At our family reunion in '09we took 'photo booth' pictures in front of the flag. I love a photo booth at a party, it's a great chance to capture everyone in attendance. Just look at these cute faces...
A couple years ago my whole family got up to Seattle for a family reunion. It was so perfect to be all together in the house we grew up in and spending time in a city we really love. The reunion was over the 4th of July so we enjoyed a backyard bbq and watched some illegal firework shows from the back porch. Thanks neighbors:) Feeding over 20 people can be challenging, though my mom makes it look like a breeze.
Fruit and Veggie trays
Chips and Salsa Bottled Drinks
My favorite part was dessert of course! Homemade star sugar cookies and homemade ice cream, and topped with fresh berries. What is your favorite part of the 4th of July?
A year ago I moved from UT to CA. It was so sad to leave good friends and familiar surroundings but exciting to experience something new. My friend Jane was moving to Northern CA around the same time. Our friends threw us a combined Don't Go! Going away party. They had paper airplanes and cloud cookies which I thought was perfect for such a party.
There were a few things I really loved about this party.
- the backyard and outdoor lighting feel.
- big black and white posters of our faces greeting guests.
- paper airplanes where friends left us notes.
- cloud sugar cookies.
- buckets with drinks for guests to grab as they please.
My friends put together a lovely bridal shower, Fiesta style. Mexican food is such a crowd pleaser. This shower confirmed to me how a great party/shower does not have to be extravagant or expensive to be a good time. Good food, friends, and some pretty deco. Bam! Great party.
For my sister's 35th birthday I brought over a Chocolate Coconut cake. I found the recipe at The Little Red House (great source for recipes! and pretty photography). Sometimes you just need a pretty (and tasty) dessert to make a party.
Make someone happy, Make just one someone happy, And you will be happy, too.
Throwing parties and planning special events are some of the ways I have found to make people happy--and I am happy doing it. I love the creativity of event planning, it is amazing to me that the ideas seem endless. Thinking of every detail, thinking about it again, and then making it a reality that brings people together is a passion for me.
This blog will be my way of sharing my passion with you. Perhaps you, too, have found (or will find) joy in making people happy by throwing the perfect party.
I'd love to hear what you think about special events and parties. What delights you? What makes you want to attend an event? Attending is the crucial element between the planning and the happiness!