An original twist in a 50th birthday celebration, that’s what Edgar Valdmanis, a colleague and friend, invited to last weekend. I’ve been to a few 50ths, but never one planned, prepared, arranged and conducted like this one! So read on if you are desperate for ideas about how to through a creative party no matter what the occasion.

I took tons of photos – some for public, and others for more private use :-) As pics often says more than a thousand word, I will reveille some along with my report and start with the whole gang to give you a hint and invite you into the mood:
Let the guests make the fest and fun #1

The best party formula ever:
Invite all you’re very best friends, give them a chef hat and an apron to set the stage. Then the most important thing: A menu with detailed recipes for all courses (we had 4).
So what’s happens then? Well everyone starts to read the menu of course – which in the beginning we thought were the party songs :lol: – but no:
Let the guests make the fest and fun #2

Then you divide them into groups and tell them they will be making tonight’s dinner. Do not forget to buy the ingredients! Invite them a bit earlier than normal of course, and then you tell them we’ll have dinner in two hours: and let the game begin (click all pics to bigify & enjoy):
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Soon the kitchen looks like a professional restaurant’s.
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The 14 guests were divided into four teams, each being responsible for one dish for the party – for example the starter, the main course etc. The given menu was complete with ingredients and step by step instructions to making each dish. We were divided so we were with people we did not know very well, but the process of creating the best dish possible broke the ice and got us laughing and acquainted in the process.

The dinner is served:
I can tell you we needed the two hours to prepare as we made it all from raw ingredients; we peeled the shrimp, made all the gravy and sauces from the bottom up and so on – this was no fast food feast you know! So when we finally sat down at the table, we were a well mixed and hungry group:
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Left: Around the table – Right: Edgar giving his speech

The 4 course and the recipes:
I’ve saved the best for last and again pics say more than a thousand words, so let’s start with my groups contribution – first to the left and eat on:
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Left: Natural Shrimp Cocktails – Right: Filet mignon with wine sauce & baby roasted potatoes
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Left: Fruit and cheese plate – Right: ice cream with fresh strawberry sauce

Edgar Valdmanis, a network evangelist:
Before I end, I’d like to introduce the jubilant: He is a nice guy, a Professional Networker, a great colleague and Marketing Director at the Norwegian Computer Society. He invited his best friends, but just a few knew each other in before hand. I can tell we did after making this dinner together – and quite a few business deals was done too! You can meet Edgar in most all Social Media of course – some examples; at LinkedIn as well as Twitter and Facebook.

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