Mr. Sweet Sensations had a birthday on Saturday and boy did we have fun! Of course I chose to pull together a fantastic spread for him. However, since we celebrated my birthday recently I thought it best to go easy on the desserts. I covered the table in a blue disposable cloth and hung ribbon streamers in shades of blue on the backdrop.
The Mr.’s hobby is rc helicopters so that was the theme. As tempted as I was to use a couple of his on the table, I quickly canned that idea and used miniature toy ones instead. The mini heli’s were the holders for the food labels. I punched out large blue circles from scrapbook paper, and used the scallop for the food labels and then attached clip art helicopters to them. It was so much fun!! Even more fun was coming up with the names for the labels. I carried the theme even further by using a helicopter term for each one. I’ll post recipes soon. Here’s the menu:
T-Rex Steak, Heli Command Hot Wings, Futaba Flatbread with Hovering Jalapeno Dip, Pitch Meter Potatoes, Ground Effect Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Servo Salad, Aileron Apple Tarts, CG Cream Puffs, and Quad Copter Chocolate Cake. And what’s a buffet for guys without Corona’s? They also were decorated with hang tags with helicopter pics.
His cake was chocolate, iced in chocolate and filled with chocolate mousse. I used rolled buttercream to cut out the circle and the H for the heli landing pad and a helicopter on top completed it.
I used store bought pie shells and cut circles to fit my mini tart pans and blind baked them. I diced apples very small, and tossed them with white and brown sugar, cinnamon, lemon juice and a tad of butter. They simmered in about a half cup of water mixed with a little flour for thickening. Once they were soft I spooned the filling into the shells. Another shortcut was the key lime cream puffs. I found them in the frozen dessert section and figured why not. I find myself doing that more and more lately. It’s a huge timesaver. The apple tarts and cream puffs were on white trays.
For the mini grilled cheese sammies I used sourdough cocktail bread, ham and pepper jack cheese sliced to fit the bread. Cutie Patooties!! They and the sweet onion flatbread were on silver trays.
For the potatoes, I first sliced them super thin and then boiled them. After the boiling came a quick fry to crisp them up a bit. After draining, I added a four cheese blend, half can of cream of chicken soup and a half can of cheddar cheese soup. Spooned them into ramekins and added more cheese on top. The jalapeno dip is a basic buffalo chicken dip with extra jalapenos and onions and more jalapenos for garnish, also baked in ramekins. When I was making it I really thought it was too hot because my lips and eyes were burning. It wasn’t nearly as spicy as those chicken wings. Those babies were a three alarm fire!!! I baked the wings until almost done and then dunked them in sauce and a creole butter sauce. Spicy, salty, fatty all in one and I’ve been drinking water like crazy!
Bagged salad is one of the greatest things since sliced sourdough bread and I just added some to plastic tumblers. The steak was a stand in just for the pictures. It was real just not the one for the Mr. He likes his steak hot off the presses. Our son from Indiana surprised us by showing up for the celebration. Now we rest.