Smarter Than Pancakes

Monday, July 28, 2008

Welcome to my Birthday Party Picnic!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — shaye3 @ 2:35 pm

A few weeks ago, I posted an invitation to my birthday party; and invited everyone to come and bring a dish to pass! I started getting RSVP responses almost immediately, which thrilled me to no end! I love to entertain, and I love this entertaining even more because I didn’t have to clean my house one bit!

Our lovely picnic will start with a lovely pasta salad from DD of Thoughts of a DayDreamer. DD’s blog isn’t exclusively a food blog, but she does frequently post recipes. I, for one, am thrilled to have her along!

DD says, “This is a simple dish, but very flavorful. It is something that I would and have taken to potlucks, bbq’s, etc. Normally, my aunt makes it for me, but today I made it myself. I was so glad that I did not overcook the pasta! lol You see, I am so not a cook…I usually just bake simple things, like cookies or cupcakes from a box. Anyway, if you want to know, I blurbed about my food experiment on my post.”

When asked about their usual and customary picnics, DD said “We usually just have family bbq’s. Everyone just hangs and catches up. Depending on the locale, we may swim in my brother’s pool, sometimes we play cards, horse shoes, basketball, and then there’s always birthday & holiday fesitivities!”

Sounds like fun!

Next up, we have Turkish Pizzas from Elle at Elle’s New England Kitchen.

Elle says, “These are delicious and different from your everyday pizza. Easy to make, simple, nice to work with dough, and a great meat topping. Kids like them, too!”

Elle says that she likes to sleep under a shady tree at picnics, but usually winds up chasing her kids around. (That sounds familiar!)

Next, Nikki of Canarygirl arrives with Lentil Salad!

Nikki says, “I’m bringing this salad. Not only because it’s freaking fabulous, but because it’s a dish that lends itself *perfectly* to an afternoon outside with friends. So, Happy Birthday, Shaye! MUAC!”

She also adds, “What’s my idea of a great picnic? Lounging in chaises by the pool of course. lol”

Save me a chair please!

Next, we have my new imaginary friend Jessica at The Delish. She comes bearing cherry pepper chutney, sweet heat bbq sauce and jerk-style rub.

She says, “I love to make my own bbq sauce, and this time I used grilled peppers and sweet michigan cherries to make tangy, finger-lickin’ pork ribs. the flavor in the sauce inspired a jamaican jerk-style rub with a little sweetness and a little spice that pairs wonderfully with the sauce. the recipe can actually make two meals – or the chutney can be skipped altogether.”

Why would you want to skip the chutney???

Jessica says, We live in a county in northeast Indiana that boasts 101 lakes, so it seems like every picnic is at the lake. We mostly sit around and drink beer, hang out on the pontoon, swim, and break to eat. There’s almost always a poker game later on in the night. Cards, lots of cards. You name it, we play it.

I know they’d let me play because I have terrible luck at cards! Ask anyone who has ever played poker with me, you always leave with more money than you came with if I’m in the game! 😉

Finally, we have the pièce de résistance! The Webkinz “Wishing Well” cake, and constructed by my friend Jen!

Ok, she actually made the cake for her daughter Hayley’s 8th birthday, but she said I could claim it as my own! Thanks Jen!

So thanks to everyone for coming and making my birthday picnic spectacular! I feel the love!!!!!

**If you would like recipes of any of the dishes we sampled today, just click on the individual links and visit my friends’ lovely blogs!



  1. Happy Birthday Party…what great food!

    Comment by noble pig — Monday, July 28, 2008 @ 3:13 pm | Reply

  2. Nice turnout! And now I’m hungry. hehe.

    Comment by Elle — Monday, July 28, 2008 @ 3:54 pm | Reply

  3. I love birthday party food! Heck, I just love food, but especially party food. Happy, happy birthday! 🙂

    Comment by April in CT — Monday, July 28, 2008 @ 4:26 pm | Reply

  4. Looks amazing, especially that Cake!! LOL!

    I am so glad that you had a great turn out to the party. It was a great idea. I am glad I forgot to take pics of that pasta salad I made since you already had one. I was glad to supply the cake though.


    Comment by Jen — Monday, July 28, 2008 @ 4:48 pm | Reply

  5. Great food! Now let’s pa-tayyyyyy! lol MUAC!

    Comment by canarygirl — Tuesday, July 29, 2008 @ 4:04 am | Reply

  6. Nice party, Shaye! Thanks for the invite! And you’re welcome to play cards with us any time… Don’t worry, we usually only play for $5 buy-ins! 😛

    Comment by the delish — Tuesday, July 29, 2008 @ 11:34 pm | Reply

  7. Wow!! What a turn out!
    …and your right…the clean up was the best!! lol

    I will definitely be looking up some recipes. They all look so good!!!

    Happy Belated Birthday!

    Comment by dd — Wednesday, July 30, 2008 @ 11:41 am | Reply

  8. Thanks for all of the well wishes and birthday greetings, guys! This was really fun! (I kind of felt like posting everyone else’s ideas and pictures was cheating, but I guess it’s fair when you host an event!) 😉

    Comment by shaye3 — Wednesday, July 30, 2008 @ 2:21 pm | Reply

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