(yea, I can plan the alliteration game).
Hello loves! How is everyone doing today? I’m back to real life after the long weekend, unfortunately…but at least it’s a short week
So I’ve recently figured out that my perfect weekend formula involves some business combined with some relaxing. Too much of one makes me feel like I’ve missed out on the other, so I’m happy when I can balance those two out in one weekend. This last weekend was the perfect example – I had a wedding reception on Saturday to attend, and then spent most of Sunday and Monday relaxing and having some family time. Perfect!
So, today I’ll talk about the wedding reception. The couple is my best friend’s sister and her now-husband. They actually got married in Mexico recently, but they held a party at home so those of us who couldn’t attend (in my case, couldn’t afford the trip or the time off) were still able to celebrate with them. The bestie and I have been friends for a decade, so of course, I’ve known her sister for years and couldn’t be happier for her! They threw a big backyard party bringing together friends and family from both sides of the wedding.
They definitely knew how to show people a good time! This helped:
On the list of liquids that I hate (joining coffee and beer), I cannot stand Caesars. Everyone tries to convince me that they’re awesome, but nope…can’t handle it. That punch, however…another story. So good.
And they rented a photobooth, which I’ve decided needs to make an appearance at basically every large party and event I throw in the future. I managed to snap a couple of pictures, but I’m afraid/intrigued/excited to see the ones from the company.
But clearly, I need to highlight the food. First off, this may be the biggest veggie plate I’ve ever seen:
And then there was real, homemade smoked salmon. One of the uncles apparently has a massive smoker, so he contributed this as an appetizer. Smoked salmon is definitely high up on my list of favourite foods, so with the cream cheese and the salmon it was incredible.
A lot of that damage may have been done by me
And you can’t go wrong with a pico de gallo:
Plus there was a spinach dip with chunks of bread and party mix (of which I immediately picked out all the pretzels because I adore them). And that was just the appetizers. Pretty safe to say that everyone ate well!
(couldn’t resist…I think he’s enjoying it?)
And then there was dinner:
3 different kinds of smoked meat (turkey, beef and pork) and a whole bunch of salads: Caesar, spinach, quinoa, Asian, and potato.
A few chunks of cheese bread, pieces of smoked meat, spinach salad, quinoa salad and potato salad. I would have thought that with my love of all things pulled pork I would have been all over that, but the roast beef was actually my favourite one of the three. And the quinoa salad – oh goodness, must recreate. From what I can tell, it had beets, cranberries, roasted zucchini, cherry tomatoes, and cheese added. I could have just eaten a plate of that for dinner, it was incredible.
Then there was dessert:
(isn’t that a cute cake?)
My favourite part of any party/BBQ, of course.
I had some fruit, a homemade butter tart, and a piece of some sort of ice cream dessert. I also had a few bites of an unpictued Hello Dolly.
I’m not usually the biggest fan of anything pastry-based (pies and tarts…lemon meringue pie is whole different story though) but those tarts were amazing. The tart shells were quite literally, perfect. Amazingly flaky.
Apparently, they’re Grandma’s recipe:
I may have to track her down for that, because they were amazing!
So, it was definitely a fun night. I probably drank a little more than I needed to and my stomach wasn’t 100% pleased with me the next day, but it was 100% worth it. Also: I probably got the best sleep of my life that night – lately I’ve been averaging 7-7 1/2 hours and that night I was out for a solid 9. It was pretty glorious.
Oh, and I cannot handle how cute this kid is:
One of the bride’s friend’s son. Such a little cutie!
Ugh, back to reality. Have a good one!
<— Are you a fan of Caesars?
<— Have you had a lot of weddings to go to this summer?
<— Pie fan? What’s your favourite kind?
<— Ever made a homemade pie or tart crust? I can do a pretty decent pie crust, but those tarts put me to shame.