I am officially partied out! After two days of graduation parties last week, I helped to throw two more parties this weekend...all while preparing my family to leave for a month on Wednesday. Being the ultra creative and flexible person that I am (not), I am a little exhausted. I've come to terms with the fact that I'm never going to be one of those women who others ask, "how does she do it all?" Unless you were wondering, how does she bobby pin her bangs back onto still dripping wet, towel-dried hair? Or, how does she make such good frozen pizza? With the busyness of my life right now, I think I could write a cookbook on frozen pizzas.
Back to the parties...On Saturday night, I helped to throw a baby shower for a really good friend of mine named Ruthie. She's Norwegian, and her husband and her leave this week to have the baby in Norway! It was quite fun to celebrate her & the baby before they leave. Then last night, Ruthie and I threw a joint surprise birthday party for our husbands! The boys thought that we were just having dinner together - so they were quite confused when their friends showed up! This group of guys loves to have "man time" together, so we sent them off to have dinner at a pub. Pubs are manly, right? While they were at dinner, Ruthie and I prepared dessert at my house for all of the guys and their wives. People stayed late and it was a ton of fun!
Well, it's Monday morning, and I leave on Wednesday at 5am...so this girl needs to get off the computer and get packing! If you want to see some beautiful pictures of Ruthie's baby shower, please visit Jenn's blog! She made the most gorgeous cake ever!
I'll leave you with a few (not so perfect) pictures of my own:
Blueberry-lemon tarts for the shower. I'll be sharing the recipe soon! (Thanks Jenn and my sister for the recipe!) I think they'll be my new go-to recipe for parties.
A few pictures by Ruthie. Isn't she beautiful?
A game I made for the shower to celebrate Ruthie's Norwegian culture :)
Nicholas' fake tears. He was getting bored when I was cleaning my house for Brian's party, so he started to fake cry. And produced some tears! I'm kind of impressed.
My table (mostly) set for the boy's surprise party. We like to keep things simple around these parts! (And yes, food was added to those empty bowls & plates :) )
Do you have any go-to recipes when you're hosting a party? Or any tips for long car trips with an (almost) 7-month old? I'd love to hear them!