5.08.2014

Anniversary Party

Last weekend we invited friends over to celebrate one  year of marriage with us! Our anniversary was just an excuse to have our closest friends over for eating and drinking. I spent the day the before our party setting up our tables, chairs, plateware, and prepping the food. I cooked as much as I could the day before, leaving the day of to only warm the appetizers in the oven and slice the fruits and veggies for the others. 
Two days before our party, we celebrated quietly together, enjoying a dinner of just cheese and crackers. Not just any cheese, but Langa La Tur, a soft cow, sheep, and goat cheese that is probably the only cheese I spend that much money on. To drink, we opened our last bottle of wine from South America, a sparkling wine made in the champenoise style from the winery we stayed at in Brazil. 
I think it was a perfect dinner. Simple, delicious, and celebratory. 
As friends began arriving mid-day, we ate a local favorite for lunch, and I began my chopping, slicing, and assembling. I chose appetizers that were easy to assemble and quick to bake including tons of crostini and tarts. And of course, crackers, cheez-its, and nuts to accompany them. 
I fried carrot fritters with a chipotle cream to top them, I baked cous cous cakes that were soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside, I baked an apple and caramelized onion tart, as well as pear, goat cheese, and balsamic tarts for dessert. For the crostini, there was caprese crostini, cucumber hummus crostini, and olive tapenade hummus crostini. 
Not only that, but there were punches and classic champagne coups to drink the punch out of! 
I bought flowers from a wholesale florist that we work with including ranunculus, snap dragons, amaranth, and hydrangeas. There is also a balloon vendor that we work with at the museum and we ordered 50 black helium balloons with long gold ribbon! It was S's idea and it made for a full and fun living room. It was definitely a statement piece as guests entered our home. 





I made two punches. One was a gin, lemonade, and cucumber juice punch with a cucumber and lemon ice block! I was very proud of my homemade cucumber juice and my first successful ice block. That punch was definitely the more manly (read: stronger!) of the two punches. 

The other punch was vodka based, with grapefruit juice and topped with champagne. It was pink and girly and refreshing. I froze some green grapes to keep the punch cool without diluting the flavor. 


We always have deer antlers around our apartment as decor, but we added EXTRA antlers around our home, telling our guests to take them as they please! We used them in our wedding decor and after having 25 pounds of antlers in the closet, I was happy to give them away. They were like our party favors!




Lastly, here is my brother and I. I didn't snag a photo of me and S, but that's okay. We have plenty of time all these anniversaries ahead of us, right? Cheers to the first! 

13 comments:

  1. so much to say. first those flowers are so beautiful. and the frozen grapes! what a great idea. and the antlers, what a good way/day to pass them along. perfect. all of your food sounds amazing, and now i want to head straight out to get some of that cheese! congrats again. xoxo

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    1. thank you! it took a few pinterest sessions to find some gems like the frozen grapes :)

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  2. I can't believe it has already been one year?! The flower arrangement in the first image is beautiful and the balloons- such a nice touch.Congratulations you two!

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    1. tell me about it santa! it doesn't even feel like a year of marriage! the balloons were so fun, everyone loved them including us :)

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  3. Hi Yelle
    I like your beautiful photos and blog!
    Very nice table for the party!
    Chantal

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    1. thank you so much chantal! definitely come back from time to time!

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  4. Hey girl!
    This looks so classy and beautiful! I love the black ballons! Happy Anniversary!

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    1. hi lisa! it's been so long since i've been up to date on my favorite blogs like yours but i hope all is well! thank you!

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  5. My favorite part (I might have more than one) is that it's such a really well styled party, beautiful attention to the details (love S's balloon idea, too) and yet casual enough that people could still wear baseball hats and it didn't feel too stuffy, you know? I love that you gave out antlers to take home, too. Smart idea! I've always wondered what we'll end up doing with all the extra table settings from our wedding. Now I know! xo

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    1. we are definitely open to casual get togethers! as much as a love a good menu, nothing beats the comfort of friends. and yes, it was nice to unload some unnecessary items!

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  6. OH my goodness, I can't believe it's been a whole year already! Time certainly does fly....these are gorgeous photos. What a lovely meal, and a lovely way to celebrate! Congrats to the both of you :)

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    1. tell me about it! it flew by and doesn't even feel like it's been a year, and yet so much has changed and happened! thank you :)

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  7. stunning party! the black balloons really put it over the top.

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