Thursday, September 12, 2013

Party Like a Fire Fighter

fireman fire fighter themed party
Yes, I did draw that fire truck and yes I am now applying to art school...who knew?!
My wonderful TH had the not so fun pleasure of being on probation at work.  Being a "proby" is just one of the many fun things a fire fighter gets to do, but some departments are a bit more hard core than others.   (Not so) lucky for us, his department is quite hard core. But, after twelve grueling months, he had survived!   You can imagine our elation when he passed through this year of hell with flying colors.  To top it all off, we were now homeowners and there was only one thing left to do...throw him a party!

Once my FF themed evite was sent to our nearest and dearest, I got to work.  I planned out my crafts for the event, thought about my layout and discussed the menu with my TH.  This was not only going to be a great way for him to celebrate his success, but also to have our friends and family check out the new house!

fireman fire fighter themed party

Since the backyard would be the main party spot, I had to borrow some tables and chairs in preparation for the near (gulp) 50 guests that were to attend.  When we were all set up, you would have thought we were having a small wedding with all those white linens!  Thank goodness I had already made my mason jar paper lanterns to go on each table and compliment the colanders filled with kettle chips and pub mix!

fireman fire fighter themed party

Since I knew things were going to get crazy as the party got closer, I tried my best to get as much done before as possible, that included the cooking.  So, the day before the party (Friday), I woke up bright and early and get to work.  Thank goodness my girl Kell was more than willing to help me get it all done...I don't know what I would have done without her!  That morning, we took the already boiled potatoes and made a delish Ina Garten recipe as a special request from her biggest fan...my KK!  I whipped up a pesto & pine nut pasta salad recipe I had stored away and made sure all the other dishes were as ready to go as they could be.  Some things would just have to wait, like the summer fruit salad and coleslaw.  At least all the baking was done...as well as that amazing homemade frosting!
 
With the backyard decorated, tables set and food prep done.  I only needed to make sure my drink station was set up and ready to go.  Then I could relax and hang with family until the big day!

fireman fire fighter themed party

Despite the heat wave that arrived on the day of the party, everything was perfect with a keg on tap (thank you to my wonderful thriving cousin-in-law for the best wedding present EVER), peachy-pine sangria, limeade (for the kids) and homemade apple pie moonshine ready for guests.  I used a garage sale purchased vintage cooler for ice and was rather impressed with our drink selection.  Not to mention my personalized party glasses adorned with, you guessed it...red straws!

fireman fire fighter themed party

 fireman fire fighter themed party

fireman fire fighter themed party

fireman fire fighter themed party
My TH was a chemist in the kitchen one day whipping up this deadly yet delicious drink, YUM!


fireman fire fighter themed party


Then, before I knew it, it was time to throw on my red lipstick, because...it was PARTY TIME!

Friends and family all got together and enjoyed a lovely Orange County afternoon.  About an hour into the party, I ran to the kitchen, whipped up the fruit salad and coleslaw, let my TH handle the meat and then we laid out the "spread"...

Pulled chicken and pork sliders on Hawaiian or dinner rolls, "Wilson-T" coleslaw (best ever), potato and pesto pasta salad as well as a fresh summer fruit salad.  We had enough food to feed a small army!

fireman fire fighter themed party

I was thrilled to hear everyone loved what we had prepared!  I in no way consider myself a master chef, but it was nice to know I could in fact follow a recipe and keep the masses feeling happy and full.  However, for me, the real joy came from my dining room table...and the perfect cupcakes displayed there.  They were hands down the cutest thing I had EVER done!  Needless to say, this hostest-with-the-mostest had done it again!

fireman fire fighter themed party

Another party under my belt and a wonderful weekend with friends and family.  Thank goodness my wonderful TH gave me an excuse to celebrate him, I'm SO proud of his accomplishment, way to go TH!









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