What we made, ate and drank…
Here’s the moment where we talk about the most important part of any event, the food and drink of course! We’re all somehow programmed to make sure our guests are well fed and enjoying everything we’ve prepared for them while we keep repeating “oh it’s nothing, I whipped that up in 5 minutes, it usually turns out so much better…” (kinda the same thing as the classic “Oh this, I just put on the first thing I got my hands on”, even though she decided on the outfit the summer of 2003. And has been applying makeup since yesterday).
Everyone who knows me, knows I love to eat, a lot. I also enjoy cooking almost as much and I really love making all kinds of dishes, especially when I can share them with people who really appreciate food.
When it came to the baby shower, I decided that slaving over a hot stove, making complex meals for 30+ people made no sense and would turn out to be too time-consuming and expensive, I decided to smart about it (yes, that happens from time to time), and focus on food that can be easily prepared. I also divided the work with my sisters (Tara and Sara, you are angels), and decided that the dessert aspect should be handled by professionals.
Most of the ingredients and additions (plates, cups, napkins…) were bought in Metro, and I truly believe it’s the best ratio of price and quality.
Before you delve into the world of food, let’s talk a bit about drinks. Other than the classic juices and beer (that we didn’t get enough of, so the boys had to go get more, ending up with way too many haha), we decided to play around a bit and make a couple of different options.
Make your own MOM-osa bar
This is an awesome idea I came across on Pinterest (which I send a ridiculous amount of time on), and loved it so much I knew we had to do something along those lines.
We took fold-out table, put it in the corner, draped it with a pretty tablecloth and decorated it.
Then we laid out a bottle of chilled champagne (with another one cooling in the fridge), filled three glass bottles with different juices, and took two bowls and filled them with frozen wild berries, candied citruses and fresh mint (from Petar’s herb garden).
We put a framed pictures with “How-to” steps, where we simply explained:
1. Pour the bubbly
2. Add some juice
3. Top with fruit
There you have it, your very own mimosa (or MOM-osa, cause I love puns and have an awful sense of humor).
*I had my very own Star Wars kiddie champagne and pretended it was the real deal #justsoyouknow*
Galaxy Gin cocktails
Lovingly called Zrin&Tonic (even though they don’t have any tonic really).
For the past couple of years our close friends got used to the fact that I’m constantly mixing up gin cocktails known for their fruity flavors, but mostly for their edible glitter and shimmer that make them magical. The original and most often version is named Billi Gin (lemon, rose, raspberry -pink and glittered), but I often play around with different colors and flavors, depending on the event. For the baby shower I decided on the yellow versions (strawberry, guava, passion fruit, tangerine) and the blue one (blueberry, cranberry, mint). Though I am holding a glass in the photo, I personally didn’t try them, but seeing as they disappeared right at the beginning I’ll believe there were good. In terms of how pretty they were, see for yourself.
In the mood for food
It was important for me to make food that would feed everyone and that would be simple to eat while walking around and mingling, so naturally the finger food options made the most sense (also making sure to have vegetarian options).
I personally made two of my Focaccias, seeing as they’ve become a staple at all our hang-outs (you can find the recipe here), both with garlic and fresh herbs, one with added olives. With the Focaccia, we served my favorite homemade herb-infused butter that I prepared the day before (6 types of herbs from Petar’s garden, fresh garlic, lemon zest and a couple of more ingredients…), which turned out to be a perfect combo.
Additionally I made “pinwheel tortilla bites” stuffed with chicken, cheese, pepper and a bunch of other delicious stuff! They were pretty simple to make seeing as I made the filling the night before, so I just needed to spread it on the tortillas, roll them and cut them up.
Sara made caprese bites (that I probably ate half of #sorrynotsorry), that are really simple and delicious. You arrange mini mozzarella balls, cherry tomatoes and fresh basil onto skewers and voila! Sara made them even more delicious by drizzling her honey based sauce over them, which gave them that extra yum factor.
Veggie dip cups were also a great option for our vegetarians (and everyone really). Little plastic cups filled with white sauce (similar to tartar sauce) with various veggies cut up into stripes for dipping and nibbling.
The little BBQ smokies (wieners) were eaten quickly by us meat-eaters, and their special flavor came from Sara’s homemade BBQ sauce and cooking them for a long time on low heat in the oven.
Tara wowed people with her delicious croissants stuffed with chicken, avocado, cream cheese and a bunch of other ingredients that made them so popular they vanished in a heartbeat.
These adorable little tea sandwiches you see are a combo of tomato, lettuce and fried bacon in toast. Adorable and sooo good, poor Tara spent a lifetime cutting them up so they’d have that perfect flower shape. I promise not to make her go through that ever again ahaha!
Let them eat cake!
To immediately answer the most frequently asked question; all the desserts were made by the amazing Cupcakes&Fairytales! People had a hard time figuring out if they actually were desserts or just gorgeous decoration (both people, both!) and I can’t explain how happy I am with how everything turned out. The girls did an amazing job and I can’t wait to find an excuse to work with them again.
In this case a picture is worth a thousand words so take a look and I’ll just add a bit more info. We had cake (every part of it edible, with the topper being saved as a nice keepsake), cupcakes, lollies and meringues. Flavor-wise we went with the classics, chocolate and vanilla (the safest option when you have a lot of guests) and they really were delicious, I’m still in awe.
Before this post comes to an end (and it is ending I swear), I would like to thank everyone that came, helped and made this day truly wonderful for us. A special shout-out goes to my sisters, Tara and Sara, that helped in every way possible, Tin and Tony for their help in the kitchen, manual labour and everything in between. Mihael for the lovely photos, and also Ivor, Tony and Leona for also snapping pics so Mihael could find some time to enjoy himself as well.
So that’s that in terms of detailed posts about the baby shower! In time I’ll write some simple DIY tutorials for the decorations and recipes for the food and cocktails, so if there’s something you’re interested in particularly, let me know!
Typing up all of this has really whet my appetite, and seeing as I bought an adorable cookbook by the wonderful Sanja Mijac (I have to brag because I’m absolutely amazed by the book and her as well), I’m off to the kitchen!
All my love,