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golden birthday party — pineapples, party hats, “tags” & a cat suit

Mia and Tag on a tag...duh

Mia and Tag on a tag…duh

Meet Mia, my co-conspirator on this lovely affair.

When our best friend, Kacie, moved home after living in Denver and Boulder after college, we had so much to celebrate. Our wolfpack had (at least mostly) reunited, it was her 27th birthday, and Kacie and her boyfriend, Tag, had just gone into contract on their first home.

Kacie turned 27 on the 27th, which if you don’t know, means it’s her golden birthday. Judging from our average readership age, your golden birthday may have come and gone already, but keep this fun excuse to really go for it in mind for your friends and family.

Thankfully, all things gold are Kacie’s favorite, just like mine. We had so much fun hatching this borderline surprise party plan. Here’s a look!

INVITATION

the paperless post invite that we sent the the birthday girl at the last minute

the paperless post invite that we sent the the birthday girl at the last minute

Envelope

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  • Gold letter balloons that spelled out “GOLDEN GIRL”
  • 40″ number balloons for a 2-7
  • Regular gold balloons
  • Gilded pineapples, a brilliant idea of Mia’s
  • Glitter champagne bottles, another brain child of Mia’s
  • Gold votives
  • White flowers in gold vases
  • Photos of Kacie and some of her favorite people
  • Gold striped and pineapple straws
  • Gold rimmed cups and plates
  • Tags made of Tags 😉
  • Costumes that also played into the dĂ©cor
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before and after!

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Conveniently Mia’s aunt is also the very talented lady behind Tara Bella flowers, so the blooms were stunning. I reused a few props from a birthday party last year, including the “k” and a dino friend or two

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These 40″ balloons from “bargainballoons.com” were just that! They were almost more of a rose gold, but that was fine by me!

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dino and polka dots

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the whole dĂ©cor shebang — balloons, pineapples, votives, photos, and a dino

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more dino

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I found these napkins at local favorite boutique The Gardens…so good

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the company

 

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hostesses and bday girl

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the gang

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#stillgotit

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late night casino love

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the following day included some epic skiing, all decked out in gold.

the following day included some epic skiing, all decked out in gold.

Such a fun couple of days!

cheers krista

 

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let there be light – dinner party

Krista and I wanted to throw a “friend’s dinner” in March and we thought the most obvious holiday to celebrate would be Daylight Savings. We both love that it brings more light during the evening and is the beginning of springtime, good weather and sunshine!

But true to Sun Valley, the weather had other plans for us. It decided to actually slush mass amounts of the heaviest snow from the sky all day long. The joke was on us. Regardless, we didn’t throw away our plans for a “light” dinner and celebrated in style! Here is a look!

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Since the weather didn’t cooperate with exactly what we had in mind, we had the boys build a fire while we set the table. Nothing quite says light and spring quite like a fire!

We wanted to keep everything about the décor fun, light and airy so we donned the table with the following:

  • the prettiest pastel colored marbled paper
  • confetti balloons (which, would be amazing for practically any occasion in our minds)
  • new baby succulents/flowers for each setting
  • mini gold mason jar votives
  • fresh, white flowers
  • natural placemats

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can we talk about how AMAZING these balloons are?!

can we talk about how AMAZING these balloons are?!

the cutest little succulents

the cutest little succulents

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menu

We wanted to keep everything light and fresh during the celebration. We decided on a Spring time fresh pasta with a plethora of veggies and organic chicken. Everything happened to be green (except the chicken of course), keeping with the freshness!

  • fresh noodles (gluten free spinach and regular linguini)
  • pasta toppings (pesto, parmesan, mozzarella, salt and pepper, chili flakes, etc)
  • garden fresh salad
  • sautĂ©ed fresh vegetables
  • organic chicken
fresh, chopped veggies

fresh, chopped veggies

so green!

so green!

