January 9, 2005

Serona's 30th Birthday Bash

Well we had Serona's birthday party last night. It still wound up to be a surprise much to my amazement. All my plans to get him out of the house failed and it was by the grace of God that he decided to go downstairs and read and ultimately fell asleep while I got things ready and the guests arrived. He came upstairs, after Rhiannon woke him up to be surprised with a house full of guests.

We had a fabulous wine and cheese party. I would recommend this party to anyone. It was easy to prepare for and easy to run and people truly seemed to enjoy themselves. Next time I would try to control how many bottles were open at one time as I have 9 open bottles with assorted amounts on my kitchen counter right now! For the menu we had many different wines, ports, and champagne, as well as some non-alcoholic options for the non drinkers and some homemade stout from one of our guests!

For food we tried to keep it simple yet elegant with many different kinds of good quality cheeses, both soft and hard and in between. The favorite was hands down a Gouda called PrimaDonna, it went fast and people had to keep themselves away from it so others could have some. It was my personal favorite as well. We had several Gouda, Swiss, two types of baked Brie, some roulle, freisago, and some other cheeses I can not recall off the top of my head. There were also olives, bread, crackers and some cheese dip. For dessert we served Cheesecake Factory cheesecake, I had 5 different varieties.

We had some of our closest friends here and it was just the right amount and mix of people. It was a lot of fun and an easy party to have. Simple, elegant and tasty food and drink. Good music, conversation and low maintenance. My kind of party. Even cleanup was not terrible. We have a lot of wine and cheese leftover and enjoyed ourselves.


1 comment:

  1. Oh how FUN! I can just imagine your anxiety level rising as each attempt to get him OUT failed. But what a wonderful end to all the preparations. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SERONA!