Tale As Old As Time

August 31, 2009

Super party girls’ night!!

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Quickly, because they are boring – afternoon strawberry snacks. The real deal + a Fruition bar, which I loved due to the multiple textures incorporated into the bar mush

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Ashley had a super fun girls’ night party to celebrate one of her final nights in Charlotte before she moves to Colorado :(

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She had a bunch of girls (and dogs + babies!) over for a Salad Bar + Painting!

Kelsey invited me up to the balcony – huh huh huh!

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Ashley had a fun painting station set up for us to make little canvases of art

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I always mess up my art by overdoing it when I should just put the brush down, but I was happy with the message :)

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Art inspiration –

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The creative juices weren’t flowing, but the wine was!! LURVED these stemless glasses. I need some. Matt, my birthday is 10.26!!

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Appetizers – I nibbled on chips.

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The Make-Your-Own-Salad Buffet was absolutely amazing!!!! I told Ashley she rivaled EarthFare 😉

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Veg // Nuts

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Proteins. Gosh I forgot how much I love grilled chicken. I feel like chicken is just so blah, but whenever I have it grilled it tastes so amazing. Note to self!

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Those would be WHEATBERRIES!

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We were each asked to bring a homemade dressing to the party. I made honey mustard – equal parts honey, lemon, mustard and olive oil with salt + pepper + garlic.

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My salad was fabuloso. A little of everything.

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Mas vino. I had 3-4 tiny glasses to equal about 1 to 1 and 1/3 real glasses. I like drinking this way – I feel like I get a lot of tastes but I don’t drink too much or too fast.

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PENNY came out to play!!

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And so did dessert!

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These dark chocolates from Trader Joe’s were soooo good. Very dark, very good. I had about 3!

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But the grilled ice cream sundaes were the real hit. Pineapples + balsamic peaches!

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More ice cream was consumed. It was just so vanilley and good.

I had lots of fun being a mom to Penny and the babies! Little Bryce was only 6 weeks old!

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And Liam was 9 weeks! Such cuties. My hands still smell like wonderful baby smell!

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Party favors! ota.bars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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My loot – with 2 new flavors!

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THANK YOU Ashley for such a fun party!!!!!! I’m going to miss you so much when you leave and we’ve only gotten to play twice 😥 xoxo

Off to the cupboard with you now, Chip.  It's
past your bedtime.  Goodnight, love.

[Name that movie!!!]


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1 Mary (Food & Fun) August 31, 2009 at 10:13 pm

wow…it looks like you girls had such a fun time at the party. ALL of the food looks so wonderful!!! I’d love to eat at that party. hahaha. delishhh


2 Kris10 August 31, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Beauty & the Beast, of course! Looks like you had a fun night. :-)


3 Brie (The Fit Bride) August 31, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Beauty and the Beast, duh! What a fabulous party!


4 Daria (Summer of the CSAs) August 31, 2009 at 10:18 pm

How fun! Looks like a wonderful party. :)


5 Lizzy August 31, 2009 at 10:18 pm

that had to have been the best party spread ever! it looked like such a good idea, and a great time with great people!

a make your own salad bar is such a good idea :)


6 Tiffany August 31, 2009 at 10:19 pm

Yay Beauty and the Beast! Love that movie, and it looks like everyone had a blast at the party!


7 Shion (Shi's Eating) August 31, 2009 at 10:20 pm

My favorite movie – Beauty and Beast! Yay!

Looks like a fun party, Kath, with lots of good eats!


8 Shannon, The Healthy Beach Bum August 31, 2009 at 10:22 pm

Beauty and the beastttttttttttttt **just sang it in my head lol. You girls put on the best girls night ever! Salad bar, grilled pineapple ice cream, arts and craftsies!!! My oh my I may have to plan a night like this one day :) You all are so darn fun <3


9 A August 31, 2009 at 10:22 pm

Oh man – I was going to say ‘The Brave Little Toaster’ – whoops!


10 klm August 31, 2009 at 10:24 pm

BEST POST EVER. The photos are so great + arranged sooo wonderfully!!!!!


