During a conversation with my mum on Sunday morning, she casually mentioned, “Both you and Jasmine seem like the kind who will be hosting a lot of parties in the future.” I found the comment rather amusing, but also rather true, thinking about how I like to play host by organising huge birthday parties.
But this led me to think about the kind of ‘roles’ Dearie and I have enjoyed taking on with our friends and our dates over the past week. This is going to be a 3 part series about the roles we have taken on and the first role would be hosting parties!
Role 1: Host
Event: Cell Group Tea Party
Venue: Jasmine’s place at Cannaville Cannagrill
I am not going to take excessive credit here because really it was Jasmine and her mum who put in the most effort to put together this tea party for 18 (4 guys and 14 girls – if I’m not wrong, Dearie correct me here).
So what did we do as hosts?
Fold meat pies
The preparation work was not easy. Two days before the tea party, Dearie painstakingly folded at least 100 of these meat pies – look at the folds at the edges which hold the filling in. Just like my dearie to always ensure that things are not just functional, but also aesthetically appealing.
(Jasmine says: The first few dozen meat pies that I folded looked tragic- like beetlebugs swarming on a mound of pastry. I’m glad my mum forced me to keep going, and eventually the folding got better:))
Most of the pre-party work on Saturday involved putting things in oven and monitoring,
Yes, Jasmine’s mum owns two ovens and three fridges
While the baking was going on, I was tasked to skewer the chicken sausages with cherry tomatoes:
I did the skewering and Dearie did the arrangement (and yes, there’s Mohawk again, stealing all the attention.)
We had too many sausages to fit into the platter, so we tried arranging some on the cake-stand (shown above), which Dearie bought for her mum last year. Artistic (*ahem*) as it may have been, we decided it was a waste of space and far too out of place – hence we decided to store these excess sausages away and let the guys finish them later.
Auntie made one of her best cakes (in my humble opinion) for the party – carrot cupcakes with cream cheese topping (shown above). She excluded the walnuts on top this time because Gabriel didn’t like it. I quite like the walnuts actually. So here I am, making myself useful by arranging the cakes while Auntie and Jasmine prepare the quiches in the kitchen.
And after a whole morning of work:
The Cannagrille menu:
Cherry tomato and cheese sausage skewers
Roasted chicken wings
Bacon mushroom quiche
Meat pies with flaky puff pastry
Carrot cupcakes topped with cream cheese
Nutella tart (tartella?)
Dearie was hard at work, slicing all the quiches and the Nutella tart (while I spent most of my time chatting with the guys and playing Monopoly Deal. Heh).
Of course, there were others who helped themselves freely to the food:
The boys work for their cakes by sampling local produce (left) and setting up cake stands (right)
Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to finish all the food. We set up a neat little production line at the end of the party, complete with Famous-Amos-like bags, plastic boxes, scotch-tape and those metallic ribbons they use to seal things. And we cleared everything. Amazing!
Reading the above entry might make it seem like I wasn’t really much of a host, but I must say, even if I didn’t play the role well, I certainly was dressed like the host of the party:
Watch out for Part 2 of this series, where we take on the role of Art Critics!