Surprise! Catering my fathers surprise 60th

I decided to take on the task of catering for my ultra picky family and my fathers friends for his surprise 60th. While murphy’s law was definitely at play:  

  • The Dog Ate a Portion of My Cake ( No, Really that happened) 
  • Someone who shall remain nameless ( mommy dearest) misplaced the cookbook with quite a few of my recipes 
  • Pastry dough that was to be refrigerated was accidentally frozen ( mommy dearest)  rendering it unusable

All that aside it worked out perfectly and I want to throw a HUGE thank you out to Sweet Lucy’s Bakery in Morristown NJ for the last minute order and amazing handling of a semi frantic phone call that went something like:

“Hi, due to a cake accident ( sure that’s what we’ll call it) I need 50 cupcakes or a cake made by this evening!…….. can you help….please? …….please?……”

Truly it worked out fabulously and I am SO grateful that the staff was able to accommodate with 50 delicious cupcakes ( all though we had a minor accident where a few of them toppled over- we lost 4 but that’s ok)



Here’s a snap shot of the menu:


Frank’s Surprise 60th Menu

Moroccan Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs

Salmon Log

Olive and Blue Cheese Stuffed Baby Peppers

Baked Brie with Raspberry Jam

Ham & Jarlsburg Stromboli

Mozzarella balls wrapped in Roasted Red Pepper

Spinach & Artichoke Pizza

Traditional Italian Platter with Meats, Fruits & Cheeses


Fruit Display

Shrimp Platter

Cheese Board

Mini Candy Buffet

Wine & Champagne Bar


A HUGE thank you to Jessica Williamson for assisting and doing a beautiful job of serving and passing!



Sauteed Onions for the Meatballs!


Beef & Parsley


Beef, Parsley & Bread Crumbs


Beef,Parsley, Bread Crumbs & Eggs


Beef, Parsley, Bread Crumbs, Eggs, Salt, Pepper, Cumin, Cinnamon, & Dash of Coriander


Combined Ingredients


Cooking my balls in the oven


Finished Product!


Balls on a stick ready to go out


Baked Brie with Raspberry Jam & Ham/Jarlsburg Stromboli(should have made 3)


Stuffed Halved Baby Peppers with Olive Tapenade & Blue Cheese


Table scape: tri color gum balls in martini/margarita glasses with zebra napkins, black cocktail plates and the Cup Cake Tower went in the center!



Thank you to everyone who attended, the gracious compliments you paid me, all the support, love and help!


Mom, I still love you ❤





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