You would think that, as someone who enjoys cooking enough to call herself a Food Blogger, I would consider dinner parties and cooking for a crowd an absolute joy, but that could not be further from the truth! I dread cooking for people and I stress about every little detail… In fact the only thing that strikes more fear in me (apart from getting on a plane – we won’t even talk about that) is organising and throwing my children’s birthday parties.
But anyway that is still a couple of months away – it was Easter Sunday lunch that had me an in an absolute panic recently. It was a casual affair but my carefully rehearsed recipe was suddenly off the table due to failing to find the main ingredient! So naturally I decided to make quiche, something I had never attempted before. And a triple layered chocolate cake, salads, vegetables, bread and, and, and… someone pass me a glass of wine.
The one thing I needn’t have worried about was the decoration and entertaining the children – both of these were taken care of with a little balloon magic courtesy of Balloon Time Helium Kit. Each lightweight, portable helium tank comes with a selection of balloons and string and is a breeze to use. The balloons take seconds to inflate and in no time we had a veritable flock of colourful balloons – enough to decorate the room and hand out to the excited children (even after accidentally releasing a couple into the wild). I only wish I knew about this kit last June when we wrestled 25 inflated balloons into our car to bring home for my daughter’s party… How do you fit 25 helium balloons in a car? Pop them first.
As you can see, Anya had a chance to live her Funny Face fantasies and even wanted to make that the theme of her upcoming birthday party – I had to explain that not all children are obsessed with Audrey Hepburn… but the Balloon Time kit will definitely be on top of my party planning list.
As for Easter lunch… it went off without a hitch and I will be sharing the recipes in upcoming posts. The chocolate cake (seen in the photos here) was a massive hit – possibly the most indulgent chocolate cake ever. And I am definitely making that quiche again – if only to photograph it so I can share the recipe.