Hello again! Malissa and I kind of took a semi-unintentional break from the blog last week so we could enjoy each other’s, and the rest of our family’s, company :) It was so nice to try and just relax and spend time together. We baked lots of treats, played games, gave gifts and even saw the new Hobbit (amazing!). We had such a nice time and now I’m trying to deal with the fact that Christmas is over..and soon 2014 will be too! It’s been such a crazy, wonderful year and my life has had many big events, one of which was my one year wedding anniversary.
I knew when I was 16 that I would marry Nathanial. I obviously questioned, along with everyone else, if my 16 year old self really knew anything let alone who I’d eventually marry and there were even several years where my life went a completely different direction and I thought for sure he’d never be a part of it again. But two and a half years ago, we found each other again and things just immediately picked up where we left off!
I remember about 2 months into our rekindled relationship, marriage was brought up and Nathanial said we should just do it in Vegas. I think at the time he was just thinking he needed to lock me down as quickly as possible (ha!) and I was almost offended at the thought! A vegas wedding for my party-throwing-loving self and the love of my life???! Never.
For many reasons though, a little over a year later, it sounded just perfect for us. Funny how that happens.
This year at the last minute we decided to have our friends over for a housewarming party and since it was on our anniversary I thought it definitely needed to be Vegas themed.
I decided to pay homage to card games and slot machines and decorated with a lot of red, black and gold and I thought sharing it this week might give you some ideas for your upcoming NYE celebrations! Let the glitter, games, drinks and another awesome year commence!
I tried to make all the food casino-game themed and had so much fun doing it!
Bean dip decorated like a playing card, dice cheese ball, domino brownies (I used cosmic brownies with white chocolate chips turned upside down and pressed down in to them), grapes and cherries since those two things are often pictures on a slot machine.
Of course you can’t have anything Vegas or casino themed and not have plenty of drinks! We had a spread of our favorites including old fashioned whiskey cocktails, grapefruit vodka, whiskey shots and dirty Coke for the non-drinking guests.
I hope I’ve inspired you a little bit for your next Vegas party, game night, bunco get together or NYE event! All simple ideas that can be thrown together in a day and will be lots of fun for you and your guests!
And I made the slot machine food tent signs available for you to download here. Just load the PDF into your favorite photo editing program, type in your foods (or hand write them!), print and cut them out and fold them each in half. They’ll look just like the spinning rows of a slot machine!