All of our birthdays are in the winter except for our youngest, Charisse. She decided August was the perfect month to make her appearance and her presence known in the family. Week before last we celebrated her birthday and finally I’m sharing the deets and pictures here. It’s going to take two posts to show you all of the pictures so this first one is all about the food and boy was there lots of it. Pretty much what you would expect from me for this Down Home Birthday Celebration.
Months ago I knew that she wanted gumbo. Thank goodness for air conditioning. Whenever I make gumbo at home there are always two pots, one with shellfish and one without. Charisse is allergic to shellfish so I go to great lengths to make sure that all serving utensils are kept separate. I also put aside a smaller pot just for her in case there is a mix up. When gumbo is on the menu there isn’t a need for anything else savory, you have everything you need in one dish.
My girls and I always start a Pinterest board when we’re planning celebrations and they come in handy. I will admit though that sometimes we don’t always make the things we pin. This time however I did make two things from the pins that were saved. So here’s the menu.
The vibe I was going for was down home/country. For the table I used by wood-look photography backdrop for the base layer and overlaid it with a red checkered cloth.
Hubby’s handwriting is much better than mine so I had him write the greeting on a chalkboard for the back of the table.
The showpiece of this dessert table was the Chocolate Overload Cake. It was three layers, two chocolate and one vanilla. I filled and frosted it with a dark chocolate buttercream frosting. Then came the really decadent part. A silk smooth chocolate ganache was poured over the top of this tall cake and coaxed over the sides to drip. Oh those drips were amazing! As if that wasn’t enough it was time for the overload. Lots and lots of chocolate candy. Needless to say this cake went fast.
Gabbi was my helper in the kitchen that day and she made the Orange Creamsicle Dip. It was a mixture of whipped topping, marshmallow cream and orange juice. It really did taste like an Orange Creamsicle. For the fruit I hit the easy button and bought a fruit tray from the grocery store and sat in on a wicker charger. We put the dip in a white bowl and then placed the bowl in a mini red colander. Speaking of hitting the easy button, Tortilla Chips and store bought Spinach Dip. I used the same white bowl and red mini colander as I did for the fruit dip.
I started the Ultimate Oreo Poke Cake and let Gabbi finish it. I made a chocolate cake in a square cake pan and also served from it. After I had baked the cake and soaked it with chocolate pudding and hot fudge topping she made the topping. It was a mixture of whipped topping and crushed Oreos. She spread it on top of the cake then cut Oreos in half and placed them on top followed by a hot chocolate fudge drizzle. I place it on a Kraft paper covered box for elevation.
One of her Charisse’s dear friends and her family came and they always love cake truffles so I had to whip up a batch. They were served from a red tiered cake stand. Three over the top chocolate desserts meant we all had a sugar high that night, especially the kiddos. Sorry parents!
Samara, our daughter the cookie queen in Texas, always sends her painted cookies home for each holiday or occasion. These cookies from her brown girl collection are just too cute and so perfect for Charisse. She also sent her sissy some Chocolate Chip oatmeal cookies. None of the cookies went out on the dessert table, they were a special treat just for the birthday girl.
The one thing I didn’t get a picture of was the Basil & Mint Vodka Punch. It went fast! It was a combination of vodka, tonic water, lime juice, and homemade raspberry syrup. After it was mixed I added fresh basil and mint and it smelled divine!
Baby girl was delighted with her birthday celebration and everyone went home full and happy. Next up is the tablescape so stay tuned!
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