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Are you good at planning parties? Do you enjoy the process? I like planning a party but the ones I have are nothing like some I see on blogs. While I would love to make all sorts of cute decorations to go with a theme, I know that I won’t be able to accomplish that, so I don’t even try.
A favorite part of a party for me is the invitation. I think I’m the only one of my circle of friends who prefers a mailed invitation over an Evite. I’m all for the convenience of Evite and I’ve used it many times, but a paper invitation just seems more personal and makes the event feel a bit more special.
I found beautiful invitations to use for the retirement party that I’m hosting next week but I didn’t take a picture of them. I went back to the same local shop for plates and napkins for the party. I am quite sure that the only two people who attend this party that will admire what I spent so long selecting are me and the guest of honor. Dogwood is the state flower of Virginia and I loved the colors in the napkins, so this is what I’ll use for the party.
I’m providing the party site and beverages and my teacher friends will bring the food. I’m thinking about making this cocktail from Southern Living. Has anyone tried it?
Raspberry Beer Cocktail
- 3/4 cup frozen raspberries*
- 3 1/2 (12-oz.) bottles beer, chilled
- 1 (12-oz.) container frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate, thawed
- 1/2 cup vodka
- Garnish: lemon and lime slices
1. Stir together first 4 ingredients. Serve over ice. Garnish, if desired.
*Fresh raspberries may be substituted.
Note: To make ahead, stir together lemonade concentrate and vodka in a large container. Chill up to 3 days. Stir in raspberries and beer just before serving. Garnish, if desired.
Southern Living APRIL 2010
My birthday is coming up very soon and I decided that it would be fun to host a party to celebrate. We’re having a pig pickin’! A guy in our neighborhood roasts pigs for parties and he’s cooking a small amount for mine. He’s also providing potato salad and slaw. I’ll round out the menu by making a few other sides. We’re also planning on serving cupcakes decorated with pigs. I found these cute invitations and napkins for the party.
Do you like planning parties? Which do you prefer, a mailed invitation or an Evite? Are you like me and spend way too much money on pretty napkins for your party?