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check out those spring greens

fresh, gluten free spinach noodles

fresh, gluten free spinach noodles

 my veggie, very green plate

my veggie, very green plate

krista's plate

krista’s plate

no party is complete without a coozie!

no party is complete without a coozie!

peach, lemonade pie + ice-cream (recipe to come!)

peach, lemonade pie + ice-cream (recipe to come!)

cheers to all things good!

cheers to all things good!

the company

Like every good party the company was fabulous. However the fabulous company didn’t happen to make it into any pictures, except for the smash sisters. We finished off the night with a round of Cards Against Humanity and so many giggles. It was the perfect way to celebrate the light and Spring time!

par pars was so tired from a long day of fishing

par pars was so tired from a long day of fishing

the smash sisters

the smash sisters

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Cheers to the light, good food, good company and confetti balloons!

krista and taylor

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to love & be loved – glittering gold engagement party

On New Year’s Eve 2015 I co-hosted, along with seven other fabulous women, an engagement party for one of our favorite couples. The happy couple got engaged in early Fall and happens to be comprised of my lovely co-author Krista and her boy, Chase.

We all consider Krista to be one of the loveliest women that we know. She is kind, loyal, a realist and always by our sides. She is the one we can always count on and always the one to celebrate us in her perfect way. So we knew that we needed to go all out, for not only her but Chase too because he is equally special to us and makes Krista oh so happy, which is really what matters….

So here is a look below at our NYE party to celebrate the future Mr and Mrs Millemann!

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You know the saying “less is more.” Well in this case we went for “more is more.” More balloons, more glitter, more gold, more flowers, more votives, more candles, more tulle, more golden ducks, more, more, more. It was New Year’s Eve after all and we were celebrating our of our all time favorite couples…

Since this party wasn’t only about Krista with all the gold and glitter, (Chase, you matter too!) I took on the task of making as many gold origami ducks as possible to decorate the room since they are both avid Ducks. Go ducks!

We were fortunate enough to rent out the “back room” at ZINC for the evening (side note: if you are looking for a phenomenal party spot to rent out in Ketchum, this is your room!). We decked out the perfectly neutral room in the following:

  • 150+ handmade gold origami ducks
  • gold origami duck entry
  • gold and white balloons with hanging “goldilocks”
  • gold votives
  • white flowers (hydrangeas and calla lilies)
  • gold glitter tulle
  • NYE party hats
  • homemade shot skis (more details below!)
the gilded room

the gilded room

the entrance to the room

the entrance to the room (huge shout to my always willing mother for stringing the ducks together!)

go ducks!

go ducks!

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obviously more is more

obviously more is more

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you can never have enough ducks

you can never have enough ducks

tulle + ducks + white flowers

tulle + ducks + white flowers

a new year's eve party isn't complete without party hats!

a new year’s eve party isn’t complete without party hats!

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an "M" for the future millemanns

an “M” for the future millemanns

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so much gold, so much glitter, so much tulle

so much gold, so much glitter, so much tulle

custom shot skis

custom family shot skis

Krista’s brother, Drew, and I made these custom shot skis for the happy couple to keep FOREVER! We gathered a retro ski that belonged to both of their fathers and went to work. Drew used a drill press to make custom holes in both of the skis that fit glass shot glasses. I then painted each one with a black rectangle and wrote the family name and their parent’s wedding anniversary. I shed a few tears and essentially Drew did all of the work while I simply played with the puppies…

Cheers to the prettiest shot skis of all time!

tulle makes for the best bows

tulle makes for the best bows

the "detwiler" ski

the “detwiler” ski

the "millemann" ski

the “millemann” ski

all lit up

all lit up & ready to party!

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menu

Since it was NYE and celebrating Chase and Krista, we knew we needed a plethora of delicious food. We decided to go with some healthy, comfort food catering from the Haven as well as order quite a few flat breads from ZINC. We additionally supplemented with a few cheese plates and desserts (since you can’t go wrong with more of either of those!) Our spread included:

  • pigs in a blanket
  • sautĂ©ed brussel sprouts
  • chicken skewers
  • antipasto platter
  • crostini platter
  • assorted flatbreads
  • cheese plates
  • homemade popcorn
  • gluten free cookies
  • local beer, red wine, white wine and of course champagne!
the spread

the spread

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copious amounts of cheese & classy pigs in a blanket – what more do you need?

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gluten free cookies (a single cookie monster ate about 85% of them throughout the party…)

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the company

You know a couple is truly loved when you receive a quarter more RSVPs for an event than expected. Friends and family came from near and very far (shout out to Mendoza coming from LA and Chris and Katja from Bend!) to celebrate and smother Chase and Krista with love. The company at this party was truly an outstanding group of brilliant, fun loving and good hearted people. The type of people you want to party with every night.

