May 13th, 2011RecipesDebbie Williams 0 Comments

It takes great ingredients to make a great recipe.  The same is true of any celebration, it takes planning and attention to detail to make it tasteful and successful.  It is so satisfying to see your guests enjoy a great meal and the same is true when you know your guests have enjoyed your celebration. Not only do you want your event to reflect your style, but, you want your guests to feel comfortable and really enjoy themselves.  My friend, Julie’s, May Day wedding was a blissful day and though this blog is about recipes and memories, I think it is so appropriate to share this delightful day with you and of course, just a couple of recipes too.

For starters, no wedding, especially a May Day Wedding would be complete without flowers. Not only did we enjoy the beautiful flowers in the bride’s own garden, but, she brought in additional flowers of all types to adorn every guest table, vase, flower pot, and Maypole. David Austin roses, daisies, chrysanthemums, peonies, and more decorated the day.

And of course, there must be food! Yes, as festive as the decor, the food included mashed potato martini’s, quiche, colorful fruit, scones, pastries, chicken cordon bleu sliders, and garden greens. All deliciously provided by Classic Catering of Clovis. I had the fun of providing the bevereage bar. And in the spirit of May Day we sipped on colorful spring delights such as raspberry lemonade, mango,mint iced tea, and lemon and lime water coolers.

And what great meal would be complete without family and friends to share it? The bride made certain that her guests would have a great time. Details such as cotton candy and personalized sack lunches for the kids stuffed with homemade mac n cheese, peanut butter jelly sandwiches, juice boxes, fruit, and of course bubbles for blowing. She also made sure the adults were treated with homemade caramel corn favors. What is life if we don’t take time to enjoy it, smell the roses, have fun, and taste the sweet things in life. The bride and groom even made an entrance to the garden wedding on their very own tractor, along with the ring bearer arriving and departing in his electric jeep.

“Let them eat cake”

Yes, there was cake, but, Julie could not have any ordinary wedding cake. Fit for a May Day, the bride had a jello wedding cake the color of the rainbow. The cake was made by Frosted Cakery of Fresno. It was the perfect sweet and pretty end to a lovely day.

Recipe for Sweet Raspberry Lemonade
8 large size frozen concentrate Raspberry Lemonade slighty defrosted
Do not dilute with water
When ready to serve add 1-2 liter bottle of 7-up to each 2 cans of lemonade. Stir well and ice and garnish the top with mint and fresh raspberries. Serves 50.

Recipe for Mashed Potato Martini Bar
Make enough of your favorite mashed potato recipe to feed all of your guests generously
Provide toppings such as, butter, chives, bacon bits, shredded cheddar cheese, and sour cream
Make an example and place on buffet for guests to get the idea of how to build their own martini by filling a martini glass half full of mashed potates, top with toppings ending with a dollop of sour cream. Enjoy!

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