Another party wrap up! Hooray for a party post! These are my favorite posts to write because I get to relive the fun of the party itself.
As you can see, the potluck style menu worked out very well. We had plenty of food, representing many different countries!
We had a Chinese Chicken Salad, Swedish meatballs (from IKEA), a Greek sampler platter (from Andrew and Katie because they got married in Greece! <3), Irish Corned Beef, BBQ Chicken sliders (from Jason and his Texan childhood), and Mexican chilaquiles. Not pictured: French bread + cheeses, a blueberry cobbler with French vanilla ice cream, and an English/Welsh sherry cake. Mmm. Everything was so delicious, and I was happy to see watch my guests participate (and hopefully enjoy) the process choosing a dish!
I got to give a little toast, which I not so secretly love to do. I think it comes from watching my Dad give toasts at special events my whole life. He's a great speaker, very funny and always sincere, and I love hearing him express himself in that way. I never really prepare because I want it to be casual and from the heart, but they end of being a little all over the place sometimes. I am still working on perfecting my unique "toast" style.
In any case, I loved being able to "Cheers!" to my guests and thank them for supporting me during this quest to throw so many parties, in one year. These parties would quite literally be nothing without my friends. I could scrap all my decor, menus, cocktails, etc, etc, and just have my friends come over, and I would be a happy girl.
I have fun planning, crafting and blogging, but making memories with my party guests is what this is all about.
Speaking of crafts, those luggage tag style drink name tags were fun to make, and see in action during the party. I detailed how I put together all the world + travel themed decor in this post.
How cute is Miss Liliana in her sarape? Clearly, she takes after her auntie, and enjoys a good theme.
I got those globe balls in the toy section at Michaels. I wasn't sure where I would use them, but since Liliana was coming, I knew at least one person would enjoy them.
I brought out the game Taboo, but because we're suckers for routine, we ended up playing Heads Up. As you can see by the screen shots, we had a really good time. (I guess I was super excited to describe 'pumpkin patch' to Anne. Don't ask! Ha.) Heads Up is awesome for big gatherings like this, because it allows every player to have a turn guessing. It get everyone involved and not having strict teams is great for the flow of the evening.
I kept things casual and wore my "genie" pants from Target, with a graphic tee, and my favorite RocksBox purchase, that gorgeous statement necklace. Thinking of trying out Rocksbox? Use my promo code AndreaBFF8 to get your first month for free.
This was the last party in that apartment, and I think it was a great send off. We squeezed five couples and a toddler into the living room, snacked on plates upon plates of food and screamed Heads Up clues to one another until late in the night. Party No. 10 = check!
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