Cheers to Chase and Krista!

the future mr & mrs millemann

the future mr & mrs millemann ❀

the brass blossom does engagement party

the brass blossom does engagement party

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the skenes + jenna

rach & anders

rach & anders

the bride and two of her maids

the bride and two of her maids

love this guy <3

love this guy ❀

guests from so far!

oregon family! thanks for coming from so far!

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good looking idaho people

brilliant photo angle (cred: casey hawkes)

brilliant photo angle (cred: casey hawkes)

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no words

no words

taggart & kacie

taggart & kacie

the bride and (almost all of her) bridesmaids

the bride and (almost all of her) bridesmaids

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toasts & cheers!

toasts & cheers!

the detwiler clan <3

the detwiler clan ❀

the millemann clan <3

the millemann clan ❀

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when things started to get dicey (aka even more fun)

when things started to get dicey (aka even more fun)

shot ski time!

shot ski time!

clearly i was paying attention & didn't pour the majority of my shot on the ground....

clearly we was paying attention & didn’t pour the majority of our shots on the ground….

#fail

#fail

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for the win!

for the win!

the always classy detwiler women

the always classy detwiler women + the best photobomb

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legs, legs, legs

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how any good party ends....

how any good party ends….

Cheers to the future Mr and Mrs Millemann! We all cannot wait to continue the celebrations!

taylor brass

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thanksgiving centerpiece inspiration — gilded pumpkins

thanksgiving centerpiece inspiration

thanksgiving centerpiece inspiration

One of my favorite parts of the holidays is the decorating. As much as I love to plan a menu, planning the centerpiece is half the fun when friends and family gather around one dinner table.

I was so excited about the centerpiece I created for Anna’s baby shower, that I couldn’t imagine throwing the pink pumpkins in the garbage. However, pink doesn’t exactly “go” with the rest of our house, and the boy wasn’t stoked about having baby shower dĂ©cor lingering in the house.

So, I repurposed them with another coat of spray paint and switched out the flowers a couple times to make them more suitable for two separate table settings.

This versatile centerpiece inspiration is fun to create, and relatively time and cost-efficient. Here’s a look at exactly what I did, but feel free to mix up the quantity, colors, etc!

materials

  • 7 medium-sized pie pumpkins
  • pumpkin carving set (the kid friendly kind will do)
  • newspaper
  • gloves
  • spray paint in 3-6 your colors of choice (I recommend at least one metallic color and then an ombre of another color depending on your color-scheme)
  • 3-5 small aluminum cans that have been opened, emptied, and rinsed out (small mason jars also work)
  • 2-dozen assorted flowers of your choice
  • 5 assorted candlesticks with a wide base on either end in varying heights
  • 20 additional mini pumpkins in white or orange

instructions

 

  1. Using the pumpkin carving set, the newspaper to cover whatever table surface you’re on, and gloves, carve 5 pumpkins, making sure the opening on the top is large enough to fit the aluminum can. Carefully scrape out all the “innards” of the pumpkin so they last as long as possible. Wipe them clean and dry when finished.
  2. Spray paint the carved pumpkins and any additional un-carved pumpkins according to you color scheme. I recommend wearing gloves and holding the pumpkin by the opening to ensure spray paint coverage. You can also leave some of the “naked” and in their original orange color. Let them dry for at least 30 minutes.
  3. While the pumpkins dry, arrange your flowers into equal size bouquets for each pumpkin in the tin cans or mason jars, and fill the can or mason jar with water.
  4. Once the pumpkins are dry, ease the mason jar or can into the opening in the pumpkin.
  5. Arrange the candlesticks in the middle of the table, alternating heights as possible. I also chose to stagger mine so that there was more depth.
  6. Carefully balance the pumpkins on the candlesticks. Arrange additional pumpkins (mini and normal size) around the candlestick pumpkins. Add sparkly votives for nice dimension.
  7. Gather and enjoy!
carved and spray painted pumpkins ready for their flowers

carved and spray painted pumpkins in a range of pinks, ready for their flowers

the first version of this centerpiece, pretty in pink

the first version of this centerpiece, pretty in pink

version 2, that same day, using pretty copper and metal colored spray paints

version 2, that same day, using pretty copper and metal colored spray paints

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I saw these dark purple and blood red blooms at the local grocery store and was inspired to update the pumpkins one more time for Rachel’s Halloween party

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red wine also inspired the color scheme…and the creative process 🙂

bouquet ready to be put in a pumpkin

bouquet ready to be put in a pumpkin

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Here are a few more gilded pumpkin inspiration photos Taylor recently pinned to our Brass Blossom Pinterest (check it out!)
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Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

cheers krista

 

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showering baby girl parker with love (and pumpkins)

On Christmas Eve, the Detwiler Family is due to receive the best gift ever — a baby girl, daughter of my cousin Anna and her husband, Robert.

