Rachel’s Baptism Celebration {The Menu}

We’ve talked about the paper.  We’ve talked about the decorations.  There’s only one topic left to discuss, and I like to save the best for last.  Today we are talking about the food from Rachel’s Baptism Celebration.

First, can I get you something to drink?  Our party beverages included Water with Lemon Slices, Lemonade {not homemade}, and Prosecco with Fresh Lemon Syrup {which is made by dissolving sugar into fresh lemon juice}.   We served all the drinks in 8 oz. jelly jars accompanied by yellow and white paper straws {available here}.  The beverage containers came from Target.

The main entree was Herb-Marinated Grilled Shrimp…

…which is the perfect party food for several reasons.  First, the shrimp sit in the marinade for up to two days.  Second, it takes about five minutes to grill the shrimp.  Third, it can be served hot or at room temperature.  Fourth, it’s delicious.

These are Parmesan Cheese Straws.  They are made from frozen puff pastry that is sprinkled with cheese, cut into strips, twisted, and baked.  In addition to the Parmesan Cheese Straws we served Pasta, Pesto, & Peas and Tomato Mozzarella Salad on the side {which I don’t have solo photos of}.  But here is what everything looked like on the plate…

Beginning at the front of the plate, you are looking at Pasta, Pesto, & Peas, Parmesan Cheese Straw, Herb-Marinated Grilled Shrimp, and Tomato Mozzarella Salad.  The flavors paired together so well, and with the exception of grilling the shrimp, everything was made ahead of time.

Let’s talk desserts.

The desserts were served at one end of the food table.  Stacking cake plates on top of each other is one of my favorite tricks for adding height to any display.

These are Homemede Lemon Tarts.  I won’t lie to you, these were unbelievable, mostly due to all the fresh lemon zest used in the lemon curd filling.  And the crust had almonds in it…yum.  And the whipped cream topping was just sweet enough to balance it all out.  And they were enormous.  And…no, they weren’t super easy, but given that everything else was made ahead of time, I didn’t mind one complicated dessert item.

We also served Lemon Cupcakes from The Cupcake Cottage {where Rachel works}.  These are little mini cupcakes {which The Cupcake Cottage calls Baby Cakes…so cute}, and they were the perfect compliment to the tarts.  Plus, the frosting added one more yellow component to our table.

There you have it…yummy party food!  Click on a title below to download a printable copy of each recipe.  Enjoy!

Parmesan Cheese Straws

Herb-Marinated Grilled Shrimp

Pasta, Pesto, and Peas

Tomato Mozzarella Salad

Homemade Lemon Tarts

Wow!  What a week…thanks for hanging with me as I’ve shared four posts worth of celebration details!

One last note.  If you have a second, go back and check out Monday’s post about the actual baptism.  I have updated it to include the video of Rachel telling her story.  It was shown right before she was baptized, and it will grab your heart.

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7 Responses to Rachel’s Baptism Celebration {The Menu}

  1. Seeing all the gorgeous decorations and yummy treats must have added so much to an already amazing and important event for Rachel. Thanks, too, for sharing her video!

  2. Brittany says:

    So beautiful! We’re making the shrimp and tomato/mozzarella salad this weekend. :) Thanks for the yummy idea, and wonderful notes about Rachel. So touching!

  3. rachelle says:

    how do i get in on one of these tasty parties? i knew i should’ve crashed that tea party!

  4. Sandra Sasser says:

    Thanks…VERY interesting and it might be just what I need to do with an upcoming Senior girls/moms brunch I’m having on May 21st. Of course I can’t get all the things here, but….Timm sent us the video of Rachel’s testimony yesterday…very touching and inspiring.
    Thanks again…it was GREAT!

  5. Ashlee Mason says:

    Another beautiful post! And thank you for sharing the video of Rachel. I loved hearing her story and how God has/is working in her life. What an amazing girl!

  6. Sarah wolfe says:

    Yum! Why wasn’t I invited? ;) I would have become fast friends with Rachel just to partake on all that food!

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