Two Parties, One Hangover

by Brittany on May 7, 2012

in Crafts, House Love

There are two ways to look at this weekend. I’m either a genius, or the stupidest person on the planet.

Andy feels like it’s the latter, but I’d like to think it’s a tie.

April, in general, is a super bad month for us. We were all born in April, save for Jude, whose birthday is tomorrow, so that means cake and family dinners and presents, and honestly, by May 9th, we’re all poor and diabetic.

In fact, I tried top talk Jude into forgoing a birthday cake for a festive birthday cleanse, but he took the selfish route and demanded a Star Wars cake.

Adding to the chaos was my constant April travel obligations, leaving me feeling like a giant douche bag.

To compensate for that, I decided to cram a shit ton of life experiences into May, the only month this year I am probably, maybe not going anywhere.

When we first laid eyes on this house, I knew one day I’d throw lots of parties here, apparently forgetting the part where I hate to clean or dress for company. But, I really want to step up my game in the entertainment area, so when presented with the chance to host a private concert in our backyard, I was like sure! And then spent the following weeks pulling out old trees and luring a “woodchuck” out from under my deck. I say “woodchuck” because that’s what Andy says it technically is, even though it’s more fun to ask him if he can see my beaver in the hole.

Saturday night, we hosted an intimate concert pond side with a one, Mikey Wax. Click here to check him out. Yes, he’s that hot in real life.

I spent the day arranging seating, making gobs of mexican food, and decorating with lanterns, candles and fire pits.





Margarita Ball. I feel bad for people who don’t own these.

Me, pre-concert. I’m wearing tall boots, it’s a Mikey Wax miracle, more on them later this week.

We invited some of our closest friends, and spent the evening drinking (a lot), eating (a lot), and enjoying our own private acoustic show under the super moon. Thanks, Al Gore!




It was an amazing night, that I can almost entirely remember, no thanks to the margaritas I went a bit heavy handed with the tequila on. I do that when I’m stressed. It’s like my nervous tick, some people blink or twitch, I dump alcohol into things.

We stayed up drinking and chatting around the fire until 2am, when Andy finally pulled me to bed because, as you may remember from the beginning of this whole thing, here comes the stupid part. I scheduled Gigi’s 3rd birthday party for Sunday afternoon. And I did almost no preparation for this other than deciding it would be Mad Hatter tea party themed and I would probably serve food there.

Thankfully, many of the previous night’s decorations could be recycled, even the leftover margaritas. This just left a quick 8am run to the store to rummage up a cake, some tea-party level food, and a gift or two.

I don’t want to brag, but aside the dark shadows under my eyes and my aversion to sunlight, I think I pulled the whole thing off.



Little hand sized turkey sandwiches with cucumber and sliced apples.


Tea Party cookies and blueberry scones for nibbling.







Alice in Wonderland La La Loopsy dolls + Store bought Rainbow cake = I totally planned this, y’all.

Hair of the dog, anyone?

{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

Becky May 7, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Bet it was fantastic – both parties!
Love the party ball – need to ge me one of those – for everyday use!
I hope you get a nap soon~


Maya May 7, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Wow!! Dude you have some balls to pull this off in 24 hours.
Also- I want that cake


Brittany May 7, 2012 at 1:42 pm

It was a RAINBOW inside. How do they invent such magical things?


JustinRHoffman May 7, 2012 at 1:36 pm

The Snow White beating the pinata knows how to party.


Brittany May 7, 2012 at 1:42 pm

She drank me under the table.


Carrie May 7, 2012 at 1:52 pm

I saw you mentioned this concert on facebook so I have been so excited to hear how it went, such an amazing set up and I love the lanterns!

My daughter wants a Wizard of Oz party, so feel free to help me with ideas hahaha!


Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] May 7, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Friggin Mother of the Year.


Johanna May 7, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Nice work! I could not have pulled both parties off.


Mandy_Fish May 7, 2012 at 2:56 pm

OMG she is so cute peeking around the corner and sipping that little cup.



Nicki May 7, 2012 at 3:03 pm

I am a complete and utter social failure! If I have to get the mail and take a crap on the same day, I need to avoid the world for a week to recover!!! You are my hero!!!


Carrie May 7, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Oh! I forgot to ask, do you have a tride and true margi recipe? We always use the bottled stuff, but could use a good one if anyone has one!


Nicki May 7, 2012 at 3:07 pm

AND I don’t have a margarita ball. GAWD.


