Woolworths are sponsoring me to chat about their new Gold range on my blog. So to test out some of the products in the range, I decided to throw a kick-ass, super-special, Christmas high tea for my girlfriends – a total girl party!
I particularly wanted to make the classic Australian dish – the pavlova (named after a Russian ballet dancer, Anna Pavlova!).
The Gold range featured this pre-made pavlova base – a hand-finished Vanilla Bean Pavlova. This was going to be the centerpiece for my Christmas table.
These were some other indulgent items I bought: After Dinner Chocolate Collection, the Truffle Salami and the Smoked Wagu Beef.
After a few hours of being a DOMESTIC GODDESS… my Christmas high tea party was about to begin.
(I didn’t actually have to do much cooking. I just had to do a lot of “putting things together”, which was perfect for a big, party spread.)
My girlfriends and their children arrived, and we all sat down to a fabulous party!
This was my antipasto platter with cold meats, olives, soft cheese and crackers.
I made little chocolate mud cupcakes and decorated them with the After Dinner Chocolates. I found the cute little cupcake cups from a specialty cake decorating shop.
I put together a huge platter of summer fruits. Too easy.
And ta da – my crowning glory! This was the vanilla bean pavlova, topped with fresh figs, strawberries and pistachios. I got the inspiration from the “serving suggestion” photo on the box!
It looked totally indulgent and incredible :)
I also had some boring ham and cheese sandwiches and sausage rolls for the kids, but that plate didn’t make it to my fancy table spread haha.
Anyway, not long after the party started, the kids were SO SO SO excited about all the free chocolate on the table that… one particularly hyperactive kid (my 4 year old!!) reached across the table aaaaaaand…
MY SON knocked over the cake stand and SMASHED MY PAVLOVA!!!
It was as if the music of life had screeched to a terrifying stop. All the children were horrified. Their little eyes widened like dinner plates and they slowly crept backwards out of the room.
It was tragic, but it was also soooo funny. I had to bite my tongue and stop myself from laughing, and then I DID laugh. Then my girlfriends also laughed, and everything was okay again.
I rushed to grab my camera to capture the wreckage. I thought it was quite beautiful and artistic in a strange, accidental way.
We carefully scooped it all up, and someone said “We can still eat it, right?”
So we did. And it tasted just great! The fresh, sweet, fruit flavours and textures, with the popping pistachios chunks, the silky whipped cream, and the soft, long crunch of the meringue. Yummy!
The children were still so scared that they might get into trouble, that they didn’t bother us for the rest of the tea party. Everyone had a great time.
So that’s my contribution to the great summer pavlova tradition – smashed pav!
All Woolworths Gold products are currently in store or you can purchase from the website here.