Wednesday, September 12, 2007

A Caterer's Holiday Open House

At my office, we've been shopping caterers for a big Open House we are doing in October. So we were recently invited to a Holiday Open House by one of the caterers here in Birmingham that we have used several times, Kathy G's & who we are using for our party. They put on a big spread (and you know how I love to eat!) & me & the HR Manager went after work one night to check it out. It was held at a local restaurant & they really did a great job with it. As we walked in the door, this is the Christmas tree arrangement that greeted us. This picture doesn't do it justice, but it was beautiful...softly lit wrapped golden packages with an array of faux trees.
There were all sorts of tasty food temptations out for us to sample all we wanted! This was mussels on the shell, with sauteed shrimp in the middle.
This was the dessert table (which is always MY favorite..with my sweet tooth!). They had creme brulee, white chocolate covered strawberries, white chocolate mousse, & tiny red velvet cakes. I ate plenty!
More of the dessert table, those strawberries were fantastic!
Tenderloin & potatoes. This was really yummy too.

Here's an arrangement on one of the tables that we especially loved.
She was serving polenta with sauteed wild mushrooms on the side. Delish!
This was some sort of fish & chips dish...we didn't care for it all that much.
Pink flowers & lots of candles on the display tables.
More tasty tidbits. I think this is more of the fish with potatoes. Another tablescape shot by the polenta table.
One of the tablescapes with a centerpiece.
Gold trees & red apples on another table.
This beautiful centerpiece was all real fruit & flowers & just breathtaking. It was huge too, which you really can't tell from the pic. Probably at least 3 feet tall.
Another display of real fruit. Now, who's ready for Christmas?? I can't quite get into it yet. I love to drag my stuff out around Thanksgiving.

We will be using this caterer for our shindig! I'll definitely show you more pics of that event in late October. Did I mention, I love my job?

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Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Hey Rhonda, it's a tough job, but someone has to do it!! LOL. Looks like the dream job to me. Congratulations on finding something so well suited for you.

Have a blessed day!

Nunnie's Attic said...

Their display was absolutely gorgeous. Those fruit pieces were stunning! And the food looked pretty good too. Must be nice to have a job that you love that much.

Love,
Julie

PAT said...

Looks wonderful Rhoda! What a fun evening...I would have enjoyed this, also.

Pat

ValleyGirl said...

Look at you, sacrificing time at home to work long hours... That looks absolutely incredible!!

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

I love Kathy G's. We used to use them at Southern Progress all the time. They probably still do.

ShabbyInTheCity said...

I got so many good ideas just now! I have a round beveled mirror I could put dipped strawberries on. Love the little tree grouping with no ornaments too. And the roses down in the glass...the polenta served in glasses...thanks!

Abbie said...

I'm in love with the tree arrangements for Christmas, it's an alternative for me with Three cats.

Miss Janice said...

Lucky you...nice job and I got some great ideas from the photos!
Miss Janice

Rosemary said...

I can see why you love your job. What fun. Everything looked beautiful.
Thanks for sharing Rhoda.
Have a great day!
Rosemary

Mary said...

Wow, I think I gained five pounds just looking at all that food! ;) Beautiful!

oak wind farm said...

Wow! What an elegant spread! Looks like a fun time.

ancient one said...

Beautiful, Beautiful!!

Splaneyo said...

Rhoda, what a dream job! Are they hiring? I could move. Kids, what kids?
Heather

Michelle said...

WOW, just WOW!!! Looks like it was a super fun evening and everything was so beautiful :) You are very blessed to have such a fabulous job - I would go back to work in a heartbeat if I had your job! LOL

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

You're making me hungry! What a great job....checking out caterers. Everything looks incredible.....kinda like a cruise ship!

Penny Carlson said...

Rhonda,
Those displays were beautiful! The food presentation was very appealing. I can't wait to hear how your event turns out.
Penny

justabeachkat said...

Wow...everything looked beautiful and yummy! Looks like my kind of party!

Hugs!
Kat

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Oh what fun this must have been! I need to get a snack now! Somehow Wheat Thins and Cheddar just don't seem good enough after that :(

Cre8Tiva said...

love the pink Christmas things...and the birch tree vignette...looks like a great event...what a lucky gal you are to have to work so hard...blessings, rebecca

Sandi said...

This is the first time I've seen your blog. It looks wonderful, but looking at all that yummy food makes me hungry! LOL

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I bet you were just giddy!
Tough job you have there =D

Vonda said...

Wow Rhoda, you're gonna enjoy this job aren't you??? Those white chocolate strawberries look yummy! We're back in The States and looking forward to seeing all of our friends and family. If you're gonna be anywhere around Atlanta around the 1st week of October, let me know. Love ya -V

ALL THE BEST said...

Hi Rhoda,
I found your site from a link on Joni's (Cote de Texas) blog and wondered if you were the same Rhoda from an MSN decorating board that I use to be a member of. It's been many years but there was a Rhoda, Jan, Bonnie...let me know.

Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm said...

wow! fantastic!!! soo pretty and the food sounds divine!

Kari said...

Tiny red velvet cakes? Oh my. Sign my up! Great pictures...I almost ate my fingernail just looking at them (and I'n not even a nail-biter!!!)but I was feeling the need to eat SOMETHING!

Nicki said...

WOW!! I want your job!! =)

Deb said...

What a wonderful spot - the food looks amazing.

joan said...

Love the Christmas trees and the food looks great! Looks like alot of fun.

Andi said...

The tables look amazing and the food presentation was wonderful! I love attending things like this!!!

wallis104 said...

WOW Rhoda !!! You certainly were "lead" to the perfect job! Absolutely just the perfect fit for you.... your employers must be thrilled to have you!!!

janice

melissa @ the inspired room said...

It does sound like a dreamy job. I like mine, too, because I get to decorate for Christmas, take a picture of it and then talk about Christmas ideas. What more could you want! We are lucky women!

Melissa

restyled home said...

Did you land the dream job or what??!! Lucky you!
What a fantastic spread...
Linda