Party No. 6 was my most low key one thus far. It was just myself, Jason, and my parents, making dinner together on a Sunday night. There was planning, and crafting, and photo taking, but this "party" was not much more than a meal with some of my favorite people.
June was big for me. I had a very limited amount of free time, and the idea of throwing a party with friends, (coming up with a theme, menu planning, prepping, etc.) sounded like more work than I could handle or wanted to put forth. I'm glad I didn't force myself to throw a party that didn't feel right at the time. Partially, because I ended up not burn myself out, and also, because I cherish the experience of throwing this dinner with my parents, in my home. I'll always look back on these pictures and smile, remembering that one time we had a fiesta together in 2015.
The idea behind this blog was to push myself; to make connections with others, craft more, and try new things - like blogging every week! However for me, sometimes "pushing myself" looks more like allowing myself to do what feels right. Not what I think I should do, or have to do, but doing the thing that my intuition is telling me to do. Stopping. Listening. And then, acting.
Want to see how much fun our fiesta turned out? Good! Let's roll with some party pics...
Prepping for this party included deciding on a theme, crafting, and cooking. The theme came to me after seeing some awesome nautical styled decor at Crate and Barrel, and connecting it to something my family enjoys: tacos. While dreaming of the perfect taco party, I knew it was time to invest in some taco holders. Yep, you read that right. The holders I ordered off Amazon worked perfectly!
Crafting came in the form of the cutest tissue paper rosettes. I'll also include the new placemats, dishes, and silverware from Crate and Barrel in this section. We had been eating off of mismatched dishes for years, but I really just wanted a set we picked out together. Since buying these new dishes, I'm reminded every time I reach for a plate of how much I love their simplicity. Allowing myself to invest in something I use everyday has absolutely paid off.
Cooking included grocery shopping with my Mom, and preparing dishes in the kitchen with my Dad. Both of my parents are great cooks, and it was fun to make a homemade meal together in my kitchen, as opposed to our kitchen back home. My Dad handled the steak and shrimp, and I cooked the chicken in the crock pot. My Mom helped prep the veggies, and just like at home, kept the timeline for each item running smoothly. In addition, there was rice and beans, multiple kinds of salsas, and fresh guacamole that my Dad whipped up at the last minute!
The flowers were a labor of love on my end.
My family and I went to the local Farmer's Market the morning before the party and got fresh veggies, peaches and nectarines, and a great bouquet of wild flowers (for only $10!). We went to the grocery store for the rest of the meal's items, like shrimp and steak. While at the market, I found a flower in the florist section that I had never seen or heard of before, they looked a lot like sweat peas, and I knew I had to have them (they are the pink flowers in the arrangements). As luck would have it, they fit in great with the wild flowers!
I knew I wanted to keep the floral centerpieces low to the table, to allow for optimal dinner table conversation. I grabbed all my smaller vases and jars and disassembled both bouquets. I mixed and matched, and snipped my way to 7+ unique flower arrangements. The bright floral shades added a lot of classic fiesta style-pop to the party as a whole.
Thanks for reading this lengthy account of June's party. And thanks to my parents for not only attending, but also helping throughout the entire process! In addition to participating in my blog, they are also the best support system I could ever ask for. Love you, M + D.