11 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope August 31, 2009 at 10:27 pm

What a fun evening! Definitely the perfect way to beat the Monday blues. :) I just LOVE yours and Kelsey’s outfits. So pretty!


12 lynn (The Actors Diet) August 31, 2009 at 10:28 pm

looks like a blast! i love make-your-own dinners…


13 Tay August 31, 2009 at 10:30 pm

Awww so fun and delicious looking! It’s like a get together when everyone makes pizzas. Except healthier!!


14 Renee August 31, 2009 at 10:32 pm

Of COURSE it’s Beauty and the Beast!! =) Looks like you had a blast!


15 kay (eating machine) August 31, 2009 at 10:32 pm

beauty and the beast!
and what a fun girls night!


16 Emily August 31, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Certain as the sun
Rising in the East
Tale as old as time
Song as old as rhyme
Beauty and the Beast!!

Nice one, Kath :)

Looks like it was a fun night!


17 emmy - eatventures August 31, 2009 at 10:47 pm

Beauty and the Beast! It’s amazing how quickly I started humming that song, considering that I haven’t seen that movie in years and years. My husband and I watched Aladin this summer though and totally fell in love with it again.


18 Ellen @ Peace in Motion August 31, 2009 at 10:56 pm

beauty and the beast may have been my FAV movie as a child!


19 Kristine August 31, 2009 at 11:01 pm

Beauty and the Beast!! Gotta love Angela Lansbury. :)


20 Ashley August 31, 2009 at 11:02 pm

Wowow. Love the documentation of this night!! The pic of you and Kels is super cute and you look like a total mom in the one with Bryce!!! The photos with Penny are adorable..I like how you laid them out..kind of like photo booth style! I also forgot how good grilled chicken is…probably only eaten it 5 times in the past year. I think the key is to cut the breasts in half + olive oil + seasonings + grill = delicious! Also love the painting photos!!! So excited to have new paintings!! =) Thank you soo much for coming..and I am sad to have just met you and already have to leave you =( Ooookay, off to bed for this kid! I’m going to send this post to all the girls that were there tonight. Have a great rest of your week!


21 Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) August 31, 2009 at 11:08 pm

OMG OMG I love that wooden salad bowl. I have one similar but it’s not as deep. That salad bar looked awesome!! What a great “buffet” alternative, LOVE IT!

You look absolutely stunning, too, Kath! So petite, so cute! lol :)



22 amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) August 31, 2009 at 11:09 pm

Beauty and the Beast, love it!

I love the salad bar! That is so fun! Inspires me to set up my own salad bar and invite some friends over. The avocados are such a pretty green!

Are you wearing flamingo socks? Love them!


23 Kathleen August 31, 2009 at 11:10 pm

Beauty and the Beast! Mrs. Potts was like wondermom/wonderpot.


24 Jen C. August 31, 2009 at 11:21 pm

The spread is unbelievable. It looks amazing.


25 Julia August 31, 2009 at 11:24 pm

What a great girl’s night! I LOVE Beauty and the Beast…such a cute story!


26 Heather August 31, 2009 at 11:24 pm

Aw, Kath you look like such a natural with the little bebe! So glowy and pretty. Looks like a fun night, and I’ll just echo everyone else’s comments about this post: nicely arranged and playfully written! Very enjoyable read.


27 Elizabeth (thelongweigh) August 31, 2009 at 11:38 pm

That is the best idea of ra girls night! I love the canvas/art idea…and the salad bar is fabulous. I will totally be copying those for my next girls night.


28 Sheila August 31, 2009 at 11:43 pm

What is the significance of the 26 that appears repeatedly in your posts? Just your age or is there more to it?


29 TXMommy2 August 31, 2009 at 11:43 pm

What a fun party idea! Looks so yummy!

*Beauty and The Beast*, of course!


30 Maria August 31, 2009 at 11:47 pm

Ah! Now you’ve got the song stuck in my head. That salad bar looked heavenly!!!


31 Sara August 31, 2009 at 11:50 pm

Great night and great post. Fresh food, cute babies, and pretty art. Plus, take-home goodies! Sweet.


