Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Preparing for our Housewarming Party :)

This past weekend we started getting stuff ready for our Housewarming Party, which is this Saturday October 2nd.  We know it's a little past due, but we finally decided 3 months after moving in it was finally time to have one.  We have been so busy this summer on the weekends, we just haven't had time. 

Before I get to all of the party details, a quick weekend update...
Friday night we went out to one of the local holes and had supper with D's mom & dad, and her friends.  We had so much fun and did a lot of laughing!  Saturday morning we got up that morning to go out of town to get my hair done, and to get a ton of groceries for the party.  Oh and I LOVE my hair!  I just got it trimmed, and had red and blonde highlights put in it.  D said he liked it better light, than dark, and not to cut so much off...so that's what I did. :)  Saturday night we went over to the "every Saturday" pool party (probably one of the last weekends to do it...bummer!), and had so much fun!  Sunday it was gorg outside!  We had lunch with D's parents, and I worked outside all day.  I watered/cleaned up the flowers in front of our house, moved a couple of other plants into new planters, spruced up the front porch for fall (and housewarming party), and I spray painted those canisters I got that one weekend I went back to my {small} hometown!! (I will have a separate post later on that!)  All-in-all it was a fabulous weekend!  I just love the fall weather we are having right now!!

Ok, back to the good stuff!!  Anyone that knows me, knows that I LOVE, LOVE to plan and throw parties!!  I just makes me so excited, but by the time it's done I'm usually so over it!!  But no, really, I love to do stuff like this!  I helped plan and throw my dad his 50th surprise bday party, my grandparents 60th wedding anniversary (did all of the decor, alot of it was handmade and only had a month and half to do it all!), my mom's 50th birthday party (did all of the decor, cake, etc myself), and have thrown several of our own Halloween Parties, New Years Eve Parties, and etc.  Now it's time for OUR very own Housewarming Party!!

Since Sunday I've been busy getting our house ready for our party, and will continue to do so the rest of the week.  We are going to do some major cleaning, some paint touch-ups, finish decorating, wash the house, cook and bake some food beforehand, and just make everything look wonderful and inviting!  We are going to keep it simple and have yummy appetizers and finger foods, and it's supposed to be a come & go (or stay for awhile) type party!  Our house isn't very big, and we invited quite a few of our friends and family, so I'm praying for nice weather that evening so people can go outside and hang out if they want. 

Ok...on to the menu we plan on having (hopefully I can get to everything!!):
Steak Fingers (my grandma's recipe, which happen to be the BEST steak fingers ever!)
Bone-In Buffalo Wings (not homemade, but still good!)
BBQ Meatballs (in the crockpot, but not homemade!)
Cheese Dip (yummy)
Chips and homemade Salsa (my weakness!)
Fried Green Beans (from Schwan's and they are the BEST!)
Jalapeno Boats (my bestie introduced me to these, and they are one of my fav's!)
Spinach & Artichoke Dip (D's mom makes this!)
Jalapeno Jelly over Cream Cheese (jelly is made in KS and it's so good! and with Cream Cheese it's spicy, but sweet!!)
Black Cherry/Berry over Cream Cheese
Fruit Tray
Fresh Veggie Tray (courtesy of my dad's garden!)
Oreo Truffles (haven't tried them yet, but don't they sound delish!!)
S'more Pops (brilliant, especially for a party like this!)
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip (my friend made this for our church group, and let me tell ya this stuff is just as addicting as real cookie dough!)

I know that sounds like a lot of food, but there is going to be a lot of people, and plus I love "a little bit of this and a little bit of that"!!!

Here are the invitations we sent out a few weeks ago...very cute and simple!  I didn't want to splurge on the fancy ones, so the hand-written ones will do!  I love me some Hobby Lobby!!

I hope to post about my progress throughout the rest of the week, and of course the party on Saturday!!  I can't wait!!