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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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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 décor 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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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)

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A fellow blogger over at barbaraglenfriend, (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

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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
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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

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good game, good greens & good giggles – game dinner 2015

Apparently it is spring despite Idaho’s best attempt at a last minute dusting of snow last night. Regardless, we are feeling everything to do with spring, such as spring cleaning — spring cleaning of our freezers that is. Krista and I are fortunate enough to have boys that could realistically claim hunting as a part-time job. We still aren’t sure if it is entirely cost effective, but it does leave us with freezers full of game meat.

So when the idea of a game dinner came up (thank you, Abbey!), we were all in. A plethora of game, some greens and lots of giggles made for a great night. Here is a look!

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To juxtapose the plethora of game meat and manliness of the dinner, Krista and I decided on a theme of romantic florals (the most obvious choice). We even toyed with the idea of flower crowns but were slightly short on time to execute. In our professional blogging opinion, there will always be another party worthy of flower crowns…

Our dear friend Abbey, who is both a master hunter and gatherer, helped us with the décor, menu and set up.  This lady recently passed “Hunter’s Education,” is a terrific gardener, can make apple chips that are like crack (I’ve eaten several large mason jars in one sitting) and is an all-around fantastic woman. Someone needs to put a ring on it stat (ahem). Regardless, huge thanks to Abbey for all her help!

Here is how we decorated:

  • floral paper from a local craft store
  • a selection of antler sheds
  • antler sheds wrapped in romantic hues
  • gold glitter votives
  • arrangements of greenery and baby’s breath
  • tiny votives with white rose buds
  • ribbon chandelier
  • chalkboard dinner menu
  • “crown” folded dinner napkins (thanks, YouTube)
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the table and ribbon chandelier

floral papers

floral papers

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where's waldo?

where’s waldo?

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antler center piece

antler center piece

lit up for dinner

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menu

Obviously we (and by we I mean everyone but me as I will probably always be a gatherer of greens) enjoyed a variety of game meat. To make sure no one went home with clogged arteries we added some greens to keep it balanced. Here is a look at the fantastic spread that went together surprising well:

  • artichoke dip
  • smoked duck + sharp cheddar + sun valley mustard
  • roasted parmesan zucchini
  • spring spinach salad
  • roasted red potatoes
  • pheasant pot pie
  • elk steaks
  • duck gumbo
  • grilled teriyaki pheasant
game dinner menu

game dinner menu

spring spinach salad

spring spinach salad

roasted red potatoes

roasted red potatoes

roasted parmesan zucchini

roasted parmesan zucchini

pheasant pot pie

pheasant pot pie

duck gumbo over rice

duck gumbo over rice

bbq pheasant

bbq pheasant

grilled elk steak

grilled elk steak

the spread

the spread

mason jar servings of pot pie and gumbo

mason jar servings of pot pie and gumbo

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store bought dessert as i had a mishap while baking...

store bought dessert as i had a mishap while baking…

post-dinner coffee and dessert

post-dinner coffee and dessert

the company

Obviously the company consisted of some of the best hunters (and gatherers) that we know. Maybe it was the mass amount of protein pulsing through everyone, but it was a fantastic friend-filled evening full of so many giggles. Our friend Maggie was the giggle queen of the evening and we loved every minute of it. There is nothing better than laughing uncontrollably…

We ended the evening playing “Cards Against Humanity” over coffee and dessert, and the giggles continued. Cheers to an amazing evening celebrating well-harvested meat with laughter and love!

the brass blossom + maggie

the brass blossom + maggie

trying to corral the boys

trying to corral the boys

the hunters do clean up nice

the hunters do clean up nice

the girls (a few hunters in the mix)

the girls (a few hunters in the mix)

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the bbq - where the boys congregate

the bbq – where the boys all end up congregating

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so many giggles playing "cards against humanity" to wrap up the evening

so many giggles playing “cards against humanity” to wrap up the evening

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second annual “friendsgivemas”

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Last year Krista and I hosted our first annual Friendsgiving, which was incredibly fun and delicious. We invited a group of friends, cooked a turkey (which was done four hours early…) and enjoyed a hilarious evening!

We knew that we needed to host another fun-filled friend evening but we couldn’t find a time in November to hold our second annual Friendsgiving, thus “Friendsgivemas” was born. Friendsgivemas = friends + Thanksgiving + Christmas!

A look below at our second annual “Friendsgivemas”!

