Tons of Parties. I have been to 4 parties
this weekend. This has been one of the busiest weekends of the summer for me. I have been to so many parties, I think I may be full-up for awhile. It's been a whirl-wind! Fun, yet somewhat taxing for me now that I'm used to staying home so much as a Mom.
Are you curious yet? What kind of parties have I attended? I have been to a Going-Away Party for a good friend, a Ladies Night out party, a kid's 3rd Birthday party, and a Wedding Reception. A busy 3 days.
The Going-Away Party was for my quilting buddy and good friend, Michelle. She is moving out of state, so she threw one last BBQ. Her husband is an amazing chef, and we ate like royalty. He grilled up some great home-grown chickens, some Copper River Salmon, and made various sides to make your mouth water. Yum!
At the end of the gathering, as a strange turn of events, Michelle gave out presents instead of receiving them. Michelle is an incredible gardener. Everyone that came got to take home at least one basket of flowers or some veggies. I was persuaded to take home 4 baskets: one flower basket and 3 veggie baskets. Wow! What a terrific haul.
I will miss her tremendously. I am making her a going-away wall hanging gift. I'd tell you what it is, but I haven't given it to her yet. ;) I felt strangely like if I put off making it, she'd have to stay longer. Silly. But, the heart wants what the heart wants. A treasured friend.
Then it was time for Ladies Night Out party. My friend found a great little gift exchange theme for this party. You find your 3 favorite things and bring them to the party: appetizer, drinks, and a set of 3 gifts (all the same) for around $10. You then exchange the gifts by drawing them from a hat.
My favorite thing (besides quilting!) is tea and honey. So, I went to the Farmer's Market and found cute little bears with local honey and flavors: chocolate honey and raspberry honey. Then I got a selection of my 5 favorite teas available locally (I mail order many special teas too) and put one in each bag. The teas would pair perfectly with the honey that I included. A strong cup of English Breakfast is delightful with some chocolate honey. It feels like a decadent treat, yet has very few calories. I love it as an after-dinner treat. Each bag held 2 honeys and 5 tea bags. It was a fun challenge to think up a gift that I really love for around $10. But, I did it!
I received 3 gift bags in exchange from different people. I got a cute garden bee ornament, some superb salted caramel, and chai green tea and mints. What a fun party idea! Everyone choose such different things! It's a neat way to get to know each-other a little better too.
The next day was my friend's 3-year old Princess birthday party. I made her a cute tote with Princess themed embroidery and embellishments. I have a 3-year old also, and she loves her little tote. So, it seemed like a good gift. We got to make foam-sticker crowns for each child and play in a giant cardboard box castle. It even had a draw-bridge. The girls loved it! The boys frequently charged the castle with fake swords and my daughters acted like a dragon roaring in defense of the Birthday Princess in side. Hilarious!
Finally, I went to a BBQ for a wedding reception for a long-time friend. She got married this winter in a remote Lodge here in AK. Then she held the reception this weekend. There was lots of grilled meats: ribs, chicken, and Cooper River Salmon. It also had great sides: potato salad, bean salad, rolls, 3 pies, cookies, and green salad. It was fun to hang out on the porch and enjoy the sunshine while mingling with people I rarely get to see. My friend, Oline, was positively glowing... I'm so happy that she is enjoying married life! She deserves it!