This past weekend I threw a surprise birthday for my wife and the food and party was actually pretty decent. She loves Paris so I did a Paris theme for her complete with the Eiffel tower in ice. Eiffel tower wine holder out of ice. My wonderful friends at Nadeau's Ice Sculptures (http://www.nadeauice.com/) let me come in and bang this out for the party. I was quite a bit slower than when I used to do this regularly but it came together alright. Standard crudites display. Cheese and fruit display. Cheese: Comte p'tit basque Morbier Triple Creme La Fleur Bleu d'Auvergne Mimolette Also served smoked salmon and shrimp cocktail *Next to the cake (right) were L'artisan macaroons. French pastry chef in San Francisco who studied under Pierre Herme. Thanks for the tip Bonbini! Had the cake made at Toni Patisserie in Hinsdale Illinois. It was huge and expensive.