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For the menu we strayed from the traditional Thanksgiving fare as we figured most everyone would be ready for a change from turkey. We provided the meat and vegetables, mashed and scalloped potatoes and dessert!

Guests were asked to bring a side, appetizer or drinks to share.

DRINKS:

  • Ginger ale, gin & lime cocktails topped with cranberries and a cute red stripped straw for drinking (with us both being a bit under the weather this cocktail hit the spot!)
  • Assorted wine, beer & Fireball (a party isn’t a party without a little Fireball)
ginger ale, gin & lime cocktail

ginger ale, gin & lime cocktail

APPETIZERS:

  • Amazing cheese plate provided by Anna (anyone who can throw together a cheese plate like Anna can is a keeper)
  • Parmesan pull aparts by Anna (Krista’s recipe)
  • Mini tarts with cream cheese, asparagus and salmon by Abbey
  • Homemade meatballs by Sagen
  • Homemade Empanadas with pheasant, potatoes, and morel mushrooms glazed prior to baking to add the perfect browned color and texture by Ryan
appetizer spread

appetizer spread

incredible cheese plate by anna

incredible cheese plate by anna

homemade empanadas by ryan

homemade empanadas by ryan

MAIN COURSE:

All of the food was incredible. It was so incredible in fact that we were didn’t capture a picture of the amazing spread…

  • Fourteens pounds of beef chuck roast from Wood River Ranch (post coming soon as the ranch, recipe and resulting meat were amazing!) by me and Krista
  • Vegetarian and regular scalloped potatoes by Krista
  • Mashed potatoes by Krista (mashing provided by Chase)
  • Wild mushroom and butternut squash bread-pudding by Rachel (literally to die for! recipe here)
  • Butternut squash risotto by Abbey (another incredible side!)
  • Asparagus by Tory
  • Side salad by Sara (with locally grown lettuce)
wood river ranch chuck roast (post featuring the ranch and recipe coming soon!)

wood river ranch chuck roast (post featuring the ranch and recipe coming soon!)

carving the chuck roasts

carving the chuck roasts

scalloped potato ingredients

scalloped potato ingredients

DESSERT:

  • Individual pumpkin cheesecakes with a gingersnap crust topped with a frozen whipped cream winter shape (post coming soon by Taylor!)
individual pumpkin cheesecakes in mason jars topped with a festive cupcake liner

individual pumpkin cheesecakes in mason jars topped with a festive cupcake liner

frozen whipped cream toppers

frozen whipped cream toppers

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Adding the holiday of Christmas to the mix really opened up the decorating opportunities. To keep things as simple or as “simple” as we ever make anything, we started with a color scheme of red, gold and neutrals.

TABLE:

For the table, we compiled a hodgepodge of place-mats, napkins and burlap table runners. Our seating was a bit tight so we swapped the table runners and place-mats. We placed the burlap runners down each side of the table and the plates directly on top of the runners with the place-mats in the center.

Doing this upped the “family style” of the meal and allowed us to squeeze in a few more settings!

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table setting

table setting

To accessorize our table we went with gold bells and ornaments, pomegranates, cranberries, pine-cones and candles, all keeping with our overall color scheme. We had most of these already and simply purchased the pomegranates and cranberries at our local market and the bells nearby!

bells, pinecones & cranberry candle votives

bells, pinecones & cranberry candle votives

cranberry candle votive

cranberry candle votive in a mason jar

To each setting we added a name tag. I bought the tin (maybe?) gift tags at Huck & Paddle and wrote on them with a chalkboard pen. They are perfect for name tags or gift tags!

rustic name tag to mark each setting

rustic name tag to mark each setting

cute little bag from huck & paddle that the tags were wrapped up in after purchase

cute little bag from huck & paddle that the tags were wrapped up in after purchase

THANKFUL + HOLIDAY WISH CARDS:

Last year we added a card and note to each setting for each guest to write what they are thankful for. The answers were a mix of heartwarming, inspiring and hilarious. This was a tradition we knew that we had to continue and add upon.

With scattered sharpies across the table, each guest anonymously wrote what they were thankful for as well as a “holiday wish.” We then put all of the cards in a basket and read them aloud and guessed as to who was the author. Again, the answers were incredible and ranged from heartfelt to dirty!

individual cards for each guest to write on

individual cards for each guest to write on

“BAR-CART”:

At the last minute we created a “bar-cart” of sorts out of Krista’s largest “Nicole Miller Home” trays. We pulled in a few details from the table and added cute straws, toothpicks and napkins that we picked up at our local market.

