this recipe). I didn't have chili powder or the Dublin Dr. Pepper so I made a rub using salt, pepper, garlic, cumin, parsley, brown sugar, and cocoa powder (werd.) I didn't really measure the seasonings, just eyeballed them. All together they make a paste, which I use to coat the top side of the brisket. I placed it into the Crock-pot along with half a 2 liter of Dr. Pepper and cooked on low for about 8 hours. When it was done, my husband pulled it and I sauteed some red onions to serve with it. I also cut up some Brie cheese and cilantro and served sour cream for garnishes.
The second of the two main dishes was pulled Key Lime chicken, which is my recipe, also for quesadillas. For this I boiled a chicken in water and chicken broth. I cut up some key limes and threw them in the pot as the chicken started to boil. I seasoned with cumin, garlic, cilantro, thyme, salt and pepper. It turned out tasting fully of lime, which was awesome, however, next time I will peel off the rinds of the limes and add just a few tablespoons of the lime zest.
Beaches and Backyards catering, was super nice and let me borrow some of her chaffing dishes! They lent just the right amount of class to the tablescape. I also served my favorite black bean and corn salad, mad with sweet peppers, salt, and lime. Mexican rice made with Sofritos, grilled avocados (adapted from this recipe), tortillas, chips and salsa... And last, but definitely not the least, my good friend Pete brought his famous meat! Pete's Meat :D It's so yum... the perfect blend of spicy marinade and tri-tip steak, he brings it to every party we have and by now it is famous—at least with all of us! Thanks Pete!
Bakerella's tip to use these bottles from Target, once the labels were removed you'd never know the difference! I made Paula Deen's homemade lemonade and served it up nice with lovely little striped red and yellow paper straws I bought from HeyYoYo on Etsy and a sprig of sweet mint. Some of the handmade goodies I made included sweet little party hats for all who attended and fabric flowers (adapted from this tutorial)from left over quilting scraps, and paper doily bunting.
cake pops for the first time! Ever so easy, I just hadn't had the perfect opportunity until now. I used white cake and buttercream frosting, melted chocolate and white sprinkles, YUM! And I tried to...
And then came the night. Never armed with an expert camera flash, I was only able to get a few and definitely photoshopped photos of the party after dark, which is when it really got happening ;) haha! Just kidding...
All in all, it was the most perfect birthday that I've had in Hawaii, save for the first birthday I ever had here, when I came on vacation the first time and was able to witness this place, in all it's splendor. I really felt like I was trapped inside of a postcard for the first two days I was here... So it was the most perfect birthday that I've had since I moved to Hawaii!
Did I mention how much I love to throw parties?
P.S. This is a shout out to my awesome husband, LJ! Whom without his wonderful help I would NOT have been able to pull all this off. He was certainly my second set of hands and he let me tell him what to do for a entire day, never complaining once! I am most certainly once blessed cookie!
update! just added the links to the tutorials i used for inspiration to make the party hats and fabric flowers :) sorry i missed those two in the first post!