Sunday, February 26, 2006

A special afternoon

The 60th birthday tea for my friend Kathi was wonderful. She's a very sharp lady, and in the past has caught on to almost any surprise someone plans for her. This time we pulled it off. She didn't have a clue. When she walked toward the end of the tea room, we opened the door to our private room and shouted "Surprise!", followed by a rousing chorus of "Happy Birthday". She was overwhelmed. She put her hands over her mouth and started to cry. As each of us hugged her the tears streamed down her face. As it turns out she'd started feeling very "down" about being 60, and this definitely made it better.

The tea was wonderful. I can't remember what kind they said it was - I know there was a flower as one of the ingredients - very unusual but very tasty. We ate a salad made from the freshest greens you can imagine, garnished beautifully with cucumbers, tomatoes, cheese, and colorful little "crunches" in gold and red. A small cluster of green grapes set in one corner, and two slices of the most marvelous sweet tea bread. My friend Liz, one of our gourmet cooks, said she thought it was Sally Lunn bread. After the salad came the cake - the most incredible cake I've ever had. Slices big enough for a whole meal. It was "Red Velvet" cake, obviously made with the best chocolate available. Just a hint of coffee in the mocha frosting. As they placed each huge slice on the plate they covered the bottom part of the slice - we thought that was VERY clever - with whipped cream flavored with white chocolate, then garnished with a huge, perfect strawberry. I can close my eyes and picture it now - oops! - I'm in danger of drooling all over the keyboard. I've never tasted cake so incredibly rich and moist. I came home and searched through my cookbooks for a recipe, but was unsuccessful. Time for a web hunt I think.

Special times with special friends are the best!

8 comments:

JudyL said...

I'm so glad it was a great surprise for Kathi. I'm sure this all made her day so very special. Sounds like the food was all *delicious*. Yummm!

Judy L.

quiltpixie said...

Congrats on pulling off the surprise. It sounds like it was well appreciated by all

Sharon said...

Yes, Red Velvet cake is super deluxe! We love it. My mom has a recipe that uses mayonnaise to make it so moist. Let me know if you'd like the recipe.

Debra Dee said...

The party sounds like it was the cats meow. I could almost taste the salad you described. It was very nice of you all to have this party for your friend Kathi. I am sure she'll remember it always.

Laurie said...

Surprises are the best!
hugs
laurie

Patty said...

oh my it sounds wonderful ! I was drooling just reading about the cake

Cher said...

good for you all to be able to pull off such a wonderful surprise-and it sounds like it was just the ticket to make her feel 60 is a great age...as is each year in my opinion...

Tracey said...

What a wonderful thing for you to do for your friend!! And that she was SURPRISED by it all! That's no small task in itself! You are blessed to have such wonderful friends.