Okay. I know. I’ve been gone a bit. I had a few scheduled end-of the month blog posts already written and in the outbox, but this past week has been strictly about THE PARTY. In the end, counting myself, Josh (briefly on lunch break), and Muffin, we had eight attendees. And a lot of fun. However, my parties never really go on schedule (no matter how much planning goes into them).
My mom and aunt arrived at 12:30, just after I snapped these photos and before I finished making the scones.
My peep/bestie arrived shortly after one with one of her best coworker friends. My best coworker friend arrived around 2. It was a very relaxed, casual atmosphere. Of course, I went into manic mode first thing that morning, something I always strive not to do that always ends up happening.
Um…we may have forgotten about the bingo and drink-making until it was time for people to leave. It was fun to visit and talk about her works and where the recipes come from (especially the Fudge Cupcakes that I was so so so excited about getting to make)! Muffin loved all the taste testing this week (although I probably shouldn’t have given him a cupcake as a bedtime snack). It was almost chocolate-coma inducing.
It seemed as if the week passed in a blur of work and party preparations, especially the baking. On Monday, I baked the Chocolate Chip Crunch Cookies. On Tuesday, I made the Boursin cheese and the Fresh Blackberry Cookies. On Wednesday (after being ill–not contagious), I made the cupcake part of the cupcakes. On Thursday, I made the frosting for the cupcakes and frosted them. I also made the word search and the other printables. On Friday (after working the basketball game…we won! Go Lions!) I put together the goody bags.
Yesterday was the party, so I blitz cleaned in the morning (with Josh’s help), mixed up the scones, and placed them in mini muffin tins and regular size cupcake tins (two cookie scoops in a cupcake tin, one scoop in a mini muffin tin). Then, I set up the tablescape in earnest. Like a crazy person.
We have lots of leftovers. They will probably be lunches/breakfasts throughout the week. Muffin had the bag of fruit for his bedtime snack. Josh took the bag of veggies with him this morning for a work snack.
Muffin’s behavior before and at the party? Um… We’ll just leave it at um. Today’s behavior hasn’t gone so great either. As I type this, I have him lying down for a nap (unsuccessfully).
Verdict on the House Party? I think I will not sign up for one again, at least during the school year. It was too much prep (for me, who adores Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swensen series) in an attempt to do the party justice for during the school year (and having to navigate work and planning and prepping the party). Or maybe I just made it more difficult than it had to be. (Those who know me can stop nodding at any time)
Here is the recipe for the Homemade Boursin Cheese (heavily adapted from Food.com):
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 8 ounces butter, at room temperature (unsalted)
- 16 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature (I used Neufchatel)
- 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese ( I used grana padano grated with the MicroPlane)
- 1 teaspoon dried dill weed, crumbled
- 1/2 teaspoon basil, dried and crushed
- 1/2 teaspoon chives, dried and crushed
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground on a fairly coarse grind
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
- Mix cheeses, butter and garlic using a hand mixer.
- Add remaining ingredients, folding in the herbs and spices until fully incorporated.
- Refrigerate to allow flavors to meld.
- To serve, bring to room temperature.
Serving suggestions: on crackers, as a sandwich filling for tea sandwiches (maybe with cucumbers or watercress…although I’ve never tasted watercress), fill a hallowed out cucumber (with seeds removed) and slice into rounds, stuffed into a chicken breast and breaded and baked, as one of the main ingredients of the Cream Cheese and Herb Scones (I used 10 Tablespoons in the recipe).
This stuff is fantastic!
Did you host this (or another) House Party? Let me know by dropping a line below.