First, in the morning, was the graduation:
But unfortunately, it got rained out so we had to pack up and move the party inside:
This was no easy feat because my house is not large, and the catering had to be moved inside as well, taking up the whole kitchen:
I think that the thing I was most worried about before the party was the menu. First, I wanted something that *I* liked, first and foremost, but I wanted my guests to be pleased as well. I wanted the food to reflect the half-and-half nature of my life (and of the guestlist!) One good solution would have been going with an entirely different ethnic food; Greek or some kind os Asian-fusion, but I really wanted a seafood pasta, so I decided to have a half-American, half-Pakistani menu. It took me a while to figure out two entrees that went together well, but I was really pleased with the final outcome. The American half included crab dip, cheese-olive-artichoke appetizers, a cajun shrimp pasta entree, a field greens salad with goat cheese, walnuts and balsamic vinagrete, an assortment of breads (including an Afghani naan), and some grilled veggies. The Pakistani half included some kachori and samosa appetizers and some chicken tikka masala, rice and naan.
I really liked that the two main entree were a protein in a spicy tomato sauce! They really complemented each other well, I thought, and everyone seemed to enjoy both!
My mom made the cake. It was a legal pad with law textbooks on it and a figurine of me lying on top, finally able to relax after so many years in school, surrounded by my class notes and more books. It was great!