lundi, avril 30, 2007

Surprise Garden Party for His 41st

Strawberry Cake courtesy of the Nährings

He turned 41 last week, but we couldn't celebrate since he was in Italy. I was tempted to just let things be, since nobody ever bothered to do anything for mine anyway. But I've always done something for his Birthday and so last minute it was, but it got done anyway.

We were supposed to go to Cristina's place in Karlsruhe, but I proposed that they come to ours instead. Then I emailed the Sommerhalters like 3 days before and the Nährings 2 days before and got them to join us. Hubby of course was in the dark, he thought that only the Dugands were coming for a simple lunch.

He was swimming in the indoor pool with the kids when the first guests arrived. As the Dugands are usually late for their appointments, he thought that he could afford to go ahead and take a dip. And the good thing was that of course he didn't bother to come out of the water when he heard the bell ring.

It was Stéphanie (the Dugands' eldest who came by on her own and she was starting to panic when she saw that the rest of her family had not arrived yet), followed closely by the Nährings. Then the Sommerhalters arrived and Hubby must then start to question about things as too many times the doorbell had rung. He must have also heard the noise made by the newly-arrived children (we had 11 kids in total yesterday), Mr Nähring's piano-playing...Voilà, that's why we called it a Surprise Birthday Party.

As you know, I do not have a BBQ pit. But I got the Sommerhalters to bring theirs plus the meat to be grilled. This Made in America charcoal pit shaped like an apple. The Dugands came with Cristina's famous Empanadas and Marinated Chicken (for BBQ). The Nährings brought the Birthday Cake.

Myself, it worked to my advantage that Hubby had his Team Building and could only fly home on Saturday night. I had some time to prepare a few dishes beforehand, e.g. Taboulé, a Chocolate-Coffee-Banana Cake, Thai Green Curry Chicken...and put them away in the second fridge before he could notice them. Then, it also worked out that he should decide to sleep in on Sunday morning, and I could get the Tomato Salad, Fruit Salad, Plain Rice, Strawberry-flavoured Whipped Cream done. He only saw me prepare the Foie Gras (Duck Liver) Toasts, the Prawn and Leek Risotto and the Spaghetti Aglio e Olio. Whew!

Wasabi Peas courtesy of One Wheel

Cristina's Mexican and Colombian Empanadas


Tomato Salad (Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar from Modena)

Udo's BBQ Treat

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio (a huge success)

Prawn and Leek Risotto

Thai Green Chicken Curry (another success with the guests)

Fruit Salad (with Mint Leaves and Grand Marnier)

We had to keep the bulk of the kids away from the Playroom though, for if the older ones started to play the Playstation, the younger ones would turn up and smash the Plasma TV like they nearly did the last time. We have a rather big garden with a swing and a slide and the weather was really good, so you wonder why those kids wanted to stay indoors, don't you?

Prezzies for the Bday Boy

Towards the end of the day, Maria asked me to take out some of my recent purchases so that they could all admire them. That wasn't a good idea as I've been trying not to catch too much of Hubby's attention on them. But to say no would be to arouse too much suspicion so I took out a few items...

Nähring Mother and Son

As expected, Hubby started to sharpen up after the 3rd or 4th item. He slumbered through the Turquoise Betty Barclays leather sandals, the Marilyn Monroe-style FREE beige dress, he was happy that I was showing off the Tahitan Pearls he got me...but he perked up when I brought out the Escada Sunglasses and the Hugo Boss Leather Dress.

"Since when do you put on Sunglasses like those?"

"What's the point of paying so much for a pair of Sunglasses that you'll never wear?"

"I've never seen you in anything that you've bought in the past 3 years..."

"When you finally take them out it's usually to give them away!"

Ahem. Maybe it's time to mention that unlike my dear sister who loves putting on whatever she has just purchased, I have a weird tendancy to only put on something that I've kept inside my wardrobe for at least a few months. I dislike wearing something newly acquired. This applies to clothes, shoes, jewellery, pots and pans and almost everything else. C'est comme ça.

I told him that soon he'll be seeing me in some of my purchases from last year as they've stayed long enough in my wardrobe. I forgot to tell him that he shouldn't be complaining, since it is this weird tendancy of mine that made it possible for me to accept his need to buy hundreds of bottles of wine and keep them for years in his cellar...

5 commentaires:

Dutchess a dit…

What a spread you've got going there!

Btws.... I want to see that leather dress!!!! Sounds kinky. *giggles*

Beau Lotus a dit…

It is actually. You'll have to be OK about exposing half of your breasts when you're in it :-).

I worry more for the sensibilities of those who'll be crossing my path, of course :-).

I love it, but must lose 5 Kgs in order to really be comfy in it.

One Wheel a dit…

wah the Prawn and Leek Risotto and
Thai Green Chicken Curry looks really yummy! you kept the wasbi peas till now ah! you like it? must send you more! :)

Priscilla Tews a dit…

hi dear Serene! Thought I wld drop u a msg here instead of replying on my blog. Hey sure! My school ends at 1300 so I think 1400 is fine at your place. The only thing is that 9 May is my husband´s birthday - quite near to your husband´s as a matter of fact. I think lunch should be fine, don´t think I´ll be planning a last-min surprise birthday thing. Hubby doesn´t want to do anything, but I dunno if the first birthday when we are married shd be spent "not doing anything" already leh. So still thinking. In anycase, take it that I´m CAN go ok? If I can´t, I´ll inform u asap. Latest by the weekend, is that fine?

Oh, btw laksa branch would simply be AWESOME! I was already thinking of asking u for a branch when I read yr blog abt u trying to resusciate yr plant!

Beau Lotus a dit…

One Wheel ah, the airmail very expensive for wasabi peas leh. If I have to choose, I'll go for Brahim's Assam Kuah Pedas!

Pris, let's hope that I can pass you the branch before it dies out too. BTW, you can always come for lunch, go swim with your Hubby and then go for candle light dinner with him somewhere. Weinsteiger in Stuttgart (U-5/6/7 : Dobelstrasse) is quite good but will come up to around 100 Euros for 2 min. Then do a party with family and friends on the weekend.