This was my case. My friend Donald suggested that he would host a party for me, but I knew all he can get is some catered crap from Whole Foods, and plastic cups for drinks. So I decided to host my own birthday party last weekend.
I've been hosting parties, as you know from many of my older posts, so it wasn't stressful. I made some of my signature stuff, using phyllo cups, and some new items.
I don't have pictures, but the best hit of the evening was tuna tartar with avocado. I marinated cubed tuna in soy sauce and wasabi overnight, then cut up avocado, mixed them. Put it on a rice cracker, it's always a huge hit among my people.
My take on spinakopita. I don't like feta (I am very Japanese on cheese front, I hate most of stinky kinds), so I used ricotta instead. I didn't even bother to look for recipe, and just mixed up ricotta, parmesan, frozen spinach, egg, salt, pepper, put it on 5 layers of phyllo dough. I guess it was a bit too big as a finger food, also people were afraid it was too flakey and they make a mess on the floor. This was the least eaten items of the evening.
Crescent dough filled with kielbasa. Easy as hell, and it's filling for heavy drinking evening.
This was interesting. I cooked asparagus in chicken broth, pureed them, mixed with room temp cream cheese. Then I pipe it out in phyllo cups, put small cucumber slice, smoked salmon, and topped with dill. Hint of asparagus was quite cute.
Yeah, I even made my own birthday flower arrangement.
I wasn't sure what to do about birthday cake, so I made macaron cake. Yep, I am still making macarons. Instead of usual bite size, I made huge rounds, made raspberry cream, and sandwiched with raspberries. It was fabulous.
I realized it would be difficult to stick candles in macaron (it will definitely break), so at last minute, I made rolled cake. Sponge was basically eggs, sugar and cake flour, and inside is whipped cream and left over raspberry. I dusted powder sugar on top. It's not birthday cake-ish, but at least I could stick candleds in this one.
I don't remember from 10:30 on, but I believe everyone had sufficient amount of booze, food and fun time. Hosting my own birthday party was a good idea. I can make what I like, I can choose who to invite (since it's my own home), and I can end the party when I want. Although I have no idea what time we finished the party at my home (I remember I was at a bar, realized it was 3am), it was definitely fun.
If you want to wish me a happy birthday, it's not too late. My real birthday is tomorrow 5/13.