Simply Celebrating: Robin’s Fab 40

Happy Hump Day everyone!

I’m guest posting at one of my FAVORITE blogs today, Glossy Blonde! Check it out here and follow the fabulous Niki while you’re at it (You won’t regret it, she’s FABULOUS)!

I planned this birthday party for one of our close family friends (practically our second Mom) and when we thought up decorations, we played around with a Sex and the City theme. So I knew I wanted feathers, pearls and martini glasses included.
None of the food is pictured but there was a delicious pasta dish and cheesy garlic bread. My sister and I baked all the desserts (recipes to come in the future) and the signature drink was a take on the Igloo Sue which was FABULOUS (take my word for it). I made the banner and food tags in Photoshop and hung the banner on strands of pearls. The party was so lovely, we drank yummy drinks out of the martini glasses and watched Sex and the City for a total girls night!

For now, planning parties is just a hobby and I do most of the decorating out of my own pocket (But I did receive a crafting store gift certificate, thank you so much Ms. Robin!) so I’m really happy with how it turned out on my hobby budget. I definitely have an obsession with creating something out of nothing and making things beautiful without having to spend too much money.

What are some of your budget-friendly party ideas?

Hope you make it over the hump okay!

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Simply Printable : Fourth of July

Happy Wednesday and….

So the beauty of being an American on the fourth of July is that we get the day off to commemorate our nation’s birthday. There are millions of reasons to celebrate on fourth of July but my favorite is to give a HUGE THANK YOU to men and women of the armed services who fight to keep America a free country. In honor of them, I will picnic in the park with my family AND share a fourth of July printable I managed to get out just in time for next year’s fourth of July ( 😉 Womp wompppp).

If you’re interested, here’s the 8×11.5 Printable version of the the image above 🙂

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For my fellow Americans, what’re you doing today to celebrate?

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Hope you have an AMAZING fourth of July!

Simply Celebrating: Cinco De Mayo

Last Saturday, we hosted our first Cinco De Mayo celebration! As usual, I spent most of the week before stressing myself to death with all the projects I had to do. But all in all, I was so happy with how it turned out and I can’t wait to share some fun photos with you all!

Attached to these amazing bulb outdoor lights I bought at Target, I saw a Papel Picado DIY on Oh Happy Day! I knew I had to give it a try. I just followed Jordan’s instructions, created a few different designs and they added such a fun decorations in the sky.

Individual 7 layer dips were so easy and fun to make, plus they looked so much cuter than having people drop a clump of dip on a plate.  I bought the cups at Dollar Tree and we already had all the ingredients since we were servings tacos. The layers included beans, sour cream, lettuce, guacamole, salsa, mexican blend cheese and tomatoes.

The food for the night was completely homemade and included beans, rice, chicken enchiladas, beef tacos/nachos and a sweet corn tomalito. The tomalito was a huge hit and the recipe is here if you want it!

Mason Jar Margaritas is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time and some light teal ribbon with these adorable printables via Living Locurto was perfect! Such amazing printables at her wonderful site.

 I thought the printables looks great on top of the mason jar too.

This picture was clearly prior to mason jar decorating but we also had lime green cake pops. The cake pops were German Chocolate and Caramel which were a huge hit! I used the new Duncan Hines Frosting Creations which I spotted at Target for the first time and it was the perfect Caramel flavor. I’ll definitely be using many more for my cake pops!

After slaving over tiny pieces of cardboard and tissue for 3 days, I was so happy at how these Mini Pinatas turned out! Once again via Oh Happy Day and the amazing Jordan, I followed her instructions pretty closely and they turned out wonderful. I even stuffed mine with some candy as parting gifts. How cute are they?

Overall it was an amazing gathering with close friends that went well into the wee hours of the morning. We even broke out the fire pit at night and had some s’mores. I hope our guests had as much fun as we did hosting it!

Love,
Evani

Simply Celebrating: Our First Hosting Gig

* I wrote this entry before the creation of SimplyEvani but since it’s party related, I decided to keep it!

Last Sunday, Rob and I hosted our first dinner party. It ended up being an amazing night with our closest friends and I don’t think I could’ve asked for more. However now I am deathly ill and unbearably tired at work.

This party marked the beginning of my domestic divaship and my trial run for the future childrens birthday parties I will undoubtedly hate myself for planning. When we said we wanted to throw a BBQ to commemorate not attending Houseboats this year, it started as a simple homage of burgers and hot dogs but as usual, I was blinded by visions of grandeur. Since I’ve started a 9-5 job, I’ve been reading “Mommy blogs” religiously. These stay-at-home-moms and their outrageously adorned and adorable parties had me feeling ambitious for our party. Plus, it was a good chance to trial run some of the ideas I’ve loved recently on Pinterest. So while Rob envisioned some paper plates, chips and burgers, I was attempting to make our simple party as complicated as possible.

Tablescape

Overall, I am pleased to say we executed my vision almost to a T. I wasn’t able to get thank you favors ready but my tablescape was exactly as I had envisioned. We served a menu of cheeseburgers, chicken burgers, chips, salsa, fruit, corn, and potato skins. I managed to do some dipped pretzels which were eaten up quickly and officially created my best batch of cake pops by popular vote, red velvet. Not to mention they weren’t too bad on the eyes this time around! I’m now an avid collector of glass vases, jars and anything I can use as display for future parties. I jokingly (but probably seriously) said I would keep the decor for one of my children’s nautical themed 3rd birthdays and I stashed away all my seashells and netting. Overall, the overachieving part of myself was satisfied with knowing that Sandra Dee or Martha Stewart would nod in appreciation. Most of all, really excited my closest friends appreciated the effort and enjoyed themselves! Success!

There were some great drinks to be consumed with great friends. It was a good mix of old and news friends and although I think the number of guests was a little higher than we planned, we were happy with it.  However if I plan on decorating and personalizing any more of our parties, the smaller number of guests the better. I wanted to make sure to note that somewhere as a reminder to myself, because I tend to forget how I felt and I repeat my mistakes over. But overall, great weekend with even greater friends!! Party planning is something I foresee being a real hobby of mine, if Rob can stand it  🙂

This weekend was also great for hanging out with some of my best friends. I know I tend to use the term best friend rather loosely (I consider many people to be my “best friend”) but having Paige, Rudy and Auva all in one place is like having the planets align (even though we were missing Jess and Katie). Throughout college, I probably share the most memorable moments with those 3 individuals (and Rob lol) and no matter how many times we talk about those moments, they never cease being funny. Like when I cried in Aliki’s class  senior year or when I left Auva’s house without shoes and a child’s tshirt on. I know that the 3 of us have friends outside of each other and I don’t even really know if they would all consider me one of their best friends, but I know that they will be in my life as long as they can stand me. It reminds me that friendship is something that comes easily between the right people and that some friendships are worth trying a little harder to keep than others. And I appreciate Rudy and Paige making the trek from their long distance locales!

Can’t wait until our next planned function!