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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Party in "Las Vegas" 6.27.12

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If you asked anyone what my two obsessions are (not including my family, which is a given), they will tell you travel and costumes. Yes, I do love to dress up, but more specifically, my costume obsession revolves around my love of theme parties and I think costumes just help make them that much more convincing. Often, I will ask folks to dress up for a birthday party that is in December or even June. Just because we are adults and no longer trick-or-treat, doesn’t mean that we can’t still have some childish fun.

Anyway, a couple weekends ago, I teased a Vegas party that I threw for my husband. I meshed my two (THREE!) loves together and since we couldn’t fly everyone to Sin City for the weekend, I threw a Vegas Buffet theme party for our family instead. As promised, I took some candids after decorating and setting out food. Unfortunately, none of us dressed as cocktail waitresses or dealers, but maybe next time!

Here’s what was on the menu:

Hot buffet
Seasoned grilled chicken breast
Spicy meatballs (special request of the birthday boy)
Beef tips
Black & White bowtie pasta
Buttered green beans
Red-skinned mashed potatoes
Herb and cheese biscuits
Sauces: marinara, lemon piccata & mushroom

Cold buffet
Green salad with veggies
Assorted fruit
Bruschetta with two cheese spreads

Dessert Station
Rhubarb pie (special request of the birthday boy)
“Money” wrapped butter mints

Bar/Beverage Station
Ice water
Mojito ice tea
Mango pineapple ice tea
Wine (white and sparkling)

Eric partaking in the cold buffet 
Yes, I do go all out when it comes to food that matches a theme. I find it’s one of the most important parts, after the décor. Generally, I can spend a few days just decorating the house, but I didn’t do as much as I could have, as we were only having about a dozen people over and also between work and other commitments, I didn’t have the time to do more. You can see how I turned the house into a mini Vegas casino and buffet. The food was plentiful, but mostly nutritious (not usually what you would expect at a traditional casino buffet) and we didn’t lose all our money at the tables. Everyone’s a winner! (If you really want to go to Las Vegas on a budget, don't forget to check out this awesome infographic.)

Craps gift table 
My next post will be the first in a new series called 48 Fun Hours on a budget in... This one will focus on Las Vegas. I hope you like it!

Do you go all out when it comes to birthdays and special occasions? Or do you create a vacation destination in your home/yard to feel like you're getting away?

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