Saturday, August 4, 2012

Another Birthday Celebration

We had such a nice evening last night. We celebrated my dear friend's birthday at our house. Just the 4 of us on a beautiful summer night. I wanted to have them here for dinner because I enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of eating in the backyard as opposed to going to a restaurant.
We started with an Aperol Spritz. If you are not familiar with this drink, you should try it. It's a simple one and so cool and refreshing on a hot summer night.

We went on to enjoy a charcuterie platter and some of my home cured olives.

The dinner menu was sort of a rustic Italian theme and it turned out really good, if I do say so myself. We started out with a Caprese salad made with my home grown tomatoes, basil and buffalo mozzarella cheese and a mache' salad with a simple vinaigrette dressing.
We had baby lamb chops a la Chef Evan's recipe, a Zucchini Rice Gratin  that I saw on Smitten Kitchen's blog, and a yummy roasted corn salad that I found on Call me daring, but I like to try new to me recipes on my guests. 

Like I said, the evening was beautiful and the sky was turning a beautiful shade of lavender as we sat down to dinner.
For dessert I made the mini sweet tarts again, this time with peaches and blueberries, served with vanilla ice cream.
Plenty of wine was drank as we sat and talked until nearly 1 in the morning.
The highlight of the evening for me was giving my friend her birthday gift.
You might remember this quilt.

I made it with the intention of giving it to Kathy for her 60th birthday. She has been my friend since we were 11 years old and I thought the Retro Flowers theme and Malka's fabrics just represented our life growing up in the 1960's. 

the big reveal

The yellow fabric reminded us of the matching dresses we made in 7th grade

It was a lovely evening and the dishes waited until this morning. Clean up was actually quite easy.

Thanks for stopping by,



Leanne said...

Clearly she loves it! And you both look wonderful on such a nice evening.

Katy Cameron said...

Sounds like a yummy evening, and she looks absolutely blown away with her gift. You're turning into quite the party animal these days ;o)

Jennifer said...

how lovely! Who wouldnt love a gift like that! Beautiful as always Di

Dianne Neale said...

Sounds like a wonderful evening. Isn't it a pleasure to make and give something as wonderful as this?

Mrs Flying Blind... said...

What a lucky friend x

Annabella said...

It looks a wonderful evening Di, and how lucky is your friend not only to have that beautiful quilt but you as a friend. I love the reverse flower - it makes a beautiful quilt that extra special. As always, I love your attention to detail in everything you do...whether it's sewing or cooking for friends. BTW, your cooking reminds me of Ina G!

Run Quilt Knit Write said...

OOOOh I bet she was so thrilled! What a fabulous gift!!

Geri said...

Sounds like a wonderful time and what a menu! Now you know why I don't cook...I could never measure up to you =) I just had a flashback of the dresses you made that were matching when I saw that yellow fabric...funny how that was in my brain but it was just triggered!

Danny Heyen said...

So sweet! I bet your friends love all the quilts you've been making them!