Jan 17, 2012

Sunflower Inspired Send Off Party

I work for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and have been with them for 8 years - hard to believe it has been that long.  An awesome organization to work for and a great cause.  You can't spend a week at MDA Summer Camp, an evening at a fundraising gala or a sunny day at one of our charity golf tournaments and not make some great friends.  Two of my dearest friends there are Ruthie and Theresa.  Ruthie, was leaving us for another position and Theresa threw an awesome send off party for her.  She makes awesome desserts and sets quite a beautiful table.  I couldn't wait to highlight it on My Everyday Exceptional.  Enjoy!

Theresa writes...
Although we were all sad to no longer be working with Ruthie, we were so happy for her to embark on a new career and wanted to celebrate this new chapter in her life. In the spirit of celebration, I decided to throw her a dessert and champagne party. I had been eager to try my hand at a fabulous dessert table, and this was the perfect opportunity.

Ruthie has a great sense of style, so I knew the beautiful color combination of yellow and gray would suit this party perfectly. I kept the decor simple: a yellow and white chevron table runner, yellow, gray & white fabric Poms (find tutorial here http://www.oncewed.com/24140/wedding-blog/diy-wedding/diy-fabric-poms/ although I used Styrofoam balls instead), and a photo display of pictures from her 8 years working a MDA. I added some small vases of sunflowers and created printed menu cards using scrapbook paper.

Now for the desserts...yum! A combination of mini treats to include:
- apple pies and peach pies made in 4oz mason jars (almost too cute to eat!)
- oreo truffles
- lemon cheesecakes topped with a dollop of lemon curd and fresh blueberries - the favorite dessert of the night
- rainbow fruit skewers (sooo pretty)

- red velvet push cakes with cream cheese frosting (better suited for a kids party but I had bought these push cake containers months before and I was just dying to finally use them)
- and finally, tiramisu shooters with a chocolate star garnish

Served with a tasty (and deceptively deadly) champagne punch!

It was an awesome party - since I was pregnant I enjoyed every last bite!

If you want any of the recipes, just let me know!

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