Sunday, January 16, 2011

PARTY TIME!

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This weekend I helped host/throw an Engagement Party for Allison & David. I have known Allison for 10 years...we met at our first job right out of college, Enterprise Rent-A-Car (a.k.a. the job from hell). I hated my job, but am thankful for the lifelong friendship with Allison that I gained from working there. We started at Enterprise the same week and quit on the same day....which isn't important to the story, but I just thought I'd share.

The party was hosted at Nordan's home (which is picture perfect, looks like it's right out of magazine and is a great venue for any party....oh and he and has the most amazing kitchen ever - complete with tons of counter space, an awesome gas range and a double oven. LOVE!). Amanda did a lot of work the week before the shower (making the pastries, the tarts, the brownies and the sugar cookies). Emily worked on putting together the table tent cards. And I made the table decoration, the banner and pecans ahead of time. (We did have a couple other people who thankfully went in and helped pay for the party.)

Yesterday afternoon, Amanda, Emily and Ashlee-Jean came to my house to finish up the prep work. We grabbed a quick bite to eat for a late lunch/early dinner at Whole Foods and then got to Nordan's around 5:45 p.m.

We finished all of the prep work and started baking everything around 7 p.m. People started arriving at 8 p.m.

Amanda put together a fabulous menu for the party. She is one girl who knows about food and what goes well together. And hopefully this is the start of a beautiful friendship for us - we learned through this process that we have a lot in common. :)

Here's what we served:

Sugar Cookies (with D's and A's on them) -

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Chicken Taco Rings (served with sour cream and salsa) - this was the only non-vegetarian thing served, and Pear & Cranberry tart (on the right of this picture) -

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Double Tomato Bruschetta (this was hands down the best thing we served - it was amazing) -

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Pastry Wrapped Brie, served with apple slices (not shown) and french bread -

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Black Bean & Corn Salad, served with tortilla chips and pita chips -

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The whole spread (I missed pictures of a few things, so imagine seeing the miniature chocolate cupcakes with nutella frosting, cajun spiced pecans, mushroom and onion tartlets, and a cheese ball served with crackers in addition to the pictures above)-

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Here's the centerpiece for the table...Brad cut the branches from our backyard, then I spray painted it white and hot glued on the little purple, lilac, and white buds -

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David and Allison opening a few gifts -

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Banner, which I made out of old scrapbook paper Emily donated to the project, lots of leftover ribbon I had laying around, and vintage buttons that I've had a cabinet for years -

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The Catering Team, plus Allison - (Amanda, me, Allison, Emily) -

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We had a great time hosting the party and it was a complete success! I'm thankful to everyone who lent a hand, helped prep the food, let us borrow serving pieces, and helped pay for the party. Next up - Amanda, Emily and I are opening a catering business. Okay, maybe not, but it was fun.

Happy ever after, David & Allison. Love y'all.

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4 comments:

al said...

you guys are awesome! the party was awesome! love you! If yall open a catering business, I want in.

Capable Girl said...

B! Let's start this beautiful friendship, yo!

Thanks for all of your hard work, organizational skills, and moxy. You made this party happen! So happy Dave & Al had a fun time!!

Katie Rush said...

I am literally drooling over that menu and the pictures! It all sounds to die for! Especially the taco ring...what exactly is that?!

Katie Rush said...

Thanks so much for the recipe! I can't wait to find an excuse to make it...it sounds absolutely delish! And yes, we have the sweetest husky in the world! We adopted him from a shelter, and is just the biggest sweetheart. We live in Indiana, so we definitely understand some hot and humid weather. He did awesome last summer, just couldn't go on on runs more than 5 miles. But I'd be lying if I said he didn't prefer the snow and cold temps...he could stay out forever! As long as you're up for an ACTIVE dog, you could for sure handle a husky...Alabama heat and all :)