One of the girls I work with is getting married this May. All of us in the office wanted to throw her a bridal shower or bachelorette party but we didn't want anything too traditional or explicit. Our bride Ashley, is a self proclaimed novice when it comes to cooking and planning dinner parties, so we thought it would be fun to surprise her with what we call Housewife Bootcamp. So I planned the meal and my talented friend and event designer Tina Droumtsekas planned the flowers and decor. We thought the title Housewife Bootcamp was both funny and ironic as neither of us could be described as a typical housewife!
We started by giving Ashley a beautiful cookbook entitled Two in the Kitchen. A Cookbook for Newlyweds. We cooked recipes out of the book so that she could take it home with her and cook with confidence.
Everyone helped prepare the meal and we made sure Ashley was following along very closely:)
Since Ashley's husband-to-be does most of the cooking in the house, we stuck with a theme of black and white for the gift and the decor. For the party, we added a pop of pink in honour of the bride! Tina did a lesson in flower arranging and tablescaping and the results were stunning.
The menu for the evening began with a Charcuterie Platter.
Followed by a Roasted Beet Salad with Herbed Goat Cheese, Grilled Striploin Steak with Chimichurri Sauce, Grilled Asparagus and Roasted Potatoes.
We finished with a Apple Rhurbarb Galette with a Marscapone Whipped Cream for dessert.
In keeping with the PINK theme, one of the guests, Alanna created this beautiful and refreshing cocktail. She let me steal her recipe!
Watermelon Lemonade Cocktail
Makes 6 drinks
1 small watermelon, cubed
1 bottle (750mL) sparkling lemonade
6 oz vodka
- Place watermelon in a large bowl and mash with a potato masher. Strain into a large jug using a fine mesh strainer.
- Add the lemonade and the vodka to the jug and serve over ice. Garnish with fresh mint.