Monday, June 29, 2015

Emma's Taste of Philly...

Needless to say Emma has a lot to celebrate these days and we thought she deserved a great big party to close out her high school career! So we pulled out all the stops and threw a party honoring Philadelphia!

Emma’s Taste of Philly...Let Brotherly Love Endure

Passed Hors d’ Oeuvres

Novel Bites with Book Picks/Tuna and Watermelon Skewers with Lemon Coulis
Benjamin Franklin founded the nation's first library in Philadelphia in 1731. 

Green Growing Things/Cucumber Cups with Spinach Mousse and Urban Till Micro Greens
Philadelphia County’s park system is one of the  biggest in the USA covering 9,200 acres.

Eyeballs on Toast/Goat Cheese and Roasted Grape Bruschetta
Philadelphia has one of the highest densities of haunted houses in the United States. 

Hospital Food/Old Fashioned Jello Shot Syringes
Pennsylvania Hospital, founded by Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond in 1751, is America's first hospital.

Wing Bowls/Phyllo Cups with crunchy Buffalo chicken salad, blue cheese and celery
Philly hosts the Wing Bowl, an annual chicken eating contest that draws crowds as large as 20,000.

Gobble! Gobble!/Turkey Meatballs with Cranberry Glaze and Frizzled Sage
The first Thanksgiving Day Parade was held in Philly in 1920.

NYC Style Bagel and Philly Schmear/Everything Bagel Pizza with Lox and  Cream Cheese
In 1880 the name “Philadelphia” replaced the name of the cream cheese being distributed out of New York to imply the product was of great quality.

Penny Pincher Veggies with Federal Mint Butter/Radishes with Mint Butter
In 1792, the Philadelphia Mint was the first Federal building built under the Constitution.

Brushes and Paints/Asparagus with Mustard Maple, Orange Tarragon & Lemon Parmesan Sauces
Philadelphia is home to more Impressionist paintings than any other city besides Paris.

 The Philly-StyleSandwich Parade
The Philly Cheese Steak/chipped beef and  provolone
The Whiz Wit Philly Cheese Steak/chipped beef, onion, cheese whiz
The Cheese “Steak”/portobello, green pepper, onion, provolone
The Philly Pizza Steak/chipped beef, provolone, peppers, onions, marinara
In the 1930s in the Italian immigrant section of South Philadelphia, the  Olivieri brothers. grew weary of selling hot dogs and bought some beef.  A cab driver smelled their new sandwich, and asked how much? They charged a nickel and the rest is history.
 "Green Growing Things"
 We were all happy to see the weather report was nothing less than perfect on the day of our party.  We've have endless amounts of rain for more than a month and it seemed almost impossible that things could turn out this perfectly, but the forecast was blissfully accurate!  Mid 70's with a light breeze and no chance of rain. Amazing.

 "Novel Bites with Book Picks"
 "Brushes and Paints"
"Hospital Food"
 Emma's sweet table included traditional cake and an assortment of Philly inspired cookies and candies. Adorable!
 Family and friends came from near and far to honor our girl, her accomplishments and her bright future at Temple University.  It is heartwarming to know we have so many extraordinary folks in our lives!  We are one lucky family!
Boys in the backyard.
Two Philly cheese steaks and one very handsome family.
Emma and the LGC beauties!
Friends with a capital "F."
 Only after the crowd started to thin did we remember to take some group pictures and this one is one of my favorite backyard photos to date.  That is quite a crowd!
It was such a treat to have my brother and his beautiful family join us for the day and I loved seeing my Aunt, Uncle and cousin make the trip in from Ohio, too!

Instant best friends. Seriously.

As dusk fell we pulled out the fire pit and folks sat around laughing and chatting into the wee hours of the morning! I am ever so grateful Emma gave us such a grand reason to celebrate in style! 

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