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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Hen's party spread

Due to popular demand (ahem) here are some photos of the hen's party afternoon tea we held at my house a few weeks ago for my best friend from school. I think I had mentioned there was quite a lot of food; now you can see the evidence.
Erm...in case you're wondering (and who wouldn't?) the pirate ship centrepiece is due to the "Pirates of Penzance" theme for the afternoon. My father brought it home with him from Mauritius about 10 years ago, fully assembled and weighing a ton. The box was so big it couldn't fit in the boot of our big car! We've never had such a perfect oppotunity to show it off than this party. Yes, we were all dressed as pirates and wenches - treasure chest, cutlasses and all. :-)
Apologies for the blurry photo below. Looking at it later was a real 'oh, bugger' moment.

So, with my mum taking care of savouries, and with me on sweets creation, we produced:

*semidried tomatoes, fresh basil and bocconcini sticks (so easy! so good!)
*smoked salmon and herbed cream cheese sandwiches (v. popular!)
*Chicken & pistachio sandwiches (my fave)
*homemade sausage rolls
*homemade mini quiches
*homemade salmon puffs (yum!)
*the now world famous
hot cheese puffs
Chocolate chilli shortbread
Brandy, orange & cardamom biscuits
*Lemon curd & blueberry tartlets
Dark chocolate custard tarts
Winter plum cake
Coconut, macadamia & lime cake
Chocolate Cloud cake
*Fresh strawberries
*Mountains of little tarts, cannolis and profiteroles from the incredible
Brunetti pasticceria in Carlton (ohh! Those coffee profiteroles..!)
*A big white chocolate-shrouded cake also from Brunettis (not even touched!)
All washed down with litres of champagne, and buckets of tea and coffee. Yes, there were leftovers, but it's better to have too much than too little; and there were 25 people turning up!
All up, a huge success. And the male strip show and private karaoke room later in the night, were pretty damn enjoyable too! ;-)


  • Oh Niki, that looks amazing! You and your mum put so much effort into that spread. And do you know, when I saw the title, I thought it was a recipe for a savoury spread you had made for th e party! She must be a very special bride to have such a wonderful party. Wow!

    By Blogger plum, at 10/11/2005 08:07:00 pm  

  • This looks divine, Niki! I am a sucker for all kind of tiny nibbles and your creations sound good. I am planning a Nordic Christmassy glögg and nibbles party in late November (as a follow-up to a very successful party last year with some 30 people!), and there may be some items from your menu that I can use, if you don't mind..
    Though I'll probably skip the male strippers:)

    By Blogger Pille, at 10/11/2005 08:47:00 pm  

  • Wow - all that for one party? You are amazing!

    By Blogger Cathy, at 10/11/2005 09:21:00 pm  

  • Wow. It all looks professionally catered! Well done. I'm insanely jealous! Who cares about the blurry photos... I think it was more the mist of the calorific mirage! =)

    By Anonymous augustusgloop, at 10/11/2005 09:31:00 pm  

  • The food looks fantastic, of course, but what? Male strip show? That is getting pretty wild for a tea party, Niki. =)

    By Blogger Nic, at 10/12/2005 01:15:00 am  

  • the link to the male strip show pictures isnt working on my machine?

    By Blogger Sam, at 10/12/2005 02:26:00 am  

  • Very impressive spread Niki. And yeas the link to the male strippers doesn't work for me either.

    By Anonymous Barbara, at 10/12/2005 07:57:00 am  

  • Hi Niki, this looks like one fantastic party! Well done! Thanks for sharing the photos :)

    By Blogger Kelly, at 10/12/2005 08:41:00 am  

  • Lol! I didn't actually include a link to the male strip show; I just boldfaced it so it would stand out. But I might go back right now and include a link just for your pleasure!! ;-)

    By Blogger Niki, at 10/12/2005 09:18:00 am  

  • ha ha ha - Princes of the Night.
    I better not delve too far into that site at work!

    By Blogger Sam, at 10/12/2005 11:10:00 am  

  • The bride is lucky to have you as her best friend. What attention to detail!

    By Anonymous Anna, at 10/12/2005 02:52:00 pm  

  • Niki,

    The spread looks fantastic! Your friend is a very lucky person.


    Our cat, Jasper, sat mesmerised by the video clip of the Princes of the Night ... LOL

    By Anonymous Sandra, at 10/13/2005 03:52:00 am  

  • Niki - I was kidding. You do realise right?!

    By Anonymous Barbara, at 10/15/2005 07:59:00 am  

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