I have only been to one baby shower in my life, let alone ever hosted one. My cousin Heather and I jumped at the opportunity to host a celebration for Anna and her little one. It was a beautiful afternoon full of lots of love, bubbles, bites, and gifts. We can’t wait to meet you, Baby Parker!

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We couldn’t resist some pink (and gold, duh) and so selected this gold foil square invite with a pink envelope liner from Paperless Post, the paper line.

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many think that Paperless Post is always paperless, but think again! The quality of these festive invites was pleasantly surprising — more so than other popular stationery brands I’ve seen.

Since the shower was in October, we easily decided on an autumn theme. I found this photo on Pinterest that served as inspiration (more to come on these very versatile decorations!):

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found on stylempretty.com

Here’s our version, plus some additional gold and pink details with some canvas and chalkboard signs:

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you should have seen Heather and me blowing up these balloons…we found a sip of wine before each effort helped tremendously 🙂

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more to come on these carved pumpkin centerpieces!

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it’s amazing what you can do with some spray paint, candlesticks, and Costco flowers!

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baby shower

big balloons and metallic pumpkins greeted guests at the front door

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a cool copper color spray paint I found at the local hardware store

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dress my cupcake is a great dĂ©cor brand (albeit a little pricey when it all adds up!) that I found at Zucher’s

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can’t resist a colorful straw and some chalkboard food signs!

menu

We decided on a baby shower brunch since it was on a Sunday and provided some yummy small bites of both breakfast and lunch foods.

Heather and I prepared:

  • A mimosa bar and some non-alcoholic options
  • French toast casserole with maple syrup (rave reviews. recipe here.)
  • Avocado toast with homemade bread
  • Bacon wrapped fingerling potatoes (my personal favorite. recipe here, plus we brushed on some pesto before baking.)
  • Veggie cheese quiche from Cristina’s (which disappeared in about 20 minutes)
  • Donut hole kabobs

Friends of the mom-to-be brought:

  • Mini quiche
  • Fruit
  • Kale salad (our all-time favorite. recipe here)
  • Pumpkin and red velvet cupcakes from Bigwood Bread (anna’s favorite)
  • Caramel chocolate cake from Cristina’s (another of anna’s favorites)
  • Baguette with spinach dip and mixed veggies
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I repurposed the “yay” gold letters I made for our “K” birthday party and served tea and coffee out of these one-of-a-kind cups from Boulder Mountain Clayworks

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the spread!

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these were ridiculously delicious…

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pretty dessert corner with a canvas sign that took me wayyyy to long to make

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gotta love brunch

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pretty avocado toast on homemade bread by mike

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how pretty is that cake from cristina’s?!

the company

Anna and Baby Parker are so loved, and that showed with the guest list and the size of the present pile! I’ve also never had so many small children in my home, let alone newborns!

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mom-to-be and cassie hitting up the mimosa bar (sparkling cider for anna, of course!)

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these are real…newborn…babies…four of them…in my house!

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hostesses and the beautiful mom-to-be!

the present pile

the present pile

pretty present wrapping

pretty present wrapping

It was a great day, and we are counting down the days until Baby Girl Parker’s arrival!

cheers krista

 

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idaho adventures – the haven’s 2nd year anniversary party + save the farmers

Earlier this month, The Haven hosted their 2nd Year Anniversary Party at it’s usual parking spot at Play Hard Give Back. There was an incredible turnout to celebrate two years of the green food bus, two years of stuff your face and belly food, two years of healthy meets comfort and two years of the culinary genius and kind-hearted spirit of Kellee Havens.

Since my Brass Blossom Boyfriend (aka Krista) was out of town, I asked the boy to join me for the event. It didn’t take much convincing after I mentioned the giant lime green bus, incredible food and beer that would be at the event. I once ate food and subsequent leftovers from The Haven for almost the entirety of a week. It’s that good.

