Thursday, November 17, 2011



I'm currently in the process of preparing for a gathering (read: party - but I say 'gathering' so the neighbours don't complain) for my 20th birthday...tomorrow! I'm a domestic goddess at heart and I secretly love planning events like these. There are a lot more things I'd like to share (like how I'm keeping the party super environmentally friendly) but here are some prep shots and the menu for now. I've kept the food really simple & easy because there will be about 40+ people and I'd like to not be in the kitchen all night! Hopefully the weather will be nice and warm (unlike Sydney's weather today) so we might even be able to go for a swim in the pool...

BYO drinks

Water in glass bottles

Juice, soft drinks, mineral water

Mini bruschettas

Focaccia strips w/:
pesto dip, hummus, beetroot dip,
garlic & herb dip,
oil/ balsamic/ dukkah

Peanuts in shell

Soy snacks




Crusty rolls

Herb sausages

Ham off the bone

Red onion relish


Baby spinach

Whole grain mustard


BBQ & tomato sauce

Salad: roast pumpkin, rocket, feta,
walnuts, red onion & pesto dressing

Salad: roast tomato, baby spinach, peas, pine nuts,
parmesan, red onion & reduced balsamic

Salad: couscous, cumin chickpeas, curry, coriander,
shaved almond, raisin, red onion & yoghurt dressing


Flourless chocolate cake

Coconut cake

Mango cake

Vanilla ice cream

Strawberries, watermelon, rockmelon


  1. i care! the menu sounds amazing.

    happy birthday lovely. have a great party.

    Mel x

  2. Oh my goodness. This all sounds so good, and I must say I feel instantly in tune with your cooking style! The menu is scarily similar to how I would plan for an ideal 'gathering' (hah I love the avoidance of the word 'party' too)...

    You have a lovely blog.
    Emma x

  3. I only just turned twenty too and I had a dinner party on my deck with candles every where. This menu sounds amazing! I bet it was delish.

    So happy I found your blog.

    Pretty sure "Design, food, travel, bikes, fashion. Appreciator of all things aesthetically pleasing." is what I live for.