This past weekend was my Dad's 80th birthday. I had a small surprise party for him at my house. Life has been a little hectic lately, so the entire event was planned quickly and very last minute. By last minute, I mean that the party was on Sunday and I didn't start thinking menu until Friday night! The menu consisted of appetizers and desserts.
Cake has never been my forte so I ordered one of those picture cakes. Everyone liked the picture of my Dad; we all thought he looked like Forrest Gump!
After coming up with a list of appetizers, I decided that any desserts I made needed to be quick and easy. I knew I had to make at least one type of cookie because after all, I am the "cookie maker" in my family. I decided on a simple but elegant thumbprint cookie from one of my favorite cookbooks by Dorie Greenspan. These cookies are wonderfully delicious and buttery with the added bonus of being pretty.
Knowing my family, I also had to make something chocolate. I couldn't decide what I was going to make until I happened to pull out a box of brownie mix from my cabinet. On the back, I found this recipe for Marshmallow Crispie Bars. Luckily, I had all of the ingredients so I whipped these bars up. I am not even embarrassed that I used a boxed brownie mix because these are some goods eats! Yummy!
I always serve fruit for dessert when I entertain. I complimented the fruit with a very easy fruit dip that consists of 8 ounces of cream cheese and a jar of Fluff mixed together. Very basic but oh so scrumptious!
Even though the planning was spontaneous, the party was a success. My Dad was surprised and looking forward to his 90th birthday party!
Photos by Heidi Blanchard