BY VALERIE BELDEN WILDER I Claverack, New York I Sunday, 17 July 2016
IT GOES BOTH WAYS
Here I am again, at my tiny, beloved, red-brick church. Today we had a luncheon after our meetings to celebrate Thing 1’s high school graduation. Here’s what we served:
Sliced Deli Chicken
Cashew Cauliflower Pasta Salad
Fruit Salad Baskets with Mint and Sprite
Chips with Guacamole and Salsa
Purple Party Punch
Strawberry Lemon Torte
Italian Pastry Platter
Japanese Pocky Sticks
It was perfect, it really was. I was up in the night, literally, carving fruit baskets: two made of watermelons, four of cantaloupe halves, and three made of pineapples cut the tall way. The fourth one didn’t make it and the green part fell off.
I figured why should I spring for table decorations when fruit is so beautiful?
After everyone was sitting down and starting to eat, I stood at the front of the room by the buffet and looked down at the three tables. There was a beautiful and lovely line of jewel-like fruit which seemed to stretch for miles and looked sooo pretty. I decided on the spot to definitely do this again!
I got the idea because of the too-round watermelons, you know. Strangely, the Price Chopper in Ghent didn’t have the oval-shaped watermelons I wanted to make baskets for centerpieces, so in order for the tables to not look so empty, I had to make more baskets, out of cantaloupes and pineapples.
And I’m glad I did. I got the pineapple idea from seeing a photo of Jackie and JFK sitting at their wedding reception table. Not sure if I would do it again though, it was a lot of work for not very much pineapple. I might just replace the pineapples with bowls of strawberries and cherries on ice and banana halves, still in their peels…
WANDERING YOUNG MAN
We ran completely out of chicken (should have gotten three or four instead of just two) and the chips and guacamole were decimated, but we still had plenty of Cashew Cauliflower Pasta Salad and Purple Party Punch and assorted desserts left over. Can I tell you I’ve been dreaming of an Italian Pastry Platter since I saw one last year, right before Thing 2’s Baptism Luncheon?
SCROLLIN’ ALONG II
Nothing makes me happier than knowing my sister and I pulled off this party, mainly just the two of us, with some help from Mom, who balled cantaloupe, sliced green onions, cut grapes in half, and broke up cauliflower unto bite-sized chunks. We treated those nice people at my church to a lovely meal before they ventured home that day after services and it felt great.
And, most importantly, Thing 1 knew he was loved by people in two different states, was the star of the party, and ate it all up in typical teenage fashion.
Many of the same people were there who attended Thing 2’s Baptism Luncheon a year ago. D, my mom’s bestfriend, and K and L, who are sisters-in-law. And don’t forget B.
B, who cheerfully worked on the platform for my new four-poster bed (twice!) and then chatted with us on the screened-in porch for hours. B, who invited Thing 2 to a Boy Scout bike event at the troop of which he is assistant Scout Master, and then (twice!) hauled around a bike he gave us last year in order to get the back tire fixed. Then, he also went out of his way to pick up my boys and me to go bowling with his delightful daughter, C.
They were all there and I loved cooking for them. How I love these people.
Many people complimented my on the spread. But the remark I liked the best was when my dad said he didn’t think anyone had ever seen a Linger Longer quite like that.
The room was indeed, once again, always and forever, small and warm and full of love.
YESTERDAY WAS KINDERGARTEN
GRAMPY’S HANDS/PROUD LUCY
BEST FRIENDS/CAROL’S HOURGLASS
DIPPIN’ LEFT, SETH STYLE
MY JUST DESSERTS
This post was completed in West Valley City, UT I Thursday, 21 July 2016
REFERENCED POSTS AND RECIPES
Thing 2’s Baptism Luncheon:
Featured 14 July 2015 @ My Copper Kitchen
Purple Party Punch:
Featured 14 February 2015 @ My Copper Kitchen’s blog launch
Featured 4 May 2015 @ My Copper Kitchen
Cashew Cauliflower Pasta Salad:
Featured 24 May 2015 @ My Copper Kitchen