Crafts & Cocktails 2017

I love hosting my annual Crafts & Cocktails girls night in. It’s always filled with Halloween crafts, laughs, and LOTS of wine! Each year I choose a different food theme and this year’s was my favorite so far… Ice Cream Bar! It was a hit with my girlfriends too. Here are a few tips on how to pull off a fun night in with your girlfriends.

SWAG
I’ve done something as simple as a velum bag with goodies to a cute cup filled with goodies. Because I’m a Target Shopaholic, most of the swag is from there or Michael’s. I try to keep the price down on this but also make it super fun/cute for my friends. This year’s swag included the following:
1. Plastic Cup (Filled bottom with a piece of tissue paper to prop up all the goodies)
2. Champagne Flavored Lollipops (I added googly eyes for a splash of fun)
3. Foam Paint Brush
4. Ribbon
5. Halloween Themed Sticker
6. Pen with Cute Saying
7. Cocktail Stirrer
8. Drink Tags (Pineapple & Flamingo pictures)
9. “Donut” Give Up Name Plate
10. Candy Corn to Paint (This didn’t fit in the cup so I stuck it off to the side)

Place Settings
I really like to create a fun tablescape for my guests. This year I decided to “set the table” because I used a cup as their swag holder. Easy but fun!

Food
I’ve done everything from a cheese & crackers spread to a chili bar but this year I wanted something different. Ice cream bar won and it was a huge hit with my girlfriends. I suggest having plenty of options for your friends to choose from. But my biggest suggestion would be to pre scoop the ice cream. It makes it so easy for your guests to serve themselves with no mess!

 

BOOZE
I always provide a few bottles of wine to share (because I’m a cool host). But it’s nice to provide an area with ice for your friends to stick the booze they bring too.

Happy Fourth 2017

Somehow I got roped into hosting my family for 4th of July this year.  Don’t get me wrong; I LOVE spending time with my family but I am not able to host a simple get together without deep cleaning my house, spending way too much money on food, and decorating in some capacity.

It was stupidly hot this 4th of July – and by stupidly hot I mean 105 degrees outside. Our AC has been having some issues and was having a hard time cooling the house so we hosted an outdoor party. Thank goodness for our pool to help cool off the kiddos!

We had an amazing menu; smoked ribs, veggie cups, watermelon, corn on the cob, and lots of munchies! Unfortunately I forgot to snag a few pictures of the food table but I did snag this picture of these AWESOME & EASY veggie cups (recipe under Cait’s Cafe).

 

Kentucky Derby 2017

Our 3rd Annual Kentucky Derby party was close to being cancelled due to the weather in Utah that day.  The wind gusts were up to 30mph and it was raining off and on.  Not really what you want for a garden party. But we persisted and although I couldn’t display all my decor the way I wanted, the booze was cold and the company great!

Color Scheme: Teal / Gold / Pink
Main Course Menu: Smoked Pulled Pork, Chips, Veggie Shots, Fruit Shots
Desserts: Red Velvet Cupcakes, Fruit Pizza
Signature Drinks: Pineapple Mojitos, Mint Julep Mojitos, Mascato
Activites: Photobooth, Best Dressed Contest, Beer Pong

*Signature Drink table*

*Red Velvet Cupcakes – Horse Topper DIY here*

*Photobooth fun – Pool Noodle Horse DIY Here*

*Tablescape so hard*