What better way to celebrate a loved one’s life than to share a meal with family? Barb told her family members they were coming for a backyard barbecue, but she wanted to impress them with a little more than that.
We planned dinner menu with a Mediterranean theme to it, and chose appetizers that would please a variety of guests. Rented tables and china.
Hors d’oeuvres were set out on the lawn while everyone was at the celebration of life ceremony in Morrison, CO. Every detail was taken care of before they arrived. Beverages and ice were set out, tables were set, candles were lit.
I was able to grill the skewers at their home, which made for deliciously moist steak and chicken. I love when I am able to cook at someone’s home, it makes the experience that much more personal.
After cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, the lawn was transformed in to a dinning space, dinner was served. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures of this lovely spread. It was beautiful, trust me. Pops of color from the chimichurri sauce and roasted vegetables made every plate sing.
While family enjoyed their meal and conversation about past memories of their loved ones, I tidied up a bit and set out dessert. Individual strawberry shortcakes in mason jars, the perfect summer time dessert. I only wish I had made more, a few gentlemen wanted thirds!
Please excuse my blurry picture of the shortcakes, they looked amazing on this silver platter.
As the party neared an end Barb, the host, came up to me and said, “thank you for treating us like family.” I couldn’t help but get a little teary eyed. I do treat my clients like family. I don’t mind going the extra mile to give someone exactly what they want, even if it means waking up early or staying late to clean up. I come from a large family of let’s say “critics”, me being one of them, so perfection is what I strive for, always. I am truly blessed to be doing what I love, because the strive for perfection doesn’t lead to me feeling pressured, it leads to feeling accomplished. And at the end of the day, what more could you want in a profession?