Portland Center Stage presents Dreamgirls

Art by Julia McNamara

Art by Julia McNamara

Disclaimer: I was provided with complementary tickets by Portland Center Stage so that I may experience Dreamgirls before sharing my experience with you here on the blog. All opinions are my own. Keep reading for a discount so that you can see the show as well! 

Dreamgirls at Portland Center Stage in town until November 2!

A little tidbit about me that you might not of known… I’ve ALWAYS been interested in theater. I love watching the lights go down, hearing the hush of a crowd, and being delighted with the talents of people that have prepped and worked all towards that performance. There is just nothing like watching live theater. I’ve never really been someone to act in a play. I auditioned once in college… let me tell you, an Irish accent is NOT easy. Though I was never really quite right for the onstage talent, I loved participating in the creation of a show and watching how everyone worked together to change reality for the course of a show. So, when Portland Center Stage asked if I wanted to check out their production of Dreamgirls I jumped at the opportunity. I’m so glad I did!

I had never seen Dreamgirls before, either on stage or in movie form. I knew that it was a musical about a trio of women loosely based on The Supremes. But, that is about it! Now I want to see the movie and any and all productions of this show going forward. It was such a treat, and not for the reasons I originally assumed it would be! If you are in the Portland area, and like musicals, then I’d highly recommend this production! But, don’t let your location stop you from reading on… you can always watch Dreamgirls the movie!

Dreamgirls at Portland Center Stage // A Well Crafted Party

L-R: Lexi Rhoades (Lorrell Robinson), Mary Patton (Deena Jones) and Antoinette Comer (Michelle Morris) in “Dreamgirls” at Portland Center Stage. Photo by Patrick Weishampel.
“Dreamgirls” Music by Henry Krieger, Book and Lyrics by Tom Eyen, Directed by Chris Coleman

It is more than just three women singing…

I expected to go into the show and be wow’d by some spectacular female voices. And, while I was wow’d by some pretty talented women (get to that later) I was unexpectedly blown away by some beautiful and FUN male-led songs! The beginning of the show the ladies didn’t quite have their voices yet. (Little did I know, because remember I had never seen this before, that was part of the plan!) I enjoyed the first number with the women being introduced to the stage. But, when Calvin Scott Roberts playing C.C. (Claridge Conrad) White and Rodney Hicks playing Curtis Taylor, Jr. began to sing Cadillac Car with David Jennings playing Jimmy (James Thunder) Early– WOW. I loved each and every song that these three men sang together. Each had great stage presence and really sold their characters all while hitting their songs out of the theater.

Dreamgirls from Portland Center Stage // A Well Crafted Party

The cast of “Dreamgirls” at Portland Center Stage. Photo by Patrick Weishampel.
“Dreamgirls” Music by Henry Krieger Book and Lyrics by Tom Eyen Directed by Chris Coleman

Then you really hear the women sing…

In the beginning I wasn’t entirely impressed with the songs that the women were singing. Little did I know… that was part of the play! As the show goes on the women really start singing. While they clearly had talent in the beginning, they just hadn’t hit their groove as a group! They had me hoodwink perfectly. At the end of the first act when Nattalyee Randall playing Effie Melody White belts out “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going” I had tears in my eyes. All the women brought it on stage and I wasn’t disappointed by a single performance. The most exciting performance, for me, was by Mary Patton playing Deena Jones. (I don’t want to give much of the story away just in case you, like me, had never seen anything about the show. I want you to be as surprised as I was!)  When Deena, one of the background singers of the trio is given the opportunity to step up as a lead there is a lot to discover. Patton plays demure, quiet and sweet Deena Jones so well in the beginning and hides her powerhouse of a voice during her first song as lead so well that I honestly didn’t see how this fictional group would ever be convincing as a popular musical trio. As she starts to take hold of her inner diva (just a bit) her voice suddenly takes over the entire room. It is gorgeous and powerful.

See a sneak peek of the show  below:

Dreamgirls: the trailer from Portland Center Stage on Vimeo.

More about Dreamgirls:

  • Fun facts about the PCS production learn how the production included- “49 IKEA mixing bowls, 125 costume looks, 406 pairs of fake eye lashes, 550 lighting units …
    and 1,000 condoms!?!?!”
  • Dreamgirls Review from Jane of In The Pink & Green- “I ended up being really blown away by the talented cast for this show! Seriously, every single person had such an incredible voice and I was extremely impressed by the casting!”

Get a Discount to the Show!

