Saturday, August 27, 2011

My Birthday Party

So I had a very nice birthday party last weekend. I invited my three closest female friends and we had a tea party like last year. We giggled and talked about girly things, and had tea, cupcakes, meringues, strawberries, cucumber sandwiches and crackers. Then we looked at a selection of fabrics from which I chose for my fashion major friend Tiffany to make a skirt for me. Can't wait to see how it starts to turn out! :)

I made chai cupcakes with a honey buttercream frosting, and they were very nice. To decorate them I used some sugar crystals and candy pearls.

Everyone loved my meringues, and I was so glad I was able to actually somewhat succeed making meringues, unlike the first time I tried to make them maybe a year ago and vowed never to try again. It's a good thing I gave it another shot.

I just love strawberries. They are so summery and refreshing. I had a whole bunch of strawberries before my party too, and I used them for a strawberry coulis to go with a previously made pound cake, plus I had some with crepes.

 The whole spread... and me in the background getting something I guess, haha.

Yay, more presents :). 

The table was kind of similar to last year, but it was nice to try new treats to eat and share. My friends are the best. :)

Hope everyone's enjoying their last few days/weeks of summer! Winding up my summer has been busy but nice. I saw a bunch of family today for my grandpa's memorial service (mom's side), and tomorrow's a family reunion with my dad's side of the family. As we all used to say at the Montessori school where I worked... "we are thankful for our food, friends and family!"


  1. Hi Jen!

    What a great post! So many yummy treats for the "Sweet Tooth" to choose from. Happy you mastered the meringues challenge, and that everyone loved them. That's the spirit! Hat tip to your friends for making your special occasion a memorable experience. Many happy returns...

    Sounds like the month of August has been a whirlwind of touching base with family and friends, catching up and making memories to treasure. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead--safe travels to you and yours if travel is part of your Labor Day weekend plans. Cheers!

  2. Hi Al,
    August was busy but I don't expect September to be quite so busy. Hopefully I'll be working and still have some time to relax.

  3. Good Morning, Jen!

    Always a healthy boost when one is able to balance work and relaxation. Hope this unique dynamic plays out in September and beyond for you.

    Back next week to see what special menu treat starts off the new school year...all my best to you and "Miss P".

    Wishing you and yours a happy & safe holiday weekend. Carpe Diem!

  4. Actually, sadly, I lost my job at the school. They had to let me go because of low enrollment. Hoping to get a new job tutoring after school at the Good Samaritan Shelter though, so we'll see if that works out. :)

  5. Hi Jen!

    It's a sign of the challenging economic times our country presently faces, where Seniors and young children often have to go without appropriate services, not to mention the benefit of great people like yourself, who could otherwise impact their lives in a positive and meaningful way. Hope your good deed to offer tutoring services at the Good Samaritan Shelter leads to some just-compensation at some point. Meanwhile, thanks for being part of the solution to build America up again...hopefully your tutoring inspires students to accomplish more in life.

    Back later this week to determine what's next on tap at your Epic Treats. Have a great week ahead, Jen.

  6. Thanks for the comforting words, Al. I will do my best to find a job that I enjoy. :)