Our House Is Now Cooler

October 2, 2010

So much fun with lots of friends!!!!!!!! The theme of the night was "orange" and "beer." Also, good soups were had, delicious appetizers, lots of drinks, lots of chatter.

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We threw open the French doors…

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…Stocked up on seltzers and wine, plus a few bottled beers

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…Sung to the kegs

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And beer came out!

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…Crockpotted Karen’s Chili and a Curried Butternut Squash. Both are now gone!

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A big ole salad with apple, pear and sunflower seeds

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With homemade dressing

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Plus a bunch of snacky foods (including Matt Cracks!)

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Veggies + Bright Basil Bean Dip galore!

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Cleaned the kitchen!

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Guests arrived!

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Female Family Portrait: Stephanie, Andrea, Jess, Cara, Faith, Brittany, Holly, Me, Stephanie

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I ate a thousand veggies in bean dip and chips and crackers, plus a cup of soup, some beer, some wine. I am SO FULL at the moment!!

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TWO of these fabulous cookies! The recipe is a true winner.

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We were given a few really fun gifts – UVA flowers from Steph and some Pistachio Rosewater Cookies from Cara that are like peanut brittle (and a few other fun edibles!).

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[Cara, I LOVE the texture and the rose smells faintly like hops!] Had to break in for dessert #2

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What was once labeled as an empty space for dirty dishes is now covered. Excuse us!

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1 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 2, 2010 at 10:30 pm

You thought of everything! I love how you labeled the place for dirty dishes! What a great thought!


2 Estela @ Weekly Bite October 2, 2010 at 10:33 pm

What a fun party :) This is the perfect weather for chili and butternut squash soup!


3 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) October 2, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Even your shirt matches the partay! You sure know how to throw a delicious dinner party. I wish I lived in Cville right about now (or 5 hours ago!).


4 Missy October 2, 2010 at 10:34 pm

it all looked like such a fun time! :)


5 Maria October 2, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Oh…my…GOSH! :::DROOL:::


6 Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat October 2, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Oh how I wish I was at your dinner party! Everything looks so good, and I would have love to try your homemade pumpkin beer!


7 Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat October 2, 2010 at 10:35 pm

*I would love to try your homemade pumpkin beer!


8 Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks October 2, 2010 at 10:40 pm

That spread is amazing!

I want a pumpkin shaped cookie and pumpkin beer!


9 Toronto Girl West October 2, 2010 at 10:42 pm

Everything looked so warm and inviting. And as a Canadian, I have to confess I loved the copious use of the maple leaf theme! 😉

Also, I had never thought of using crock posts for dinner party meals but really it makes so much sense. Especially in the cold weather. I’ll totally be borrowing that idea in the future. Gracias!


10 stacey-healthylife October 2, 2010 at 10:42 pm

What a great party. Fall must be your favorite, from the paint color to the outfit to the decor. Everything looks great.


11 Jaime October 2, 2010 at 10:55 pm

You are so talented! Your house looks like such a cozy home!


12 Amanda October 2, 2010 at 10:59 pm

What a perfect party! I love all the labels!


13 Elizabeth October 2, 2010 at 11:15 pm

The party looked like a lot of fun! Hey-by the way-what did you think of the article about you and other food bloggers in the new Marie Claire? I was not happy with it!!


14 Kath October 3, 2010 at 8:16 am

I haven’t seen it, but I imagine it’s going to piss me off as well from the rumors that have been going around for months.


15 Elizabeth October 3, 2010 at 11:57 am

I read your blog every day–along with a couple others mentioned…and I was NOT happy. In fact, I’ve already written a letter to Marie Claire complaining, and I’m not renewing my subscription. I think it’s stupid, insulting, and NOT researched well.

You are great. Keep doing what you’re doing.


16 ging October 3, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Nasty … what’s it about?

LOVIN’ the party!!!


17 Nicole @ yuppie yogini October 2, 2010 at 11:26 pm

How fun…your house looked so warm and cozy!


18 Jessica @ The Process of Healing October 2, 2010 at 11:26 pm

That sounds like so much fun!


19 Hannah October 2, 2010 at 11:28 pm

What a beautiful house-warming-ish party! Such a wonderful spread, too!


20 Mads October 2, 2010 at 11:32 pm

I want to be invited to that party! It looks unbelievably fall-like and tasty!

