Doing post-grad study this year means that I'm living on a severely limited income. So nice gifts are a bit out of my budget and when my best friend had her 24th birthday weekend I offered to throw her a dinner party as my gift to her. I then found myself cooking for ten people this Friday, the biggest group I have ever cooked for on my own! I tried to keep it simple and did a roast which everyone seemed to enjoy and a chocolate almond cake that was very nearly a disaster but was thankfully saved just in time. The preparation was almost as fun as the party so I though I would share some photos from before everyone arrived.