This is seriously the easiest guacamole ever. I’ve literally made it four times in the past seven days for various events. No chopping vegetables, no need to buy fresh cilantro. Making this guac takes like five minutes. And it’s so good!
Here’s all you need:
See, buying the fresh salsa is key. It already has the tomato, cucumber, green pepper, red pepper, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, tomato juice, garlic, poblano pepper, serrano pepper and salt right in it. No need to chop.
I read somewhere to leave in an avocado pit to keep the guac from browning, so I always do that. Here’s the recipe, even though this is so ridiculously easy, you don’t need it!
No lie, the easiest guacamole ever (read: no veggie chopping). And it's delicious. My go-to for any party.
For Holden’s first birthday party, I wanted to fill the house with color to celebrate the little girl who has brought so much joy (among other things) into our lives this past year. I started with a plan and an idea board. Here’s how it all turned out.
Yes, I actually made those tissue paper pompoms! I totally lucked out by finding those gorgeous rainbow-dyed flower poms (at the grocery store, no less!)
I added fruit of all colors to my beverage dispenser to make “Rainbow Water” (that tasted awesome, btw). Sand buckets made great impromptu wine buckets!
Guests signed a copy of Happy Birthday to You by Dr. Seuss with special messages for Holden.
I may be kicked out of Florida for posting this while I’m in Disney World, but I wanted to share the cutest Sesame Street-themed birthday party my friend threw for her daughter, Grace, for her 2nd birthday.
I’m loving the Elmo and Oscar veggie trays! And the bow wreath is so cute–and looks easy enough for even me to make!
To celebrate a girlfriend’s 1) upcoming wedding at a winery 2) love of wine, we held a wine-themed/wine tasting bridal shower.
The centerpiece of the shower was the wine tasting table. Each bridesmaid presented her choice of wine with an explanation of the taste and pairings. The cards were held up by corks that had one side cut off to make them flat (which was a real pain in the butt to do). The super cute “Wine Tasting” banner came from Expressions in Design on etsy.
For the bride’s gift, we bridesmaids gifted her with a wine fridge and each gave her a bottle of “our” wine to be opened on special occasions: first house, first baby, first dinner party, first fight, etc.
Instead of cake, we went with cake balls laid out in a bunch of grapes formation.
Guests wrote wishes or advice on slips of paper and put them in the bottle, to be opened on an anniversary (that’s one of their wedding invitations wrapped around the bottle!).
The wine tasting was a great ice breaker and the bride loved it!
I attended the cutest baby shower today with a tea party theme. Invitations announced that a “baby is brewing…” We dined on cupcakes, scones and eclairs and drank tea out of adorable mismatched teacups and saucers (that I’m told came from the Salvation Army at 20 cents a piece!) For favors, we received custom Showers of Happiness teabags! It was tea-lightful (that’s right. I said it.)
Holden’s first birthday is just a few months away (ack!), so I’ve begun thinking about her party details (oh, who am I kidding? I’ve been pinning things since she was 3 months old!).
I’m not one to adhere too strongly to a “theme,” so rather than saying we’re having a Rainbow Birthday Party, I’ll say we’re going with a colorful party in general, since Holdy has brought such color and joy to our lives.
Napkins/placeholders from Sonoma – Rainbow Falls (I got mine at Kohl’s)
Rainbow-colored utensils (shown are from Sucre Shop, which is an expired etsy listing. I’ll probably just go to The Dollar Tree.)
Also, how tough is it to create a manageable invite list? Our first list was almost 60 people long! Mr. B put his foot down and made me prune the list to a (reasonable?) 25 people: close family and some friends. I can’t wait to celebrate one year with our little girl!
Tomorrow’s Easter dinner at my house just went from a party of four and a half to a party of eight and a half. When it was just my parents joining us, I wasn’t too concerned about setting a nice table. Now that there are in-laws involved, I need to step it up a notch.
I’ve seen all the cute Peeps centerpieces on Pinterest, but I don’t have: two perfectly concentric nesting vases, tons of jelly beans, perfect fresh-cut flowers or time to get these things. What I do have is a convenience store down the street that sells Peeps and has a pop-up flower market in the parking lot. Done.
One trifle bowl or similarly sized vessel (mine is Pampered Chef)
Three boxes of Peeps (actually 32 Peeps. Eat the extras or pawn them off on someone who actually likes Peeps.)
One basic potted tulip from a convenience store, grocery store, flower market, etc.
Sure, the ones with the jelly beans and gerbera daisies on Pinterest are cuter, but this one’s good enough for me.