Monday, July 5, 2010

Our First Party Was a Hit!

How was everyone's Fourth of July?! Nick and I had our first party and I have to say it was quite a success. We spent the entire day getting together all the last minute details, such as putting up this lovely blue canopy, which was meant to provide shade. Hmmm...didn't really do much in my opinion.

Last week we purchased some patio furniture, which we love. We'll be painting the chairs soon just to spruce them up a bit.

At a party with people in the age group of 17-35, cornhole is a must. I dominate at this game. Has everyone heard of this? Or is this just a midwest thing?

I didn't take many pictures, I guess I was too busy drinking, making guests happy, and mingling (we had about 27 guests). I was glad I got this picture though, with me in the middle, my friend Renee on the left, and my mom on the right. This was pretty early so I was more into the whole picture thing at this point.

Renee is my friend from high school and college. There is only one word to describe Renee and that's HILARIOUS. She bought us this cheese cutting board, with some cheese and crackers for our party. You see what the fruit is on the cutting board? It's an artichoke. When we were in high school we had to bring cans in for the canned food drive and I brought in three cans of artichokes. I had no idea they were about 4 times as expensive as most canned goods, I just knew I didn't like them so I figured I'd grab them and give them away (sorry mom!). Our teacher, Mrs. Leonard, completely yelled at me and said, "ARTICHOKES?! Why would you bring ARTICHOKES to a canned food drive?! It's an acquired taste!"
Oops. I mean, why not?! It's a canned food drive!! Who says I can't bring artichokes?! Needless to say, I love artichokes now, and I would never give them away!

I only took pictures of the pretty foods, such as this giant tray of fruit. It was so fresh and delicious. My aunt made a lemon yogurt dipping sauce for the fruit and it was the perfect combination.

And of course my watermelon salsa! It was a hit (especially for the bugs, ewww).

I filled my plate with a cheeseburger and pulled chicken. I wasn't in the mood for beans (I didn't have Beano at my service) and I was just craving some protein!

The best food creation was made by our friend Pat Dappen. She made this amazing sheet cake and used blueberries, raspberries, and vanilla icing for the stars and stripes. Yes, this cake tasted just as good as it looked. Maybe even better!

Late night, after all the adults were gone (hehe) we sat around the fire and had a few good laughs, and drinks. We made S'mores and we got in a heated conversation as to which way is best to roast a marshmallow. I was pretty much the only person who didn't say "BURN IT TO A CRISP!". I'm sorry but I don't like burning my marhsmallows (if I can help it)! What about you?

We all got a kick out of teaching Smita, one of my good friends from school, how to make a S'more. She had never had one before so we had to make her first experience spectacular! I think she liked it. I mean, how can you not like a S'more?!

Oh yeah, my parent's new dog Scarlet showed up too. What a cutie.

Overall the party was a blast. I drank too much and ate too much, but I had a great time with my family, friends, and neighbors. Nick and I look forward to doing this again next year.


Sassy of Agapi Mou


Ally of Sweet and Savory


Coming Up
I'm leaving for Pittsburgh today because tomorrow at 12pm I start my first day of training. I'll be sleeping in a hotel this entire week, and then I'll come home for the weekend, only to go back to Pittsburgh the following week (I'll be doing this for eight weeks!). I think next week we get to start staying in condos instead of hotels, and I'm fairly sure I'll be getting a roommate. It's sort of like college again! Similar to college, I'm anticipating being very busy so I may be taking a short blog break, but who knows. I may or may not be posting while I'm there, it depends on how much free time I get. Tomorrow I hope to post a recap of my pre-Pittsburgh food preparation for the week. You can see what a psycho RD does for her boyfriend when she goes out of town.....

Thanks for reading everyone! Have a great week :)


  1. I like burning marshmallows. :) Burnt to a crisp is my favorite!

    And we also love cornhole! My brother is an incredible artist and has a 'business' of building customized cornhole boards with whatever painting on them you want!

  2. Aww, the first party at your new house is a big deal!! Glad yours went so well! That artichoke story was funny :-)

    Have a great Monday!

  3. Looks like such a fun time and looks like you'll have to host more parties now! :)

  4. Aww, so sad I couldn't be there! I would have loved to see Smita eat her first s'more, haha.

    Looks like you hosted a great party!

  5. great party! I can imagine you're an amazing host making everyone comfortable!
    that sheet cake is awesome, so pretty and patriotic! :)
    have a safe trip to Pittsburgh and have fun!

  6. cornhole is definitely a midwest thing....

    we call it bean bag toss in Texas, lol! We don't play that game though, mostly horseshoes

  7. We had corn hole at our fourth of july get together! We are in Ohio--so nothing out of the ordinary, but super fun!!

  8. Everything looks great!! I love the patio furniture! What color are you painting it? U have never heard of that game before..but then again I am from LA. If you cant play it on an xbox most people havent heard of other games around here! lol

  9. Your party looked like so much fun! I hope we're invited next year ;) The salsa looks awesome, and of course so does the fruit. I loved the artichoke story -- those suckers are spendy, yes!! :)

    That! Awesome, awesome!

    Good luck in Pittsburgh! You'll have a blast :)

  10. Happy Belated 4th of July!!! Sounds like you threw one amazing party! The American Flag cake looked so good.
    Good luck this week! Can't wait to hear all about it.

  11. Aw looks like such a fun party! That cake is amazing, I had a similar one but not nearly as cool as that.

    I TOTALLY agree with you about s'mores- I do not like mine burnt and actually most of the people I was with this weekend agree with me, except my 11 year old cousin who enjoyed burning them and then eating them, yuck!

    Good luck with the beginning of training! Living out of a hotel and/or condo with a roommate is definitely going to be interesting, I hope we get to hear about it!

  12. Looks like you had a great party! I hate burning my marshmallows too!

  13. I'm glad you guys had so much fun! You're really enjoying having a home and it shows.

  14. Looks like a fabulous party with great food! I'm intrigued by watermelon salsa.

  15. Good luck training. I think corn hole is also a southern thing. Everyone here plays it. In fact our neighbors had a huge Fourth party and that was all we could hear them playing! :) Darn bugs wanting your salsa. They were after my hot dog.

  16. you look like such a goddess <3 the weather looks fabulous and definitely sounded like one of those chill, laid-back, but totally exciting parties :)

    have a safe trip Gina <3 i hope the training goes really well!!


  17. haha, I thought cornhole was just a southern thing! It's huge here in NC, especially at the beach and with the college crowd. Glad your party went well - s'mores are the bomb (and I don't like to burn my marshmallows either!)

  18. It looks like your party was a hit! I have never heard of cornhole before.
    I love all your yummy goodies, especially smores. I haven't made them in so long.
    I am going to have to make that watermelon salsa. Sounds delicious!

  19. I think I would LOVE the recipe for your watermelon salsa...I made a nectarine "chutney" last night that was delish...nectarines, muscavado sugar, green onions, finely diced red onion, and finely chopped yello pepper, red wine vinegar, mixed in with sugar free orange marmelade...served over tofu and couscous

  20. Looks like a wonderful party!! hehe I was having a little too much fun bartending and drinking too. Wow, that cake looks awesome and I just love love s'mores. ok, what the heck is cornhole?
    Have a great trip!

  21. Such an awesome party!! Your backyard is gorgeous! I love the artichoke story... :-) and Scarlet is sooo adorable! :-)

    Have a wonderful trip! Zach is away for the month, so I know how hard it is being away from your sweetie... I hope you have a great time in PA and a great weekend back home again!