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!)
*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
*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! ;-)