A Badlands Birthday!

Katherine Heigl, Nancy Heigl and Meg Heigl-Beltran

July is a month where I get to celebrate the two most important women in my life. My mother and my sister. With their birthdays just a week a part I kinda have my hands full planning parties, dinners or some type of celebration that honors them. This year my sister was able to make it up to the mountains to attend my mother’s party at the ranch and while she was here I managed to plan a fun pool day party to celebrate her birthday as well. Two parities in one week had us eating more than our share of cake but it was well worth it to get to show the women I love just how much they mean to me. Here’s a look at my mother’s party. I hope my ideas will help inspire your next fete!

I worked with my favorite catering company Magleby’s to come up with a ranch to table menu inspired by all the fruits and veggies growing in our greenhouse and garden. The results were not only delicious, fresh and organic but absolutely gorgeous as well. Almost too pretty to eat…almost.

Passed Hors d'Oeuvres

Passed Hors d'Oeuvres

  • Caprese Bites: Fresh specialty pulled mozzarella balls, fresh basil leaves, assorted hybrid cherry tomatoes, drizzled with aged balsamic and olive oil.
  • Marinated Mint Cantaloupe: Fresh perfectly square cut cantaloupe, marinated overnight in mint and drizzled with fresh lime juice.
  • White Bean Bruschetta: Homemade white bean bruschetta with pine nuts, served on mini toast topped with sprigs of fresh baby dill.
Table Top Hors d'Oeuvres

Table Top Hors d'Oeuvres

  • Specialty Cured Meats, Olives, with Fresh Mozzarella di Bufala – Speck, hot soppressata, salame gentile, prosciutto, fresh large buffalo mozzarella drizzled with olive oil – garnished with fresh sprigs of rosemary and thyme and whole olives.
  • Golden, Striped, and Red Beet Salad tossed in arugula, pistachio pansy, goat cheese, with balsamic drizzle.
  • Watermelon, Prosciutto, Pecorino Romano Bites: Drizzled with olive oil and garnished with fresh herbs.
Passed Petite Salads

Passed Petite Salads

  • Cucumber & Pea Shoot Salad with banana pepper, mint, feta radish, olive oil, and lime.
  • Fresh Garlic Orzo Salad in a Acorn Squash bowl.
  • Frisée tossed with heirloom tomato slices, bush beans, asparagus, nicoise olives, medley potato, eggs, radish.
Passed Petite Entrées

Passed Petite Entrées

  • Plum glazed salmon with a radish sprout garnish.
  • Pomegranate glazed airline chicken wrapped in pancetta with orange cranberry relish and sage brown butter (beurre noisette).
  • Petite Tenderloin Crostini with whipped goat cheese and chocolate sauce, and sliced chocolate cherry tomato.
3 Layer Tower Lemon Coconut Cake


  • Pot de crème with raspberry glaze around the edge of the shooter and topped with a fresh raspberry and a gold spoon.
  • Fresh Berries & Cream: Fresh blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and blueberries served with Magleby’s homemade custard cream – garnished with a fresh mint leaf.
  • 3 Layer Tower Lemon Coconut Cake with sugared coconut on the outside.

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  • Sandra Oranje

    Hi Katie. First of all a Happy belated birthday to Nancy and Meg. Wishing you all things good, love and health.
    Those party plans looked great. Not only did the food looked gorgeous and yummy, but I’m toally in love with all the flower arragements. Especially the one in the second photo of your party photo album. Just love… love… love it.
    Thanks for sharing this.
    Hugs from the Netherlands xxx

    September 8, 2017 at 1:54 pm Reply
  • Syuzanna

    Dearest Katherine,

    Thank you again for sharing your ideas and precsious family pictures with your fans!
    I can not stop loving your enthusiasm and only keep getting more and more inspired by you! Absolutely stunning party decor and the the food looks amazing!
    Happy birthday to your mother and sister! May they always be surrounded by love and happiness, may their eyes always shine with inspiration and never ending love!
    I love your flower composition and if you made all those mini horse d’Oeuvres and appetizers than you sure have mastered the perfect party hostess ( or any day) hostess skills!
    Happy celebrations again!

    September 8, 2017 at 2:42 pm Reply
  • Eddie

    Beautiful pictures. I love your taste of foods and lovely looking ranch..

    September 9, 2017 at 11:23 pm Reply
  • Mon

    Hi, how are you Kathi? I again … fabulous everything you write as always. They are going to have a beautiful birthday!!!
    I ask you a question, in two weeks I’m going to visit Florida and Texas. I go with my two children of 6 and 4, who advise me of food? More milk than anything.
    I send you a big kiss and your sister and your mom too.

    September 10, 2017 at 3:50 am Reply
  • Kate

    Beautiful photos, memories and family! I especially love the flowers on table! Greetings from Ireland.

    September 10, 2017 at 1:34 pm Reply
  • Amy

    Oh my…you are so blessed and beautiful! Isn’t our God amazing? You have a lovely home and family.

    September 13, 2017 at 11:34 am Reply
  • Natalie

    These flowers are simply beautiful, what more do you need to decorate a party? They’re just like the displays we had at our wedding last month, and I wish I could afford to fill my house with them every week! Thanks for sharing and letting me daydream 🙂

    September 15, 2017 at 12:24 pm Reply
  • Krystal Cain

    Your house..ranch..is so beautiful! I am in love with the party photos.

    September 21, 2017 at 7:44 am Reply
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