Clementine Celebration: A Little Sunshine
This is just a short post about how great it feels to have extra effort really pay off. I mean really, really pay off. In the sort of way that leaves you out a few extra bucks but with a smile.
In March--before I got my fancy camera or could ever remember to take pictures of all my favourite details--I helped plan a quiet, low-key little surprise party for a family member. Originally meant to just be a surprise lunch with the whole lot of us (we have a ginormous family), I was compelled to throw in some details a la Garnish. For those who don't know about Garnish, it's an amazing source for ideas and products to jazz up your everyday life. There's no way around loving them.
Inspired by a softening of the colours in the Union Jack for this special British lady, lunch was served in large gable boxes with pre-made everything. Delicious and healthy wraps, named "Suzy-Q's Sunshine Wraps" after the birthday girl, were served with a generous side of pasta salad (general wrap recipe below). The meal was designed by yours truly with easy substitutions in mind for our vegetarian and vegan guests. And, of course, there were itty bitty kids meals with vanilla cranberry parfaits, chicken nuggets and apple sauce. But, of course, things happened so fast I lost track of the pictures (and that will never happen again!)
What I learned? Going the extra mile is totally worth it. As if a surprise gathering wasn't enough, "Suzy-Q" loved every detail, down to the paper straws. I also learned that making mass quantities of pasta salad for upwards of ten people requires a very very very big pot...
For the presentation conscious, cut large squares of parchment paper. Once the wraps are made, roll neatly in the parchment paper and seal with ribbon or tape. Voila! A super cute, super healthy lunch.