Tuesday, July 12, 2011

My Daughter's party

This fall, my daughter will be attending college in New England for her graduate studies. Even though fall is still far away, my summer calender looks too busy so last Saturday, we entertained a group of 30 of my daughter's friends for lunch.

Tables were set on the patio

 One of the appetizers, roasted vegetable mini quiches, were a great hit at the party. I didn't get a chance to take photographs of my appetizer and drink buffet. It is hard to be a host and a photographer at the same time, don't you think?

 All of the dishes for main course that was served for lunch come from my book, Entertaining From an Ethnic Indian Kitchen.

 The cutlery was arranged at the end of buffet table in a trio of ice cream cone shaped pots. I was serving lunch for young adults. I didn't want my table to look sophisticated; rather, I wanted to bring some fun to the table.

Homemade popsicles (mango and berry-lemonade) were served right after the lunch. It was a perfect palate cleanser as well as a cooling agent on a hot, sunny summer day. I used to make lots of popsicles during the summer when my children were toddlers. I used the same molds to bring back childhood memories. It's hard to imagine that they are all grown up.

Dessert is served. At last, I was able to get around to take some pictures.

Individual chocolate trifle served in jam jars

Red velvet cupcakes

I made chocolate chip cookies while the guests were eating lunch so that cookies would be warm and gooey. Only less than half made it to the dessert table. The rest of them were devoured right out of the oven.

Of course we can't eat cookies without cold milk. The guest of honor's favorite snack was milk and cookies while growing up. There is something comforting about milk and cookies. All the grown children were reaching out to have a glass of milk and cookies.

It was great to see all my daughters friends in one place and having fun.
Most of these recipes can be found in my cookbook, Entertaining From an Ethnic Indian Kitchen.

For more memorable centerpieces, tablescapes, and recipes (including vegetarian, gluten free and vegan recipes), please check out my book, Entertaining From an Ethnic Indian Kitchen, at my website komalinunna.com.
I am joining  Patty's Weekend Wrap-Up, Wow-us-WednesdaysTablescape Thursday
, Cindy for Show and Tell,  Foodie Friday and How Sweet the Sound.


  1. wow komali. Party for thirty people. Sounds amazing. Doing everything by yourself and taking pictures too. How do you manage all this/ I think I had asked you before too if you could please make a post on it? plus you always have nice dinnerware and servers. No styrofoam plates or plastic forks which is a norm in most parties. That makes your party so elegant.

  2. Everything looks so good, especially the popsicles! Congrats to your daughter.

  3. Oh my gosh.. Komali.. You are a super mom!! Everything looks so so stunning.. I bet everyone had a fabulous time!!

  4. What a great party! it all looks so amazing. You made some beautiful memories for your daughter! many blessings, marlis

  5. What a great party this must have been!! You have got to be the ultimate hostess...your table
    settings are always gorgeous..casual or formal..
    and such delicious looking foods!! I have got to find your book so I can enjoy all of the photos and recipes that are in it...I certainly enjoy reading all of your blogs!!
    P.S. I always look for your Pink Saturday post first..shhh!!!
    Thanks for sharing! Francy

  6. Congrat's to your daughter! Your setting was beautiful and everything sounds so good, I wouldn't know what to try first!

    Have a great evening!

  7. That dessert table is making my mouth water! Beautiful presentation, and I bet the dessert was delicious!

  8. What a feast for such a fun event! I know your daughter's friends felt very special with all the wonderful food and the pretty table. The desserts looked amazing!

  9. Looks like a wonderful celebration. The food all looks beautiful as well as delicious.

  10. Wow!, such a wonderful party, Komali, congrats to your daughter and her friends are very lucky to have you!! I love the way you fixed everything for the event, just great! Fabulous dessert table, so very yummy! Lots of hugs, FABBY

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  12. What beautiful and delicious looking food! Everything looks so good, and thanks for showing the popsicles with mangoes. We've been looking for ways to use all the ones on our tree. Now that's the perfect summer idea.

  13. Hello Komali,
    your party looks so very nice. All is tempting and perfect. Your daughter is blessed with you as mom.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  15. here from my romantic home link up...a little tardy but better late than never...QUITE TASTY LOOKING....these look FANTASTIC! Way to go. ~ Trish