Monday, February 28, 2011

A Big One

This Saturday I worked on the grandest birthday party I've done so far -- only a few hundred guests, but a grand space with a lot of build-out, beautiful food, special wines, dozens of waitstaff and a slew of custom flatware, linens, trays, I started with powering up on Korean buffet at Woorijip -- always reliable for a quick, cheap, yummy stop.
Then on to the setup!  The first crew had started the night before, but by the time I came there were 7 hours to go.  
The staff all had their hair, makeup, nails and wardrobe done -- including me!  
Rachael organized all of the suits, overcoats, ties, dresses, stockings, sparkly flats and pretty, pink jeweled headbands.
When we posed with this huge bottle of wine the sommeliers reminded us not to knock over the pricey bottles behind it.
There were towers of plateau de fruits de mer, a.k.a. lobster tails, shrimp and oysters on the half shell.
And plenty of lovely Champagne.
Including a few jeroboams (that's 5 liters!)
It was great to see the client's happy face as rang in his 70th year dancing the night away with his friends and family.  Sunday was recovery day with a breakfast of Lauren Chattman's Sticky Toffee Banana Pudding from the new issue of Bon App├ętit, yum...seriously, make this now, it was incredibly easy and so delicious.
And the recharge continued with a California burger with bacon, sprouts, avocado and swiss.  This is the 2nd time I've been to this restaurant and the person who sat down next to me ordered the same thing.  It definitely required a nice, long walk afterwards but it was a pretty nice, sort of warm day for a change.
Phew...busy weekend, but I have a day off today, so time to relax.


San Jose Love said...

Wow your job seems so exciting. I'm sure it can be stressful at times but the pictures look like tons of fun. That burger looks delicious by the way.

Koru Kate said...

It looks like it was quite the grand party! How fun that you had hair & make-up- love the jeweled headband.

Small Burst said...

wow! that's some birthday bash. What a huge place-just look at those lights and the food at the party looks amazing. So do your sunday dishes.

Hearthandmade said...

jeez! what a grand soire!! You look fab :D I adore the picture of your kitty. its my fave

milk tea + polkadots said...

What a huge 70th birthday party! You all had to wear the same dress and have your hair styled? Sooo fancy!

Craftiness NOW said...

thanks so much, ladies, yea, it was a crazy one! stressful yes, but it went well and it was fun to be glammed up. thanks for reading :-)

Helen said...

You look so pretty! And the food looks scrumptious -- I love seafood! What an awesome job you have :)

Craftiness NOW said...

thanks, Helen! it was quite a night, i think mila's much-needed naptime at the end of the post says it all ;-)

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