Now even for a pro-party planner such a last minute change from only having to show up versus now having to host at home 20 people is a bit of a challenge. Choices needed to be made fast and I only had the day itself to get it all sorted.
This is how i did it:
first 3 questions:
2. What drinks will i serve?
3. What is the color scheme – decoration style ?
than a to-do list, timed minute by minute and it did require getting up at 6 am on day of. But I even fit in getting my hair and my make up done! Efficiency is key! tchop tchop …
consider saving time so I bought paper plates and forks, but i could not get myself to use them. There was no doubt i would serve bubbly in plastic – NEVER – but i thought just for a second i would serve cake on disposable plates – well, no that didn’t happen. That’s why i have a dishwasher. Yes, it took a bit longer on Sunday to clean up but it was worth it.
I decided to buy quiches from “Les Tartes de Francoise”, had cheese and saucisson out, chips and ready-made dips such as houmous, guacamole and eggplant. I got a fabulous birthday cake from “Fabrice Collignon” with figs and almonds.
I served bubbles only; went to my fave Alsatian wine shop Vinum , got 24 bottle of cremant Mure delivered. To add a pink touch, i added some cranberry juice to my glass, surprisingly many friends followed my lead..
As decoration, I went for pink , as it is MY colour. I bought 2 sheets (50 by 70 cm) of 3 shades of pink. I cut bunting out of them and strung them up around the room: instant party mood – it did look like a party for a 6 year old, oh well. I hung some pink paper spheres and used pink candy to decorate the drinks & food table… and i received some pink princess balloons. A few pink roses and voila …