Yesterday, my seventeen year old and her friend (French exchange student) helped me with cooking for her party. She will turn eighteen this Saturday! I can't believe it! Anyway, we will be celebrating with lots of family and friends. I have decided it should be possible to cater for forty or fifty people without buying pre-prepared or packaged food. Now I am in the process of proving it!
We made a massive batch of chow mein, which is now in the freezer, heaps of little quiches and lots of mini pizzas. I will be making more pizzas and a lentil stew during the week.
For nibbles I will be buying sliced french sticks, coating lightly with oil and baking until crisp. I will also crisp up some flat bread in the oven. These will be to use with some tzatziki and a cream cheese dip.
I will scour the op shops this week for dinner plates and glasses. I'm happy to wash dishes for the sake of creating no rubbish. I am going to buy paper napkins but I hope to compost them. I'll take a bucket and label it scraps and napkins.
I have all my brilliant ideas late in the piece, but I would like to buy some glass paint and turn the op shop glasses into keepsakes. I thought, if I have time, I could write "18" and my daughters name on each of them. What a unique party favour when they come in all different shapes and sizes!!!
I am really looking forward to this party now that we have begun to prepare. At first I was nervous of the workload involved in doing an earth friendly party but, with a bit a planning behind us, I don't think it will be too hard!