First of all…let me start by saying, I have great girlfriends. I have friends still in my life from when I was in preschool, grammar school, middle school, and high school. I still keep in touch with and sometimes have a chance see college friends, sorority sisters, and past work friends. I still see on a pretty regular basis girlfriends from a playgroup I was in when my son, who is now 9 yrs old, was a baby. One of my besties here in Carlsbad is Trish. I met her at a quilting class on March 21, 2002. We wish eachother Happy Friendiversary every year now. I think it’s so neat we can pinpoint the day we became friends.
I love any reason to get together with girlfriends and will look for an excuse to celebrate anything. I am, truly, a perpetual party planner. It’s kind of my thing. When my high school girlfriends emailed me to say they were coming down I was like, “Oh yeah. It’s party time! Theme? Pandas of course! Food? Drinks? Manis & pedis? Authentic Mexican food? Yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes.” This conversation was with myself. In my head. Well, maybe some of it was out loud. And yes, there is always a theme. It was only recently that I discovered some people don’t have themes for their parties. Say what? I’m sorry, that does not compute. Of a few things I am incapable…hiking (that is more of a preference thing), planning “simple” (even when I think it’s simple apparently it’s not) and not having a theme. How do you know what to serve and how to decorate? Pandas, we’re going with pandas because that is our high school mascot. Ok, moving on.
Last weekend some of my best girlfriends came down to visit me. We aren’t just any set of girlfriends though. We are high school friends. I love my high school friends. These girls know me in a way most don’t and they have dirt sweet little anecdotes about my life as a boy crazy teen. Relax, it’s all very PG! We went to a very progressive all girls Catholic school in Los Angeles and there is something about being taught my a bunch of rebel nuns (no, really) who told the church, “Um, sorry folks, we aren’t wearing those habits anymore and while we’re at it we have some other ideas to float past you” that has made each and every one of us very strong independent women. I love that about my alma mater and my Panda sisters (that Panda thing comes up later).
Anyway, I am getting off topic…sooooo, five of my high school girlies made their way down South (that’s Southern California) to stay with me and Miss Cupcake for the weekend. My hubby and son were supposed to go camping but that didn’t happen due to the rain so they were able to stay in a family friend’s house in Lake Arrowhead instead. Once plans were made and tickets purchased I started planning. Ooooh a party! Yippee! Hmmm…what to serve what to serve?
This was the picture Emily posted Friday morning… I’d say she was ready for a fun weekend. Yes, that is Edward. He was the only boy allowed.
These are the NorCal girls. Their flight was delayed almost three hours due to rain. They were so ready to get this party started!
It was pretty late when they arrived but that didn’t slow us down one bit. The artichoke french bread was warm, the rumaki hot, the sangria cold, and the brownies moist and fudgy. Yep, we’re ready!
I have an entertaining rule I follow. I call it the Four S’s of Entertaining: Sweet, Salty, Savory, & Sensible. If you serve something from each group you will satisfy everyone and their nibbling needs. So with that in mind I started with something chocolatey.
Salty. I considered this fantastic artichoke dip I have served many times that is always a hit but wanted to do something a little different so opted for Artichoke Bread.
Sensible. I made this salted caramel sauce for a boutique I am in this weekend and wanted the girls to try it so I served fresh apple slices with the sauce. The sweet and salty caramel sauce was perfect with the mixture of apples. Do you know how to keep apple slices from browning? I saw this wonderful trick on Pinterest and guess what, it totally works!
It was now unfortunately time for the Panda Aunties to hit the road. Boo! Until next time Panties!
Go here to find all of the recipes I used for this fabulous Weekend with Girlfriends!
Panda Mirrors: Paper & Press on Etsy
Panda banner, food tents, water bottle labels: me
Manis/Pedis: Nails 2000, Carlsbad, CA 760-634-1414 (ask for Tiffany and tell her Kylie sent you)
Lunch: Casa de Bandini
Photojournalist: Nurse Emily