This is the first Christmas in our new place and I had to host my first Xmas party at home even if it meant that I had to cook EVERYTHING myself! You see, the hubs was traveling. Again. The plan was for him to be around to help with the kids and the dishes, but surprise! His trip had to coincide with my party. Nothing new.
This round was with a bunch of girls whom I've known for eons. They haven't seem to change a bit since our Primary school days. Was extremely happy that two friends are pregnant and since one was craving for home cooked food, I couldn't disappoint.
I was a little apprehensive honestly as it was a luncheon. I officially got out of bed at 10am and lunch was due to start at 1230! Horrors! Thanks to great planning and corporative kids, I managed to pull through. Here's what I managed to whip up!
Cabonara made from scratch
Enoki mushroom wrapped bacon
The crowd's favourite: Honey Garlic Salmon
Steamed seafood cake
Another crowd pleaser: Salted egg prawns
I needed veg but I really didn't have time for any elaborate stuff hence broiled broccoli with mayonnaise. My kids' fav!
Ok, I wouldn't take credit for this. Beef ribs from Cedele, bought by one of my gfs.
Another crowd favourite! Baked black pepper wings
A lovely gf got her little one to present me with this bouquet of flowers. Such a surprise! I haven't received flowers in a long long time. The hubs isn't quite a romantic person. Honestly, I think flowers are pretty expensive too. However, it is still nice to receive once in a while *hint
I wanted to catch up with the bunch but was a little worried that the kids wouldn't allow me to and with the hubs not at home, it was going to be tough. Hence, I prepared an #invitationtoplay! Decorating cardboard gingerbread house! The kids had loads of fun and I was able to catch up with the girls in peace!
Cheers to many more years of friendship!