I haven’t been to a cookie exchange party in a really long time. I think they are such a nice way to hang out with some girl friends, get to try out some new recipes AND have cookies to share with your family after the party. I’ve only hosted one cookie exchange before. It was before I had children and not only did my best gals come bearing delicious cookies, but we also played several rounds of poker. Super fun. If I get a chance to host another cookie exchange this one would be much more chic. It would involve dressing up, sipping some bubbles and listening to good tunes with my girls. And cookies. Of course cookies.
First we are going to just excuse the poor quality of these photos. Sometimes in life you have to just enjoy yourself and not try to make everything “blog pretty.” Such was the case when my friend Carole and I decided that we needed to have a small get together to watch Dirty Dancing on her outdoor movie screen. This was not a party for my blog, this was friend’s hanging out. So I left my camera at home and just went to have fun. BUT, I had to share some of the treats from the party because they were rad. Previously we had watched boxing on the outdoor screen on chairs and chaise lounges but for this movie, we decided to watch it from the hot tub. THE BEST! It was a gorgeous night with good gals and one of the best movies of all times!
It was a really busy week and I didn’t have a ton of time to get crazy with themed treats for the party but I decided to make rice krispy treats. And I totally put baby in the corner. These paired really nicely with the watermelon mojitos Carole made (remember when they carry watermelons across the bridge to the employee club?).
Dude. Kristin from Meringue Bake Shop came and KILLED it with these treats. Hungry Peach P’eyes!!!! One look at these and I can disguise…For real. These were SO good! They were boozy and delicious.
Then just yesterday I watched Trisha’s Southern Kitchen and she and a few friends had a Steel Magnolia’s themed movie watching party. Complete with a red velvet cake with an armadillo on top.
Movie themed parties are the best! Have you ever had one? This was my first, but won’t be my last!
You guys. I love balloons. I mean, I actually don’t because I hate when they pop but they really are the perfect party decoration. They are usually inexpensive, they can bring a ton of color in a big way and they are way more versatile than most people even know.
3 : Balloon Garland
4 : Balloon Message
Are you following my Pinterest board “Rad Balloons?” You should. It’s, well, rad.
This is my open love letter to you for all the world to read. While I have never met you in person I do believe you to be the bee’s knees. Your head seems to be a wonderful, magical place and you have knocked my socks off. Literally. I sit here barefoot. Socks no where to be found. When I asked you to prepare an inspiration board for my monthly challenge, you were excited to get started. I sent over the inspiration piece (see announcement post here) and you got right to work. But here is where you dazzled and delighted me. Not only did you create the board in a timely fashion, with photo sources, you created a story. You truly created a character and thought about all aspects of her life and how she would plan a fabulous shindig based on the amazing DVF blouse. While you could have easily created a party based on the green, black and goldy colors of the blouse, you chose to create a mood, which, in turn, matched the blouse quite perfectly. I like your mind moves, Amanda. Your board is DOPE!!! (And I can totally say that word because Enzo said I could and he doesn’t front). Thank you so much for being so into the Inspiration Board Challenge. I think the only fitting thing to do is have this party. BUT I think it needs to be a themed party where we come as a character from your little world. You with me? Where my local readers at? You in!? Let’s let the holidays die down and then LET’S DO THIS!
Rooftop Patio: Reason to Breath Blog
New York City Photo: Found on Pinterest
Gold Painted Stripes Thank You Card: The Rifle Paper Co.
Gense Nobel Gold Dessert Fork: All Modern
Gold Monogram Dessert Bowls: Eddie Ross
Chevron Ring: Ron Robinson
Gift Tags: CB2
Gold Trays: Pier 1
Gold Tinsel Picks: Pier 1
Candle holders: West Elm
Good Luck Minimergency Kit: Mr & Mrs.
And now since we have grown so close during this amazing experience, you can go ahead and get me that House of Harlow Chevron ring. Oh, on second thought, let’s get matching ones because you are my new bff (to my other bffs reading this, please do not take offense. You are not voted off the friend-ship. I have plenty of space in my love tank for everyone – and if you recognized the love tank talk as a reference from the not Emmy nominated Real Housewives franchise, you just moved up on the friend ranking system).
I heart Amanda.