Thursday, February 16, 2012

Chani’s Mane Event

Between Maisie and I both being sick and all the various doctor appointments and tests, I’m way behind on blogging, cleaning, laundry and I can’t even remember what else but I’m now working on catching up and personally I think catching up on blogging is a lot more fun than laundry or the dishes.  So this post is a little late but last Saturday afternoon, one of the coldest days of the year (with the wind chill it was in the 20’s,) Maisie attended Chani’s 5th birthday party.  Chani’s birthday parties are always so much fun and Kathy does an over the top wonderful job with all the details and this year she put together an awesome horseback riding party.  There’s no matching Kathy with the effort and attention she puts into every last item and the parties are always so special for the children and adults.  Me, I just attend, feel totally inadequate in my loser party planning abilities but thoroughly enjoy the event. 

IMG_4408eBirthday girl Chani(picture by Lisa F.)

IMG_3319eThe tables were beautifully decked out.

IMG_3318eKathy made the banner, the cake pedestals and even the party hats.

IMG_4376eThe room looked so pretty and festive.

IMG_3313eEven with the food Kathy kept with the theme, I love her hay bale Rice Krispy treats.

IMG_3314eThe food table looked so pretty and her lemon crackle cookies…well those were really delicious.

IMG_3316eThe caramel corn was a favorite with Maisie and it was so cute how Kathy presented it.

IMG_3321eKatie, Maisie and Briana waiting their turn to ride.

IMG_3333eI managed to have my camera on the wrong setting the entire party and this was the only picture that I was able to get of Maisie on the horse.

IMG_3338eAfter riding the horses the children decorated horseshoes. 

IMG_3341eMaisie, Birthday girl Chani and Briana, three little cutie-patooties.

A big thank you to Kathy and Matt for including us in Chani’s party, always so much fun and we look forward to seeing what you come up with and do each year.  Check out Chani’s past two parties, Chani’s 4 year old everything Mickey & Minnie birthday party and her colorful 3 year old Crayola party.

I may not have the awesome party planning and follow-through skills of Kathy but I do have some crazy cooking skills and my latest recipe posted over on Cook Lisa Cook is crazy delicious.  This Shrimp & Avocado Salad with Carrot Ginger Dressing is light, healthy, delicious and super simple to make and the Carrot Ginger Dressing is very similar to what is served in Japanese restaurants so if you enjoy it out I’d suggest making it at home.  As usual, just click on the picture to be taken to the recipe.

IMG_3287e[4]Other crazy delicious recipes posted on Cook Lisa Cook include: Mango Lassi, Stir-Fried Asparagus with Water Chestnuts, Ginger & Cashews, Curried Roast Chicken Pieces with Spicy Sweet Potato & Carrots, Grilled Corn & Bacon Pudding, Oriental Chicken Salad, Potato Salad with Bacon, Coffee Crusted Steak, Home Style Chicken Curry, Watermelon FrostyMango Gazpacho, Toll House Double Stuff Oreo Brownies, Long Beans with Walnuts, Blacksmith Pizza, Rhubarb Crisp, Laksa, Math Book No Bake Cookies, Aloo Gobi, Mint Lassi, Red Curry Chicken, Lamb Curry, Grilled Corn, Avocado & Tomato Salad with Honey Lime Dressing, Baked Egg Cups Two Ways, Thai Peanut Salad, Holy Guacamole, Cantaloupe Agua Fresca, Wallaby Darned, Piggy-Out Cookies, Wicked Good New England Lobster Roll, Long Beans with Garlic, Super Simple Summer Shrimp Salsa Salad, Grandma’s Teriyaki Steak, Watermelon Tomato Gazpacho, Red Chinese Long Beans with Peppers & Red Curry, 24-Layer Crêpe Cake, Fig & Watermelon Salad, Grilled Chèvre & Fig Panini, Spicy Asian Cucumber Salad, Grilled Prawns, Spicy Brown Sugar Bacon, Kicked Up Piggy-Out Cookies, Pesto Pita Pizza, Cilantro Lime Chicken, Nutella Crêpes, Mango, Lime & Chile Spiced Ice Box Pie, Roast Beef & Garlic Herb Cheese Sandwich, Layered Crespelle with Bolognese, Fresh Mozzarella & Basil, Jamaican Jerk Meat Pies, Nutella No Bake Cookies, Velvety Mac & Cheese, Welsh Cakes, Tom Yam Ghoong (Spicy Shrimp Soup), Lime Jewels, Southwest Pasta Salad, Walnut Roca Squares, Uncle Bubba’s Shrimp & Grits, Chocolate Chip Gingersnaps, Levain Bakery Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies, Copycat “KFC” Coleslaw, Happy 6th Birthday Maisie Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies, Thin Mint Irish Coffee, Caramel Apples, “Rotisserie” Chicken, Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwich, Mummy Hotdogs, Mango Upside Down Cake, Pork Belly Soup with Collard Greens, Aloo Tikki, Pink Strawberry Cake Balls, Praline Pumpkin Cheesecake, Apple Dumplings, Rum Cured Salmon, Apple, Cranberry & Rhubarb Crisp, Hasselback Potatoes with Garlic Sour Cream, Crunchy Oat, Almond, Cashew & Pebbles Granola Bars, Texas Chicken with Lime Butter, Biscoff Fudge, Eggnog Popovers with Cranberry Butter, Creamed Corn with Cheese and Cilantro, Potato Crusted Pork Chops, Oatmeal, Cashew & Chocolate Granola Bars, Texas Chicken Sandwich, Seared Scallops with Creamy Pesto & Lemon Pepper Pasta, Thai Chicken Noodle Soup, Glazed Lemon Squares, Chang-Style Brussels Sprouts, Maisie “safe” No Bake Cookies, Ponderosa Lemon & Sour Cream Tart, Pork Dumplings with Rice Wrappers, Sweet & Spicy Apple Pork, Dark Chocolate Dipped Candied Lemon Peel, Crunchy Fudgy Heart Bites, Double Chocolate Meyer Lemon Mousse Cake and Malted Pretzel Crunch.



  1. Such a fun party! Love our sweet girls!

  2. How fun! I am in the process of planning Kenzie's 16th b-day party. I hope ours turns out as cute as that!!!!!!!

    Hope you guys get feeling better.

  3. My goodness, I used to dream of hosting parties like that for my children. (Now I've accepted the fact that balloons and streamers are as creative as it will probably get.) How fun!

    LOVE The picture of the cuties all bundled up before their horse ride.


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