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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

the life and times of a pineapple

image found on Pinterest - unsure of original source. 

image found on Pinterest - unsure of original source. 

I'm going to tell you a secret here. I am a curious person by nature. I like to understand how things work and why they happen. That being said, I have never in my life wondered where the pineapple came from. 

what?

I know, crazy, right? How in the world could I not have wondered about where a pineapple. The gall. I've just been wandering around eating this delicious fruit with no thought into its illustrious history. All of the sudden, however, I was noticing pineapples everywhere. Apparently, the pineapple is the new cool thing. I see them on socks, dishes and according to one of the millenials who work for me there is even a style of music called tropical pineapple house. (okay maybe it is just tropical house, I don't really know but for some reason I think it has something to do with actual pineapples...but maybe that is a sign of me not being cool enough to know, oh well.) 

Who knew?

It is very had to ignore pineapples right now. Then, a couple of weeks ago I was out hunting at a local neighborhood garage sale and I came across the most EPIC find. Oh yeah, I found a solid brass pineapple door knocker. I jumped at the chance to make the $2.50 purchase, I mean I am a new first time homeowner and this seemed like a pretty epic score.  As I drove home, gloating over my purchase I felt like I needed to know the story.

First of all, pineapples originally come from Brazil & Paraguay. It became associated with places like the Caribbean after hundreds of years of Indian migration. The migration was the result of some obvious reasons, not the least of which, pineapple is delicious. Duh! But back then, that deliciousness was a pretty rare thing. Sugar and fresh fruits and vegetable basically cost a fortune so only the peeps with the biggest pocketbooks had access to this delectable treat.  It was in part because of this that pineapples started to be given as gifts as a symbol of friendship, generosity and hospitality. 

oh yea, you read that right, my address IS in fact 12345 because it isn't just my pineapple knocker that is awesome.

oh yea, you read that right, my address IS in fact 12345 because it isn't just my pineapple knocker that is awesome.

And this is what bring us today. Yes, I did just skip over a whole long part of history to jump on in to modern day and the purchase of my dope door knocker.

When I bought my first home a few months ago I knew that I wanted to make it a real representation of me and my personality. My hope is that someone would walk in the door and instantly know it was "Dawne's home". If they had never met me before, they would get a good sense of who I was, good bad or indifferent.

Come on in...

Come on in...

That is why I am so excited about this pineapple door knocker. Basically it is announcing to all who enter my home that this is a place for friendship and generosity and all are welcome. It says...

"hey world, it's pretty hospitable in this joint."

I get it. It's just a door knocker and oh man, trust me when I say I have a long way to go to making this, my first home, the home I want it to be. But promoting friendship, generosity and hospitality is not a bad place to start if you ask me.

What does your home say about you?