Thursday, June 28, 2012

Meeting the Bachelor

So something pretty cool happened earlier this week. Remember this famous "bachelor"?
Ben Flajnik
Well he just so happened to drop into my hometown to do a wine tasting/signing at one of my favorite stores. Of course, I had to get myself out of work in order to get a little meet and greet with Mr. Flajnik and it was worth it. Overall, it wasn't as busy as I thought it would be... I expected long lines for some reason. But it turned out perfectly since I got to learn more about their wines and the business that comes with it. I absolutely love learning about different winerys as well as getting to taste new wines. Win-win.
The best part? I got to walk away with a signed bottle of their Epilogue Chardonnay. I love when random things like this happen... especially on a weekday. So defintely keep a eye on your local stores to see if his signing tour will be rolling into your town!
Has anyone else had a run in with a reality star? I want to know about it!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Come Have A Ball! Party

Well it looks like my little blog hiatus is officially finished. I apologize for the lack of blog posts the last few months, but I needed to take a break from the constant updates and hours spent online in order to get a few DIY projects and party ideas completed. Now I am logged back on and ready to share what I have been up too. (Also, I was peer-pressured by one of my girlfriends to get this baby going again… cough, Kate, cough.)
So why not start with the fact that my “little” brother graduated a week ago. Yeah I can still call him little even though he’s 6’4”and 200 lbs, right? But he is the baby of the family and the last one to graduate high school, so of course I have been living vicarously through him and started planning his graduation party.
My brother played three varsity sports - football, baseball, and basketball - throughout high school and most of his life. Since my family has spent a majority of our lives sitting in the stands of stadiums, ball fields, and gymnasiums, I thought the best idea was to do a sports theme. So here is how it turned out:
My favorite feature of the party - The Candy Bar a.k.a The Concession Stand
All of his favorite candies - Hot Tomales, Sour Patch Kids, Laffy Taffy, etc.
Getcha Popcorn!
Now onto the food... We had two options to choose from for lunch, either BBQ pulled pork sandwiches or...
Build Your Own Hot Dog!

Thanks to Pinterest, I was able to find the idea over on Hostess with the Mostess blog and use her free hot dog menu templates. It was a huge hit and everyone liked how they could try new combinations instead of your typical ketchup, mustard, and relish combo.
After creating your hotdog masterpiece it was off to round up some sides. This is where I got to use all my sports related serving trays and bowls.
{Yes, those blue things are Jell-O Jigglers football helmets. Told you I went all out on this theme, ladies.}
My favorite serving tray... its a referee uniform. Love it!

Here you will get to see the final project of my cupcake dessert table. Be expecting a post on this experience alone. It was quite the endevor to get 150 cupcakes baked and decorated. I had three different kinds for each of the three different sports.

Football Cupcakes = Chocolate on Chocolate
Basketball Cupcakes = Funfetti with Vanilla Frosting (dyed orange)
Baseball Cupcakes = Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Frosting

Safe to say he was this excited on his graduation day and during his party. Looks like all the hard work really paid off! Thank goodness...

Anyone else have a themed grad party or attended one lately that they loved? I want to know.