30 April 2012

Not Bad at All

I did it! 
I mean, WE did it.
Prom dinner turned out to be all kinds of fun!
I'm sure it was because I had so much help.

One dad suprised the kids by valet parking.
(worked great with our circle drive)
Another is a professional photographer and so
took shots as they arrived and in groups.  He also
walked around and took pics during dinner and
of the "kitchen help" in action.  I'll get a disc soon
but these are just a few that I snapped quickly.

Dinner was a breeze with so much help.
I ran the kitchen and arranged the plates,
complete with garnishes,
(fresh herbs from garden!)
while the parents took care of serving the courses,
topping off drinks and removing empty dishes.
My husband did a superb job at the grill.
We were all a well-oiled machine!

Candles and freshly-cut roses adorned the tables;
Latin music was playing in the background.

(my daughter)

Our menu:

Tossed Salad
(Kids and parents loved it.  Check it out!)
Rice Pilaf (a parent brought from Chilis restaurant)
Garlic Bread (provided by another parent) 
Choice of cheesecake:
Almond Joy
(oreo & toasted coconut crust; toasted almond & coconut
 in cheesecake, topped with chocolate glaze--sinful!) 

One young man even said it was the best meal
he'd ever had.  I'm sure he was just being
complementary, but these words fell quite
sweetly on Chef's (using that term loosely!) ears!

I got to use my new dinnerware! Had to run to Pier 1 and grab the dessert
plates.  My set is now complete--and I still just love them!

I now have a real appreciation for what
a chef must do to coordinate a meal from
the kitchen.  I've done holiday meals but never
a meal where we've actually served up the
courses for the guests.
True, I kept it very simple but, with a few sous
chefs, I really think I could do this more often! 
What fun!  Who wants to come to dinner?

Moms of teens: 
Do not shy from this adventure! 
It was a total blast!


Debbie said...

Congrats on the job/dinner well done! What a special memory for the kids and parents. That's a gift they should treasure. Baste in the glow because you deserve it.

annemarie said...

You and husband are such wonderful parents - your daughter is beautiful. That chicken recipe sounds delicious.

Katy Cameron said...

Sounds like a fun time was had by all, congrats!

Peppermint Mocha Mama said...

How wonderful that must have been for all of them! You made a very special that night - kudos to you and your 'staff'.

Amy said...

Glad to know you got to finish out your dish set :) Looks great! Can't wait to see the rest of the photos!

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