Do you recognize the woman in this photo?
That is right, Friday night I met the one and only Pioneer Woman. And you will never guess what she said to me! "You look familiar." I was a bit star struck (blog struck?) and I asked if she has seen my blog. She was so warm and friendly and chit-chatted so easily. She told me to facebook or email her. I haven't yet because, well. Just look at what happened for the rest of my weekend. (I'll tell you more about meeting her later).
You might be wondering what I ended up wearing to the fancy dress up party Friday night. Thanks for all of your votes but I ended up going with a third option. You see, Thursday night I went looking for a new top to wear for my dessert party and of course couldn't find anything I liked. But I did find this amazing dress and fell in love with it. And it was on sale, so I wore this instead:
It was literally about zero degrees outside that night so not the greatest weather for fancy parties but I had good cab luck on my way down there. Unfortunately, I was not as lucky post-party. The party was held down on Wall Street which is pretty dead in the evenings anyway. I thought luck was on my side when a cab stopped to let someone out. As I shivered on the corner waiting for the guy to pay and get out, I realized there was a problem. The passenger was extremely intoxicated and was refusing to pay and he and the cab driver were yelling at each other. The door was open so I finally yelled at the guy to just pay and get out because it was freezing. He leered at me and made incomprehensible mutterings and soon the driver was out of the cab yelling at the guy to pay an additional $40. Then I figured out the problem. I asked the cab driver if the drunk guy had puked in the cab. When the driver said yes, I opted for a long subway ride and then caught a cab for the three block walk because I probably would not have survived it in the cold.
Saturday was baking, baking, baking and more baking. Somehow I managed to get everything together just in time for the party. And I must say, I think it all turned out really well this year. Here's a quick peak at the spread:A couple of new items I added to the menu are French macarons:
spring peeps experiment and decided to give it another whirl and this is what I came up with:
The other last-minute impulse item were these:
Cake pops! I experimented with making cake pops one other time with a couple of friends and the results were disasterous so I probably should not have gone down this path but I had some brownies I'd baked in miniature cupcake form but they turned out a bit ugly so I wasn't planning on serving them so I thought why not try? This is where hours and hours and hours of blog reading can really pay off! I've read about cake pops on Bakerella's site and Pioneer Woman's site so often, I was able to throw these together without instructions.
We smashed the brownies up into the three different frostings, rolled them into balls and stuck them in the freezer for a bit to help them keep their shape. I dug around in my cupboard and found some white chocolate chunks which I melted with a little bit of cream and then died it red. We then dipped the balls, added sprinkles and I got in the shower while my friend finished the process because we were getting dangerously close to guest arrivals and no one needed to see me sans make-up in my yoga pants covered in flour.
As we were making this little concoction I referred to them as brownie balls and my friend said that sounded a little dirty so we started brainstorming other names which somehow devolved into Santa's balls (seriously, that is way worse than brownie balls!) and finally Rudolph's nose. But the Rudolph name didn't roll off the tongue so easily so ultimately they were called reindeer balls. Awesome, I know but somehow we all found it hilarious all evening. Oh, and people loved eating them! They were delicious. I think the reindeer balls may need to find a permanent place on the baking roster.
Today was spent sleeping in very, very late (I was up until 3 with a couple of very kind guests who helped clean up), brunching with my friend who traveled all the way from Connecticut to help me prep for the party (this is two years in a row I've had overnight guests for the party and I think it is the way to go!) and then we saw the movie Up In the Air - which I loved. I sent my friend back to Connecticut and traveled up to Inwood for a friend's party and from there I went to another party.
Needless to say, it has been a very long weekend - a good one - but a very long one. So I need to get to bed and prepare myself for the work week which actually includes a couple more parties! Gotta love the holidays!