Apparently it is spring despite Idaho’s best attempt at a last minute dusting of snow last night. Regardless, we are feeling everything to do with spring, such as spring cleaning — spring cleaning of our freezers that is. Krista and I are fortunate enough to have boys that could realistically claim hunting as a part-time job. We still aren’t sure if it is entirely cost effective, but it does leave us with freezers full of game meat.
So when the idea of a game dinner came up (thank you, Abbey!), we were all in. A plethora of game, some greens and lots of giggles made for a great night. Here is a look!
To juxtapose the plethora of game meat and manliness of the dinner, Krista and I decided on a theme of romantic florals (the most obvious choice). We even toyed with the idea of flower crowns but were slightly short on time to execute. In our professional blogging opinion, there will always be another party worthy of flower crowns…
Our dear friend Abbey, who is both a master hunter and gatherer, helped us with the décor, menu and set up. This lady recently passed “Hunter’s Education,” is a terrific gardener, can make apple chips that are like crack (I’ve eaten several large mason jars in one sitting) and is an all-around fantastic woman. Someone needs to put a ring on it stat (ahem). Regardless, huge thanks to Abbey for all her help!
Here is how we decorated:
- floral paper from a local craft store
- a selection of antler sheds
- antler sheds wrapped in romantic hues
- gold glitter votives
- arrangements of greenery and baby’s breath
- tiny votives with white rose buds
- ribbon chandelier
- chalkboard dinner menu
- “crown” folded dinner napkins (thanks, YouTube)
Obviously we (and by we I mean everyone but me as I will probably always be a gatherer of greens) enjoyed a variety of game meat. To make sure no one went home with clogged arteries we added some greens to keep it balanced. Here is a look at the fantastic spread that went together surprising well:
- artichoke dip
- smoked duck + sharp cheddar + sun valley mustard
- roasted parmesan zucchini
- spring spinach salad
- roasted red potatoes
- pheasant pot pie
- elk steaks
- duck gumbo
- grilled teriyaki pheasant
Obviously the company consisted of some of the best hunters (and gatherers) that we know. Maybe it was the mass amount of protein pulsing through everyone, but it was a fantastic friend-filled evening full of so many giggles. Our friend Maggie was the giggle queen of the evening and we loved every minute of it. There is nothing better than laughing uncontrollably…
We ended the evening playing “Cards Against Humanity” over coffee and dessert, and the giggles continued. Cheers to an amazing evening celebrating well-harvested meat with laughter and love!