Portland Center Stage is offering my Portland area readers a chance to see Dreamgirls with a discount! Use the code “PDXBLOGS” to get $5 off any showing. Or, select a Tuesday show or the Halloween showing to receive your ticket for just $20! Click here to buy your ticket today!

More from Portland Center Stage:

The Typographers Dream is showing in the Ellen Bye Studio from Oct. 4 to November 16.

The Typographer’s Dream follows the story of a stenographer, a geographer and a typographer. During a career-oriented presentation, it becomes hilariously clear that their personal issues just so happen to correspond with their jobs. As with his hit play The Receptionist, playwright Bock tackles the everyday environment of the workplace from a completely unique, and very witty, perspective.  ”

Tell me, have you ever seen Dreamgirls? What did you think? Comment below.

DIY Blog Tour

DIY BLog Tour - Favorite DIY Bloggers // A Well Crafted Party

Last week I was asked to be a part of the DIY Blog Tour! Here’s how it works:

Debi from Adorned From Above was nominated by Kim from Curtain Queen Creates. Then, she featured 3 bloggers, one of which was Jessica from Plucky’s Second Thought who in turn featured ME! (Thanks lady!) I shared my House Guest printables as one of my favorite DIY projects to date.

Now it’s my turn to answer the same four questions and feature 3 bloggers, giving a 2-3 sentence bio on each of them, a link to their blogs and their favorite DIY project.

I was supposed to get this up Monday… but, one or two million things kept getting in my way! Hopefully the bloggers I feature will be able to get a DIY blog tour up and running by next Monday so the tour can keep on going. I’m having fun going through the blogs that have been featured and connecting with awesome projects.

Part of this tour is answering four questions about me.

About DIY Blogger Jenni Bost of A Well Crafted Party

Hello, I’m Jenni…

  1. What are you working on? 
    • Boy, this is a loaded question. If you could see my house right now you’d actually see several (SEVERAL) piles of different projects covering nearly every inch. Part of it is stuff I still need to organize and put up from recent projects including my recent Ryan Gosling themed birthday party and the Portland Bloggers’ Back to Blogging School event. I also have Halloween projects laying about along with a Christmas project I started last week. My computer desktop is even worse off! I’m busy creating some holiday printable sets for you and I couldn’t be happier with how they are turning out! So, mainly I’ll be working on crafting fun parties and getting the posts live.
  2. Why do you write/create what you do?
    • I have a strong NEED to create. It has always been in me and I’ve always had a zillion projects going on at one time. Being able to share the projects is such a joy. My blog serves for many purposes… but, one big purpose is to record all the creations and the other is to share them. I’m glad that I have this space and an audience that enjoys the creations!
  3. How does my work differ from others of its genre? 
    • Sometimes I am not sure if it does. I often create something and find out that someone else has already shared something similar. (Take this amazing frozen wine cocktail for example.) I think I also offer a sense of humor to some of my projects and parties. I enjoy getting a giggle while creating. I enjoy even more when I hear someone else enjoy the humor!
  4. How does your writing/creative process work?
    • My creative process only really works (and works well) on a deadline. I can spend weeks working on something and then suddenly be inspired and motivated when I only days to go.

Get to know these awesome bloggers…

Featured DIY Blog Burlap & Babies // A Well Crafted Party

Meet Amanda from BurlapAndBabies.Com

Favorite DIY Post: DIY Gender Reveal Party

About: I’m Amanda and you can find me at my own personal creative outlet, Burlap and Babies! I am a wife of four years to my handy husband, Justin, momma to two furry children, Charlie and Molly, and soon to be mom to a little girl due at the end of November. DIY-ing, organizing, and party planning are my passions while making our house into a home.

Meet DIY Blogger Christine Trevino // A Well Crafted Party

 Meet Christine of ChristineTrevino.com

Favorite DIY Post: Thankful Jar Tutorial & Printables

About: Blogging has been a journey of discovery, unlocking new passions and recovering ones that I’ve forgotten along the way.  Sometimes I talk about my family or my faith.  Sometimes I share stories, or projects, or recipes.  This is my outlet.  My therapy.  My space to be me . . . however I need to be me on any given day.

