Scenes from the Weekend

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend! I continued to take it a little easy this weekend but still had a lot of fun. On Friday night it was my dear friend Katie’s birthday and we gathered at her recently remodeled apartment for a lovely birthday dinner party! It was so much fun catching up with the girls and I had a blast. Early the next morning I piled in car with my mom, Grandma and my mom’s best friend and headed to my sister-to-be’s bridal shower! It was such a wonderful day and this was the start of many of the fun wedding activities to come! Sunday was spent doing errands and taking care of some projects that have been swept aside. Never that enjoyable to do but it is nice to feel accomplished and ready for the week. Have a great Monday!

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Questions:

-Have you been to a bridal shower?

-What did you do this weekend?

Blind Wine Tasting

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend! And those of you who got yesterday off (lucky!) enjoyed the extra day of rest. Can you guys believe that it is almost Thanksgiving? It feels like we were talking about Halloween being the upcoming holiday just days ago and here we are already anticipating Thanksgiving! I try to celebrate each holiday as they come, but I broke that a little last night. It started innocently enough as I was merely flipping through the channels. And then I noticed that the Countdown to Christmas had begun on the Hallmark and Lifetime channels. I was powerless to resist and found myself watching not one, but two movies. They are just that good and since I was already indulging in the Christmas season, I accompanied it with some Chocolate Peppermint tea. Perfection. Let’s not even pretend like this isn’t going to keep happening all the way up until Christmas… because it is.

This weekend was a great one too because my friend Biz hosted a blind wine tasting party. It was such a fun idea and I know some of you will want to have one too over the holidays with your friends! Here’s what we did: Biz instructed us all to bring a bottle of Chardonnay or Cabernet and asked that we vary the price points. When we arrived at the party, we slipped our bottle into a burlap bag and tied it with a special ribbon for the type of wine we brought. We also labeled the wine inside the bottle with the price bracket and tied a number on the bottle.


Next, Biz handed us all little cups that you labeled in accordance with the amount of wines you are tasting. The wines were passed and small pours were doled out and you then rated the wines in order of what price bracket you thought they were in. It was so much fun to figure it out and of course I wanted to talk about each taste even though we were supposed to be private about our guesses. Go figure. At the end we found out the results which was hilarious considering I thought the cheapest bottle of red wine was actually the $50+ bottle. Guess that wine tasting hasn’t paid off?!

And of course the wine was paired with some delicious snacks or as I like to call it “the cheese table.” Not being able to partake was one of the hardest times being gluten and dairy free- especially since my friend Ashley made her famous puff pastry apple brie. However, I’m going to bring some vegan cheese next time and maybe it won’t be as bad as everyone says it is! Fingers crossed.


In love with Biz’s parties as much as I am? See some of her other ones for more inspiration:

-Derby Day Party

-Birthday Dinner Party

-Olympics Party

 

Red, White and Blue

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had an amazing weekend. Are you all watching the Olympics? I’ve never been that into it before, but this year I can’t seem to get enough. You know I love diving, but I’m also loving swimming, volleyball and of course gymnastics. This weekend has involved lots of Olympics watching, but it started off with a bang on Friday. It was actually supposed to be a book club with some of my girlfriends but because so few people read the book, we also turned it into an Olympics Opening Ceremony party. I always try and make something delicious for Book Club and this party was no exception, but with the added challenge of making something USA-themed. I thought about making my giant cupcake, but wanted to make something a little different, so I decided on Golden Oreo truffles, recipe courtesy of Sally.

The ingredients are super simple…

I followed Sally’s recipe almost exactly but subbed fat-free cream cheese for regular (I mean, why not save a few calories when you can!) And because I only have a mini food processor, I processed everything in batches. Also, I noticed that the truffles turn out best when you really blend the cream cheese and oreos together until they become a similar texture as cookie dough.

But I wasn’t the only one with an Olympic themed treat- everyone brought amazing things, including red, white and blue mac and cheese. And of course, adorable decorations by my friend, party planner extraordinaire, Biz. Also, check out the bowls below- they are Olympic rings ;)

But food wasn’t the only thing on our minds. Of course the wine was flowing as well and we decided to take it a step further as my friend Ashley created something special for our Olympic viewing…

And what kind of an Olympics party would it be without some awesome glasses…

Questions:

-Do you have any television viewing parties?

-If you could compete in any Olympics sport, which one would you do?

Fourth of July… in August

Hi Lovelies! I hope that you had a wonderful weekend! I feel like weekends are becoming even more precious as our summer days are dwindling! There’s just something about summer that just puts everyone in a good mood, so hopefully we can all bring that feeling into Fall!

Yesterday, we had a going away party for my brother! He joined the Marines a few months ago and leaves for boot camp very shortly. We are all excited and proud of him, so we planned an Americana themed party! My mom and I have been shopping for weeks and today it all came together! Rather then tell you all about it, I thought it’d be better to show you some pictures instead!

3 Generations :)

We did burgers with over 20 different topping options, 3 bun options, and 4 different types of fries!

Daddy Jeff and the (almost) Marine!

The dessert table (+ unpictured root beer floats!)

The giant cupcake!

All in all, it was a wonderful party and I think that everyone had a great time! My mom and I love planning parties and this theme was really fun. We found so much great stuff, but could not seem to find the correct colored m&ms, so being a trooper as always, my Grandma separated all the red and blue ones so they would match the theme. They were popular but we still had a lot left over, so Sunday night my dinner ended up being red, white and blue tortilla chips and peanut m&ms… oops!

As for the giant cupcake- well lovelies, this is harder than it looks! It took me HOURS on Saturday night to make it and was very confusing. The two page directions for a kit that is supposedly “great for kids!” through me off a little bit, but in the end it came together and was delicious! I think next time, I would start making it earlier and fill the molds slightly more than they recommend for a fuller cupcake.

Questions:

-What’s your favorite theme for a party?

-What did you do this weekend?

 

 

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