Everyone loves a party…

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

-Ecclesiastes 3:1-8/Pete Seeger

 

I have had a bit of an epiphany here recently. I love to throw a good shindig.

 

Creating invitations, planning a menu, and having everyone over is just about my favorite thing ever. I don’t need a particularly great reason to do it, I will celebrate just about any event to the fullest. That being said, instead of going out of my way to create a blog, I really should just be blogging about the gatherings I am already hosting. Makes sense doesn’t it?

It just so happens that I was smart enough to think of this in time to get pictures of the most recent soiree. A dear friend in my office is getting married this weekend and is unfortunately moving out of town shortly there after. With nearly all of us getting married within a year span of each other there have been lots of fun showers, but as Pippi is moving away, hers was extra special. Also, her party had a theme, and I just cannot help myself from going a little “overboard” when I have a theme to play with.

Pippi is getting married at the beach and has a general nautical theme going, so we ran with it, and I mean ran, we are talking marathon level theme exploitation.

Every gathering of note starts with an invitation:

Pippi's Nautical Shower Invitation

Pippi’s Nautical Shower Invitation

The RSVP included two choices A Frayed Knot or Knot Going To Miss it…I told you, I am theme obsessed.

Our work friend showers are truly delightful, not only do we get to hangout with a glass of champagne outside of the office, but we have the party throwing process down to a science. We all pitch in for a small group gift, bring a bottle of bubbly and an appetizer to share. I nearly always offer to host at my house for a multitude of reasons, but mostly it offers me a chance to make a gazillion different hard-to-transport and last minute heat requiring goodies. This gathering took hard to transport to a whole new level so I am especially glad I was able to host.

I nearly always start menu planning on Pinterest. Luckily, nautical themed parties are quite popular (mostly for boy baby showers) and I was able to find a plethora of ideas. For my portion of the menu I made, deviled egg boats, pimento cheese boats, chicken salad crabs and jello boats. I also wrapped up utensils in napkins with lifesavers. All in all, everything was easy and quick, with just a dash of creative knife work.

 

Theme Food!

Theme Food!

Lifesaving Utensils

Lifesaving Utensils

For the deviled eggs I just used what I had on hand as I was afraid I had already overextended myself. I simply mixed the yolk with a bit of mustard, a dash of hot sauce and and pepper. A bit of warning, I have found just about every store brand mustard (Kroger and Publix) is extremely salty, and therefore no additional salt is needed. Once the deviled eggs were prepared I cut and inserted sails made out of small sweet peppers. So simple, but so delicious and festive.

deviled egg

Deviled Egg Boats

 

Keeping with the boat theme, I spotted hummus and pepper boats on pinterest and knew I had to take a stab at them. I used the same small sweet peppers that I used to make the deviled egg sails and used them as the boats hull. While hummus would have been an equally easy and tasty route, I decided to use pimento cheese. Palmetto Cheese was scooped into the halved and hollowed peppers, and jicima was sliced about an eight of an inch thick to make sails that would stand upright. These little boats set sail on a bed of kale to complete the presentation.

cheese boats

Pimento Cheese Boats

Finally, I knew I needed one slightly more substantial menu item to absorb libations. I decided on chicken salad and croissant sandwiches that with the simple addition of toothpicks and olives became rather precious crabs.

crab

Chicken Salad Crabs

My beverage contribution for the gathering was not so much a beverage, but jello oceans that packed a little punch. These little shots were super easy to make ahead, and I just had the clementine wedge and sail right before serving.

jello

Jello Oceans

This was just part of the fabulous spread we all pulled together. There were also, crab puffs, garlic knots, chips and dip, cheese and  Whitney made amazing blue velvet anchor cupcakes.

cupcakes

Anchors Away Cupcakes

It was a wonderful and filling evening. Pippi was celebrated to the fullest extent…oh did I mention we had hats?

#pippiparty

#pippiparty

It will be with heavy hearts that we bid her farewell as she voyages up north to Charlotte, but in the meantime we will focus on what is sure to be a truly beautiful ceremony and jubilant reception this weekend. Congratulations Pippi and Todd!!!

 

Well, there we have it, my first attempt at a new and improved blogging theme. No promises shall be made of more frequent posting, as I think I have failed on that commitment several times over. Next up will hopefully be a recap of our draft night party. I have lots of great ideas, and if I can get my act together I will post my 2014 Draft Bingo cards so someone else doesn’t have to torture themselves randomizing their own cards.

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3 thoughts on “Everyone loves a party…

  1. Oh Parke..what a clever party and it was so much fun to read. you are so very talented in writing and about all you do. so very proud of you and thank you for keeping me in your busy life. love you so! grammy

    _____

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