Meet DIY Blogger Lindsey from MacSuzie // A Well Crafted Party

Meet Lindsey from MacSuzie.com

Favorite DIY Post: DIY Reusable Cup Sleeve

About: At MacSuzie.com, you will find a little bit of everything: cooking/baking, crafts, beauty, home stuff, things for all seasons, family, travel, and a little of the wisdom I pick up along the way. I’d call my style comfortable and homey, with a lot of color. I’m especially inspired by my mom and grandma, and our family’s traditions. I also love things from days gone by (a Buzzfeed quiz aptly placed me in the 50’s), although I’m not exclusively a vintage girl. I love to re-purpose, giving old things a fresh look with a dash of “MacGyver” and a sprinkle of “Suzie Homemaker” thrown in for good measure.

 


What is YOUR favorite DIY blog or project? Comment with a link below!

Saturday Spirits: Frozen Wine Cocktail

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Update: So, this is a really simple cocktail that I was super excited to make… a few days after making this and posting it I was going through my Pinterest boards and realized I pinned a cocktail recipe nearly exactly like this… I must have thought I dreamed it up after pinning late at night!  When something is two ingredients it isn’t quite a recipe, but I don’t like the idea of taking someone else’s idea without credit. So, while I’m keeping my list of ingredients I used and ideas for other frozen wine cocktails, I’ve removed my “directions” and instead you’ll find a link to the blog that I must have originally gotten the idea from. You’ll want to check out their blog anyways… it is awesome!

My camera broke this week as I was in the middle of a Halloween photo shoot. I’m sorta crushed. My camera is my friend! Thankfully, I have this lovely cocktail to get me through the pain.

These photos don’t really do this little cocktail justice at all. I’ll have to fix that… It won’t be hard, this simple cocktail will now be a staple in my home. It takes only two ingredients! So, grab yourself a bottle of wine and a bag of frozen fruit and get to work!

Two Ingredient Frozen Wine Cocktail

Ingredients:
– 6 oz wine (I used Sokol Pinot Gris)
– approximately 2 cups frozen fruit (I used strawberries for the pictured cocktail- I also tried a version with peaches. Peaches in the drink were the best, but both were great!)

Directions:
Check out the post by Dessert for Two “Peach Wine Slushies

That’s it!

Some combinations I’d suggest:
-Pinot Gris and Frozen Peaches
-Moscato and Frozen blueberries with a little lemonade
-Lambrusco with frozen mixed berries
-Sweet Riesling with frozen strawberries

What combination would you make?

Friday Finds: Alice in Wonderland Themed Parties

Okay, I know that Alice in Wonderland has been DONE. You know? I did it. She did it. Everyone’s done it. Though, there are about a thousand and one reasons why Alice in Wonderland makes for an awesome party theme. It is a whimsical and changeable story that lends itself to all types of parties. Kids love it and adults love it. So, when faced with whether I was going to do another Alice in Wonderland party there was little to no hesitation before I said, “SURE!” My hope is to do something different than I’ve done before and perfect for the guest of honor. There was no lack of inspiration for the shin-dig I’m throwing together. Some of my favorite Alice in Wonderland style parties include the following:

Want to see the direction I’m going with this Alice in Wonderland party? Check out my sneak peek of the party invitations!

What would YOU do for an Alice in Wonderland themed party? Any details you would have to include?

What I Wrote: Week of Oct. 29

I had a busy week this past week… so, I didn’t get to post all the fun items I had planned to post. Just means I get to save them for this week and future weeks! My total goal for both my sites is to post items I believe in/want to share rather than just post to post. Sometimes they will interest everyone… sometimes they will only be just for my record. So, I do not plan to always post 5 days a week. I’m personally not a fan of bloggers who just post something to post something. Hopefully this keeps you coming back for more whether it is 5 days a week or three.

A Well Crafted Party:

This week on A Well Crafted Party I shared a lot of Halloween goodness. It is one of my favorite holidays and you can tell if you have followed this blog for very long!
Wednesday, Oct. 31: Happy Halloween— Photos of me and my little one in costume!

Leave the Laundry for Later:

(UPDATE: I closed Leave the Laundry for Later in order to focus more on A Well Crafted Party. All of the following posts are available on A Well Crafted Party)

Halloween touches down a bit on Leave the Laundry for Later this past week… but, I also got to check out the new Microsoft Surface as well as announce the beginning of a new series I’m super excited to share with everyone. Five moms (and myself) will be sharing their experiences with breastfeeding over the next couple weeks… don’t miss it!
Tuesday, Oct. 30: Five things about Me

What was your favorite post that YOU wrote this week? I’d love to read it— Put a link in the comments below!

Five Things About Me

I posted this on Instagram a while back. But, I really like the idea behind it, so I am posting it here with a little more info. The photo was taken by Macey of Motormouth Studio (she did my head shots recently) and then I added the text via an iPhone app.

