Mad Men move over! Jellied salads coming through....

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Have fun with jelly salads - bright, fun, and truly delicious! Truly.

Theme parties theme parties!  We love them.  I am so excited to tell you about the most recent one Devour was a part of this past weekend.

It was a 50th birthday party that was originally intended to be a surprise but someone spilled the beans a little early...(whoops!).  Since the birthday boy was born in 1963, we were asked to provide a cocktail party menu that looked like it walked straight out of a Betty Crocker cookbook from 1963.

Now some Calgary caterers would maybe just tweak their current menu items here and there or rename them to fit the theme but not us! We went a little crazy with the jelly salads but they are so beautiful, vibrant, and fun!  And the cheeseball was a huge hit!  

Food, and your enjoyment of it, is connected to the memories that it holds.  Jelly salads and devilled eggs may not be 'au courant' now, but their look and taste transport you back to a time when you were younger and possibly make you think of a family event or a beloved family member.  We love customizing the menu to something meaningful in the lives of the guests and hosts because it is this emotional attachment and excitement that sends the party experience over the top!

And it wasn't just the stationary food that walked off the set of Mad Men, the passed hors d'oeuvres were right in style as well.  Guests were greeted with a Mai Tai with paper umbrella and maraschino cherry or a classic martini with almond-stuffed olives.  Here is the menu...

Happy birthday!

Passed Hors d’oeuvres

Bite-sized beef Wellingtons

Mini pigs in a blanket

Swedish meatballs

Fully loaded mini cheese burgers

Devilled eggs

Norfolk crab in mushroom cap


Stationary nosh

Ploughman's lunch platter

to include English cheeses, house-cured meats, pates, boiled eggs, 

Branston pickles, fresh and pickled veggies and fruit

Cold seafood platter

Assorted delights from the sea to include cured, smoked, poached and raw

with sauces and garnishes

Cheese ball and accoutrements

Jelly salad Jubilee

to include Perfection, Fantasia, and Ambrosia 

Grasshopper pie

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Shrimp cocktail, poached salmon, and a cheeseball with Ritz crackers. Let Devour create a customized menu for you.

Everyone arrived in costume and the gentleman who came as Andy Warhol was the hit of the party.  So much fun!  It is so easy to create a memorable experience to mark an important milestone in your life. The client enjoyed the party so much we are already planning another birthday celebration for next year which will be a Moroccan Casbah with belly dancing and henna tattoos....oh the food possiblities for that celebration will be delicious!

If you are thinking about hosting a themed cocktail party or dinner party you can get more ideas and see other sample menus in our 'theme parties' blog posts.  Thanks for reading and don't forget to like us on Facebook, tweet to us on Twitter, and check out our beautiful boards on Pinterest.  Life really is worth celebrating - so let us help you and contact us today!