Pink & Red

February 15, 2009

Fun, fun party!!

I didn’t really keep track of my eats tonight. I just enjoyed myself, ate until I was full, drank a few and stopped with I was starting to feel it. A very moderate night, but also a very fun night :)

We spent the afternoon polishing my grandmother’s silver…

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And cutting out paper hearts…

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…Setting up candles

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And then Nate arrived with valentine’s cards, conversation hearts (my favorite!) and a bag full of Trader Joe’s goodies! (Our party was pot luck which was so much fun!)

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Boys assembling platters –

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Nate’s artichoke dip –

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Veggies + hummus

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The. Best. White. Cheddar (Vermont, from TJ’s) with caaaashi crackers (Hi Kate!! We missed you!) and corn crackers –

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Our contribution to the evening was a Smoked Salmon Mousse. Easy as pie to make and quite delicious, although a bit too salty. My only adaptation was that I used lite sour cream. It gelled perfectly.

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Plus a bunch of toasted GH bread in the form of crostini

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I also made this Red & White Salad – Mixed Greens, Strawberries, Red Pepper, Craisins, Feta + Raspberry dressing (Annie’s) on the side – for some green!

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Amanda + Justin brought Wild Mushroom Risotto – best mushroom risotto to date!

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And Diana + Dan brought these delicious Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes with Pink Frosting!

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Tablescape

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We also made POMtinis!! This was a casual mixture (meaning I don’t really know the proportions) of POM, vodka, chambord and seltzer. Delish!

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I took the night off from photo journaling – it was too hard to photograph every bite while we were standing and chatting!! Here are the highlights, with a bunch of bites inbetween (and a heavy emphasis on crackers + cheese!)

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“Main Course”

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Some white wine (champagne glasses are so fun – and the portions are smaller!)

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A virgin POM drink, half empty –

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A touch more – plus I had a few red wine sips -

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Dessert –

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Plus a few bites of the husband’s White Chocolate Cherry Babka!

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The V. Crew

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Ladies Night

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We love Nate!

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The house is now put back together, and to all a good night!

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1 Nate February 15, 2009 at 12:14 am

2nd best KERF post ever! Second only to ‘Oatmeal at Nate’s house ‘post. Perhaps I’m biased.

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2 Diana February 15, 2009 at 12:14 am

Lovely recap…your photos look awesome! Loved the pomtinis and everything else, of course. Thanks again!

:) Diana

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3 Sharon February 15, 2009 at 12:37 am

What a fun night!

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4 Biz319 February 15, 2009 at 12:57 am

What a great night! Good eats all around!!

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5 Natalie February 15, 2009 at 1:03 am

Wow! What a great party!

Those cupcakes look adorable!!

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6 Sarah (lovINmytummy) February 15, 2009 at 2:40 am

You said you stopped “with” you were starting to feel it. I think that means you didn’t ;)

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7 Rachel February 15, 2009 at 3:54 am

Envious of your beautiful, decadent evening! Thank you for sharing the awesome descriptions and photos!

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8 joyful February 15, 2009 at 6:13 am

Your place looks fantastic!

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9 Jen February 15, 2009 at 7:25 am

What a FUN FUN FUN night!!!! Y’all did such an amazing job with the Valentines theme/set up! Beautiful! :)

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10 Amanda February 15, 2009 at 7:34 am

I have to agree that that cheese is SO good :-)

If anyone wants the risotto recipe, I used this one from finecooking.com: http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/wild_mushroom_risotto.aspx I quadrupled it for the seven of us but probably should have just tripled it…

Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!! Thanks for having us!

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11 Clean Veggie February 15, 2009 at 7:36 am

love all of the candles and the hearts on the door!
such a healthy night – the spinach dip looks really good.

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12 Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) February 15, 2009 at 7:42 am

What a fun Valentine’s potluck Kath. Loved the little cupcakes your friends brought. Sounds like a success!

White chocolate cherry Babka – I’ve only seen chocolate or cinnamon Babka during the Holidays. Ugh, I want some now – too good!

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13 VeggieGirl February 15, 2009 at 7:50 am

Cutest cupcakes EVER!!

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14 allijag February 15, 2009 at 7:50 am

So fun!