That’s it, I’m inviting myself to the next one. 😉


21 Ida October 2, 2010 at 11:40 pm

What a party! You won my vote with the little sign pointing to the bathroom:)


22 Claire @ Low Impact Fashionista October 3, 2010 at 12:12 am

Love your spread of foods! Also love how your pumpkin colored walls matched perfectly with the party food :) Looks like you really know how to host a fabulous fall fiesta!


23 Kelli October 3, 2010 at 12:13 am

this party looks amazing!


24 Eating Bird Food October 3, 2010 at 12:17 am

Everything was delicious – the butternut squash soup, the pumpkin beer, and the cracks! 😉 Thanks for inviting us!


25 Sarah Louise October 3, 2010 at 12:44 am

Do you have a recipe for the Curried Butternut Squash Soup?? It sounds delicious :)


26 hippierunner October 3, 2010 at 12:46 am

Your house is so beautiful!


27 Marina October 3, 2010 at 1:54 am

Looks like so much fun. I specially love the labels. And those cookies look great


28 lynn (The Actors Diet) October 3, 2010 at 2:10 am

such a fun spread! you guys are great hosts!


29 jassy October 3, 2010 at 3:29 am

it is cooler! :)


30 Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) October 3, 2010 at 5:14 am

I love how you decorated with squashes – very seasonal. :)


31 barefootgirl October 3, 2010 at 5:15 am

Look like everyone had a blast!! LOVE LOVE LOVE all of your cute little labels!!!

very cool 😉


32 Amy October 3, 2010 at 5:31 am

Why isn’t Martha profiling your parties in her magazine? Stunning.


33 Sarah October 3, 2010 at 6:08 am

I feel so inspired to throw a fall-style party. You and Matt are such fantastic hosts!


34 Lauren at KeepItSweet October 3, 2010 at 6:25 am

looks like a great dinner party!


35 Simply Life October 3, 2010 at 6:39 am

I love all your “fall labels” and decorations! Looks like a great time! Your house is just gorgeous!


36 JL goes Vegan October 3, 2010 at 6:41 am

That’s my kind of dinner party. Beautiful, flavorful and CASUAL! Looks like a lovely time was had by all!


37 Errign October 3, 2010 at 7:03 am

I love all of your signage – looks like a very fun night! :)


38 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 3, 2010 at 7:09 am

What a fun party!


39 Melissa October 3, 2010 at 7:23 am

You two find the cutest houses!!! Also, random, your shirt is really cute, where did you get it? I love square necklines!


40 Kath October 3, 2010 at 8:15 am

Thanks, I think it is LOFT?


41 Jamie @ Food in Real Life October 3, 2010 at 7:33 am

I feel like this party should have been featured in Real Simple, or Better Homes and Gardens! Impressive!


42 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 3, 2010 at 7:37 am

It looks like you put so much work into this! I love how warm and fall-ish your dining room looks! And of course all the food looks amazing. There’s nothing like soup and chili on a fall day. 😀


43 [email protected] October 3, 2010 at 7:43 am

Everything looks delicious! I love all of your signs – I do the same thing for parties! Everyone jokes around with me for labeling everything. I love how you made a sign pointing to the bathroom- I have yet to make one for that, but I should considering the most asked question is usually, “where’s the bathroom?” :)


44 Kaci October 3, 2010 at 7:45 am

That party looks like so much fun! Your food looked indescribably amazing, I loved your decor with the squash, and your directions/labels were really cute. I wish I had been there! :)


45 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) October 3, 2010 at 8:00 am

I love that there was even a sign for the dirty dishes. Too adorable. 😀

And I’ll have to remember that recipe for the gingerbread cookies! 😀


46 steph @goeatapeach October 3, 2010 at 8:07 am

Great time had by all- cant go wrong with good eats in good company. Thanks for having us!


47 Kath October 3, 2010 at 8:16 am

Thanks y’all!!


48 Erin October 3, 2010 at 8:16 am

These pictures are so gorgeous–they belong in a home & garden magazine! I’m loving all the orange combinations that make the atmosphere so festive and fall-like.


49 Katie October 3, 2010 at 8:20 am

What a fun fall party! I love entertaining, even though I get really nervous about it beforehand. But then it always ends up turning out ok! I can’t wait until my boyfriend’s deployment is over so we can have fun parties like this. I miss all those little activities.

I like how you turn your bday into a whole month celebration, haha. :)


50 Heather October 3, 2010 at 8:24 am

the party looks like a huge success! everything looks great!!! good job!


51 christina cadden October 3, 2010 at 8:40 am

Looks like such a great party!


