Thursday, March 27, 2008

My Bead Buffet

I just came across the most interesting page in one of my idea journals.

When I was in high school, I had a lot of free time in class to just sit and read, draw, write... Whatever I was into at the moment. One morning, in an English class, I came up with the most wonderful idea!

The idea is to have a delicious Bead Buffet! Oh how I would love to do this! I don’t know enough people in this area to pull of something like this, but I wanted to share my idea with everyone in case some of you might have the means to do your own Bead Buffet! The proceeds could go to a local charity or something.

Each guest would pay a predetermined amount of money in advance for the food portion and entrance into the Party. They would also donate beads in advance to add to the buffet.

When they arrive they will be given a small, clear take-out box, with a pair of mini chopsticks attached somehow to the handle. Or you could have the boxes sitting at the beginning of the buffet line, so guests could visit the buffet as they wish.

At one long table, or set of tables, we will have set up all kinds of beads (glass, seed, shell, gemstones, etc.) in all different kinds of containers – martini glasses, candy bins, glass bowls, etc.

There will be appropriate scoops placed in each container, as the guests go through scooping the beads they want, they will pay per scoop (this will eliminate the ‘hogging’ of special beads). Polymer clay and Lampworked beads would be displayed and bought differently – still working on the details.

There would also be piles of little plastic bags scattered throughout, to put the beads in before placing them in the take-out boxes.

The Food Menu looks something like this:

[Everything would be served butler passed, one-bite Hors D’ Oeuvre’s style]

Crab Cakes with Fire Roasted Corn Chutney

Coconut Shrimp with Lime Sauce

One Bite Spoon of Parmesan Mashed Potatoes, Filet of Beef, Sun Dried Tomatoes, and Caramelized Onion

Ginger Chicken in Bacon

A Fresh Sushi and Sashimi selection

Mini Cheesecake Bites served on a Dark Chocolate Heart (Cheesecake flavors to include: Mango, Lemon, Raspberry, and Peach.)

Mini White Chocolate Cupcakes with Sweet Strawberry Buttercream

Green Apple Sorbet served on a Vanilla Crisp

Virgin Pina Colada and Strawberry Daiquiri Shooters

The Bead Menu will look something like this:

Seed beads to include a variety of Japanese and Czech beads in sizes ranging from 20/0 to 6/0; and maybe some 5/0s; also some seed bead mixes!

Milliforie Glass beads in a wide range of colors and shapes and chips

Vintage Lucite beads – Flowers, Leaves, Shapes, etc.

Shell Beads – Chips and whole shells

Swarovski Crystal beads in cubes, bicones, and rounds

Glass Cubes from Italy

Possible lampwork beads and sets

Possible Polymer beads and sets

Glass Shells

Gemstone beads from around the world

Real seed beads – beads from all over the world that are made of seeds!

Cat’s Eye (Some mixes as well as single colors)

Of course there are many details that need to be worked out. I've just given the basics of my idea. It would be up to you all to work out the final event. A fun task to take on, I'm sure!

I used to sit and imagine this for ages! What fun a Bead Buffet would be! Walking around, mingling with friends, scooping out beads into little bags... Add some yummy food, and you have the perfect afternoon treat!

I promise to share pictures if I ever get the opportunity to do this! And you guys better do the same! lol