! Their hands tingled for a long time, poor guys. My brother washed and spun dry all of the fresh produce which ended up being a major job. We purchased some gluten-free rolls and crackers for a few gluten-free guests.
Here’s what we had:
- Chicken salad with spinach on mini croissants
- Veggies and dip
- Goat Cheese with Fresh Dill – my favorite quick appetizer!
- Caprese bites (marinaded ball mozzarella, basil and cherry tomatoes)
- Jalapeño Poppers
- Baguette with Kerrygold butter, radish slices, Maldon sea salt and minced spinach for color
I wasn’t a big fan of the cooler/trash placement, but the banners from Geo Supply Co. turned out so pretty! It’s hard to tell in the picture, but the Happy Birthday and every 4th scallop was gold glitter. A little nod to my Mom’s love of gold and glitz. We are complete opposites.
I thought about making the cake for a hot minute, but quickly realized it would be too much with everything else. I’m really glad I didn’t because the gals at Second Floor Bakery did an amazing job on this almond cake with raspberry filling and whipped cream frosting.
In addition to the happy birthday banner, I bought cute gold candles, a mini tree and some mini deer for the top of the cake from Etsy shop Layer Cake Shop.
Happy Birthday, Mom!