Everyone arrived early. Liz pulled into the driveway and then I had to get a room of ladies to be quiet so she would not hear us. Well, Liz walked into the entry, everyone yelled surprise and Liz just stood there shell shocked. It certainly was a surprise.
We moved out to the patio and I first served Bellinis made from the delicious peaches that we can get this time of year from Pallisades, Colorado. I also served crunchy cheddar cheese biscuits and Tomato and Watermelon Squares. (Both recipes will be featured in my appetizer cookbook that I am working on).
Paula, Birthday Girl Liz and Bonnie.
I love using my cotton paisley bandanas that I bought in the market in San Miguel to use as napkins. I photo shopped this photo of Liz by adding a sombrero and made napkin rings.
Such the party girl!
The ceramic nopal cactus acted as a place card holder.
Clockwise: Bonnie (in the orange dress), my mom Lorraine, Paula, Judy, Nancy, Liz and Lucette. Along with the meal, I served a chilled Spanish Rose, Muga.
We finished with the most decedent dessert that everyone said they could not possibly finish but guess what, everyone did. I will post the recipe soon. The beauty of it is that one can make it in advance, it is frozen and will feed a big crowd. The only downside, there are many steps to the recipe.
It was a great day with wonderful weather, delicious food and drink and good friends.