This past summer my mom turned 70. How did that happen so fast? Well we threw her not only an epic Italian themed birthday party but a weekend to remember. We flew in all of the her kids and grandkids so she would have everyone in one place for the first time in over 10 years. Pretty amazing!
My sisters and I planned an amazing menu, not just for the party but for the entire 3 day family weekend! We came from a big family (I am one of six kids, but my mom cheated and had three at once) so growing up we learned how to cook amazing food and how to feed a crowd. With our entire family in N.C. at the same time, we had to create something special but it also had to be easy and fun.
Our menu for the weekend included sharing-friendly food such as a sandwich and taco bar and a breakfast bar. Spreads like those are so easy and versatile to pull together and the kids loved to make their own custom versions of any kind of food. They are much more likely to eat it if they can make it themselves. We also did a burger and hot dog bar which included a pesto quinoa vegetable salad and black bean burgers for the non-meat eaters that yours truly made of course. I will get those recipes up on the blog asap since you need to make them!
The party food on the other hand was a little more formal (our mom loves family style and fancy dinners). Italian themed as I mentioned, so building the menu was not too difficult. It included, eggplant parmigiana , which my sister Sarah made and it was incredible, chicken Parmigiana my vegetable lasagna, Caesar and an Italian style salad (both with homemade dressings of course) and spaghetti and meatballs (something fun for the kiddos). For appetizers we went traditional with bruschetta (it was so good!) and an antipasto tray that were both a big hit.
We built a wine bar that was also great and included a wide variety of amazing wines that my sister and I collected the weeks leading up to the party. We included both red and white varieties and only chose the best tasting wines. Only the best for our mom! She loved it! She really loves wine and so do we. Don’t judge, we are Italian so it is appropriate ha ha.
My sister made the most amazing cake I have ever had! We thought of course we could buy a cake for our mom’s birthday, but we knew nobody would appreciate a homemade cake like she would, made with love by her daughters of course. It was a tiramisu cake, our mom’s favorite and my sisters fav as well. It had all of the elements of perfect desert in my book, moist vanilla cake covered in espresso with chocolate and wafers. Yum! Anything with coffee flavor plus chocolate is alright with me.
I know, gorgeous cake right? I will post the recipe as soon as I can steal it from my sister. All in all it was such an amazing weekend to celebrate the matriarch of our family. Happy Birthday Mom!