Let's start with the food. I usually....ok always... pride myself on making everything for our parties, but for this one Scott convinced me to take a break and outsource some of the production. I ordered a few delicious selections from Adega. If you live in Silver Spring, MD I highly recommend visiting this restaurant, especially on Saturday or Sunday for their wine and dine special. 1 appetizer, 2 entrees, and 1 select bottle of wine for $40! Last year I organized a surprise party for Scott after he was offered the position of Director of Undergraduate Studies for the University for Maryland's Psychology Department. The food was phenomenal and the customer service was excellent, especially from one of their on-site managers Ilecia, so I chose to use them again for this event. Here is a link to Adega's catering menu.
While perusing Pinterest for safari ideas, I came across a few impressive artistic culinary creations that I wanted to try to replicate. Pictured below is my work inspired from the following blogs. The first was panda cupcakes from Bakerella.