Five Things about Jenni Bost: 
  1. I write romance novels. Well, that is part of the truth. I write as a ghost writer for several different companies. I have written several short stories and two novels now that are pretty much right there in the romance category. Personally, if I ever get around to finishing my own novel, I’d write a novel in the fantasy genre. I’ll be participating in Novel November… but, I just got a job ghost writing a novel SO I’ll be working on that one instead of my own. I figure all of this ghost writing is really good practice!
  2. My hubs and I were set up by two friends while we were in college. That is just the tip of a complicated love story. I wouldn’t change a second of our story though. So thankful to our friends that set us up! (Shout out to Amanda and Loni!)
  3. Spell check is my second best friend. (My hubs, and editor, is my first best friend.) I actually can catch poor spelling in other people’s writing (even worked as an editor for a newspaper) but, I cannot catch spelling mistakes in my own writing. Some words I refuse to write because they give me so much grief.
  4. I read really, really fast. I am not bragging… it is just a fact. I’ve always loved reading and I have always read quickly. (I finished Harry Potter 7 in 8 hours.) If I am really into a book, then I can’t put it down. I devour it. Don’t ask me to read aloud though, I stumble over pronunciations of things bad!
  5. I think about parties ALL THE TIME. In my brain right now I have ideas for at least 4 upcoming parties/events. We just finished our annual Halloween party and I am dreaming about my birthday. Just how it is!
Now, YOUR TURN! 
Tell me 5 interesting or unknown facts about you! 

What I Wrote: Week of Oct. 15

Free Party Printables from A Well Crafted Party

A Well Crafted Party

Whoooo… this has been a fun week over here at A Well Crafted Party! I finished up my Sunshine Birthday Party with favor ideas and free printables. Then I reminisced over a Portland Bloggers’ event. I ended up the week with a zombielicious real party and a GIVEAWAY!

Monday, Oct. 15: First Birthday Favor Ideas
Tuesday, Oct. 16: Free Printables—You Are My Sunshine Party
Wednesday, Oct. 17: Portland Bloggers’ Night Out
Thursday, Oct. 18: {Real Party} Zombie Apocalypse 
Friday, Oct. 19: {Giveaway} $25 Shop Credit for Party Scribbles, {Friday Finds} Free Halloween Printables 2012

Free Weekly Menu Planner from Leave the Laundry for Later

Leave the Laundry for Later

I haven’t just been sharing up a storm here on my party blog. I have had a lot of fun things going on in the part of my life that isn’t wearing a party hat. Topics over at Leave the Laundry for Later this week including DIY Peek-A-Boo highlight tips, weekly menu planning, and Qi Gong. Ever so varied. 
Monday, Oct. 15: Got My Hair Did
Tuesday, Oct. 16: Doctor’s Orders: Qi Gong
Wednesday, Oct. 17: Wordless{ish} Wednesday: Smile

Portland Bloggers

{Real Party} Zombie Apocalypse

Photo used with permission from Angela of Party Scribbles

I’m super happy to be featuring an AMAZING (and creepy) real party that was done by the amazing Party Scribbles.  And, Angela has offered to do a giveaway to her Etsy store as well. More on that tomorrow!

I typically am not a bloody Halloween type fan. But, this party is SO full of amazing details! Angela created an awesome Zombie-themed 40th birthday party. The party (and party package) would be a fabulous party for many different aged birthdays or an awesome Halloween shin-dig.

Here is what Angela said of the party:They say life ends at 40, so for my 40th birthday I held a zombie end of the world party. (It’s a warm fuzzy feeling to know I have friends who will dress up as zombies in the middle of the summer for me.) Our theme was a safe house that had been over run with zombies. It was for adults and kids, so we tried to keep it from being too gory.”




Decor Details: We used rolls of plastic sheeting (available at home improvement stores) to decorate the walls. I unrolled them outside and had the kids splatter paint and paint “bloody” handprints all over them with red paint. I also used unpainted plastic sheeting to cover furniture, as if the safehouse was over run by zombies and any survivors left in a hurry. It was the best party not to worry if things would be spilled on my couches! We also pushed furniture up against the windows and my husband built wood frames to put over them as if the windows had been boarded up, but really they just sat in the windowsill.”


