Going to the cha-a-a-pel

…she’s gonna get ma-a-a-rried!

This past weekend was a weekend that I had been looking forward to for quite awhile. It was one of my best friend’s bridal showers and bachelorette parties. I was really looking forward to celebrating her upcoming nuptials to her amazing fiance, lots of girl time, lots of talking, and lots of eating. I love any excuse to design invitations and party plan, so here’s a little recap of the weekend.

Amanda did an amazing job with everything! Complete with colorful fruit kabobs, wedding bell and cake sandwiches, and a bloody mary bar!

All of the girls!

Mollie with her bridesmaids, minus Catie who lives in Arizona. She was missed!

Doc, Dopey, and Bashful 🙂
In the 6th grade, instead of passing notes between each other, we had an entire notebook. We had code names so that if it every was placed in the wrong hands, they wouldn't know it was us.

The Mother of the Bride and the Bride-to-Be

Here's a view of the banner that I made for Mollie - "From Miss To Mrs"

We played a new game called "Who Said It". Before the party, we asked Mollie and Matt the same set of questions. At the party, we read only one of the answers and everyone had to flip their sign to who they thought said it. It actually turned out to be a pretty fun game and we learned even more about the couple.

The lovely bride-to-be with the honeymoon package some of us got her 🙂

All in all, I would say it was the perfect day for Mollie! The weather was beautiful, we had great company, and came away with great memories – what more could we ask for! It makes me even more excited for their big day!

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Pop it like it’s hot

I always tend to stress out a little when it comes to bringing an appetizer to a family/friend gathering. I told you about our friend’s Super Bowl Party, and knew that I wanted to bring something new. I feel like I kind of get stuck in a rut of bringing the same ol’ thing every time. So I found this recipe on Pinterest on how to make easy jalapeno poppers. I thought “what the heck? It only has a few ingredients…I can totally do that!”

I added a few changes to my recipe, but here’s what you’ll need:

– 2 -3 Fresh Jalapenos (depends on how spicy you like it)

– 2 Cans of Pillsbury Crescent Original dough (this will make 32 poppers)

– About 6 oz of cream cheese

– 8 Strips of Bacon

– Shredded Cheese

– Oven pre-heated to 350 degrees

Now, let’s get started:

First, chop up the jalapenos into little pieces.

Next, chop up the uncooked bacon. Then, cooked it on a stove top skillet. I didn’t need to grease the pan or anything as the bacon is pretty greasy to begin with {remember to drain the grease before putting it in the popper!}.

Roll out the 2 cans of the dough onto a pan (I used 2 pans – 16 poppers on each). Then use a pizza cutter and cut each triangle in half. This makes them more bite sized {and will make more poppers}. Be sure not to roll your dough out too early as it will start to dry up and is harder to mold later on.

Start layering! I wish I would have added more cream cheese, so do a little more than a spoonful per triangle. Then add 3-4 pieces of jalapeno and cooked bacon to each triangle.

Fold the triangles up. Bring the corners of the dough together and press them so that the insides don’t have a place to ooze out. When all of them are folded up, pop them in the oven for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, take the pan out and sprinkle the shredded cheese on top and then pop them back in the oven for an additional 3-5 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

Ta-daaa…Jalapeno Poppers! These were super easy to do and ended up being a huge hit! I was quite proud of myself, I must say!

Super Bowl Party

With Super Bowl XLVI coming up on Sunday, it got me thinking about what to bring to our friend’s party. For the last few years, our good friends have hosted a Super Bowl Party. This year is no different, except with the added excitement of a birthday party mixed in! So who does everyone want to win?!

the New York Giants vs. the New England Patriots

So, I logically started looking at the first place that I knew I would find something – Pinterest. Here’s some yummy {and even football themed} appetizers and treats that I found.

Super easy - cupcakes and add some frosting!

Homemade Pizza

Chocolate Rice Krispies

Football Deviled Eggs

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Football Brownies

Individual 7 Layer Dip

Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins

Taco Dip with Football Chips

And if you're feeling really ambitious...a food stadium

Depending on how the rest of the weekend goes, maybe I’ll just end up picking up a bag of these puppies…