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A few weeks ago, I headed down to LA to be part of a Sauza Tequila video shoot with Jennifer Sbranti from Hostess with the Mostess, Candice Kahn from Fashionably Organized, Jenny Wu from Good, Bad, and Fab, Christi Johnstone from Love from the Oven, and Marisa Guerrero from Margaritas in the Rain.
I was nervous about it. It just seemed weird to pretend I'm having a Cinco de Mayo ladies night in a rented house with a bunch of women I don't know. My daughter even made me this sign back at the hotel to give me strength.
But then I got there, and I met the women, and we started hanging out...
If you've ever been to a video shoot, you know how long they take. We got there at 2:00pm and weren't going to be finished until 10:0pm. So what did we do to fill the time?
We chatted about our lives, our families, our kids, our blogs, our husbands. We talked about food and fashion and business. We got our hair and makeup done, took photos of each other and posted them on Instagram. We ate a ton (a real dinner and a staged dinner and we ate them both). And we even almost froze to death because it was 50 degrees outside when we shot the last outdoor scenes.
But the truth was, it turned out to be a blast!
You see, I spend so much of my time at home alone in my sweatpants in front of my computer, and people in my everyday life don't quite understand what I do. So to hang out for a day with these interesting women who know exactly what I do because they're doing the same thing, made me feel like I belonged. It was an instant bond!
Thanks Sauza Tequila, because by the end of the night, we really were girlfriends at a Cinco de Mayo party enjoying delicious margaritas (recipe at the bottom of the post) in an awesome house with a great view of LA. And I was so glad I did it!
SOME PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS...
Here's the insane house with the swimming pool in the living room, no joke.
Jenn and me posing for the camera.
The gorgeous dinner table. It really did look like a fiesta!
Candice, Christi, and Jenny goofing off between shots.
Marisa pouring more yummy margaritas. This will definitely be my go-to margarita recipe from now on. It has beer in it!
And here we all are posting photos and then commenting on them. Thanks, ladies, for the good times!
- 1 can Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila*
- 1 bottle light beer
- 1 can frozen limeade
- 1 can water
How cool are these cardboard playhouses from Way Basics, and how great would they look at a your kid's next party?
Throwing a tea party, add a play cottage...
Throwing a princess party? How about this castle and carriage...
What fun! Sure you could make your own out of an old refrigerator box, but if you don't have the time or inclination, $35 a playhouse seems worth it to me.
I'm a big fan of homemade photo booths at parties. I think they're a great activity for guests, plus the host gets some nice memories out of it.
I also really like props. Props instantly get people to relax and have fun. Ask yourself, who doesn't love getting their picture taken in a big pink boa?
In fact, I've already written about my love of photo booth props here and here, but a photo booth trend I'm also a big fan of is the "empty picture frame." Not only are they easy to make (just empty out a big framed picture, and you're in business) but I also think you get some visually interesting shots.
Take a look at these picture frame photos from some parties on our site and see what you think...
Tiffany N's Cupcakes + Cocktails Party
Kristy's Super Grover Rave
Mattie B's Roaring 20th Birthday
Then Little Retreats is the photo booth prop shop for you!
How great would these mustaches, glasses, and lips look as part of your next party photo booth?
The great thing about these ones is they're no only fun, they're classy and gorgeous too.
My daughter finishes school this week so I definitely have summer on the brain.
I saw this sprinkler-themed party idea on Martha Stewart and had to blog about it.
For anyone with kids but no pool, what a fun way to have an outdoor party in the heat. The key is to have a lot of sprinklers so the party starts to feel like a water park. You can even add a Slip N Slide for more fun.
And it's easy to tie in a water/fish theme with invitations, food, and favors.
I like the idea Martha Stewart has of DIY fish towel favors. Cute and functional.
I fell in love with Morgan + KTs Picnic Engagement Party the first moment I saw the pictures.
What speaks to me about it is that it's homemade, low key, beautiful, fun, and all about love. What could be better?
What was your inspiration for the party?
I can't remember my exact inspiration for the party but I know it was just coming out of winter and I wanted to get outdoors and into the sunshine! Also a lot of our friends were also having night time engagement parties and we wanted to do something a little different.
We wanted to create a laid back picnic feel, where people could dine on the grass, enjoying the sunshine and where we could spend a lazy Saturday afternoon with our friends and family. Unfortunately the weather didn't co-operate for us and we ended up having to bring in shelters and no-one really 'picnicked' on the grass (instead on chairs) but we had fun just the same. I created a mind map for the event and starting listing all the ideas that came to mind when I thought of a picnic party - and it kinda grew from there.
Here is what i wrote on my blog: “simple a little country (to compliment our wedding which is being held in the country) picnic style a red & orange colour theme and a M+K= <3 theme (which many of our guests cleverly used too!)”
I love "Top Chef Masters," so how psyched was I to watch last week's episode and see that it was "Wedding Wars."
I wish I could have tasted the food. How many times have I been to a wedding where the food was just adequate, or not even that great. What would it be like to be at a wedding and eat food prepared by awesome chefs?
The desserts made by Govind Armstrong where quite impressive, but I have to say I was happy when Jody Adams won the challenge. She seems modest and hard working, no showboating, which I like.
But I've got a couple questions... How do they pick the couple to feature on the show? Are they foodies, because based on the episode they didn't seem like it. And what's it like to have a reality show filming at your wedding?
Even though I think of myself as a slight foodie, I'm not sure I'd welcome the cameras, even for the free food. Any thoughts?
Now that Sex and the City 2 is premiering on May 27th, I thought it was time to write about how to throw your own Sex and the City 2 themed party.
First off, you can always start old school.
- For drinks serve cosmopolitans, Manhattans, Long Island ice teas, or appletinis
- For food, Chinese food and sushi are two show favorites
- Send fancy invitations and ask your guests to dress as their favorite character
- For atmosphere, put out boas, scarves, gloves, sunglasses, flower pins, and jewelry
- To create a NYC backdrop, hang twinkle lights and blow up some pictures of the New York City skyline
- Play the show DVDs, the first movie, or the movie soundtrack during the party
- Play the Sex and the City trivia game
But now to make it more current, add some Middle Eastern flavor.
- Serve some middle eastern dishes like hummus, tabouleh, falafel, baba ganoush, and kebabs
- Decorate with sand, blow up palm trees, and toy camels
- Provide colorful scarves for your guests and have a belly dancing contest
- Create a game to see who can point to Abu Dhabi on a map
- Get "Team Aidan" and "Team Big" t-shirts made to give out as party favors
Just 21 days until opening day... but who's counting.
We've been getting a lot of new birthday parties on the site, so I thought this was a good time to write about Birthday Party Bash, a new game for the Nintendo Wii. I have not tried it yet, but since my husband is big gamer (and is trying to turn my daughter, who just turned three, into one too), I'm sure we will own it soon.
It's exactly what it says, a virtual birthday party for up to twelve people. It has party games such as Pin the Tail, Hot Potato, Present Frenzy, Balloon Popper, Musical Chairs, and Sack Race.
There are also ten different girl and boy themed party rooms including: pirate, glamour, sports, princess, construction, stuffed animals, monsters, magical forest, army men and music to choose from.
And when it's time to cut the cake, guest can enjoy a lively rendition of "Happy Birthday" with a virtual cake on screen.
According to one reviewer on Amazon: "This is basically a series of mini-games for kids with a birthday party thrown in as a way to connect everything. It's certainly cute, but definitely not a 'birthday party in a box' as is suggested. I would not advise chucking out all your big party plans and inviting some of your kid's friends over to celebrate with this game."
Sorry parents, the planning continues...