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Small Little Fiesta

Since moving back to Portland, I haven't had the opportunity to do many events (persoal or professional). Things have been so hectic, that part of my life and business didn't get a lot of love. That all changed last weekend. I had the honor of hosting a small little fiesta in honor of my Mom turning the big 60. (Yup, I just put her age on blast for the whole world wide web to see.)

sorry mom

I am guessing she should be too upset, because 60 is YOUNG especially to have 4 grown kids and still be kicking butt and taking names like a boss. I digress.

As most of you have probably experienced in your own life, buying a gift for your Mom is not always the easiest thing in the world to do. For most of their "mom existence" they get the short end of the stick, what with clay sculptures of their kids hands and macaroni art work. As I have gotten older, there are some years it is easier than others, a good concert or show comes to town, SCORE. But this was 60. I can't just run into Chico's and get her a chic outfit for the modern woman, that was so 59.

I made an attempt to rent a dance floor for the ladies but my yard is not yet level so it didn't look or feel the way it should but it definitley got me excited about the idea of a permanent dance floor in my backyard. PROJECT!

I made an attempt to rent a dance floor for the ladies but my yard is not yet level so it didn't look or feel the way it should but it definitley got me excited about the idea of a permanent dance floor in my backyard. PROJECT!

It was for this reason that I chose to do one of the things I do best, host a little shin-dig. Apparently my mom and her friends are way cooler and more popular than I am because trying to nail down schedules was not the easiest task so at the last minute I just picked a date and hoped for the best. Sadly that meant some awesome ladies couldn't make it but we soldiered on.

If you read my last post you know that I am in a new house. What you may not know is that they house needs a LOT of work still but I figured if we did something on a warm summer night in the unfinished back yard and added some pretty lights I could probably get away with a good evening.

Sorry potential stalkers, I blocked out my address. A girls has gotta  be safe, ya know.

Sorry potential stalkers, I blocked out my address. A girls has gotta  be safe, ya know.

I chose an easy and quick theme and hurried to create an invitation that would be festive and fun. Who doesn't want to attend a "fiesta"? I mean the word, the colors, the yummy food? It is just a guaranteed winner. So I sent it out to all my Mom's favorite lady peeps.

Then the real work began...menu and trying to figure out how to make my "really needs work" backyard into something halfway decent and worthy of the "fiesta" title. 

table setting view...thank goodness some of the ladies took pictures on their phones.

table setting view...thank goodness some of the ladies took pictures on their phones.

getting crafty

I would like to say that this paint is actually awesome. I have used it for a ton of other projects, it just didn't provide the sheen I wanted for the paper pinata...Love   Krylon Paint   though.

I would like to say that this paint is actually awesome. I have used it for a ton of other projects, it just didn't provide the sheen I wanted for the paper pinata...Love Krylon Paint though.

I tried to get crafty. Thanks to Pinterest, I always TRY and get craft...but my stuff NEVER looks like it does on Pinterest. I decided I would paint some pinatas and make them gold because in case you can't tell from my logo...

i love gold

My before pictures were great, ahh the best intentions, but forgot to take any after pics, so this is the after, after, a few days later...gold scottie dogs.

My before pictures were great, ahh the best intentions, but forgot to take any after pics, so this is the after, after, a few days later...gold scottie dogs.

While they didn't turn out horrible, I totally used the wrong style of paint so it came out a little dull. I also totally forgot to take the eyeballs of the pinata first so with out eyeballs and color, they looked more like gold scottie dogs. Again, not awful but not what I was going for. I added some pink tassels and they still did the job. Sadly, this was not my first epic fail of the night.

I won't bore you with too many of the details but I figure the sign of any good party is the food and the booze so I thought I would at least share the menu with you and one of the epic fails related to the food. I found a great recipe. where else? Pinterest. It was for shrimp & chorizo skewers.

yum

First, let me tell you that i accidentally download ransomwaer software on my computer earlier the week. Because of that I lost every single file on my computer. OH YEAH, every single one. Crushing for my work. BUT, one of the lost files was my party planning deck. Yes, I am that kind of nerdy planner. Without it, my week completely got away from me and nothing happened as it should have.

when life disingrates your skewers, you make deliciousness

when life disingrates your skewers, you make deliciousness

I not longer had my shopping list so I had to pull up the Pinterest pages while at the grocery store. Once there, the simple recipe I thought I found looked much more complicated and with way to many ingredients but I had already go the meat from the butcher so I did the unthinkable...

i wung it.

long story short. my skewers disintegrated on the grill. (yes I soaked them first but still...) I used some quick thinking, took it off the grill, sauteed it added some garlic, butter and cheese...turned out delicious. 

phew

Here is the rest of the menu. 

