Sure, some guests will remember the decor but I promise the food and fun are critical elements to any party!
For the rock star party, I kept the food in the dining room. I decided to use black foam core board to divide the table into two buffets - sweets and lunch. This decision proved to be unique and provided a decor element guests kept talking about... Here's what we did:
I wanted easy grab-n-go foods so we kept to a simple menu.
- hot dogs
- fruit salad
- spinach pasta salad
- mini meatball subs
- shortcut chicken cheesesteaks
- cheese-n-turkey skewers
- dry-rub BBQ chicken (wings and legs)
Everything tasted great and was pretty easy to make. On the side with the food, I glued dots and hung the birthday banner to the foam core board backdrop:
We served two kinds of punch that Munch chose - Raspberry and Pink Lemonade. I set-up the drink and cutlery station in the kitchen.
How cool are those 'awesome' cassette napkins? Oriental Trading for *like* $2!
Anyhoo, back to the buffet… On the other side of the backdrop, we displayed the sweets!
On it, we served Chef Joy's microphone cake pops and star-shaped cookies. I'll just keep it real, islanders. I wasn't sold on how they looked. I had a vision to place the microphones in a display and Joy covered the sticks with black fondant... they were kinda messy but DELISH! They were a hit for the party without a doubt but... for the sake of pictures, I was disappointed.
The cookies were yummy too! They were so soft and sweet. Again, however, I wasn't 100% happy with their appearance.
I think it's because we were surprised with cookies from Misty:
Aren't they amazing! They weren't as sweet as Joy's but their flavor and appearance was on point!
Another hit was Jasmine's mini strawberry cheesecakes. Hubbs and I love her cheesecake and I was so excited to use the tasting serveware that it just seemed meant to be! Yes, that's how I swindled her into making them, lol.
O, but the star of the table? The cake:
O, be still my heart. I loved the cake. I sent several images to Misty with random notes. I knew she'd understand when I said I loved the paint splatter from an 80s cake, the music notes from another cake and I'd love to have a drum set topper…. did she nail it or DID SHE NAIL IT?!
She nailed it, I know.
We moved the cake onto the main side for cutting immediately following the birthday song.
The food was awesome and I love how the menu came together with little effort required to make it happen. Now, I know I said we'd talk about the party fun but I think this is MORE than enough information for a sugar high!
There'll be plenty more tomorrow!