32 klm September 1, 2009 at 12:25 am

I want to watch beauty + the beast!! + the little mermaid!!


33 Laura September 1, 2009 at 1:14 am

Lovely photos with the babies! :) We just found out that my brother and SIL are expecting their first, so I’m all sorts of clucky right now!


34 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) September 1, 2009 at 1:54 am

I’m jealous that you have friends who enjoy eating good food! What a fun lookin’ party. PS love your socks :)


35 Gab* September 1, 2009 at 3:38 am

What a great idea for a girls night, healthy and fun!


36 Kylie September 1, 2009 at 3:46 am

I love the party idea – fabulous food and art.
The movie: Beauty and the beast – I had to google it though ;P


37 Julia September 1, 2009 at 3:52 am

Those peaches look great! I like grilling peaches or nectarines as well…
And that salad buffet is a great idea! Have to remember that for future parties, thanks! xxx Julia (Taste of Living)


38 Mom September 1, 2009 at 4:33 am

Wonderful post. Love the tiny paintings. Darling babies. Beautiful dog. Wonderful food and company.


39 The Healthy Hostess September 1, 2009 at 4:55 am

Love the salad bar idea! It may be in the plans for my next dinner guests!
Beauty and the Beast – great movie!


40 Christie @ Quit Your Diet September 1, 2009 at 5:06 am

Wow, everything looks so good! I’m glad you had such a good time!


41 Lee September 1, 2009 at 5:15 am

I love Mrs. Potts! I think that’s my favorite Disney movie. I like your socks, btw.


42 Lauren September 1, 2009 at 5:45 am

What a fantastic get-together! I love the idea of a salad bar + homemade dressings. An excellent way to enjoy a healthy meal with friends :).


43 Shannon September 1, 2009 at 5:58 am

What fun! I need to find some good friends like that who actually live near me! Nothing like a girls night. I love that you had a make-your-own salad dinner!


44 Mara @ What's for Dinner? September 1, 2009 at 6:02 am

Aw, beauty and the beast!
What a great night… there is something amazing about being with babies, isn’t there?


45 Lauren September 1, 2009 at 6:13 am

What a fabulous night! I love everything about it- from the art to the wine to the salad to the babies.
So much fun!


46 katey September 1, 2009 at 6:20 am

looks like an awesome party! great food too :)


47 Amelia September 1, 2009 at 6:24 am

Awesome party!


48 Bec September 1, 2009 at 6:45 am

wow what a fun night! with such yummy food


49 Angie September 1, 2009 at 6:50 am

What a fun girls night!!

Awesome salad bar! And, love the baby photos!


50 Brittany September 1, 2009 at 7:14 am

Ashley knows how to throw a party. All the food looks so good- particularly the salad bar!!

I know tons of people have already commented and said the movie was Beauty and the Beast, but I knew it before looking at the comments! :)


51 Suzanne September 1, 2009 at 7:18 am

Aw, Beauty and the Beast…I love that movie.

Looks like you had a blast. Lucky you – your night had all of my fave things in the whole world: dogs, babies, food, and friends!

The salad/painting party is such a great idea. :)


52 Suzanne September 1, 2009 at 7:19 am

whoops – I forgot to ask.

Do you know what breed Penny is? I would love a dog like that. :)


53 leslie September 1, 2009 at 7:23 am

i am in love with that food spread – seriously, your friends always prepare the greatest meals! i love the idea of balsamic peaches. glad you had fun!


54 Anne P September 1, 2009 at 7:24 am

Wow that looks so amazing! I want to be friends with this girl, haha. Totally stealing some of those ideas for my next girls night!


55 Meg September 1, 2009 at 7:26 am

Food, fun, friends, babies, and dogs….it doesn’t get any better!


56 Shannon (The Daily Balance) September 1, 2009 at 7:43 am

Beauty and the Beast – one of my faves 😉


57 Tiffany September 1, 2009 at 7:44 am

Penny is such a cute dog! She looks like she’s smiling :)


58 Ada September 1, 2009 at 7:47 am

Beauty and the Beast! Aww, that looks like it was such a fun night, those babies are adorable!