Brittany May 7, 2012 at 4:14 pm

I haven’t seen them since like, the early 2000s, so if you find one, buy it and handle it with care, ti’s the best drunk investment ever.


Nicki May 8, 2012 at 6:29 am

Hittin’ ebay now!


Nuala Reilly May 7, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Next time you have an outdoor concert, I WILL find a way to be there. :-)


Marissa May 7, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Where did you get your shirt? I love it!


Brittany May 7, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Pretend I am whispering this. It’s um, a Miley Cyrus shirt from Walmart.


Marissa May 7, 2012 at 10:59 pm

And now I love it more! Haha!!


Angela May 7, 2012 at 5:50 pm

I feel for you… The same thing happens in my family in April, birthday’s every week from the beginning till the end and by the end of it we’re broke and have a cake hangover. As for the mad hatter tea party adorable! Looked just like you planned it.


Angel May 7, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Boots! Where did you get the boots?!?!? I am in search of boots that will fit a curvy calved leg. And you found them!


Erin May 7, 2012 at 7:31 pm

I wasn’t so sure about the Marg ball when you mentioned it last week. But seeing the picture I have already decided I am purchasing for my wedding reception next summer! Anything that dispenses alcohol like that is a need to purchase item!!


Brittany May 7, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Seriously, it’s like a keg, only better and full of tequila. It’s the best invention ever.


Victoria May 7, 2012 at 7:46 pm

On Saturday the baby I nanny for turned 1… he’s a cinco de mayo baby, so OF COURSE, his first birthday party was really just a grown up bash (with a few Littles roaming around) with catered fajitas and a FROZEN MARGARITA MACHINE!! Long after the party ended and everyone had gone home, you could still see the glow of the spinning machine in the backyard and the mom, dad and I took turns taking trips into the yard for refills. I don’t even REMEMBER most of Sunday…. Best. First. Birthday. Party. EVER.


Brittany May 7, 2012 at 9:43 pm

I refuse to throw a kid’s birthday party without alcohol, and I don’t even care what that says about me. You started it off right, good on you!


Mary Lauren May 7, 2012 at 9:00 pm

How was it that I missed that margarita ball? Seriously, tragic. Such a fun night. I laughed so hard I peed my pants a little.


Brittany May 7, 2012 at 9:42 pm

I had the best time with you two, please come back ASAP. Or like, MOVE HERE!


Mary Lauren May 7, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Done. Just don’t tell my inlaws.


Brittany May 9, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Deal, you guys can just stay with us, we have plenty of room!

Angie May 7, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Beautiful!! I don’t know how you pulled off two amazing parties in one weekend (especially the second…with a hangover)! By the way, I’ve been eyeing those paper lanterns at Pier 1…love them! Hope your beautiful daughter had a fab birthday :)


Shannon May 8, 2012 at 7:16 am

I absolutely love the is my birthday..where can I find one? Think I’m kidding????


Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes May 8, 2012 at 7:51 am

You are amazing.


jen May 8, 2012 at 10:26 am

Do you hire out as a party planner/consultant? Commonly, I’m in over my head.


Brittany May 9, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Yes, pay me in liquor, please.


Meredith May 8, 2012 at 10:33 am

You throw the best parties. Kelsey and I would like you to throw a Big Fat Gypsy Prom. Cool?


Brittany May 9, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Yup, let’s do it!


Jennifer May 8, 2012 at 11:52 am

To have thrown that party together you did an awesome job. That’s better than some of the parties that I actually plan.


Kathy May 8, 2012 at 3:30 pm

The MargBall is genius!
If you ever find room in your budget, find a sluhie machine and buy it! Virgin ( or ,ya know, regular!) Slushies for the kiddos and Adult Slushies for the moms and dads is so worth the investment!!


meleah rebeccah May 8, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Oh my word, what awesome parties! You are the best host, probably ever.


Brittany May 9, 2012 at 1:15 pm

You will have to come party with us ASAP!


Vanessalillian May 9, 2012 at 11:41 pm

That tea party idea is BRILLIANT because it’s about two centimetres from what I would normally cook on a weekend. I also love the effort you put into a backyard party. My normal birthday BBQ effort = make sure there’s gas for the BBQ, put ice in the laundry sink for drinks and maaaaaaybe sweep the verandah. You’ve totally shown me up! But for my 30th I’m paying other people to do stuff for me so I can concentrate on drinking. Hurrah :)


Bree May 13, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Margarita ball! We have one ( We carry it around, in an old milk crate, and call it “the baby.” We love it, like it was one of our own.


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