HIM celebrated his 40th birthday this year… amazing, isn’t it, how he gets older each year while I remain the same age? 🙂
A more serious note – I wanted him to celebrate. As the most selfless and generous person that I know, I knew that he wouldn’t even think about wanting a birthday party. He hates having a fuss made of him and is definitely not someone who likes to be the centre of attention. Which was all the more reason for me to put together a surprise party for him!
But how was I going to organize something for 20+ people AND keep it a secret?? I tried a few restaurants, but I had to keep in mind that there would be a toddler (2 years old and a bit of an adventurer) plus an infant (<1 year) in the mix. Meaning that venues needed to be child-friendly and/or private function space. Eventually, I gave up on the idea of a late Sunday afternoon party at any establishment and decided to host it in our own apartment. This meant that everyone could be more relaxed, kick their shoes off and let their hair down.
But now I had to think about catering. How was I going to be able to cook for all these people without HIM suspecting? Plus I would be travelling for 3 days in Spain the week before. Not to mention having a little one around my legs on the days leading up to the party… ?!? Did I mention that I wanted this to be a surprise??
Maurice came to the rescue! Sanne who started Breakfast Delivery in Brussels expanded her weekend breakfast offerings by also offering lunchtime catering (which a fair amount of businesses have jumped on board) and with this, she has also started catering events… hence the new company name & logo.
We started off emailing ideas around, then she came over to the apartment to do a site visit with her partner. They kindly also organized the ice, ’40’ Balloons and flowers plus managed the delivery/set up on the day. All I had to do was provide the plates, cutlery, glassware & drinks. This was the most stressfree event that I have ever hosted and trust me, I have hosted many many (many ….) parties.
Lets just say that HIM was truly surprised when he walked in … and in a good way! The food was delicious – and there was MORE than enough… in fact, everyone went home with a container for the next day!
For Apero => there was shrimp springrolls with mango dip, Bruchetta with brie, sundried tomatoes, rucola, nuts and honey.
For the lunch buffet portion => there was salmon tartare with fresh herbs, chicken meatballs with zucchini, Pork cheek stew, Potato salad, Greek Couscous salad, Grilled zucchini & aubergine lentil salad with spinach & feta, plus a Tomato and green bean salad
Dessert buffet was the real show stopper => a 4 layer cake with cream and berries; lavender & lemon mini cakes; individual panna cotta’s with raspberries and individual chocolate mousse pots with blueberries. PLUS gorgeous cheese platters with grapes & bread.
I highly recommend using them for your next catered event!