The Food: Brain Matter (Guacamole), Grave Mud (Bean Dip), Bone Marrow (Turkey & Ham Wraps), Severed Toes (Prosciutto & Mozzarella), Flayed Skin (Salami Wontons), Teriyucky Eyeballs (Teriyaki Meatballs), Finger Bones (Pretzel sticks with dip), Brain Dip (Pesto Cheeseball), Veggies From Hershel’s Farm (Veggie Tray) and cupcakes

The Drinks: Spinal Fluid (Sprite) and Safe House Water

The Favors:

I made labels for hand sanitizers, toxic sludge, mini candy bars and from Oriental Trading we found great squishy brains and growing brains.”


Thank you SO much to Angela for sharing this creative party with us! Check back tomorrow to see the giveaway that Angela and Party Scribbles are hosting for A Well Crafted Party fans!

*This is NOT a sponsored post. I contacted Angela after seeing her party on-line. 

Friday Finds: Hot Air Balloon First Birthday Party

So, I have evidently been a little frazzled this week. I posted the Friday Finds: Halloween Goodies yesterday… and, I genuinely thought it was Friday ALL day long. But, alas, today is Friday. 
I’ve decided to put up one extra Friday Find today with that is non-Halloween related. 

Want to Pin something from this party? Please click here and pin from Kira’s blog!

Hot air balloon first birthday party via Rain or Shine. Such an awesome idea for a first birthday party. It would work for a girl or a boy! Some of Kira’s DIY details could work themselves into a variety of events. I’m especially fond of the Hot Air Balloon Photobooth!
Over the next couple weeks on A Well Crafted Party: 
{Real Party} My son’s first birthday party.
Plus, a {recipe} for a birthday cake that has less sugar than normal, but is still a super tasty treat.
{Real Party} Pink and Glittery 25th Birthday Party
with free printables and some DIY activity ideas!

Nice to Meet You: Favorite Things You’ve Made

Nice To Meet You

I love the idea behind the “Nice to Meet You” linky party that Adventures in Dressmaking and several other awesome blogs are hosting. This linky party’s theme is “Favorite Things You’ve Made” and I thought it super appropriate for a DIY party blog. So, I’m listing the six favorite things I’ve made— Party Edition.

I’d love to know YOUR six favorite things that you have made. So, if you’d like to link up then head on over and link up your favorite things (you can even link up a Pinterest board!) -OR- just tell me about them in the comments section.

Favorite Things I’ve Made—Party Edition

1. Party Dress— I am not the best seamstress…. but, I have always loved the idea of designing clothes. So, one of my all time favorites is the party dress I designed, made out of material I used at one of my other parties, and then wore on my birthday and for my maternity photos. 

2. Newspaper Program—Maybe it is because it was from my wedding. Maybe it is because it was a newspaper. The program had mistakes, it wasn’t perfect. But, it was my favorite detail of our wedding (other than the groom) and I am sure glad I made it!

3. My sister’s wedding. This is a broad one here… but, I’m seriously so proud of every little detail that came to life for her wedding. I did a lot of little handmade details. Her invitations, the ribbon backdrop, the flowers… all favorites of mine!

4. The Mad Tea Party Decor— The Alice in Wonderland Halloween party was over-the-top and nothing like a traditional Halloween party. It was such a blast creating this space and it was so beautiful I didn’t want to take it down for weeks. As a matter of fact one of the party elements stayed up in our home until we moved this past month… that is a couple of years!

5. My Fancy Pants Birthday Party— I had a lot of fun creating the Fancy Pants birthday party with tongue in cheek printables, handmade hats, lots of glitter, and all homemade gourmet food. (And, while the photos are not fabulous… I’m really proud of all the DIY posts that came out of this party.)

6. The Cherry Blossoms Wedding photo shoot that I styled and helped put together. I am over the moon that it was featured on Hostess with the Mostess.

Photography done by Aubrie of Capturing Grace Photography
Now, what have you made that you are super proud of? I’d love to hear about it/see it!

Free Goodies for Facebook Fans

Hello friends! Thanks so much for keeping up with all the fun on the blog. I love adding {Real Party} posts, {DIY} tutorials, and {Free Printables} for all the lovely people who follow the blog. But, I wanted to go ahead and add some extra incentives for those fans who follow along with the A Well Crafted Party Facebook Page. (Thanks to the amazing tutorial from Her New Leaf I was able to add this fun feature without too much of a headache.

All A Well Crafted Party Facebook Fans will have the opportunity to receive special free tutorials and printables throughout the year. Currently I have a simple, but cute Halloween printable package up ready for you to download!

