2nd Annual St. Patty’s Day Party

Another year and another successful St. Patty’s Day Party. This crazy Texas weather decided to be absolutely perfect the day of the party, making us thirsty and giving us the perfect reason to be outside playing cornhole, ladder golf, Polish horseshoes and more. Somehow we didn’t take one picture outside, but I think that’s because my amazing friend Kathryn, made the cutest chevron photo booth in my living room. I don’t think it was every empty and the pictures are hilarious.

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We carried on the tradition of the Whiskey Bar, which now has a permanent place at our annual soiree due to its success. We went simple on food and I had A LOT of help from my ridiculously generous friends and family. These Shamrock pretzels and Kathryn’s buffalo chicken dip were the hits! I ordered a banner from Vistaprint to match our invitations, Candace created a hallway of Shamrocks in my entryway that was just out of this world and she and I attempted to replicate these until the wee hours of the morning.

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We continued the St. Baldrick’s tradition as well, and our amazing nephew Derick volunteered to shave his head, which for us this year meant even more. We had more than 70 of our friends and family come by throughout the day and just had a great time. Thanks to all who helped make it such a success! Counting the days until next year!

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Check out our First Annual St. Patty’s Day for more Irish fun.

Debate Watching Party

Because I live in Texas, I do not get to enjoy the full excitement of election season. We are not a swing state (and I hope it stays that way) so the candidates don’t spend a lot of time tromping through our small towns, or blanketing our television screens, radios, phones and mail boxes with all of those nitty gritty ads. But, one of my favorite election season traditions is the debates. You get to see the personality of the candidates, determine how they work under pressure and analyze how good their speechwriters and team are. (I’m one that firmly believes a President is only as good as the rest of his cabinet members). My expectations aren’t high because I’m pretty sure the media has severely affected the relevance and usefulness of debates (for the worse), but I hope we get a little substance out of both candidates instead of just Convention-style rhetoric.

Unfortunately, I will be on a plane to Boston this evening (so thankful for DVR), but if not I’d pull out my best USA gear, invite my argumentative friends over and host a little debate-watching party of my own. Debate starts at 8pm CST – Go Mitt!

Booze it up with Conservative Intel’s Drinking Game and some bi-partisan bourbon:

If you prefer to watch the debate in your pj’s while Pinteresting, Bliss has you covered with their eau-lection collection:

And if you’re really on top of your game, Invitation Box has some killer election-themed paper goods:

If this debate snuck up on you, don’t worry. The veep candidates battle it out next Thursday and then we have two more head to head matches on the 16th and 22nd. Also, coming soon…a primer on the electoral college and the states that will make all the difference.

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Talk Like a Pirate

Many of you are probably not aware that today is National Talk Like a Pirate Day. I make note of this, because one of my main man’s (Jon and Candace’s adorable 4-year old) favorite things in the world right now is pirates. We celebrated his birthday earlier this summer which was of course pirate themed. Wyatt fit the part perfectly and Candace had everyone and everything decked out in their best swash-buckling gear. If you have a mini-Jack Sparrow in your midst check out this party inspiration:

  1. Nothing says “aargh” like nautical stripes
  2. This awesome tablescape came from Kara’s Party Ideas, which is one of my favorite blogs. She has several other pirate party ideas including one for girls.
  3. Notable Nest featured a whole host of pirate-y ideas, but my favorite were her awesome invitations:
  4. If that’s not enough check out Design Dazzle who compiled a whole list of super-mom ideas like this “X Marks the Spot” mailbox.
  5. A free “Ahoy” printable
  6. Hostess with the Mostest has the mother load of pirate ideas. It even has a Goonies theme!

Happy Pirate Day, all!