Ringing in 2015!

Event Details

Instead of worrying about what bar to go to and whether or not it was worth it to pay $100 for open bar & food, my roommate & I decided to host a New Year’s Eve Party this year. Since both of us had to work on New Year’s Eve, we decided to keep the menu simple, but elegant. Also to keep costs down, when people asked what they could bring we told them to bring sparkling wine which we used as a part of our signature drink! Overall, it was a great evening with good food & even better friends!
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Olympic Opening Ceremonies Party

Event Details

This year I decided that it would be a lot of fun to have a party for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics in London. After a lot of thought I decided on cooking mostly British inspired dishes and desserts. In addition to watching the games, I decided we would use commercial breaks to have a mini Olympics of our own.

Location

My House

Number of Guests

About 10 people

Invitations

Facebook

Attire

Casual

The Menu

Appetizers

Toads in a Hole

Shepherd’s Pie

 Baked Fish & Chips with Malt Vinegar, Tartar Sauce, & Balsamic Vinegar Ketchup

Grilled Jalapeno Peppers stuffed with Pineapple Chicken Sausage & Kraft Rosemary Thyme Fresh Takes

Dessert

Raspberry Trifle with Pound Cake Soaked in Lemon Simple Syrup & Whipped Cream

Mini Olympic Torches made using Mini Cake Cones, Small box of Funfetti Cake Mix, & Fluffy White Icing dyed with yellow, red, and orange food coloring

Drinks

A wide variety of beer.

The Games

For the games we split into 2 teams. One team wore flag bandannas and the other red ones. We played three different games: Beer Pong, Flip Cup, & Quarters. For the winners I got small bottles of Goldschlager and tied them to ribbons to make “gold medals”.

Valentine’s Day Party

Event Details

This year I hosted my second annual Valentine’s Day party. This year I decided to throw a cocktail party and it turned out fantastic.

Location

My House

Number of Guests

Approximately 8 Adults

Invitations

 Facebook

Attire

Red, White, and Pink

The Menu

Appetizers

Mini Mac & Cheese

Pigs in a Blanket

Spinach Dip with Baby Carrots, Heart Shaped Cucumbers, & Heart Shaped Pumpernickel bread

Caprese Salad Skewers

Heart Shaped Cheese & Crackers

Desserts

Heart Shaped Brownies

Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes

Trail Mix

Drinks

Sangria

Assorted Beer

 

25th Wedding Anniversary

Event Details

A Surprise Party for My Parent’s 25th Anniversary on a Sunday afternoon from 1:30pm-5pm

Location

My Neighborhood’s Club House Banquet Room

Number of Guests

Approximately 60 Adults

Invitations

Evites

Attire

Dressy Casual

Party Favors & Centerpieces

The Party favors were four of my Mommom’s chocolate chip cookies wrapped in celephane and tied with ribbon and a thanks for coming tag. The centerpieces were potted plants bought at produce junction.

Drinks

Iced Tea, Soda, and Water were provided. Guests were asked to bring their favorite wine or microbrew for everyone to try and enjoy.

The Menu

In order to keep the menu managable but still provide a wide variety, I made some items, bought a few, had all of the hot appetizers catered by a local catering company, had the cake made by a local bakery, and had family members bring a few items also. Of the items I made, the cheesecakes and cookie balls were made ahead of time and frozen until the day of and the tomatoes for the honey tomato bruschetta were made two days in advance. I also had lots of help the night before and day of from my younger sister and one of my friends.

Appetizers

Antipasta Platter

Marinated Artichoke Hearts, Pitted Kalamata Olives, Hot Stuffed Cherry Peppers, Marinated Mushrooms, Peperoncini, Italian Tuna, Roasted Red Peppers, Hot Calabrese, Hot Capocollo, & Pepper Salami

Cheese Platter

Aged Sharp Provolone, Brie, Grana Padano, Sicilian Jack, & Extra Sharp Cheddar with Black Mission Figs, Buckwheat Honey, Clover Honey, Caramelized Pecans, & Seedless Red Grapes

Trio of Spreads

Baba Ghanouj, Olive Tapenade, & Tuscan Gorgonzola

Honey Tomato Bruschetta with Ricotta

Ham Salad with Rye Toasts

Caprese Skewers

Prosciutto & Melon Skewers

Beef Tenderloin Sandwiches with Horseradish Spread

Mini Cheddar & Potato Pierogies Wrapped in Smoked Bacon

Italian Sausage & Mozzarella Stuffed Mushrooms

Chicken Piccata Skewers

Fusion Meatballs with Orange Chili Sauce

Mini Imperial Crab Cakes

Desserts

Vanilla Bean Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Icing

Bite-Sized Salted Peanut Marshmallow Bars

Chocolate Covered Fruit

Strawberries, Mandarin Oranges, & Pineapple

Assorted Cookie Ball Hearts

Lemon, Coconut, & Oreo

Assorted Biscotti

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Creme de Menthe Brownies

Mini Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Assorted Mini Cheesecakes

Lemon Raspberry, Plain, & Chocolate Swirl