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What A Long Strange Trip It's Been
Monday, 28 December 2009
Cocktail Party Success
Mood:  celebratory
Topic: Being Happy
Yesterday, my husband and I hosted a Welcome Home cocktail party for 19 people (10 adults and 9 children - although we had six no shows) for a friend who had been working in Seatle the last eight weeks. It was a huge success!

I worked my butt off yesterday. First thing in the morning, I went massive grocery shopping for all the fresh goods I needed including the flowers for the table and whatnot. Then I totted all of the groceries from the back of my car up the steps and into the house, put those away, and then cooked for no less than three hours straight. On my feet, running around like a chicken with her head cut off. I laid out a spread with a vast variety of food since I needed to cover ages 5 to 45! So kid friendly things abounded as well as decidedly adult yummies. Now, I admit, I purchased a great deal of things premade since I didn't not have the time or the help to make everything from scratch like I normally do, so Sam's Club was a tremendous boon for me. I'll post the pictures, but here was the cocktail party menu:

BBQ meatballs
Chipolte Little Smokies
Tequilla Lime chicken wings
Pigs in a Blanket
Mini CornDogs
Mini Quiche Florentine
Mini Quiche Lorraine
Three varieties of deli spirals / pinwheels
Bacon wrapped shrimp
Cheddar & bacon mini potato skins
Baked brie en croute
Bacon wrapped scallops
Mini chicken taquittos
Turkey pastrami wrapped around baby dill pickles with colby jack cheese
Hard salami wrapped around baby dill pickles with provolone cheese
A cheese board with a selection of four hard cheeses and a soft goat cheese
Fresh mozzarella balls marinated in olive oil with sundried tomatoes and basil
A vegetable tray with a bread bowl filled with sour cream ranch dip
Fresh strawberries and green & red grapes with creme fresh fruit dip
Roast garlic and various crackers
Roast garlic hummus and french bread
Hot buttered fresh popped - PopCorn
Cheddar goldfish crackers
Tang-pineapple punch (7up, Tang, Pineapple juice, lemon juice, and sugar)

Dessert table:
Triple chocolate carmel cake
Peach pie
Cherry pie
Pecan pie
Peanut butter cream pie
Rum cake
Cream puffs
Mini chocolate eclairs

The great thing about all of this was that I knew how many calories everything was since I was preparing it. So, when the time came to eat, I knew what I could eat based upon how much I worked my butt off earlier in the day. A minimum of three hours of cooking (my husband thinks four), breaking a good sweat, and all the walking I did paid off.

When I got up this morning, there was only a few ounces difference in my weight from yesterday morning pre-party weigh in! I did my best to not over indulge but I did eat a goodly amount of yummies - just not the ones I knew weren't worth eating for me that would slow my metabolism down. I drank at least six glasses of water over the course of food preparation and the party itself - that's low balling it - so all the sodium would flush out of me easily, and I didn't have one drop of the punch or alcohol.

I tracked everything I ate on My Daily Plate and MAN did I ever blow my calorie intake, fat intake - well of it except for carbs. YET, since I had such a work out with all the non-stop activity - I didn't include cleaning the house, setting up the table, dishes, etc - the Net Calories wasn't too bad.

So - what I am saying is I am proud of me! Still 65 pounds lost and none gained back! Life is good.

Posted by amiga/trippiehippie at 11:49 AM CST
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Tuesday, 29 December 2009 - 3:12 PM CST

Name: "Shurree"

That food list made me drool! Sounds amazing, sister!

Saturday, 27 February 2010 - 1:28 AM CST

Name: "Kyle Robbins"
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Ali, The food was great, as is DragonForce's Through Fire and Flames. Only the food is better :)

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