Sunday, August 17, 2014

Love makes the World go round!

We had the pleasure of celebrating the 40th Wedding Anniversary of George and Wendy, my parents, this weekend! The celebration was at a local dance studio and highlighted Wendy and George's love of ballroom dancing. The party decorations focused on travel in honor of their friends and family around the world and the many places their 40 years of marriage have taken then.

 Friends and family who joined us in honoring the happy couple.

The main food table featured savory and sweet treats representing the many places George and Wendy have lived or traveled together. Cheeses for Switzerland, Bakewell Tarts for England, Eclairs for France, Pretzal bites for New York, Waffle Cookies for Missouri (St. Louis is where the waffle cone was invented), Key Lime Pies for Florida and Maple Cookies for New Hampshire. The table was decorated with a vintage suitcase, travel books, globes and a map with pins showcasing their travels. A garland across the front featured vintage postcards and well wishes.

The cake was the centerpiece of the table! A beautiful recreation of Wendy and George's wedding cake. You can see the original in the photo hanging on the map. As is tradition in England, the original was a fruit cake and for their 40th, we enjoyed a traditional American cake with chocolate and vanilla cake and buttercream. Delicious!

On the dance floor, we had a table with messages and photos for guests to enjoy. As many of George and Wendy's family and friends live around the globe, we invited them to participate "virtually" in our celebration. Cards, emails and video messages were shared with the couple and guests.

Invitation to the "virtual" celebration

 Toasting the happy couple!

Hand decorated sugar cookies as souvenirs of the party!

 The guests of honor, George and Wendy, their daughters Katie with boyfriend, Adam and Carrie with fiance, David

Slide show of dancing and guests


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Will you be my Valentine?

Girl friends, time to catch up and inspiration from Pinterest meant a night of fun for Valentine's Day! We celebrated with a Pinterest inspired DIY Valentine's Exchange.

After appetizers and drinks, we learned how to make French macaroons in beautiful Valentines colors and assorted flavors.

Then we hit the craft table - each person brought the materials and instructions for a Valentine they loved on Pinterest. After making each, our mailboxes were overloaded with love! 

Snacky foods, all frozen from Trader Joe's were enjoyed by all. 

What's black and white and red all over? A Penguin on Valentine's Day!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Halloween Orchard dinner

This was the 10th year Katie and I have hosted a Halloween Party together - we are honored to share the holiday with so many special friends. This year we headed to a local orchard for an apple themed dinner.

We contacted a few orchards and made arrangements to host the party at Carter Hill Orchard in Concord, NH. Hosting a party off site is lots of fun but definitely involves a little extra planning. We chose a beautiful row of trees. Invitations were ordered from Bee and Daisy on Etsy.

 Before and After

The orchard provided the space and we brought the rest. We were very happy with the transformation. Three long banquet tables, hay bales and folding chairs were festooned with maroon, orange and green themed table clothes and plates.

Centerpieces included bright, festive flowers in apple barrels, apple candles and fresh apples. Cheese platters, crackers and a charcuitere plate were on the table for snacking as guests arrived.

 A peak of the table through the trees! 

Each place setting had an adorable sewn apple made by Wendy. Traditionally at our parties, the place card is something that can be taken home and used as a Christmas ornament.  

The temperature was on the cooler side so the hot apple cider served in mason jars was a big hit and great hand warmer.

We all sat down to enjoy an apple themed dinner: Apple pumpkin soup with bread rolls and apple bread, salad with apple cider vinaigrette, savory apple tarts with beets or onions, and apple cookies and bars for dessert.

Our guests in their great costumes!



Guests headed home with homemade apple pie (baked with love by Wendy) and their fabric apple.

We can't wait until next year!

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