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“bar-cart”

 

PARTY GAMES:

We topped the night off with a hearty game of “Cards Against Humanity.” The game kept up the hilarity of the evening and was the perfect way to end a great night with friends!

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the aftermath of cards against humanity

the company

We originally planned on around 15 guests as we had somewhat limited table space. However, our guest list quickly grew, so we just kept sending out invites with the thoughts of “the more the merrier!” Having too many friends isn’t necessarily a bad problem and just a few extra chairs and pounds of beef were easy to come by!

We are so thankful to all our friends who joined us to celebrate!

so many friends!

so many friends with a few faces missing!

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the brass blossom does friendsgivemas (aka the hosts)

sara & ed (who recently adopted the cutest puppy!)

sara & ed (who recently adopted the cutest puppy!)

robert & anna

robert & anna (token responsible couple)

krista & chase

chase & krista (token picture taker & hostess)

the boy & me looking a bit better

taylor & casey (token shoulder ride carrier & hostess)

A FEW MORE PHOTOS FOR FUN!:

name tags

name tags

cranberries & cute straws

cranberries & cute straws

zoe enjoying the evening

zoe enjoying the evening

standard holiday posing

standard holiday posing

table spread

table spread

Cheers to our second annual “Friendsgivemas”!

krista and taylor

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cornhole and mint – mother’s day dinner

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To celebrate Mother’s Day this year, I hosted a fun party for all of the women who I consider a “mother.” The night started with opening presents so that my mother and my boyfriend’s mother could provided the entertainment for the evening.

My boyfriend and I spent a majority of the weekend making custom cornhole games for our mothers. All of the wood, sanding, wood stain and physical/mental energy that went into these games was so worth it. We bought the cornhole bags from a super cool local cornhole company. Our mothers loved them. Also, I happen to have poor hand-eye coordination but cornhole proves to be a game that anyone can enjoy regardless of your skill. We played a few games of cornhole over drinks and this amazing asparagus and gruyere tart before dinner.

When it became slightly too cold to continue “cornholing,” we enjoyed a wonderful pot-luck style meal including spatchcocked chicken, brown rice and edamame salad, wedge salads, asparagus and beer bread. The entire meal was delicious and the company was even better.

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My main inspiration behind the décor was mint plants. I wanted to make a little gift for each mother to take home and thought a small mint plant in a pretty pot would be a perfect spring gift. So for my table setting, I went with anything green with pops of yellow and white.

Post coming soon on the pots that I painted and distressed to add a rustic touch!

Here are some close ups of the table setting:

mint plants for the mothers!

mint plants for each mother at their table setting!

I went with simple white daisies to fill the center

I went with simple white daisies and candles to highlight my table

beautiful lime vase filled with fresh flowers

beautiful lime vase filled with fresh flowers

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mother’s day table setting – excuse my toes

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Everyone brought a dish to contribute to dinner which was perfect and so easy for all.

APPETIZER:

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thanks, martha!

MAIN COURSE:

  • One of my great friends who happens to also be my boyfriend’s sister took on spatchcocked lemon chicken for the main course. Not only did everyone say it was delicious but also it was ridiculous fun to repeatedly say “spatchcock.”
  • We paired the spatchcocked chicken with a brown rice and edamame salad, beer bread, wedge salads and roasted asparagus! Everything was so delicious that I forgot to photograph anything that made it onto my plate…
  • We concluded the evening with a super simple lemon-blackberry bundt cake topped with a fresh-fruit salad and whipped cream. Recipe coming soon!
the professional spatchcocker herself

the professional spatchcocker herself

spatch-cocked chicken!

spatchcocked chicken!

lemon glazed lemon-blackberry bundt cake

lemon glazed lemon-blackberry bundt cake

sliced lemons for decoration

sliced lemons for a natural decoration

fresh fruit salad!

fresh fruit salad!

A few more photos that truly capture the evening:

corn-holing commencing!

cornholing commencing!

beautiful moms playing corn-hole!

beautiful moms playing corn-hole!

we bought these perfect bags from a local corn-hole company

we bought these perfect corn bags from a local cornhole company

sibling love

sibling love

shoulder rides during cornhole!

shoulder rides during cornhole!

homemade cornhole boards with Cornhole E.O. corn bags

homemade cornhole boards with Cornhole E.O. corn bags

Although everyday should really be a day to celebrate our mothers, we had a wonderful time celebrating all of our “mothers.” The night was full of lots of laughs, amazing food that left our bellies stuffed and the irrational desire to play just one more game of cornhole! I hope you all had an amazing Mother’s Day as well and continue to celebrate your mothers every day!