Tips on Making a "Where the Wild Things Are" Hat

Yesterday’s post over the awesome Where the Wild Things Are First Birthday thrown by Adi, from Garden of Edlen, for her son Jack left one of my favorite details out… just because I wanted to share it with you in a separate post because it was THAT cool.

Right before we left, we got to see little Jack open his gift from us and from Jason and Suzannah from Adventures in Dressmaking. Suzannah had made little Jack a hat like Max’s from the story “Where the Wild Things Are.” It was so adorable I asked for a few tips for all my readers out there still trying to figure out Halloween costumes this year.

Continue Reading…

Six Years of Marriage

My husband and I met after we were set up on a blind date by mutual friends. He was three weeks from graduating college and I still had two full years to go. A year and a half later and we were engaged to be married. I had never really even thought about marriage before meeting him. After I met him I felt like my whole world flipped on its head and was finally going in the right direction. June 6, 2006 I married my best friend. To this day I am still excited to share my day with him, to listen to his day, and to dream about our future together.
My favorite memories of the past six years:
Our First Year of Marriage
1. Our wedding & honeymoon

Our Second Year of Marriage
1. Our move to Oregon— we hopped into our Uhaul and hit the road. 
It was a long, hard trip. But, such a good decision for us both.
2. My hubby (after two months without a job) got a job at a bookstore where we met some of our greatest friends. 
Our Third Year of Marriage
1.Visited the Oregon coast for the first time. It was my very first trip to see the Pacific Ocean!
2. My family came to visit Oregon for the first time. I was able to show them all around town. 
3. We threw our very first Halloween party (A Haunted Halloween Dinner Party) and it became a yearly tradition for us to host the Halloween party.
Our Fourth Year of Marriage
1.Went camping with friends at Crater Lake. 
Seriously… Oregon is the most beautiful state I’ve ever seen.
2. Traveled to Colorado to see my brother get married. 
3. My husband found a job that he really loves and is fantastic at.
4. I started my blog, A Well Crafted Party.
Our Fifth Year of Marriage
1. Got to see my lil’ sister get married.  
2. Really got started with A Well Crafted Party having parties featured all over the internet.
3. Hubby and I found out we were pregnant!!
4. We bought our first car together.
5. Went on an anniversary weekend touring Portland as if we were tourists.
Our Sixth Year of Marriage
1. We became a family of three.
2. I was able to introduce my son to his paternal great-grandparents. This was very important to me because I grew up with them and wanted so very much for them to meet my children. This was a first time flying on a plane with a little one as well.
3. The wonderful long visit of my in-laws over the holidays. X was lucky to get to spend his first Christmas with family and I was fortunate to have the extra help over that stressful time.
5. The Portland Blogger Meet-Ups began and I was fortunate enough to get to work with wonderful bloggers and make some great new friends.
6. My son… this year so far has been filled with so much love and learning for both me, my husband, and our son. It has seriously been the best thing to happen in my life so far and everything else pales in comparison.
Today is my sixth anniversary with my husband. 
 
To my love,
Thank you for supporting me and for challenging me.
Thank you for laughing with me and continually making me laugh.
Thank you for giving me our son. 
Thank you for being a wonderful friend, husband, and father. 

I love you always,
Jenni
Thanks to all my readers for letting me share so much of my life with you. 
What has been your favorite memory of your marriage (or relationship) so far?

{Real Party} Rustic Dinner Party

On a previous {Working on it Wednesday} post I shared an inspiration board for a Fall dinner party with a color scheme of whites, tans, browns and blues.
Guests were in charge of bringing desserts or appetizers while I was in charge of making a main course dish and two sides for 20 people. I challenged myself to keep the whole party within a budget of $125. The decor could only cost $25 and the food, favors and two bottles of wine had to ring in under $100.

The Budget Breakdown
Decor:
$3 on plastic zoo animals
$4 on spray paint
$13 rugged burlap
$9 on flowers
Total: $29
 The rest of the decor were items I already owned
and items I made from things I already owned.
Food, Favors, and Wine: 
Wine— Two Bottles Free
Had leftover from Halloween party
Favors— Takeout boxes for guests to fill with desserts
$6.75
(Boxes were $13.50, but I split the costs with a friend
who needed the other half of the box order for Thanksgiving)
Food— $82.00
The biggest part of this cost was the meat for 15 people.
I also added a vegetarian main course dish and a birthday cake to this shopping trip.
Total: $88.75
Total Party Cost: $117.75

Check back this week for recipes and DIY decorations.

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