it’s a pArTy!
yesterday’s carefully-laid plans (clean –> work out –> party prep) were derailed just minutes after i pressed ‘post’! we were offered tickets last-minute to the duke game, and i encouraged josh to go with his friend m, because i had things to do.
then, while fastidiously loading dishes (an empty dishwasher = perhaps the most essential piece of party prep as far as i’m concerned), m’s girlfriend k texted me with the proposal to get pedicures while the men enjoyed their man-date.
suddenly, all those things seemed like they could wait a bit.
matching pedis in ali’s big night (OPI ‘burlesque’ collection)
the shade’s name was appropriate given that i was preparing for a big night at our place! the lack of photos is a shame, given the photogenicity of the guests and the fun we were having. but it isn’t so surprising: i was distracted by the music, the company, and the wine!
because the couple of candids i did take didn’t come out so beautifully (and posting non-flattering shots of others mid-chew isn’t very nice), i’ll just leave you with a viewing of the inanimate evidence that yes, a party occured.
as advertised, i made two pots of chili. i promise it tasted better than this photo looks:
the recipes: white chicken chili and spicy vegan chili
i put out a bunch of toppings (scallions, pepper jack, sharp cheddar, greek yogurt, avocados, jalopenos) so that creations could be customized. both were nearly gone by the end of the night, so i think this went over pretty well!
the musical theme for the night was girl talk. it turned out that several party attendees were fans, plus — really, almost anyone can find SOMETHING to like in GT’s raucous mashups!
i learned that there’s actually a GT concert coming up:
after all, it’s on the calendar . . .
all in all, i had a ton of fun — i hope you all did, too! shelby, drew, sara, melissa, liv, stevo, caitlin, jason, craig and lacey — thank you all for a fantastic night!
i fear today is just going to pale in comparison! although there will be some mid-day excitement in the form of a 5K: