It’s become tradition for me to put a crown on in early March and start referring to myself as “Princess Sparkles.” It got started back when I worked at BBH. I had so much fun that I haven’t really stopped. It’s like wearing cat ears during October!
Because Joe was taking on a lot of freelance work in the beginning of the year, I didn’t want to burden him further with a birthday party. Joe usually cooks the food and makes cocktails while I play hostess. This year I knew I had to do it all on my own so Joe could relax! The idea was that I would make ahead lots of ice cream using the Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams cookbook as my guide. We have an ice cream maker given to us by a friend just as I was coming out of jaw surgery two years ago, too, so it was a low-cost endeavor. I used fresh, delicious ingredients from local dairies.
I made these flavors (8+ quarts!):
- Chamomile Chardonnay
- Earl Grey and Sugar-plumped Cherries
- Bangkok Peanut (a personal fave with banana and whipped cream!)
- Toasted Rice Pudding
- Roasted Strawberry and Buttermilk
- Hibiscus Blossom and Grapefruit Frozen Yogurt
- Port-Poached Pear Sorbet
- Strawberry Lemonade Sorbet
Sadly, I was too busy to take photos of the actual ice cream when the party happened, but I suppose there are enough pictures of food floating around the internet for future readers to use their imaginations.
I had about ten lady friends over, and it was a huge hit. For the first time I’ve thrown a part all on my own, and it went really well as such. There are things I’d do differently if I ever had this kind of party again–but not much!
I was surprised to get this jacket from Joe. I had only shown it to him once a long time ago. It’s a leather reproduction of the one Major Kusanagi in Ghost in the Shell wore. It’s a really nice leather jacket from Abbyshot!
So in the end it was an excellent birthday that was a lot of work–but well worth it! I was so happy to see so many awesome lady friends in one place! It’s going to be hard to top this next year, but someone suggested pony rides! I’d better start brainstorming!