Monday, May 21, 2012

{brown bag lunch party}

i love hosting parties. i love picking a theme and trying to build on it in a way that matches the person [people] i'm throwing the party for.
oh, but two other things: i wouldn't call myself a great cook, and i'm CHEAP. so. 

we had barclay's mum and his sister {a mother-to-be} over last sunday for mother's day, and--true to form--i had a wonderful time hosting without cooking--or spending--anything crazy. not because i don't care, just because i'm like that. i just am. but i've noticed that if you put enough thought into things, people don't mind that you didn't spend all your money on them, or that you're not good at whipping up a three-course gourmet feast. did you know that?

i made the decorations out of brown paper bags, and we had a picnic lunch-type meal with a bunch of fresh fruits and veggies, mango-coconut chicken salad wraps, bbq chicken buns, and basil blts. and then we went outside for the frisbee/walk in the sun part of the picnic. maybe not pinterest-worthy, but we had fun and everyone ate, like, 13 sandwiches each. which, i believe, is the point. 

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29 comments:

  1. incorrect. THIS IS PINTEREST WORTHY.

    those lantern/hangy bags/ceiling decs are freaking amazing!

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    1. aw, thanks! i quite enjoyed the bag things too--they're so easy to make! i left one up... :)

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  2. Just lovely. Love all the decor and the personal touches you made.
    -Liz

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  3. I love the decorations and the food looks delicious! It looks and sounds like you had a great day, which is totally the point. (And cooking is waaayyy overrated, if you ask me.)

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    1. hahaha, cooking IS overrated. i mean, hard cooking is.

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  4. This is so neatttt can I come to one of your partiessss

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    1. yes please! you're invited to all of them.

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  5. I love it! Who needs pastel colours and polkadots?!

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    1. actually, the party could've done with a few polkadots... :)

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  6. Yum! I love sandwiches! Can I come over some time?

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    1. do it! come at the same time as caitlin and we'll have a blogger sandwich party.

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    2. I am also going to crash this blogger party if that's ok! :) I'd be excited at the sandwiches, let alone the paper bag decorations.

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    3. woohoo, four of us! i need to get sandwiching.

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  7. Oh, everything is just so pretty!!

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  8. Your sandwiches all sound AMAZING. You did a wonderful job - it all looks so cute and personal. (Nice napkins!) :)

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    1. aw, thanks kiersten!
      {haha, i save those napkins so hardcore. they only get brought out for very special things. :)}

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  9. This post made my stomach growl, ha! Looks so good!

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    1. well come join the party, i'll make you a sammie!

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  10. It's beautiful! I love that you didn't spend tons of money, but you can tell you put lots of love into everything.
    oh and I have a new blog name and URL. :)

    A Girl Called Beloved

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    1. i was going to comment on your new blog yesterday, but i didn't get around to commenting on anything yesterday. it looks so good! i'll be over there shortly. :)

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  11. Man, that meal sounds delicious. That's WAYYYY better than anything I would/could ever do! And everything is so pretty. Can you throw me a party sometime? I'm TOTALLY okay with cheap, especially when it's pretty. ;)

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    1. i'd love to throw you a party!!! :)

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  12. This is so cool! I love the paper bags with the chevron-style edges and those hangy things are super awesome! Please post a how-to!

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    1. aw, thanks jessica! maybe i'll post a how-to tomorrow? ;)

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