If you live remotely close to Idaho, you need to go find The Haven. While the giant lime green bus and the wonderful Havens are almost entirely booked for summer events on the weekend, you can find them Monday-Thursday, noon-2:00 p.m. at 7th and Warm Springs Road. So if you can’t track them down at an event, go one day (or four) for lunch!

And if that all wasn’t enough, The Haven so generously chose to make the event into a fundraiser for the Ketchum Farmer’s Market as this year, costs have risen to host the market. The Haven collaborated with several local businesses to make a hot raffle everyone present wanted to be apart of (I even won a pair of earrings!). An event like this just shows how far local businesses will go to support other locals. It gives a new meaning to supporting local and shopping local.

Here is a look at the event!

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the lovely kellee havens & her food bus

the lovely kellee havens & her food bus

 

the infamous lime green food bus

the infamous lime green food bus

 

the spread (minus the potatoes and mac & cheese that I went back for....#carbs)

the spread (minus the potatoes and mac & cheese that I went back for….#carbs)

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my first plate

my first plate

 

the boy's plate

the boy’s plate

 

plate 1.5

plate #1.5

 

plate #2 - nom nom

plate #2 – nom nom

 

mini cupcakes - are these not the cutest ever?

mini cupcakes – are these not the cutest ever?

 

drinks (donated from Frenchman's Winery & Sawtooth Brewery) & dessert

drinks (donated from Frenchman Winery & Sawtooth Brewery) & dessert (I believe from the Chocolate Moose)

 

the many prizes

the many generous prizes

 

obligatory "will you take a photo with me?"

the obligatory “will you take a photo with me?”

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Thank you to The Haven for throwing a great party for a great cause. And huge congratulations to Kellee Havens for a spectacular two years of fun and food worth going back for seconds! Cheers to eating and shopping local this summer!

taylor brass

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“pop-up” fishing birthday – silver creek brown drake hatch

silver creek, idaho

silver creek – idaho

Our dear friend Abbey recently had a birthday. Since her birthday fell right around Memorial Day it was difficult to find a day to gather the troops. But we knew we had to celebrate Abbey, despite her being quite reluctant. Abbey is one of those friends that you know you can always count on. Not only does Abbey always have her shit together but she is also fun, outdoorsy, domestic and one of the most caring women that I know. She is one of those friends that goes over to your house when you’ve been gone for three weeks to clean our your fridge (and the ensuing mold) and your bathrooms before you come home. Now that is one upstanding friend.

So after extensive consideration we concluded that it would be best to have her birthday coincide with one of the biggest events (according to most local fishermen/women) of the year: the Brown Drake hatch on Silver Creek. It just so happens that during “the hatch” most of our friends are already gathered in the relative vicinity of Silver Creek and Abbey happens to be one of those bad-ass girls that can throw a fly (is that even a saying?) right along with the boys. So it was perfect.

Thus, Abbey’s “pop-up” birthday was born. The place and time were relatively unknown until the day before when the bugs started getting frisky. All in all the idea for a “pop-up” birthday was fantastic. It just took a bit of going with the flow, creativity and lots of communication on where to be and when but fun was had by all.

Last year we celebrated “the hatch” with a night of glamping on Silver Creek and this year I (unfortunately Krista got a death sickness) took it just a bit further with a ton of food, pretty table and good company. There is no reason why a picnic doesn’t need a chalkboard and flowers.

Cheers to an amazing night on Silver Creek!

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Silver Creek happens to be one of those places that really doesn’t need accessories. The views are breathtaking and everything is incredibly green right now. Also a sunset worthy of capturing each evening makes any place truly magical. That being said, I couldn’t resist just a few pretty things to add to the picnic. A party is not a party without at least either something gold, a balloon, a chalkboard or flowers…

  • diy “happy birthday” chalkboard made from a mirror
  • freshly picked lilacs courtesy of Rachel
  • a pretty table cloth
not that this view needs much accessorizing

this view doesn’t need much accessorizing

birthday chalkboard complete with a couple of brown drakes

birthday chalkboard complete with a couple of brown drakes

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menu

I originally wanted to keep things light and simple as I knew we would have to pack everything to the Creek. I made a few salads and dessert and asked a few others to bring appetizers. Initially I was worried we might not have enough food but we ended up having a feast! Everyone was encouraged to eat as much as possible to avoid packing up everything again…