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bright colors and blossoms — girly birthday celebration

Happy Birthday, Rachel!

It’s our dear friend Rachel’s birthday in a couple days, and we knew we had to do something special for her.

It’s still dreary in Idaho — we keep seeing teases of Spring — so we were in the mood for some bright pops of color, pretty blooms, and of course glittery gold…everything was over-the-top feminine!

Sometimes we think that we do our best “work” at the last minute, and in the moment. We put this girls night dinner together in about 24 hours and it was a total blast.

Here’s a look at the details that made this a night to remember. We love you, Rachel!

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Our main focus was color, including hot pink (what’s girlier than that?), bright yellow, lime green, and shades of teal. Despite the snow/rain outside, we managed to make it cheerful and inviting.

Here are some close-ups of the details:

mason jars and wine glasses

mason jars and wine glasses

yummy, vibrant candy. sorry, gwyneth haters

yummy, vibrant candy. sorry, gwyneth haters

lemon drops!

lemon drops!

beautiful blooms

beautiful blooms

birthday table, complete with a birthday sign in the background

birthday table, complete with a birthday sign in the background

table setting

table setting

color!

color!

patterned straws and golden mason jar votives completed the look!

patterned straws and golden mason jar votives completed the look!

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For the menu, we wanted something simple, healthy, but hearty given the cold weather. We enjoyed:

prosecco and raspberries

prosecco with raspberry icecubes

DRINKS:

  • Prosecco with raspberry ice cubes, which we sipped out of skinny mason jars
  • Red wine (of course, one of Krista’s recent favorites is Pendulum)
  • Pelligrino with fun straws, also from a mason jar
cheese plate

cheese plate

APPETIZERS:

  • A beautiful cheese plate including baked brie, crackers, roasted garlic, peppered salami, olives, and apple
  • Artichokes with Krista’s favorite dipping sauce — a little bit of mayo (which I usually hate), dijon mustard, lemon juice, soy sauce, and a splash of hot sauce of your choice

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MAIN COURSE:

  • Idaho baked potatoes, fully loaded, with sharp cheddar, sour cream, salsa, green onion, and bacon
  • Chicken three bean chili, which could be enjoyed on the potato, or on the side
  • Six green salad, which we also enjoyed at our St. Patty’s Day party
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a light lemon cake topped with a lemon glaze, thinly sliced grapefruit and clear sprinkles! (recipe by taylor coming soon!)

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candles in varying shades of pink completed the cake

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DESSERT:

  • A beautiful lemon cake baked by Taylor with a lemon glaze, thinly sliced pink grapefruit, and clear sprinkles on top — served with whipped cream
  • Tall candles in a spectrum of pink added just enough drama

A FEW MORE PHOTOS FOR FUN:

paper birthday sign

paper birthday sign

happy birthday card

happy birthday card

pretty cake by taylor

pretty cake by taylor

make a wish!

make a wish!

Happy Birthday, Rachel!

krista and taylor

 

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going gold — usa/olympics party

We don’t know about you, but our DVR was packed full of incredible Olympic moments from Sochi. Global glory even came local as our hometown hero and peer Kaitlyn Farrington brought home gold in the women’s half pipe.

We had plenty to celebrate, and celebrate we did with fresh American fare, Olympics inspired décor, and Sochi inspired costumes. While the Winter Olympics may not come around for another four years, we hope our little fête will inspire you much sooner!

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We opted for fresh American fare, because Russian food just wasn’t doing it for us. We dined on:

BEEF SLIDERS

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beautiful plate, complete with a beef slider

  • Krista mixed ground beef with worcestershire, egg, onion, garlic, salt and pepper and hand-shaped the mini patties. Prep these early and let them sit in the fridge.
  • To make them a bit more sophisticated, try making a super easy garlic aoili like this one, crisping some bacon, or simply caramelizing white onion in butter. We opted for store-bought buns this time but seriously considered baking them ourselves…next time!
  • Keep them in one piece with some fun toothpicks. We used international flags — very appropriate!