COCKTAILS (because, duh...)

  • Homemade Sangria

  • Margaritas (regular & guava)

APPETIZERS

  • Shrimp & Chorizo Skewers (minus the skewer)

  • Guacamole

  • Mango Salsa

  • Salsa

  • Green Salsa

DINNER

  • Chicken Enchiladas

  • Steak & Chicken Fajitas

DESSERT

once the food came, the drink table got a little less pretty and a little more exciting

once the food came, the drink table got a little less pretty and a little more exciting

man, I love food...

man, I love food...

The party never would have come together with out the help of a friend of mine from Purple Lilly Events. Toni helped with some of the food and the amazing cake. In general she was a life saver. Toni does all sorts of events but specializes in weddings. Check out her site by clicking her company name above.

That's it. It was a wrap. Happy Birthday to my wonderful Mom and big shout to all the ladies who attended and those who couldn't. It was a great night and such an awesome way to christen my new home for events.

 

till next week,

dawne

personal manifesto writing part 1

We all have a dream. Some of us have lots of them. We may not always realize that is what they are. We may avoid the work to make them come true. We may be lost as to how to make them a reality. Maybe you haven't unearthed what it is yet. But we all have a dream.

Dreams are what I focus on because it seems the only way to truly connect with people. Once you discover and chase your dream, you start to know more about who you really are and who you want to be. This in turn makes it easier to see who other people are, thus making connection simpler.

Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don’t have a plan.
— Larry Winget

It is for that reason I continue to focus on creating a manifesto. Like any journey, it is crucial to have a plan, even a rough one. Let me be clear, having a plan does NOT mean that you will follow it to the letter. Oh gosh, the most fun things in life happen when the plan falls through. That being said though, having a general direction or map you can refer to along the way helps you make not only the right turns but the left ones that actually turn out to be right all along.

If “Plan” A didn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters? Stay Cool
— Author Unknown

So what is supposed to go in to a manifesto?

That is the beautiful part. They can be short or long. They can be targeted to one particular thing or encompass all that you believe. They can change an infinite amount of times as you change and grow.  There is really only one rule to building a manifesto...

It must reflect who & what you are and challenge you to stretch yourself.

I should clarify, nowhere does it say that in the dictionary of manifesto's or online at some "how to site", Well...I don't think it does, I didn't actually look. So really, this is my belief and I realize some of you have just met me...so let me prove my point here.

Read brand manifesto's, or personal manifesto's from any and everyone. Take note of what is similar and what is different. They all have a call to action for the person(s) that is reading it. They all use positive language. They all aspire to something better. They almost always have a theme or direction even though it isn't always blatant. And they almost always show you what the person(s) ultimately wants to aspire to.

I promised in my previous post: Tips on How & Why Brands Use Manifesto's to Connect with Consumers that I would help us all focus on the steps to writing our own manifesto's and so today we start.

It doesn't need to be in a fancy journal or a perfectly handwritten list. It actually doesn't even have to make sense. But spend a day or better yet a week writing things down. Have scraps of paper or a notebook and a writing tool around at all times and when you have a thought...jot it down. 

I am a firm believer of visual and written goals. YES, I vision board, get over it. I know it works. Why wouldn't I do it? Don't believe me that writing things down helps? Check out the Positivity Blog and their 7 Powerful Reasons Why You Should Write Things Down. By the way, how cool is it that there is something called the POSITIVITY BLOG?

Anyway, if you are not yet comfortable with writing down your thoughts, why not choose visuals to represent them instead? Lots of people have image journals with little to no text because that is the way the learn and see the world. That is totally acceptable as well and if you are visually creative would probably look pretty great too. So search for things in your surroundings that represent what you believe and what you want.

Okay, so this is step one. All we will talk about today is step one because quite frankly it is the foundation for everything else. So spend this week collecting information, words, images and anything else that might help you to create your very own manifesto.

Next week we will address step 2, organizing your thoughts.

 

 

all photos provided by AnD Creatives