  • green salad with red cabbage, raw corn, Parmesan and ranch dressing
  • red quinoa salad with goat cheese, onions and green olives
  • a huge appetizer spread including a plethora of cheeses (there is never enough cheese)
  • rainbow rice krispie treats
  • assorted desserts
green salad - fresh greens, red cabbage, raw corn, Parmesan & ranch dressing

green salad – fresh greens, red cabbage, raw corn, Parmesan & ranch dressing

quinoa salad - red quinoa, goat cheese, onion, green olives with a light olive oil & red wine vinegar dressing

quinoa salad – red quinoa, goat cheese, onion, green olives with a light olive oil & red wine vinegar dressing

the appetizer spread

the appetizer spread

rainbown "fishie" rice krispies

rainbown “fishie” rice krispies

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the company

Like always we had amazing company to help celebrate Abbey’s birthday. Happy Birthday Abbey! We were also accompanied by several BILLION brown drakes, a few fish and a couple of dirty dogs!

happy birthday abbey!

happy birthday abbey!

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no words for this...apparently he was taking pictures of the bugs?

no words for this…apparently he was taking pictures of the bugs?

cuties

cuties

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two of my favorite boys around

two of my favorite boys around

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right of passage - tori dutifully eating a brown drake

right of passage – tori dutifully eating a brown drake

love bugs (no pun intended)

love bugs (no pun intended)

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<3

❀

And here is to all the bug friends that joined us!

brown drake friends

brown drake friends

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the one and only "butt selfie" i will ever take

the one and only “butt selfie” i will ever take

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until next year!

until next year!

taylor brass

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eggs, eggs & feathers – easter dinner

I feel like we have all been a bit busy recently. After a tremendously busy holiday season and a crazy start to the new year, my new resolution is to shave away all the chaos that inevitably surrounds a holiday. So for Easter, I really just wanted to enjoy a relaxing day.

For Easter evning, I boiled my options down to either going to a movie with Krista and overindulging in halfpops and wine or hosting a small dinner. To at least be semi-festive, I decided on the latter. So the boy and I offered to host a very simple Easter dinner for Krista, Chase and Par Pars.

We enjoyed simple fare, a simple table and lovely company – the makings of a perfect Sunday evening and Easter holiday!

(Fair Warning: This post is almost entirely pictures of the decor as I failed to take more than one food picture or “company” picture…#bloggingfail)

decor

A fellow blogger over at barbaraglen, friend, (DG) sister and Oregonian who is currently living in Estonia perfectly summed up my sentiments about pastels when she chose lavender as the one pastel to use for her Easter brunch style post. Being as slate gray is my favorite color, pastels aren’t quite my jam, let alone every pastel color in a smorgasbord that has become Easter.

Here is a look at our natural Easter dinner table with a scattering of eggs, more eggs and some feathers with pops of gold, black and white!

  • floral paper from Willow Papery
  • white gerbera daisies in mason jars
  • large vase filled with gold Cadbury Caramel Eggs and pheasant feathers (courtesy of the boy)
  • white speckled, mild chocolate malted eggs
  • farm fresh, hard-boiled, speckled eggs as name tags (from my aunt, uncle and cousin’s chickens)
beautiful farm-fresh eggs from my aunt, uncle and cousins chickens

beautiful farm-fresh eggs from my aunt, uncle and cousins chickens

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thanks for the eggs!

thanks for the eggs!

hard-boiled egg for name tag

hard-boiled egg for name tag

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cadbury eggs + white, malted eggs

cadbury eggs + white, malted eggs

large feather center-piece

large pheasant feather center-piece

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eggs + extra candy (of course in pastels) for munching on later

eggs + extra candy (of course in pastels) for munching on later

menu

 

Krista brought up a very valid point when we were discussing what to do for Easter – she doesn’t exactly love any Easter food. Being the rabbit eater (pun intended) that I am, I wholeheartedly agreed with her distaste. Thus, a clean, simple and nutritious menu was born.

