We'll Be Blue Without You: A Farewell Party
Recently, we had to say goodbye to a dear friend. Someone whose presence has been a constant in our lives for the better part of a decade. It was hard. I was forlorn. So I did what I do. I threw myself into a party. Because when I don't know what to do, I bake. And craft and generally do all of the things until I feel too exhausted to be anything but exhausted.
It always works and plus, I get cookies for days. There's some comfort in that.
I picked a theme. It was a little cheesy but I couldn't help it. I went with blue ombre accents for everything. In additional to lots of blue shaded decor, I also tinted much of the food accordingly. This resulted in a hilarious side effect. Everyone went home looking slightly like a Smurf. A little humor goes a long way towards alleviating all the serious.
It's hard not to smile when someone looks like they should be running to get a good head start on Gargamel.
In addition to lots of blue tinted party food, I also shaped the menu around a German theme. Our friend is from Germany originally and he still feels a great deal of affinity for the food. It's an area of cuisine I don't have a ton of experience in, so it was fun to experiment. And most of it turned out pretty fabulous.
First up we have these cookies. Don't worry about pronouncing the name. I can't do it either. They are made from browned butter and they're pretty spectacular. I've included a link to the recipes in the caption and then also at the end of the post for ease of access.
Next up was a lovely little salad sprinkled with bright blueberries. Simple but vibrant.
To accompany the salad, I made a very hearty German soup. It had both bacon and kielbasa in it, as well as a complex array of vegetables and plenty of flavor. This was the highlight of the evening and garnered many, many rave reviews. Make it. You won't be sorry.
In addition to some tasty German cookies, I also added little lemon cheescake tarts garnished with blueberries. It was hard not to just shove these into my mouth in one enormous bite. I had to practice restraint. #personalstruggles
This was a mixed group with children and co workers so we had to serve alcoholic and non alcoholic goodies that would quench the thirst of both types. I think we managed it alright. The kids basically wanted to siphon this punch right into their veins. And actually, it was fairly low sugar. Score!
See those gorgeous little drink garnishes? They were kind of my favorite. They went into the Blue Moon Cosmos and they made the whole thing pretty swanky. I love She Wears Many Hats. If you haven't checked out her site, do it. Highly professional, fun shit.
I also made some favors because these were too perfect to pass up. Guests take one and then plant them so their memories of the person who is absent are never forgotten. As if I could forget. Pshaw.
It's not like our friend is moving to Siberia. He's not. He's moving to California. But sometimes that distance feels insurmountable. I was glad to have a chance to celebrate how very important he was to us and how much I've appreciated having him in our lives. Farewell, friend. It's true. I'm gonna be pretty blue without you.
Want all the recipes from this party? Come visit the Party board here: