Martha Stewart never ceases to amaze me with her endless talent with creativity in the world of food and entertaining. We’re having a party on Monday (The Husband’s surprise birthday party … shhh, don’t tell!) and I was looking for some decorating ideas and spied these Shell Skewers. Aren’t they adorable? Won’t work for the theme I’m planning, but I’ve definitely filed it for future reference. (Directions to make your very own are included below).
Now here’s where you can help me. The Husband is turning the big 4-0 this weekend, and we’re having some family and friends over to celebrate on Monday. I’m going to cheat in a MAJOR way and I’m going to do Chinese take-out for the meal, but I will be making his favorite desserts. This way, I can keep it nice and simple and still manage to be a guest … there’s also a limit to how much cooking I can do and go unnoticed, you know? Since I’m going with Chinese food, I’m planning to decorate the backyard along that theme, with lit Chinese lanterns and the like, setting the mood. I could use some more inspiration in how I can transform the backyard and create a festive occasion … what to get? what to do? what to make? how to celebrate?It’s not like he turns 40 every day you know. ;) First five ideas in the Comments section get a copy of the Spring Season’s Best Pampered Chef cookbook. And if you miss out on that, don’t let that stop you from sharing your ideas … keep ’em coming.
Until tomorrow …
A year ago today … birthdays, Bhel Puri and Butters (Mary Jane, that is).
Courtesy of Martha Stewart
Here’s an enticing way to present poached shrimp at a summer meal: Spear them with seaside-themed utensils. Purchase assorted shells from a crafts store; wash them, then glue onto wooden skewers. Set them out with shrimp, alongside various sauces for dipping.