Monday, May 9, 2011

The Big Event

The server looked at me funny when I requested a banana and a side of peanut butter.  I thought to myself, what is so odd about that?  Aren't two of the basic food groups 1. banana and 2. peanut butter?  Where did this guy learn his nutrition.

Of course it all made more sense to him when I requested the bowl of oatmeal as well.  But maybe not as much sense as it made to my husband who has watched me eat this breakfast for two consecutive years.
Of course the other diners at my table were a little turned off by ordering oatmeal at a restaurant, but they also know me well enough to not ask questions.
Forbes and I chose Toast, a quaint little place in downtown Davidson, for brunch on Saturday with the family.  I reviewed Toast on the blog not long ago and the experience was not exceptional.  However, we saw the potential there and decided to give it another shot.  We were not disappointed.  And neither were our friends and family.
Forbes had the Housemade Black Bean Burger again and loved it just as much as the first time.  The rest of the crew ordered various assortments of eggs, butter, meat and bread.  Each dish looked divine and everyone raved about the food.  We also loved the quaint setting and it happened to be "Town Day" with a big market happening right across the street.  It was the perfect Saturday afternoon to welcome our guests into town with a little Southern charm and hospitality.

After our leisurely brunch, I headed home to make final preparations for the Big Event.  While the others were out shopping or napping, I busied in the kitchen and began to pack the coolers.  Before long it was time to head to the winery and Forbes' mom and friend Tiffany were along to help me set-up.
The spread included fruit salad, broccoli salad, orzo salad, 4-bean salad, Gazpacho, veggie trays, chips and salsa, Eggless Salad Sandwiches on Great Harvest Dakota bread, homemade Sweet Potato Hummus with an assortment of crackers and bread, a "Cheese" ball, and a few really yummy desserts.
Altogether now:
While some of our guests were a little put off by the vegan-faire, many were very open to trying everything.  The star of the party were the desserts of course.  There is no way you could tell that these were vegan!  The Empire Cookies were gone before I got one!  And the carrot cake cupcakes, baked by my wonderful pastry chef friend Emily were amazing.  We couldn't get enough of them! 

Lots of food and wine was enjoyed.  I played the happy hostess filling wine glasses and socializing with each table.
The weather was wonderful! A little breezy, but the sun was out and we had a great time!  Now I am just praying for wonderful weather next weekend for the 5k!

Overall, I would say the birthday weekend was a wonderful success and the birthday boy enjoyed his 30th surrounded by many friends and family.  As our guests departed yesterday evening he got quiet and was succumb with a little emotion that the weekend was over and his family was leaving.  It is hard to say goodbye when we don't get to see them often. 

We played the high-low game last night as we un-winded from the whirlwind. 

High- Friday night game night with all of the out-of town guests
Low- Everyone leaving

High- the party, duh!
Low- Sunday afternoon: tired and cranky. 

It seems after every major event I always fall into this postpartum state.  I was exhausted yesterday and despite an amazing church service, great weather, and the company of those I love, I could not shake my mini-depression.  We still managed to have a wonderful day, grilled out, and relaxed around the house.  None of us got to share Mother's Day with our moms but they were all with us in spirit.

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