We had a great weekend planned to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. After work on Thursday, July 25th, Dan and I met at the newly opened Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort. We toured the hotel and watched the falcon show. Then we popped the bottle of Cristal champagne we had bought for the special occasion and exchanged our gifts – this years theme being tin and aluminum. I got Dan a stir-tin with double teardrop stirrer and aluminum grade dash darts for his bitters bottles and Dan got me a lovely pewter wine bottle chiller from Italy. The next morning, we had breakfast, hit the pool, and then went for a hamman treatment in the spa. We wanted to stay longer, but we had an anniversary dinner party planned that evening so we had to hit the road back to Abu Dhabi.
We decided we wanted to share our 10th anniversary and wedding memories with a few of our friends in Abu Dhabi. So we got out the wedding video, photos, and recreated our wedding menu including the cocktail list, wine, and dinner menu. I got real creative and even made the name plates and destination seat names from our travel and wine themed wedding. The 9 guests arrived and we served them their choice of lime margarita or cosmopolitan with a bruschetta appetizer and did a silent slide show of wedding photos in the background. We watched a short 10 minute slide show video and then sat down for dinner of Greek salad and chicken Catarina with asparagus, dilled carrots and baby potatoes. We then forced our guests to watch the wedding video with some ad-lib commentary. Dessert was Tiramisu which Dan had made from scratch including the ladyfingers. It was a great night and our friends were really impressed by the re-creation. Happy 10th!