Une belle fete pour une belle fille

This party makes me happy.  Throwing a birthday brunch for my dear friend Ahna truly reminded me what entertaining at home is all about.  First, it’s about an occasion.  This was a chance to bring a great group of girls together to celebrate our amazing friend.  I focused on a few thoughtful touches to celebrate the guest of honor.  Because Ahna has turned us all on to incredible astrologers and healers, this was our chance to give back.  A few ladies pitched in to hire a tarot card reader to do readings for all of the guests throughout the party–super fun (not to mention a great conversation piece!).  And what a perfect opportunity to serve a few of her favorites: crepes complete, French pastries, and chocolate (all made in advance!!).  Because I kept the menu simple, I had time to play with flowers, which was enjoyable (rather than stressful!), as I wasn’t trying to get a million things done.  The control freak in me let go and accepted help from good friends who brought the almond croissants (thanks Court!), helped set the table (thanks Jen!), and even assembled the hors d’oeuvres (Julianna you’re the best!!).  Because I was relaxed, I felt present and really enjoyed myself amongst friends. As did the rest of the girls.  It’s not about fuss or getting it all right, it’s about bringing people together.  Thanks Ahna for being a wonderful and inspiring reason to throw a fete.

The Menu

pink champagne
brillat-savarin, grapes, persimmon, fig jam & baguette
gravlax, creme fraiche & dill on toast points

To Share
ham & cheese crepes with bechamel & chives
stirred eggs with chanterelles & herbs
grapefruit, fennel & avocado
bibb lettuce with shallots & champagne vinaigrette
almond croissants, chocolate hazelnut spread & raspberry currant jam
flourless chocolate birthday cake with whipped cream
cafe au lait