  • smoked duck, cheddar and local Sun Valley Mustard
  • wild rice with toasted edamame beans
  • baked asparagus with olive oil, sea salt and Parmesan cheese
  • salmon with lemon, onions, fresh rosemary, olive oil, sea salt and white pepper (grunt work done by the boy)
  • arugula, goat cheese, pear and sunflower seed salad
  • a bite of selected desserts from Sun Valley’s Konditorei
the boy's plate

the boy’s plate (from quite possibly the most awkward angle)

the company

While you have probably seen our faces and our boy’s faces enough, I refuse to believe you can never get enough of these darlings. Plus, these happen to be the only pictures I actually took of the “company” for the evening…

miss maude pod

miss maude pod

love pug lizzie

love pug lizzie

taylor brass

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“k” birthday — gold dinos, fondue and g&ts

I saw the following picture on Pinterest about a month ago and totally fell in love with the concept of having gold dinos as a “theme” for a party. I was so in love with this idea that I couldn’t spend the creativity on just anybody. Lucky for me, the end of March brought the perfect occasion.

As I mentioned before, many of my friends celebrate March birthdays. When one great friend came home for her birthday, we hatched a plan to have a co-birthday party with some other birthday girls whose names start with “K.” And so the “K” party, complete with gold dinos, fondue, and some gin and tonics was born. He’s a look!

decor

 

The dĂ©cor was “fierce” (ha) but feminine:

  • An assortment of plastic dinosaurs spray painted gold. I found the dinos at the drug store after realizing that large replicas of the prehistoric creatures are kind of crazy expensive. I opted for the smaller, cheaper ones and just bought more.
  • A handmade happy birthday sign
  • Big gold and clear balloons
  • Gold letters spelling “YAY, K”
  • Gold votives
  • Tissue paper confetti in blues and pinks
  • Handmade “holey” paper
the scene

the scene

happy birthday sign

late-night dino stacking

late-night dino stacking

it almost spells kayak...but it doesn't.

it almost spells kayak…but it doesn’t.

gold dinos

gold dinos

more gold dinos

more gold dinos

hand-cut tissue paper confetti

hand-cut tissue paper confetti

t-rex was the fan favorite of course.

t-rex was the fan favorite of course.

menu

 

The menu was simple and straightforward and of course featured lots of cheese. We enjoyed:

  • Cheese fondue with apple, bread, sausage, broccoli and roasted potatoes for dipping
  • Arugula salad with strawberries, red onion, and feta
  • An orzo and arugula salad by Kacie
  • Goat cheese toast points from Rachel
  • German chocolate cakes in mason jars with fresh berries and whipped cream
  • Gin and tonics and champagne
fondue circle

fondue circle

bar cart

bar cart

bar cart

t-rex getting in on the g&t action

t-rex getting in on the g&t action

german chocolate cakes in mason jars with fresh berries and whipped cream

german chocolate cakes in mason jars with fresh berries and whipped cream

the birthday girls making a wish...in their birthday crowns

the birthday girls making a wish…in their birthday crowns

the company

 

it was a great mellow night with great friends and of course a little cards against humanity. Happy birthday, ladies! I’m so lucky to have you in my life.

a little march madness in the "background"

a little march madness in the “background”

love the boy's facial expression in the back

love the boy’s facial expression in the back

xole with her party favor dino favorite and a nice tag photo bomb

xole with her party favor dino favorite and a nice tag photo bomb

par par stretching it out

par par stretching it out

"k" ladies

“k” ladies

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the birthday girls got some bubbles and glow sticks — great party gift/immediate favor!

the birthday girls got some bubbles and glow sticks — great party gift/immediate favor!

a little blurry eyed by the end of the night :)

a little blurry eyed by the end of the night 🙂

the dino stacking was actually pretty impressive

the dino stacking was actually pretty impressive

cheers krista

weekend love it — spring break 2015

I miss the days of Spring Break. A lot. However, the spring sunshine and spring break spirit in Sun Valley are infectious right now, and I’ve been taking advantage as much as a can, between work and realizing that I’m not 21 anymore…

It was a great week filled with birthdays, sunshine, spring skiing and benders. Here’s what I’m loving right now:

1. birthdays. Many people in my life celebrate March birthdays, and this week I helped three of them celebrate in unique ways — one with yummy food and some late-night karaoke, one with gold dinos and cheese fondue (blog post coming soon) and one with aprĂ©s-ski unicorns and corn hole.

