Last weekend we trekked to Rhode Island to cater a surprise Birthday party for our son, the oldest!
It all started very innocently, by asking our daughter-in-law what the plans for the weekend were. We suddenly had more free time than we had expected and figured we'd drive up on Friday, and depending on their plans, have a barbecue on Saturday. Within a few hours and a ton of back and forth emails it turned into a surprise party of 20 on Friday. That way our presence would also be a surprise!
Meanwhile the Birthday Boy is inviting people over for Saturday night having no clue as to what's going on. His wife convinced him to come home from his extra job and they'd go out to dinner for Date Night, after dropping the grandsons with a friend! We did successfully surprise him, even though as he's pulling up (the ONLY time in his life he was actually early) he spotted one of the guests walking towards the house carrying wine! Bobby's response was great, he acted confused and said he thought Burke had invited him for Friday not Saturday. Burke's thoughts were that Monica had switched days to surprise him, but still only imagined Bobby and his family were inside!
It was text book surprise, when he walked into a room full of friends and family and the bonus his NY parents! It was great fun, the house had been quickly decorated in a tropical theme to signify the true end of summer!
Here's the menu:
TEQUILA LIME CHICKEN THIGHS W/ROASTED TOMATILLO SAUCE
TACO & TORTILLA FIXIN'S:
BEER MARINATED GRILLED SKIRT STEAK
PERUVIAN AJI VERDE SAUCE
SHREDDED LETTUCE, TOMATOES, GRATED CHEESE
MINI SCALLION CORN MUFFINS
CUBAN STYLE BLACK BEANS & BROWN RICE
SMOKED PAPRIKA ROASTED BABY POTATOES
MEXICAN CREAMED CORN W/CREME FRAICHE & COTIJA CHEESE
TOSSED SALAD W/SHERRY VINAIGRETTE
|The Great Fire Pit|
|Cold Chef Eating|
|Sunset @ the Beach|
|Tailess Kite Flying|