Monday, March 27, 2017

Olivia Dinner (Olivia's First Birthday Party)

Our little Olivia is ONE!  I can't believe it!  For her party, we had a themed dinner to the book/cartoon series, Olivia.  We thought it was pretty appropriate! 

For the party we had Storybook Black and White Pasta with Red Sauce, Family Dinner Garlic Bread, Party Fruit Skewers, Pink Princess Potion, Olivia Cookies and of course, Olivia's Birthday Cake!

Storybook Black and White Pasta with Red Sauce

I made the pasta according to package direction except I took the box and split it in half.  I made up one half in a pot and the other in a pot with black food coloring.  Turned out pretty well!  I added Parmesan cheese and butter.  For the sauce, I heated up store bought sauce on the stove.  It was pretty tasty! 

Family Dinner Garlic Bread
I got frozen garlic bread from the grocery store. 

Party Fruit Skewers
Blackberries and Raspberries on skewers 

Pink Princess Potion 
I got this recipe from my Olivia themed cookbook! 

2 containers of Strawberries
2 cups of Strawberry yogurt
2 cups of milk
1/4 cup of honey
2 cups of ice cubes

Combine all of the ingredients until smooth in a blender and serve cold. 

Olivia Cookies
I used my sugar cookie recipe from the Toy Story 2 dinner! 
I had Olivia shaped cookie cutters as well as "O" shaped. 

Olivia's Birthday Cake

Here are some party highlights!  Thank you to all who came!  We love our little lady!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Mad Men Dinner

We finished Mad Men for the second time.  What a solid show!  It was definitely better the second time around.  Anyway, we struggled to come up with ideas for the dinner!  We could have done a swanky sixties soiree but I'm not a fan of saying "Don's Deviled Eggs" without that making some sort of sense.  After we got part way through, Tim and I both thought about doing foods that represent the different advertising accounts from Sterling Cooper (Draper Pryce; Draper Pryce Cutler Gleason and Chaough).  We had a fun time!

For dinner, we had Burger Chef Burgers, Heinz Baked Beans, Sunkist's Box of Oranges, Coca Cola, Hershey Chocolate Fondue and we threw in an Old Fashioned, Don's drink of choice! 

Burger Chef Burgers
Tim made up burgers on the stove and we served them with cheese and Heinz ketchup!  

Heinz Baked Beans
We cooked up baked beans on the stove.

Sunkist's Box of Oranges
We got some Halo oranges.

Coca Cola

Hershey Chocolate Fondue
2 cups of Special Dark Hershey's Chocolate Chips
1.5 cups of Half and Half

Place chocolate and half and half in the fondue pot and set to 200 degrees until chocolate chips have melted. 

Serve with strawberries, orange slices, and croissants (which are French, like Megan!)

Old Fashioned 
2oz of Bourbon
1.5 teaspoons of Simple Sugar
4 dashes of Angostura Bitters
Serve over ice with a Maraschino cherry and an orange slice.

Here's our fabulous drink cart that my grandparents refurbished for me!  Hooray!