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kacie making her wish

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birthday flowers for tory

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rachel, the hostess unicorn for tory’s aprĂ©s ski adventure

trying to outsmart the wind for some candles...to no avail

trying to outsmart the wind for some candles…to no avail

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gold dinos for kacie and katie’s bday celebration at my casa

birthday girls at the gold dino party

birthday girls at the gold dino party

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kyleigh making a wish at knob hill

kyleigh making a wish at knob hill

2. “have courage, be kind.” Anyone who knows me well knows that I love a good fairytale…especially one with a modern twist that departs from a little patriarchy. While I don’t know that I could say that Disney’s live adaptation of Cinderella did just that, it did enough and then a little more. It was beautiful, intentional, and made my heart sing. I watched it with my mother, who certainly made the motif of “have courage, be kind” that much more poignant. I challenge you to not visualize yourself in cinderella’s glass slippers watching this movie.

While I’m not sure the “kindness” part of my #2 applies to House of Cards, courage probably does. I cannot get enough of House of Cards, and I am already counting down the days (but how many?!) until next season. It’s my favorite TV show right now, in a very different way than The Voice or PLL. While Cinderella may be an almost role model, Claire Underwood is one of my favorite characters ever because of her complexity and strength. That walk off at the end of the final episode?! Oh em gee. While I can’t say I agree with all of her fictional decisions, I love her. Claire Underwood for President.

3. sunshine. While I couldn’t join my “spring breaking” (not actually, but it felt that way for awhile there) friends as much on the slopes, I gave my all at the aprĂ©s scene and soaked up as much sunshine as possible this weekend.

river run love

river run love

i went down backwards while taggart hauled down the hill like he always does

i went down backwards while taggart hauled down the hill like he always does

tray races

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river run

4. food for thought. I started reading an actual book — not one on my iPad — and there’s really nothing better than curling up in the corner of the couch and flipping actual pages. I’m only half-way through, but I am loving All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

great read!

I stumbled upon this article titled “Why Your Happiness Has Little to Do With Positive Thinking” awhile ago and thought it was very interesting. While I have a hard time nay-saying positive thinking, the messages of this article really resonated me. #2 on the list is my favorite and advice I try to give and follow: “Love and embrace whatever state you are in.”

5. new duds. With wedding season on the horizon, I have had an eye out for great pieces for the last couple months. Using many gift cards that I’ve been hoarding for awhile, I invested in some solid additions to my wardrobe…from Joie to Mossimo, Panache to Nordstrom Rack. Here’s a look:

rebecca taylor onesie

rebecca taylor onesie

bb dakota dress

bb dakota dress

joie romper

joie romper

some steve madden shoes I may not be able to walk in

some steve madden shoes I may not be able to walk in

some fun lace shorts from target

some fun lace shorts from target

top and shorts from a cabi trunk show

top and shorts from a cabi trunk show

6. looking back. As we mentioned repeatedly, it’s been a strange few months, filled with the ultimate highs and lows. It was fun to look back over the past months of photos on my phone today. Life goes on, and I’m more thankful than ever for my friends, family and beautiful surroundings. In many ways, I’m feeling more alive than ever, and I can’t wait for a glorious spring and unforgettable summer. Life is good.

depth-of-winter hike with my cousin

depth-of-winter hike with my cousin

boise escape with rachel before seeing the worst movie of all time

boise escape with rachel before seeing the worst movie of all time

beautiful evening walk in the dog park

beautiful evening walk in the dog park

valentine's day with all kinds of couples

valentine’s day with all kinds of couples

par par and a much bigger stick...just as I slipped and got a concussion

par par and a much bigger stick…just as I slipped and got a concussion

skiing on dollar with isla and drew

skiing on dollar with isla and drew

isla's basketball game

isla’s basketball game

a new cute iPhone case

a new cute iPhone case

a delicious recipe from the book "clean slate" by the editors of Martha Stewart

a delicious recipe from the book “clean slate” by the editors of Martha Stewart

a housewarming gift for jenna and brad

a housewarming gift for jenna and brad

himalayan salt block that we've been grilling on since christmas — they're amazing!

himalayan salt block that we’ve been grilling on since christmas — they’re amazing!

valentines all the way around the world!

valentines all the way around the world!

lovely spring tulips for mom

lovely spring tulips for mom

my mom's new cat, Henry

my mom’s new cat, Henry

a new dedication to eating fresh fruit

a new dedication to eating fresh fruit

I hope you have a wonderful week!

cheers krista

 

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