FREEDOM FRIES

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baked freedom fries

  • No fryer necessary! Bake those suckers!
  • Use Idaho potatoes (duh), and keep the skin on. Chop into 1/2 inch sticks, pat them dry, and toss with olive oil, fresh garlic, salt, and pepper.
  • Bake for about 45 minutes total, tossing them a couple times during the process.

MAC AND CHEESE

mason jar mac & cheese

mason jar mac & cheese

  • We whipped up some gluten free and regular pasta and mixed them with our favorite boxed cheese sauces, Kraft and Annie’s.
  • Keep it moist and fresh by sealing the mac and cheese in short mason jars and storing it in the fridge until it’s ready to be baked.
  • Add crispy bacon on the top if you’d like! We can’t wait to try a homemade mac and cheese recipe this way.

FANNED FINGER CAESAR SALAD

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fanned finger caesar salad

  • Ok, it’s not really all that American, but it might as well at this point, right? Remember, melting pot.
  • Rinse and cut off just the end of romaine hearts. Arrange layers from largest to smallest on a large platter. Sprinkle with flat-bread croutons, parmesan cheese and caesar dressing.
  • These make a perfect appetizer as well and generally please even those who don’t like salad!

ABBEY’S ROASTED POTATO SALAD

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abbey’s roasted potato salad

  • Our dear friend Abbey brought the beautiful, delicious, and untraditional potato salad. She roasted it with other delicious veggies, and there was no mayo in sight. Here’s the recipe she used,
  • Like any good cook, she improvised a little by using half Idaho potatoes and half sweet potatoes, swapped celery for red pepper, and added zucchini, cherry tomato after roasting, and Sun Valley Mustard to the dressing.

“LOW MAYO” COLESLAW

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“low mayo” coleslaw

  • Coleslaw is 100% American, but we find nothing worse than a slaw smothered in mayo.
  • Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen – Not Your Mama’s Coleslaw.
  • This slaw turned out to be a great leftover and was asked for even after it was gone by a very meat-loving individual.

ROSE APPLE PIE

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rose apple pie

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AMERICAN FLAG “PHOTO CORNER”

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flag photo corner

  • No America themed party is complete without an American flag! It also made the perfect backdrop for some funny photo moments.

OLYMPIC RINGS PAPER CHAINS

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olympic ring paper chains

  • To bring the rings into the decor, we opted for an Elementary School style paper chain. It was an easy, fun way to bring in all the Olympic colors and the symbolism of the connected rings.
  • Paper, a paper cutter (or scissors if you’re more patient), and a stapler are all you need!

GOLDEN USA

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USA!

  • We love gold, which is part of the reason we went with this theme. We found some super cheap stand-up cardboard letters at our local craft store and spray painted them gold.
  • We intended to hang these from the ceiling with fishing line, but time didn’t allow. We arranged them with the elk skull on the mantle instead…very manly America, don’t you think?

TABLE ACCESSORIES

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“torch lit” table

  • We purchased basic plates in red, white and blue and a fun printed set of napkins.
  • To pay tribute to the torch, we put together a rough interpretation as our center pieces including gold vases, some recycled holiday decorations from the local drug store, and some yellow tissue paper.
  • Adorable mini chalkboard signs kept our menu organized and blatantly American.

Ensembles Yellow

FURRY HATS

abbey's hat was the BEST!

abbey’s hat was the BEST!

  • When we think of Russia, we think of hurry hats. Our attendees didn’t disappoint…Their crazy hats inspired some even crazier — and arguably unrelated — ones like a moose hat and a ram hat.
our favorite photo of the night

our favorite photo of the night

ATHLETIC HEROES

gingo a.k.a cody the flying tomato

gingo a.k.a. cody the flying tomato

  • Krista opted for the elegance of Gracie Gold with a black leotard, pretty skirt, fun jewels, and a high bun. She also couldn’t resist the fur theme and donned a faux fur vest.
  • Cody make us all laugh with his interpretation of Shaun White including skinny jeans, a leather jacket, snowboard boots, and sunglasses. We always knew he’d eventually embrace his inner ginger. He also couldn’t quite resist the fur though…

CREATIVE TAKES

  • Taylor went as a “White Russian” or “Winter” with her white and whimsical ensemble.

PODIUM PRIZES

homemade medals

homemade medals

  • Our guest for the weekend, Bryn, had the brilliant idea to award a gold, silver, and bronze medal to the best three costumes. We weren’t able to find an impartial judge….You were all winners!

GO USA! GO FOR GOLD!

and as always….

krista and taylor

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