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InstaFriday!

I can’t believe that it is Friday again. Aye aye aye!

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Linking up again with Life Rearraged to chronicle some of the happenings in the Toney family this week.

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Last weekend, we had our annual winter party. If you are new to my blog, my husband and I host a party for our friends every season to celebrate what we love about that season. We’ve been doing this for about 5 years now and it has become a treasured tradition. You can see photos of past seasonal parties here and here.

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For this winter party, I pulled together what I had, buying only some flowers from Trader Joes & our local farmer’s market and a couple rolls of gold & cream striped wrapping paper from Target. The result was a pretty and simple gold & white party.

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I threw some gold glitter on candles I already had (which my husband so loves- ha!).

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I forgot to take any pictures of the food, but I do have this one that shows what the highlight of the winter party is: a soup potluck! Our friends make such awesome soups year after year and it is so fun to be able to keep going back and trying them all :)

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It was so fun to watch the grammys and see a fellow Bruin, Sara Bareilles, sing with Carole King. I’ve been a big fan of Sara’s ever since she started her career back at UCLA and it has been so incredible to see her career grow. Then, the other morning, this gem of a song popped up on one of my pandora stations. The guys of Lady Danville (now Hunter Hunted) were also at UCLA while we were, so I’ve had lots of bruin pride the past couple of weeks :)

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I’m starting to get ready for a certain batman-loving curly hair kid’s third birthday party! I bought the graphic from a designer on etsy and then made the simple invitations and labels. Fun story: these are the last of the envelopes from our wedding invitations- they’ve lasted 8 1/2 years!


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Happy weekend!

Fall Party 2013

5 years ago, my husband and I decided we wanted to have a party to celebrate all that we loved about the Fall. The food, the decor, the music. This then carried over into Winter and our seasonal party tradition was born. Year after year, it is one of my favorite things to host. Daveed & I love planning and throwing dinner parties for our friends, and seeing this become something that our friends look forward to every season has brought us such joy.

 

This year, the fall party was wonderful. Our house filled with dear friends, pumpkins, garlands and smells of Daveed’s risotto, sangria and all of the delicious fall themed foods that our friends brought to share.

 

It also was the least stressful year of prep. We’ve finally got this thing figured out :)

 

Here is a look into our fall party. You can see past seasonal parties here and here.

 

Runner fabric from Jo-anns, pumpkins, leaves and candlelight:

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Leaf garlands falling from the chandelier and the walls and, of course, we had to have one of my thankful banners out.

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Sangria station, a bit more decor and our littlest guest, my buddy Archie:

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The risotto king. Thank you God for blessing me with a husband who can cook :)

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I truly am thankful for the community we’ve been given here in San Diego. It’s not where we grew up, but it has become home, mostly due to these people. A few people had already left and I promise there were guys there too, but I am so happy to have a moment captured with some of my dear friends. Thank you Lord for these people.

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For those of you who may be new to my blog, I am excited to share with you about our seasonal parties! My husband and I host a party every season to celebrate the food, music & ambiance we love about that time of the year. You can see more here (including links to most of the seasonal parties over the past 5 years).

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Winter is always one of my favorites because we have a soup potluck. Our friends are pretty good cooks, so we always have a delicious array of soups to try, along with winter-inspired appetizers, salads, bread and dessert (which was all chocolate this year- apparently that is the most fitting winter dessert!)

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For decor this year, I wanted to spend as little money as possible, while still making the setting beautiful. My 5 year old and I had cut some paper snowflakes around Christmas time and they were still hanging on our sliding glass doors while I was gathering inspiration for the party. I decided to add in some doilies that I had in my crafting stash and, in 5 minutes, I had a pretty backdrop of delicate snowy-ness. I filled tables with tons of candles and other elements I grabbed from around my house and from my dwindled down wedding planner supply shelves in the garage. My husband grabbed some flowers at Trader Joe’s and that was that :) It looked dreamy while still being simple.

 

I threw some doilies on the wall and make a quick garland to hang on the fireplace. I made some quick tags so that everyone could label their soup- after the first year I learned that was necessary, as well as reminding everyone to bring their own ladle :)

 

I was having so much fun with my friends that I completely forgot to take any picture with my good camera. This happened at our fall party too. Oops. So all I have to share are the photos I posted to instagram, which is better than nothing, right?

 

Later this week, I’ll share my husband’s winter playlist. We like to send our guests home with a mix of songs that remind us of the season.