Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Hooch Turns 30!!

Its hard to believe but HSB is turning 30 this year! Hooch was the first of us, but B and I aren't far behind her.  Hooch's birthday was this past Saturday, and I just wanted to share with you some of the festivities that took place.  First I wanted to mention that the week before her birthday Hooch found out that she had to have surgery only a few days before her birthday . Her surgery went well and besides being sore she is ok! Only Hooch!!

So for months B and I planned on decorating Hooch's house all in black...balloons, streamers, the works.  But since she had just had surgery she was off work and home so that plan was foiled. But we improvised! We filled up her car with black balloons.

B added some black flowers and a 30 sign on the steering wheel for good measure.
Since she was  home while we were doing this we had to settle for decorating the porch...we also had to be sneaky! (That's why we're dressed all in black)
B got some white roses and incorporated black feathers and sprayed them with gold glitter.  (She'll be taking orders for prom flowers too now!)
I made some cupcakes.

She really is fabulous! How good does she look for just having surgery 3 days ago?!?
The next day was her actual birthday and Hooch's wonderful husband, George, planned a surprise party for her.  So not only was the party almost cancelled due to her surgery (and not being sure if she'd be able to go anywhere that day), but it started off with George almost giving away the surprise.  He sent a Facebook message about the party to all the guests....from Hooch's account!! Luckily he deleted the message before she saw it, but it was a close call! Despite her being sore and tired, she was a sport and showed up to the party and was totally surprised!

The gorgeous cake was from a local bakery, One Sweet Cookie and was de-lish!!
The color scheme for the party was pink and gold and the decorations were kept simple and tasteful.

Wine and Michael Buble...sounds like a good night at home for Hooch!
Another HSB approved party!!
And now a mushy birthday message:
Hooch, I hope you had a wonderful birthday! We have been friends for over 15 years now, and you have been by my side through the best times and also the worst times (B, you've been on my other side!).  I am truly grateful to have a friend like you.  I wish you all the joy and happiness in the world! Here's to our 30s...let's make them the best times of our lives! XOXOXO

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Powder Room Makeover Complete!


Back in November I decided to re-do my small powder room; here is that post in case you need a refresher: Bathroom Makeover.  I wasn't completely satisfied with the way it turned out, so I had in my head that when the weather got nicer I would re-finish my cabinets.  Well the weather never got nicer and I got impatient.  Truthfully, I started this project over 2 weeks ago and I just finished it now.  Go ahead call me a slacker! I have never done anything like this before, and I wasn't sure where to start so I turned to the Internet. Everything I read about painting cabinets said pretty much the same thing: clean, remove doors, fill in holes, sand, prime, and paint. So that's what I did. Ok, well, I skipped the filling in the holes part...I was just going to put those hinges back on the doors anyways, so why would I fill them in!? And I use the term "sand" VERY loosely!

Here is what my bathroom looked like before:

To get started I cleaned off all the cabinets and removed the doors. I found some old sandpaper in my basement and tried my best to sand everything.  I found a can of primer in my basement too...jackpot!  They sell paint for cabinets; I'm not sure if its different than regular paint, but I bought it anyway.

Without a doubt the most time consuming (and most annoying) part was taking off the doors to paint them because you have to wait for one side to dry before you can paint the other and it really just ends up slowing you down.  If  I had more space in there I probably would have just left them on and painted around everything.
Here are all three finished cabinets:
Personally, I think it makes a huge difference and I am really pleased with how they turned out. Next, I would love to replace that old tile and get a new counter top for the sink. 
I still might paint that wood frame around the window...what do you all think?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Bunco Night!

A couple of months ago, I was out at dinner with Stonf and B when B told me that she brought me a present. This "present" ended up being a Bunco game set that B had bought on clearance...she informed me that night that she wanted to have a Bunco night with all of our girlfriends, and she wanted ME to host it.

About a month later, I stopped at Michaels to pick up a couple of supplies for a craft I was working on. As I was standing in the checkout line, I noticed that they had some cute party supplies in the dollar bin. I bought favor boxes, cupcake liners, mini frames, cupcake flags, note cards that served as invitations and a notebook all for a dollar each. And with that, our black and yellow spring Bunco party was a go!

We had a ton of good food and drinks at the party...we needed our fuel for a fierce game of Bunco that followed! We had chicken salad and tuna salad croissants which I decorated with the cupcake flags and served on a cake plate...

We also had white pizza dip that I found on Pinterest (which was delicious, btw) and fruit with strawberry dip. B made these adorable dice cupcakes using sugar cubes!

Stonf also made spring sangria which, once again, was found on Pinterest. I have to admit that Stonf walked in with 2 containers full of this stuff and left with a couple of drops left...what can I say, we had a fun night! haha

Once we all finished stuffing our faces, it was time to get serious. None of us had ever played Bunco before, so we had to rely on the directions that came with the game...and the directions that we made up on our own :)

After 6 rounds of Bunco, we had a winner! I picked up a little prize from one of my favorite stores, House 15143. B's sister Stacy was the big winner for the night!

Her prize was a mini chalkboard...the same one that I showed you in this post.

As the girls were leaving for the night, I sent them home with a little treat for the road. I filled the dollar favor boxes with Kettle Corn and Chocolate Peanut Butter Popcorn from Pittsburgh Popcorn Company.

We had so much fun that we may try to make Bunco night a regular occurrence. How about you, have you ever played Bunco?