A Thai-rrific Feast

by Holly on October 31, 2010

in dinner,droplets,family,Thai

There doesn’t need to be food for my family to have a delicious time at a dinner party.

They’re lucky I love food, however.

Because while it doesn’t need to be present, I still like to provide my loved ones with an Everythingtarian-approved feast.

This fact is especially true when it is my dear Auntie Godzilla’s birthday (just for the record, Godzilla is not my nickname for her. You can chalk that one up to her husband, who is known more familiarly around these parts as Uncle Tommie Timbertoes).

For the past month, Uncle Tommie + I have been planning a special surprise dinner party for Auntie Godzilla. I’m not lying when I say I was nervous about hosting my very first dinner party. I mean, as a food blogger, I have a bit of a reputation to uphold when making food for others, ya know?

It’s a good thing I’m as competitive as they come.

I had three words for Uncle Tommie: bring. it. on.

While I could not loathe The Food Network’s Sandra Lee more, I knew my first step was creating a memorable tablescape to fit with my dinner theme. Sh!t, I need a dinner theme! I pondered. I brainstormed. I thought about it. Finally, I decided that after spending a year in Thailand teaching English, it was time to put my cultural experience to use.

A Thai-rrific Feast, it would be.

I started the tablescape with this piece of batik fabric I bought traveling in Southern China as my tablecloth. It’s got that beachy, laidback vibe, which I thought fit perfectly with the centerpiece I made using a $1.70 glass vase from a thrift store, brown rice and pieces of coral I collected on the beaches of Koh Samet on a weekend trip to the Thai islands.

Add in four wine glasses, a bottle of Argentinean Malbec and a Thai good luck medallion, and you’ve got yourself a simple yet stylin’ tablescape.

And yes, I kind of want to punch myself in the face everytime I write ‘tablescape.’

Next, I typed out the night’s menu and framed it for the table…

first course
Red Curry Carrot Soup with Raita and Smoked Paprika Oil

second course
Thai Fish Sauce & Lime Chicken
Thai Spicy Eggplant

dessert course
Coconut Rice Pudding with Fresh Mango

Because alcohol is an obvious must, I bought the above bottle of Malbec as well as Honeyweiss beer. In true Everythingtarian style, we drank the Honeyweiss before dinner and were forced to go back to the alcohol store for more beer for dinner.

This time, I chose New Glarus Spotted Cow (a.k.a. my favorite beer ever).

Upon my guests’ arrival, we all caught up and mingled for a bit…

…before I turned my cousin Princess Palabi into a budding food blogger and got down to foodie business in my lil’ apartment kitchen.

A short hour and a half later, it was Thai-me to eat.

Cheers and happy birthday to Auntie Godzilla!

The final verdict? Not only did I have so much fun eating + laughing with my fam, but the dinner party went REALLY smoothly. Best of all, I had a blast doing it.

What did my family think? In addition to the almost perfect scores I garnered for presentation, taste, cohesiveness/theme and overall, the proof was in the text messages I received from them as they drove back to Illinois…

“Exquisitely executed…”

“Sophisticated hominess…”

“Delightfully artistic presentation…”

“A festive feast fit for a queen…”

“A palate parade…”

“A recipe of unforgettable memories…”

I swear, those are their words and not mine.

But the fun did not stop there.

No siree.

When in Madison, Wisconsin on Halloween weekend, a time where more than 10,000 people congregate to celebrate all things scary and the one socially-acceptable day for women to dress as a skanky ho, one must head out on the town out for a drank.

Or two.

One Bitter Woman IPA coming right up!

I told you my family didn’t need food to have a deliciously good time.

We just need beer.


Sissy #1 October 31, 2010 at 6:36 pm

LUCKY! Looked soooo fun. Happy bday Gayle Marie!!!

hippierunner October 31, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Great job on the dinner party, it looks awesome! And super cool glee mug!

Erica October 31, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Awesome job! I love throwing dinner parties :) The food looks incredible- especially the soup & dessert. Rice pudding? I’m so in. Tablescape…Sandra Lee..ughh….yours is way more beautiful than her tacky creations. Glad you had fun chicky

Lauren October 31, 2010 at 7:07 pm

You can sure throw a dinner party lady! :) My Birthday is in April and I love Thai food and wine and you, so please save the date! :)

Matt October 31, 2010 at 7:11 pm

Where is the Pad Thai and Drunken Noodles?

Rachael October 31, 2010 at 7:21 pm

The tales and visuals of your family always remind me of some quirky, indie film – can y’all market that?
I’ve heard of Scorned Woman hot sauce, but the fact that there is a beer called Bitter Woman is truly epic. I’m sure it does a fair amount of business….
Happy Halloween!

Madeline - Greens and Jeans October 31, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Any time you want to come to Philly and cook for me you are more than welcome! Happy Birthday to your aunt!