52 Katie B. October 3, 2010 at 8:50 am

Is the butternut squash recipe you used the same as the butternut fruit one in your recipe section?


53 Kath October 3, 2010 at 5:37 pm

No, but I have the recipe and will be sharing it soon!


54 Sarah (Syrup & Honey) October 3, 2010 at 8:58 am

Seriously, this sounds like the perfect autumnal fete! Well done.


55 Cara October 3, 2010 at 9:06 am

I’m glad you like the cookies! I thought I was going to break a tooth when I bit into one…but I figured they’d be good all smashed up! Next time, I’ll just bring you a bag full of dough, because it was wayyyy tasty!


56 Lindsay October 3, 2010 at 9:40 am

Love all your little touches! Looks like it was an amazing party…


57 Jil October 3, 2010 at 9:45 am

Loving all the little labels!! And the spread looks amazing!


58 Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 3, 2010 at 9:52 am

Awwe looks like such an incredible time!! I love all the cute little signs :) Truly a Fall party..perfect!


59 MonsteRawr October 3, 2010 at 10:17 am

I love the idea of putting up signs pointing to the bathroom and where to put dirty dishes. Stealing that one.


60 Wendy @ Seriously Sassy October 3, 2010 at 10:20 am

I love the simplicity and beauty of the squash-on-the-cake-stand centerpiece. Man, you get such good ideas from reading blogs!
The salad looks divine. Glad you had a good time!


61 sassy molassy October 3, 2010 at 10:29 am

Kath, THat looks like such a fun party! Love the maple leaves everywhere. The menu looks quite tasty and fun. I can’t wait to make my first batch of butternut squash soup this fall.


62 holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 3, 2010 at 10:41 am

I loved how the cookies in the picture read “eat” “beer” :) haha

What a lovely fall party — I love all of the beer glasses set out and ready to be used!


63 Natalia - a side of simple October 3, 2010 at 10:56 am

Great decor, awesome food spread, love it, Kath!!


64 Amykinz October 3, 2010 at 11:18 am

I love that shot of the coffee mugs, Kath!


65 Bethany @ More Fruit Please October 3, 2010 at 11:57 am

Aren’t you the hostess with mostest?! Your house looks great! I love the way you arranged everything!


66 Faith @ lovelyascharged October 3, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Moose drool? Bahaha, what a name!


67 Laurel October 3, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Yay! I love fall and love the pics of your party. I want to go to a KERF party!


68 Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes October 3, 2010 at 1:35 pm

beautiful house, beautiful food! Your party reminded me of all the reasons I love fall! Lovely!
Cathy B. @ brightbakes


69 Gliding Calm October 3, 2010 at 1:38 pm

super cool party!!!


70 caronae October 3, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Sounds like the perfect fall party! One day I will have a real house and a real kitchen and I’ll be a real hostess and have real parties!


71 Heidi - apples under my bed October 3, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Looks like the perfect party! How fun. I cant wait until we move into a bigger place & can have a party like this.
Heidi xo


72 Shannon, Tropical Eats October 3, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Amazing! Love the grass fed and local sign :)


73 Paula October 3, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Please share the butternut squash soup. It sounds delicious. With winter on the horizon it would be perfect for dinner.


74 [email protected] October 3, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Looks like an amazing party. You can never go wrong with the pumpkin and beer combo. Love the decorations too!


75 Samantha @ Bikini Birthday October 4, 2010 at 7:54 am

Wow, you did a really cool job! You really put a lot of thought and work into it!


76 Sami October 4, 2010 at 9:21 am

omg. such cuteness! you truly are the hostess with the mostess :)


77 Andrea (@ Puppy Dog Tales) October 4, 2010 at 1:50 pm

You’re brave opening those doors like that…..did you have an in-flux of stink bugs?


78 bobbi October 4, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Fun party girl!! Random question where did you get that white piece of furniture that your crockpots are on?? THANKS !!


79 Kath October 4, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Crate + Barrel!


80 The Healthy Apple October 5, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Absolutely beautiful!!! Love it Kath; you did such a beautiful job! So talented, you are!!


81 Charise October 7, 2010 at 9:34 am

Love LOVE the fall decor and whole detailed fall-ish food setup. Everything looks yummy!


82 mary-kate October 8, 2010 at 10:10 am

i forgot to ever RSVP, but i had a wedding last weekend and was so sad to miss your party! thanks for including blogless me in the invite. looks like it was a lot of fun!


83 dina October 13, 2010 at 9:18 am

what a beautiful house…looks like a fun party


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