Real Party: New Year’s Eve Dinner & A Winner!

Happy 2013 Blogland!
The holidays were a whirlwind. After Mia’s 1st birthday party, we were pulled into the whirlwind that is the holiday season, and time just flew.  I am barely catching my breath!
What a magical thing the holiday season is with a little one!  
Just a few quick shots of the a-maz-ing dinner I was lucky enough to eat on New Year’s Eve…
This was a rare baby-free night out for Dan & I. Our friends Patty & Dan (another one!) hosted a small dinner party.
On the menu?
Pork Porchette
Bacon brussel sprouts
Green salad
Mashed potato bar (not pictured)
 Yum, Yum, Yum.
I made a deliciously rich flourless chocolate cake for dessert.
Thanks for the amazing dinner Patty & Dan!
Happy New Year everyone!
And, thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway from BoomBoom Prints!
I used, and the winning entry is…
Entry #10, Reiko!
I’ll be contacting you to coordinate getting your print!

Real Party: Little Pumpkin’s 1st Birthday!

In an ideal world, I would have brought you this post back in October when all my readers were in pumpkin-mode. No one cares about pumpkins right now, right? But I’m hoping that we always care about cute parties!
My life (and crazy 1 year old) just aren’t allowing me to blog in a timely manner at the moment. I have several cool things to share and I will get them up as soon as humanly possibly, they may just be a little out of season. Ok?So…pretend its still October and take a look at this adorable Little Pumpkin party!

My daughter’s bff had her 1st birthday party. That is my best friend’s daughter (We have decided they are bff’s obviously). Lindsay threw an amazing party in her backyard to celebrate (of course!). I can’t wait to share all the details with you!

Jennafer of Oh Creative One created the invites.  They were perfect!
The hostess wore her pumpkin, of course. :)
Lindsay rented a few tables and chairs for the backyard.  Her mom made fabric pumpkins to cluster on the tables for centerpieces. Aren’t they amazing?!
Lindsay strung a banner of monthly pictures of little Akemi on the fence.  Some of those faces are priceless.
Lindsay set up “Akemi’s Pumpkin Patch” in a corner of the yard.  Since most of the guests were 1-year-olds, she decided to forgo a traditional activity. Instead, kiddos were encouraged to wear costumes, and they all posed for photos in the patch. Too cute.
Lunch was a taco bar, catered by one of my favorite spots.
The dessert table!
The desserts were as tasty as they were cute…
The star of the table was the pumpkin smash cake Lindsay made with a mini bunting. Too cute.
I made some pumpkin cake pops, Lindsay made pumpkin spice cupcakes, Akemi’s Grandma made mini pumpkin pies, and Deb made caramel corn. Lindsay also added some sugar cookies.  We made some of these pumpkins and scattered them around the table as well.

 At first Akemi was a little hesitant with her cake.

But she quickly figured out what wonderful things sugar and butter are. :)

Happy Birthday Akemi!

And since you haven’t seen her in a while…

…here’s my little butterfly posing in the patch. :)

Party Rentals: Danny Thomas Party Rentals
Invitation: Oh Creative One
Lunch food: Pancho Villa
Akemi’s dress: Baby Gap

Make these: Pops for St Patrick’s Day!

Are you looking for some treat-inspiration for St Patty’s Day? You’ll never guess what’s inside these pops! Hint: they are healthier and easier to make then cake pops.
Head over here to get all the details. 
These are seriously sooooo tasty! My husband and I keep gobbling them up! Yum, yum!

Real Party: Superbowl XLVI

As always, our friends Katie and Casey hosted the Super Bowl party, which included the 2nd annual Chili cook-off.  This is such a fun day! (And I don’t watch a single minute of the game! — who has time between sampling chilies, tending to baby, and catching up with friends?)
The house & yard looked great as always.  I love all the bright colors Katie used in her decor. 

There were lots of yummy desserts too.  I had a delicious s’more with a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup…to die for! 

The hosts, and the winners of the chili cook-off!  
Please note the homemade spoon trophy by Casey. 😉
The first annual Chili Cook-off can be found here
And a previous Super Bowl party hosted by Katie and Casey can be found here.

New Year’s Eve Potluck Recipes

Last year’s New Year’s Eve party was epic.  Please check it out!
With so many new babies in our group of friends, this year will look quite different. I’d be surprised if we even last long enough to see the ball drop.
But if you are headed to a house party…you’ve got to check out my latest post to get some recipe ideas! 
Have a tasty, safe, and fun New Year’s Eve everyone!