Let's start with appetizers: one brought (and store-bought) and one made. We served a big, beautiful cheese, cracker and fruit plate on my Boos block - my favorite way to serve a variety of cheeses - courtesy of my mother-in-law. And I made deviled eggs, topped with paprika and chopped chives, from my garden.
Erin): Trader Joe's sells hardboiled eggs, de-shelled, in bags of six. It's a little more money, but it saves time, warped eggs and headache. You will have perfectly cooked, peeled eggs. It's pretty awesome. // Serveware: Egg Platter from Crate & Barrel.
We served the main course buffet style, and we all ate on our knees... or standing up... or chasing after kids. It was very casual, food included.
+ Sliders sandwiched in hawaiian rolls with sharp cheddar cheese and assorted toppings: carmelized onions, tomato slices, ketchup and hot chipotle mayo
+ Lobster and Shells pasta salad
+ Melon ball skewers
Home Goods; toppings in C&B's 3-Part Server; Lobster and shells served in Target's Home Basic White Serving Bowl (possibly my favorite bowl in my whole house).
Drinks were also serve-yourself and included a big pitcher of red orange margaritas, subbing red navals for blood oranges; a pitcher of citrus water with lemons and limes; blood orange soda (a Whole Foods Italian soda); and assorted beers and wines.
Shortcut: Have you seen the selection of Italian sodas at Whole Foods? Me thinks a bottle (or two) is a great mocktail addition to the beverage tub.
Dessert was particularly special; Mari's baptism day was also her grandmother's birthday, so we topped these angel food cupcakes with whipped cream - garnished with candied oranges - with a candle and sang to her, with all her grandkids on her lap.
Cupakes Serveware: PB's Great White 3-Tier Stand.