59 Whitney September 1, 2009 at 7:52 am

The party looks fun, and I LOVE YOUR SOCKS! 😀


60 annabel September 1, 2009 at 7:59 am

just wanted to say i love your blog, only discovered it a few weeks ago but i’m so inspired by the stuff you create! very vegie-friendly too!!! thanks
annie from sydney


61 rhodeygirl September 1, 2009 at 8:00 am

that’s one of my favorite movies!!!!! beauty and the beaaaaaasssttt. going to listen to the soundtrack now.


62 Meghann September 1, 2009 at 8:07 am

Beauty and the Beast.. Only my favorite Disney movie growing up :)

I love the build your own salad bar. This makes me want to have a party!


63 [email protected] September 1, 2009 at 8:08 am

Love the Beauty and the Beast reference. That salad bar looks great. That’s a really good idea for a girls night dinner.


64 Tammy September 1, 2009 at 8:10 am

Sounds like a fun night! And Beauty and the Beast is SUCH a great movie.


65 fitforfree September 1, 2009 at 8:22 am

Love the Beauty and the Beast quote — I can hear it in Angela Landsbury’s voice! That party sounded wonderful!


66 Runeatrepeat September 1, 2009 at 8:29 am

What I said to myself at the end of this post: “That girl throws the best parties!”


67 JENNA September 1, 2009 at 8:29 am

the salad bar looks amazing!!! cute puppy and babies :)


68 Sarah R September 1, 2009 at 8:31 am

What a wonderful idea for a girls night! Looks like lots of fun.


69 Liz September 1, 2009 at 8:35 am

Beauty and the Beast. Gotta love Mrs. Potts! I think that’s my favorite part of the whole movie. :)

Great party! Sounds like you had a wonderful time and incredible food!!!


70 Kath September 1, 2009 at 8:35 am

Thanks everyone!!!

My birthday. And my favorite number since the beginning of time.

I’m not sure, but part collie I think!?

Thanks and welcome!



71 Cynthia (It All Changes) September 1, 2009 at 8:37 am

Beauty and the Beast!

That’s a great party. So creative and fun!


72 Megzz @ Megzz Wins At Life September 1, 2009 at 8:40 am

What a fun party and such great ideas!!! Looks like you had a lot of fun!


73 Nicole September 1, 2009 at 8:40 am

This is such a fun party!! I love the salad bar. I might have to steal that idea for my next party!

I love your green shirt! It’s so pretty!


74 brandi September 1, 2009 at 8:43 am

what a fun night!

Beauty and the Beast :) one of my favorites!


75 Cait (Cait's Plate) September 1, 2009 at 8:59 am


Looks like you had a fabulously fun night! :)


76 Nicole (dishin') September 1, 2009 at 9:35 am

I love the “salad bar”! What a great idea.

Looks like a great night!


77 Madelin @ What is for breakfast? September 1, 2009 at 9:48 am

I’m craving salad so bad now!


78 Anne [email protected] New Weigh September 1, 2009 at 10:19 am

Beauty and the Beast! I love that movie! I also love the idea of a salad bar/bring your own homemade dressings. What a fabulous party idea!


79 Heather September 1, 2009 at 10:20 am

One of my favorite movies – beauty and the beast! That salad looks delicious – I love the idea of a salad party!


80 Kate September 1, 2009 at 10:41 am

Beauty and the Beast, duh :)

That is the most delicious-looking spread of food! What an awesome idea for a party. So easy on the hostess, and everyone gets what they want.


81 Joanne September 1, 2009 at 1:08 pm

Super party! Love the socks. The dog looks like he/she was enjoying the fun as well.


82 Erin September 1, 2009 at 7:50 pm

What a truly fabulous foodie party!

And of course…Beauty and the Beast (love)!


83 Aunt Ellen September 2, 2009 at 9:16 am

Looks as though it was a perfect party. Glad to see you are enjoying yourself. Especially liked the picture of you and the little one.


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