All the food looks delicious – but those cupcakes with the hearts on top have my mouth watering!

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15 Sarah (Tales of Expansion) February 15, 2009 at 8:09 am

what a decorator you are … brilliant party atmosphere!
and there is NOTHING better than crumbly white vermont cheddar, cheese, drool ….
glad you enjoyed yourself!

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16 Red Head, Yellow Dog February 15, 2009 at 8:17 am

looks like such a fun night! I love all the candles!

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17 Julie February 15, 2009 at 8:20 am

What a cute night with an amazing spread of food! Just like you I didn’t stress about food, I just ate intuitively. I think it’s working so far :)

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18 FoodsThatFit February 15, 2009 at 8:26 am

Looks like you had a fun and relaxing night with good friends and great food! I much prefer staying in to eat then going out, esp. on a busy night like Valentine’s!

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19 Lauren February 15, 2009 at 8:28 am

Everything looks great! My mouth watered when I read: “White Chocolate Cherry Babka” Mmmmm

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20 Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday February 15, 2009 at 8:34 am

What a fun night!! Everything looks delicious!

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21 Mara @ What's For Dinner? February 15, 2009 at 8:45 am

What a wonderful evening!

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22 gliding calm February 15, 2009 at 8:48 am

i adore your house and your spreads and your parties!! they always are so put together and perfect, and I love that you don’t do all the work and that friends are always bringing something new and different!! (mushroom risottO…. nice! and TJ’s cheese- so cool!)

the veggies with hummus, crackers and cheese, and different dips look SCRUMPTIOUS…….and your vday decorations are so cute.

HAPPY SUNDAY KATH! hope it is relaxin for ya!

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23 Anna February 15, 2009 at 8:54 am

Is that the TJ’s hummus quartet I see?! Haha

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24 K February 15, 2009 at 8:56 am

Oh my gosh – everything looks perfect!

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25 sue February 15, 2009 at 9:13 am

i love all the paper hearts everywhere…so pretty. great party!

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26 Mel February 15, 2009 at 9:19 am

Wow, your party looks like a lot of fun! The food looks amazing too!

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27 Shelby February 15, 2009 at 9:21 am

Such a fun post!!!

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28 Meg February 15, 2009 at 9:28 am

What a wonderful spread of food and a great way to spend Valentine’s Day!

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29 Jessica February 15, 2009 at 9:30 am

Your evening looks so fun Kath! You put on some super cute and nice gatherings!

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30 Kath February 15, 2009 at 9:54 am

Thank you everyone!!

Sarah (lovINmytummy),
Perhaps…

Amanda ,
Thanks for the recipe!!! We had a great time too.

K

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31 Justy2003 February 15, 2009 at 10:17 am

What a cute party! And those cupcakes looks/sound amazing…brownie cupcakes?! Yum!

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32 Jennifer February 15, 2009 at 10:58 am

Kath, your shoulders look buff! The yoga is working! My arms/shoulders are also lookin’ good from yoga.

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33 Kath February 15, 2009 at 11:23 am

Thanks Jennifer :)

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34 Heather February 15, 2009 at 11:56 am

It looked like a great night. I love the heart cut outs!

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35 Janice February 15, 2009 at 12:01 pm

I’ve just found my way here via The Chic Life and have to say it looks like a wonderful party!

I had no idea what POM was, so I googled , as you do, and found the fabulous POM website! I should have guessed given the whole Pomegranate Juice week. Then I had to look up chambord as I’ve never heard of that either, well I guess you girls have had your fruit portions lol Sounds great, love the idea of raspberry liquer.

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36 Jasmine (Sweet and Fit) February 15, 2009 at 1:01 pm

everything looks delicious! do you by any chance know how your guests made that wild mushroom risotto? It looks really good, and I’ve been having trouble finding a good recipe.

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37 Marianne February 15, 2009 at 5:13 pm

Looks like a great evening. Mushroom risotto is one of my favourite dishes – the best one I had to date was at an Italian restaurant in Prague. Yum!

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38 Sarah February 15, 2009 at 6:37 pm

I love how colorful your home seems to be!

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39 Katie February 17, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Everything looks absolutely delicious! What a GREAT party!!! Bravo, Kath! :) :)

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