So you may or may not know this about my husband, but he can be a little obsessive.
Case in point. Last summer Chipotle was offering a rewards program . . . something like every 10th meal for free, etc. along with some even bigger rewards. Scott is an economist so he is all about maximizing value vs. effort and when he saw the BIG reward and what it took to get there, he did his mental calculations and determined that he was IN. And this is where the obsessive part of his personality comes in because when he sets his mind to something he follows through 100%.
Basically, he had to eat lunch at Chipotle 14 times a month for 3 solid months. You can bet he did it. And the big reward was a catered Chipotle party for 20 people. Thanks to his hard work, it became the perfect excuse to gather friends for a party!
So it was a win-win because he got Chipotle for lunch, we got free food, and I had a reason to throw a party.
And all the fun decorations & planning that go with it. I just love this stuff and it has been a while since I had a reason to plan a party.
Hello? Mini cactuses . . . so cute! I found these little guys at Lowe's for $1 a piece! I was super excited to see that they even had color flowers on top - score! Until I looked closer and realized that the flowers are fake and attached with hot-glue! Seriously. But for a buck . . . hey, it works.
I potted all of the cactuses with a succulent and then our guests got to take one home at the end of the evening.
I found a big serape blanket, cut it into 3 long strips, and hemmed the edges to make these table runners. I love the color! And little candles placed in random votive & mason jars provided ambience. Although, my friend later informed me that this was a huge missed opportunity to incorporate the Virgin Mary candles from Wal-Mart! Doh!
Add a few mini donkey pinatas, bowls of chips, and you've got some table decor that is super easy, colorful, and fun!
Our guests arrived and so did the food! Holy food! All of this - plus the fixings of 4 different salsa's, cheese, sour cream, lettuce, guacamole, tortillas, - plus the chafing dishes, for FREE!
I made some Brazilian Lemonade to go with the meal and it was a huge hit. We had a great time sitting around the table, visiting, laughing, and catching up on recent events & changes in life. Our ward had recently been split and we were now divided among 3 different congregations. So having this opportunity to get together and hash out some of the changes and give updates on new callings, etc. was awesome.
Part 2 of the evening included . . . . a pinata! Because, why not? Adults can have fun with a pinata too.
The thing was ENORMOUS! I sent Scott to a pinata store across town that I had heard about and he came home with this giant thing. Not only did it have a big interior chamber for candy & prizes, but on either side it had compartments for big bouncy balls - 14 in all!
The kids spent the entire evening having their own party on our balcony. As you can imagine, they were SUPER stoked when Scott gave them the opportunity to CONTROL the pinata!
It was a beautiful evening - a tad on the chilly side, but not too bad. And our patio lights were sparkling! Nights like these make appreciate and fall in love with our yard even more!
After everyone got a whack at it while blindfolded with the pinata stick, we went for round 2 with a baseball bat and no blindfold. Once the pinata exploded there were bouncy balls, twix, hot tamales, and packs of gum scattered all over the patio. Everyone dove in to get their share, but nothing like a 6 year old birthday party. :)
Part 3, dessert! I found this amazing dessert on Pinterest -- one of those that you think, "ya, right that will work". So I tested it out first, and sure it enough it worked and it was delicious! Churro Ice Cream bowls!
I prepped the bowls ahead of time and stuck them in the freezer so that during the party we just had to do the deep-frying and everyone coated their own bowls in cinnamon sugar. They were deeee-licious! The perfect dessert to accompany a Chipotle fiesta.
It was a great party and I'm so glad we created this excuse to get together. We really don't do it often enough. I've come to firmly believe that we need these kind of connections & gatherings in our lives to help keep us sane!