Casino Night/Dessert Buffet… Anyone Hungry?

My husband, my best friend Susan and I created a dessert buffet for our friend’s party. There were 75 guests and the theme was casino night. They rented roulette, blackjack, craps and poker tables with dealers. 

I baked everything the day prior. On Saturday morning Susan came over and the assembly line took off! We made ourselves margaritas and ordered take out food from Rubios.  At one point it reminded me of  the I Love Lucy episode where Lucy and Ethel are working at the conveyor belt in the candy factory!  We had a blast!

At the party, our friends had the coolest idea for the food… They had a food truck pull right into their backyard! 

The desserts included mini cupcakes (lemon, strawberry and chocolate) cake pops (red velvet and funfetti), mini banana pudding cups, fruit cups, mini strawberry shortcakes, mini layered brownie truffles, flavored popcorn and sugar cookie bars. 

YUM!

   
                 

                
   

  

  

Halloween 2014

So this year’s theme was Phycho Circus! The neighbors joined in and we all had so much fun! We estimate there were approximately 750 people who came through our display this year! I love when halloween is on a weekend!

Next year the theme is going to be The Assylum. The day after halloween we went to The Spirit Store and got some great deals for it!

Please let me know if you have any ideas for us to incorporate into next year’s display!

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Halloween is our Christmas!

We love Halloween! We set up a huge display every year. We hand out tons of candy, toys and glow lights to all the kids. Last year was Zombieland. This year will be freaky carnival halloween. Can’t wait! We love hanging out with the neighbors and seeing all the kids in their costumes! We have a bubble machine, noise machines, laser lights, fog machines and more!

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Napkin ring collection

Matt and I host a lot of dinner parties, large and small, including Thanksgiving which can be as many as 20-25 people!  I have a napkin ring collection which I like to use at these dinners, I have never been one of those people who has to match everything.  Some are passed down from my mother and some I got at Goodwill.  Here is a photo of some of the napkin rings I have. 

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Some are vintage and some are new.  I love a variety!

Photo booth

For my husband’s 40th birthday party we set up a photo booth.  We hung some white sheets for the background and set up a table filled with props.  The props were items we already had from past Halloweens… and we bought a few additional items at Party City.  My friend’s teenage daughter and her friend offered to be in charge of taking the photos.  They did a great job! It ended up being a lot of fun! If you ever plan on setting up a photo booth, if at all possible, I would recommend buying props for it the day after Halloween at either Party City or Spirits Halloween Superstore (saves a few bucks).

Here are some of the photo booth photos…

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