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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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.


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


3 Sharon February 15, 2009 at 12:37 am

What a fun night!


4 Biz319 February 15, 2009 at 12:57 am

What a great night! Good eats all around!!


5 Natalie February 15, 2009 at 1:03 am

Wow! What a great party!

Those cupcakes look adorable!!


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 😉


7 Rachel February 15, 2009 at 3:54 am

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


8 joyful February 15, 2009 at 6:13 am

Your place looks fantastic!


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! :)


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 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!


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.


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!


13 VeggieGirl February 15, 2009 at 7:50 am

Cutest cupcakes EVER!!


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!


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!


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

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


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 :)


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!


19 Lauren February 15, 2009 at 8:28 am

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


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

What a fun night!! Everything looks delicious!


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

What a wonderful evening!


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!


23 Anna February 15, 2009 at 8:54 am

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


24 K February 15, 2009 at 8:56 am

Oh my gosh – everything looks perfect!


25 sue February 15, 2009 at 9:13 am

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


26 Mel February 15, 2009 at 9:19 am

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


27 Shelby February 15, 2009 at 9:21 am

Such a fun post!!!


28 Meg February 15, 2009 at 9:28 am

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


29 Jessica February 15, 2009 at 9:30 am

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


30 Kath February 15, 2009 at 9:54 am

Thank you everyone!!

Sarah (lovINmytummy),

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



31 Justy2003 February 15, 2009 at 10:17 am

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


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.


33 Kath February 15, 2009 at 11:23 am

Thanks Jennifer :)


34 Heather February 15, 2009 at 11:56 am

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


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.


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.


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!


38 Sarah February 15, 2009 at 6:37 pm

I love how colorful your home seems to be!


39 Katie February 17, 2009 at 3:20 pm

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


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