Thursday, March 19, 2015

60th birthday ideas - round 2 - pink, gold & pineapples

The second 60th birthday celebration was for my mother-in-law, Jean.  She loves all things pink and gold, so I tried to make this party at my house a "pink princess" (as my sister dubbed it!) theme.

For my centerpiece I spray painted real pineapples gold.  I have to say, they turned out looking really cool and lasted for about a week before I had to toss them.  I'll definitely be doing this again!

Sugar Paper Gold Cabana Stripe Placecards and P Press Papers Happy Birthday tags - Iocals, I picked these up at If It's Paper in Ridgewood Shopping Center.

I opted for the gold large number balloons this time (still from Party City) and the pink and gold balloons from The Party Shop at Cameron Village.

Another little banner whipped up in PowerPoint.

Furbish Oval Leopard Tray was perfect for happy hour

We all tried to wear some pink (forgot to grab Charles something).  Love this side of my family too!

Another through the decades banner (doing this month-by-month for Charles' 1st bday party next weekend).  Love this shot of Jean and the three sons.

Cake from Edible Art

Next up, Charles' 1st birthday (3/24)!


60th birthday party ideas - round 1

We've had a few big birthdays around here lately.  My dad turned 60 in February and my mother-in-law in March, so we've been celebrating and came up with some fun ideas to make each feel like a special party even though it was only immediate family enjoying a nice dinner together.

First up, my dad's at my parents' house in Charlotte

Love the big number balloons (from Party City - come in metallic gold, silver and a few other colors).

We rounded up pictures from each decade, blew them up and printed in black and white.  Then I created the little party hats in PowerPoint with a few simple shapes - cut them out and taped on the "heads." The birthday banner was an easy PowerPoint project too.

Love my family!

We love you, dad!  Here's to many, many more celebrations.


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Cheese Dreams & Curry Pumpkin Soup and weekend recap

We had a bridal shower today for one of my friend's, Janna, at Rachel's (new & gorgeous!!) house.  These Cheese Dreams were the biggest hit -- zero came home with me.  I've been making a batch and freezing and then popping 8-10 in the oven when we have another couple over for dinner.  Easy and absolutely delicious appetizer.  Thanks mom for introducing me to these gems!

Cheese Dreams
2 cups finely grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 c. butter, softened
2 T. heavy cream
1 egg
1 t. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. dry mustard
1/4 t. cayenne pepper
1 16 oz. package firm sandwich bread (I used Pepperidge Farm White Sandwich bread)

Preheat oven to 375.  Beat cheese & butter with electric mixer.  Add cream, egg, Worcestershire, salt, dry mustard cayenne pepper and mix well.  Cut crusts off bread and then slice each piece of bread into 4 squares.  Spread about 1 t. of the cheese mixture onto one square.  Top with another square of bread and spread cheese mixture on top and a little on the sides.  I then did one little small tap of cayenne pepper on each cheese dream.  Place on greased cookie sheet and put in freezer for them to set up for at least 30 minutes prior to baking them.  If you want to bake later then still put on cookie sheet in freezer and then once frozen you can transfer to freezer bag.  Bake about 20 minutes or until golden brown.  I take out of oven and put on paper towels to get some grease off and then transfer to platter.  Enjoy!

Curry Pumpkin Soup
This is a recipe my mom and Bailey came up with and served at Caroline's bridal luncheon.  This was my first attempt at making it and it was really pretty easy and something different (aka not chicken salad) for a ladies luncheon.

1 c. sweet vidalia onion, diced
2 T. butter
1 T. olive oil
1/2 jar red curry paste (about 2-3 T.)
1 T. chopped candied ginger
1 1/2 t. salt

Saute the above ingredients together for about 10-15 minutes over medium heat.

Then add the following ingredients and simmer on low for 15-20 minutes.  

2 cans pumpkin
1 can light coconut milk
1 c. vegetable broth
2 T. PB2 (dry peanut butter - I found this at Whole Foods with the peanut butter)
2-3 T. honey
2 sticks dried lemon grass (HT carries this; I actually couldn't find it and bought fresh lemongrass from Whole Foods and bashed with back of knife before adding to pot)

Remove lemongrass after about 20 minutes and continue to simmer for another 45 minutes.  Then take batches and put in blender to really puree to a smooth consistency.  Whip one can full fat coconut milk and top with a dollop of that and roasted pumpkin seeds (can find at Trader Joe's or Whole Foods)

A few more from the shower.  How stunning is Rachel's home???

The beautiful bride-to-be

Josh's firm had a 1920s themed party at a Speakeasy last night - really fun night out.  Josh's mustache wasn't exactly the right shape... :)

Charles was really not feeling this outfit....he's turning into more boy than baby every day.


Monday, January 26, 2015

Little Charles man update

I've been so bad about blogging.  We have just been working hard and playing with our sweet boy. Even though I haven't been sharing them, I have taken a weekly pic of Charles to put in a book.  Here are a few from January.

41 Weeks

42 Weeks (he loves sucking his thumb while holding his blabla)

43 Weeks

44 Weeks

Can't believe he is 10 months and before we know it we will be celebrating his first birthday!!  As you can see, his two front teeth are coming in.  He's been officially walking (20+ steps in a row) the last few weeks -- I was not ready for this!

Back with some project updates soon.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Brass Tinkering

I got my buffet a few years ago for a price I won't even tell you.  I'm serious, it was that good.  I still love it - great shape, size and wood grain, but sometimes I lust after styles a bit dressier.

Like the one I blogged about from Caroline's bridesmaid luncheon.  I mean...I drooled over this piece of furniture.  I adore the brass and inlaid details of this piece.

As a refresh here is mine.  

I started thinking one of the characteristics I loved about the sideboards I was pining after was their beautiful brass hardware, so I did some web browsing and bit the bullet on some new lion pulls for my buffet.  I am loving it!!

I purchased 2 large lion pulls and 4 smaller lion pulls - all for about $70.  Much less than a new sideboard!

In other news, I'm still mad at myself for not buying this barcart ($129!!!!!) I spotted it at Homegoods last Saturday night.  After dreaming about it (literally), I rushed over as quickly as possible on Sunday morning.  I parked quickly and felt myself practically running through the automatic doors and down the aisles.  It was gone.  My heart sank.  I literally almost shed a tear.  I then proceeded to call all the Homegoods in Raleigh, Charlotte (mom volunteered to pick it up) and Richmond (sister volunteered to pick it up), to no avail. Lesson learned - buy it the second you truly consider something at Homegoods and you can always return it.  I have no real spot for this barcart, but it was such a beauty and such a steal!  Would have been fun for parties on my screen porch and patio.  I'll keep hunting!  Raleigh peeps- if you see it again, please buy it for me and I'll pay you a finders fee.

Charles has taken to crawling in the powder room and tinkering in there - he tries to flush the toilet and open the cabinets under the sink...can't take my eye off this little sweetie!  We are taking him to meet Santa tomorrow at RCC.  I'm guessing he will try and yank his beard, but be mostly uninterested.