When my Scottish friend told me she'd be travelling back to Scotlant while her husband remained in Australia and his 60th birthday happened to be during her time away, a whole bunch of family and friends decided to plan a surprise 60th birthday party. Our friend Gordon is always lending us a hand with various bits of landscaping or odd jobs and we were really looking forward to planning his party to celebrate this milestone.
A few of us got together one Friday night to plan the party then divided the work between us. The idea was that everyone invited would bring along a dish which would be put towards the meal. I decided to make a massive lasagne. This is always popular and convenient for feeding a crowd. I also made a batch of delicious date crumble slice. I followed the recipe found here as it always turns out perfectly. I figured the oats were a very distant nod to Gordon's Scottish heritage while the slice itself could be conveniently held in one hand while balancing a cup of tea in the other.
Besides the party being a surprise, we also hired a bag piper to come along and play a few Scottish tunes so this was something everyone was waiting to see. Our friend was genuinely surprised by the party and was speechless as the bag piper entered playing a familiar tune. Our job was done! The evening was a real success and everyone bringing a dish worked really well. There was such a range of different food to be enjoyed and all of it was simply delicious. The slice was a perfect addition to the dessert table and it was nice to see it being enjoyed!