25. What an important number… What a scary number. I’ve always dreaded turning a year older. It makes me think that I need to grow up. If you know me personally, you’d know how immature I may act, because the truth is, I don’t ever want to get/act older. My birthday is one day from the whole year that I live for, and I always go all out.
I had decided way before that I wanted a seat down dinner with my important loved ones. My friends play a very important part of my life. I choose my friends wisely, only letting in those who really matter, those who really care and those who are in my life once and for all. At the end of the day, when one has nothing, all they can rely on is the support and love their family members and friends can give them.
I’ve always wanted to host a dinner party. Since my table can only fit 8 people, I had to be careful just so the attendees feel comfortable. I knew from the start that I wanted it to be intimate and showcased who I am as a person. My mum stole the spotlight from the start (or even before) til the end. I couldn’t have done it without her.
Requesting only blue, green and white flowers from my trusty BlessednBlooms, Wendy (who’s also one of my best friends at the dinner) included probs to make it rather rustic yet girly. My mum had her teacups laid out which made a perfect mix of all my favorite colors.
A couple days before the event, I sat down with a private dining chef which happens to be Naomi’s brother, Danny, to choose the set menu which will be served on the day. I wanted a set menu which isn’t too foreign to the Asian tastebuds yet not too Asian as Asian food is abundant in Jakarta. Danny arranged a couple of dishes for us to try before a decision was mine. I stayed away from fish as the main dish as his Coffee Rubbed Short Ribs really did catch my attention. Come on, coffee rubbed short ribs? I’ve never tasted anything like that and neither any of my guests I’m sure.
We had wine, we had whiskey, we even had tea and pretty sugar cubes. Each element of the dinner portrayed my favorite things, in addition to the music of Ella Fitzgerald to Norah Jones, and most importantly, my favorite people.