This week was a big week...my youngest daughter turned 16. I think because this is the last "big" birthday party I will really ever throw for my kids...I wanted it to be extra special.
I chose the theme "A Night in Paris" to celebrate her upcoming trip to England and France over spring break. Cassidy wanted seafood fettuccini, caesar salad, salmon (with homemade pesto) and John's rolls (a very favorite or ours). She also requested formal attire...and our family and friends did not disappoint!
In the weeks prior to, I made and froze mini cupcakes and regular cupcakes, cake pops and Eiffel Tower sugar cookie cutouts for the dessert bar.
I also decided to make a hot cocoa bar since it is very chilly here. I made homemade marshmallows...something I have always wanted to do. They were easy to make and delicious...especially melting in a warm cup of homemade hot cocoa. This hot cocoa bar was both "kid friendly" and had some stronger spirits that adults could add if desired. Peppermint sticks, mini chocolate chips, whip cream and Andes mints were all a part of the experience.
It was a successful night...most importantly, Cassidy loved it. I feel very blessed that so many of our family came to celebrate. Cassidy was also thrilled her two "other sisters" Jenna and Chelsi came to celebrate with her as well.
For those interested in making the marshmallows...here is the recipe.