The task of hosting the Christmas Party for my work colleagues and their families fell to me a number of years ago, just after we had moved to town. I must have done an okay job, because I've been doing it ever since. Generally we hold the party on the back deck - near to the kitchen, barbeque and pool, but since this year the weather was forecast to be coolish (well too cold to contemplate swimming by anyone over 10), and the garden was looking nicer than usual because of the easing of the water restrictions, we decided on a Garden Party. "Best party ever!" was the guests' consensus, so I guess my idea was a good one!
Since I didn't think to photograph the food, because I was too busy cooking it, here's the menu:
We listened to nice music, we drank fine champagne (or beers - this was an Aussie Barbeque, right!), we talked, and we laughed, and we had a ball.
Cream Cheese Dip with Sundried Tomato and Caper Jam Topping
Spinach and Cheese Dip
Prawn Skewers with Garlic and Chilli Butter
Beef Steaks with a Festive Ginger Balsamic Marinade
Jacket Potatoes with Sour Cream
Pumpkin and Walnut Gratin
Asparagus with a Hollandaise Dipping Sauce
Pavlova served with lashings of Whipped Cream, a pile of Fresh Raspberries and Raspberry Coulis
Homemade Shortbread, Mince Pies, Christmas Cake,
Dutch Ginger Shortbread and Fresh Cherries
Coffee and Tea
And now I'm glad it is over for another year.
PS I need to boast, because I made all that food, and because everyone thought our garden looked good, and everyone had fun and wouldn't go home until the small hours, and that, after all, is one of the signs of a good party, when the guests won't leave at the end. Right?
Okay. Finished showing off now.