Evan Thomas October 31, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Look at you, Miss Throw-your-own-dinner-party! It does look all exquisite. I can’t wait to be all grown up like you one day; the most I can give my family is a platter of baked goods I’m afraid I might eat all of if I don’t give them away.

Emily October 31, 2010 at 7:30 pm

oh. mah. gawd. you are a freakin dinner party diva. I cant even handle raw chicken yet without screaming. you totally win at life when it comes to dinner parties.

susan October 31, 2010 at 8:26 pm

“We just need beer” <— haha I think about 90% of my friends would be with you on this one. And can I please come to your next dinner partay? Just let me know when I should book my flight ; )

Jess October 31, 2010 at 8:45 pm

YUMMM, and I’m obsessed with your camera. I have a Nikon D70, and I love it (very grateful for it!!), but I’m sure the rebel is ridiculously amazing!

Alex @ IEatAsphalt October 31, 2010 at 8:51 pm

That dinner looks incredible! Feel free to send me leftovers. Just putting it out there…

Katie October 31, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Thai-me to eat…bahahahaha!!! I love it; my kind of humor right there.

I love your blog. Every time I read it, I am like, must move back to Madison….and that bar Old Fashioned was so not there when I lived there or I would have literally lived there (the bar…not just Madison).

katie October 31, 2010 at 10:19 pm

your family is freaking awesome. dont you just love being goofy with the ones you love? seriously, thats such a GOOD FEELING!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) October 31, 2010 at 10:19 pm

“Because alcohol is an obvious must,” and the last liner, your fam just needs beer….LOL!

The word tablescape, i used it in a comment to you the other day and omg you just used it in the post. It’s so awesome that you could give sandra lee a serious run for her tablescape money!

and the rice/mango pudding dessert…swoon!

Mama Pea October 31, 2010 at 11:24 pm

My birthday is in six months. I like soup. And malbec.

janetha November 1, 2010 at 12:08 am

Damn! Good work.

Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum November 1, 2010 at 6:49 am

So fun! I LOVE argentinian malbec. And how cool that you taught English in Thailand? I would love to teach abroad someday.

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) November 1, 2010 at 7:33 am

That is so fun!! And I absolutely *love* the color you chose for the table runner. The green is so soft and elegant.

The food looks pretty darn amazing too. ;)

Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather November 1, 2010 at 8:08 am

What a feast! Looks like a super fun time and you made everything look so pretty too :)

Uncle Tommie Timbertoes November 1, 2010 at 8:12 am

I recommend hiring Ms. E for any event you wish to make into a memorable experience. She certainly made my wifes b-day a very spcial occasion. I’d do it again, any time. She not only talks the talk but can walk the walk too.

Thanks Ms E!

sofia November 1, 2010 at 9:18 am

beautiful! you are a wonderful hostess, miss holly. your uncle is hilarious. i love the shot with the scarf – he rocks it.

Sami November 1, 2010 at 10:17 am

ow ow! you should totally be a contender in the foodbuzz blogger challenge. this meal looks delish! especially dessert <3 helloooo amazing dinner party!

Kacy November 1, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Looks wonderful! I love the table setting!

Jenna November 1, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Can I please come to one of your dinner parties!? Oh my goodness, talk about a fabulous time!

Megan (Braise the Roof) November 1, 2010 at 1:03 pm

I love that tablecloth! Definitely not too Sandra Lee-y. Your uncle says that you’re for hire. So I’m thinking, you come down to Chicago and throw one of these dinner parties…how’s 3 weeks from now for you? ;)

kathleen November 1, 2010 at 1:32 pm

love the animal print scarf.

Eden November 1, 2010 at 4:40 pm

When are you throwing me my next party? My family also needs beer or wine, depending on which side of my family we are talking about. i had a friend who had a cat named uncle godzilla. dont ask me why someone would name a cat that, I just called it kitty.

Dana @ my little celebration November 1, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Looks like your first dinner party was a success! Congrats Holly.

Your menu looks pretty incredible. Good job on putting it together, AND preparing everything so perfectly.

I would definitely like to try and make that thai chicken as well as the rice pudding. I heart coconut so I’m sure it’s delicious.

Fun post. I’m enjoying your photography.

julie November 1, 2010 at 6:32 pm

screw sandra lee! i say you get your own food network show. or how about a sandra lee vs emily throwdown?

thanks for checking out my blog girl :) sweetest comment of the year award. i’m glad we share a passion for caffeination!

Auntie Godzilla November 2, 2010 at 10:02 pm

The best birthday dinner ever! The table, the spirits, the company and then the FOOD. Everything was exquisite and I am impressed, but not surprised,by the whole affair. Thank you! Love you.

elise November 12, 2010 at 1:06 am

cutest post!!! love love love.
godzilla is a quite unfortunate name, haha.

oh, and that first pic is kinda scary. but i love you because your fam would fit RIGHT in with mine. a true sign we are meant to be best friends.

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