girls’ night

Hi friends!! How are ya? Hope the day is going well! It’s been a good one over here; just chilling with the girls and getting ready for barre tonight. I need to sweat out some sangria. 😉

We’ve had little dinners here at the house since we’ve moved in, but this was my first time hosting 10+ people in our new house for girls’ night. It was a BLAST and I can’t wait to do it again!

I was originally planning on cooking, but when I found out that Birdie’s Market does catering, I decided to order some heavy hors d’oeuvres and make sides/cocktails to go with it. It ended up working out perfectly, and the food was amazing.

We had an enormous cheese board:

Cheese plate

(It was a ridiculous mix of sharp, sheep, and creamy cheeses, with sliced duck breast, olives, berries, chorizo, almonds, preserves, and honey)

hoisin chicken skewers,

BBQ pulled pork sliders, (I forgot to take a pic of both of these because they were in the oven until everyone arrived)

and mini cheesecakes, in five flavor variations (raspberry white chocolate, caramel, lemon, chocolate praline, mint, and strawberry coconut.

Cheesecake bites

To go along with it, I made a super easy Greek quinoa salad, my friend Rena brought a salad, and I also set out garlic crostini, crackers, and homemade hummus.

We ended up dragging in our extra table from the garage for extra seating:

two tables for girls night

And I set some crostini and a cheese board on each table. The original was so huge, so I split it into two:

two cheese plates

Drink-wise, we enjoyed sangria (recipe is here!! Watch out for that stuff), organic ginger-lemon soda, La Croix, beers, rose, and Cabernet Sauvignon. 

Girls night drinks

Pretty much everyone ended up drinking sangria, along with a little drink buddy (<— hilarity throughout the night).

drink buddy beach men

Cody was drinking the honey, and Brad ended up snuggling a piece of chorizo on the cheese board haha.

Oh cody

Highly recommend them if you have any parties or girls’ nights coming up!

I didn’t manage to get a group photo, but here’s one with my beautiful friend Kate. She was rocking the most gorgeous Pinterest-y braid; she told me she’d teach me how to do it.

with Kate

Hope you have a wonderful day and I’ll see ya soon! I might be MIA tomorrow because I’ll be getting everything ready to send out for Summer Shape Up. CAN’T WAIT!



Random: does anyone have any tried and true cobbler recipes? We have an event for the Pilot’s work on Friday and I was thinking of taking cobbler in the cast iron with ice cream…

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  1. Allison on July 12, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    I’ve made this several times, it’s always a hit and doesn’t taste as healthy as it is!!

    • Fitnessista on July 12, 2017 at 10:11 pm

      awesome, i can’t wait to check it out!

  2. Amanda Ryan on July 12, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    I super love this peach cobbler from Food Network. It calls for fresh peaches which I don’t have the patience for so I use thawed frozen. Still really delicious!

    • Fitnessista on July 12, 2017 at 10:11 pm

      amazing- thank you!

  3. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups on July 12, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Those little drink buddies are so cute! Hope you have a good day.

    • Fitnessista on July 12, 2017 at 10:11 pm

      thanks, girl. hope you had a good one, too!

  4. julie @ peanut butter fingers on July 12, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    we made the pioneer woman’s blackberry cobbler about 2 weeks ago… and then made it again three days later because it was SO good and we couldn’t stop thinking about it!!! so tasty with vanilla ice cream! i’m sure you could make it with whatever berries you have on hand as well. yum!

    • Fitnessista on July 12, 2017 at 10:10 pm

      ahhh i’ll check that out- thank you!

  5. Lisa on July 12, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Looks like Girl’s night turned out perfect!

    Can’t go wrong with Paula Deen’s
    Or this other classic southern one featured in Steele Magnolia’s movie:
    and sometimes I like to mix peaches with blueberries or blackberries. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on July 12, 2017 at 10:09 pm

      looking at these now- thank you!!

  6. Janice on July 12, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Yay! How could I forget that Summer Shape Up is coming?

    I love this cobbler recipe from Melissa Joulwan at Well Fed,, it may not be southern enough? Folks in Georgia know cobbler!

    • Fitnessista on July 12, 2017 at 10:09 pm

      i’ll check it out! seriously. i feel like if i make cobbler it has to be legit

  7. Stephanie W on July 12, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    I am so envious of your girls night in! I have a group of girls I think would really enjoy this but we all have little ones. When it is your turn to host, who keeps the kids? Do they just go to a different part of the house or do you have them stay with a sitter? Hoping I can get some ideas and copy it here in Albuquerque! Thanks!!

    • Fitnessista on July 12, 2017 at 10:08 pm

      it was SO fun <3 when we do things like this, the husbands watch the kids (because usually we're chilling with the kids when they have work events and guy nights out). tom took the girls with him to dinner with a bunch of the husbands; they had pho and ice cream, then he brought them home and snuck them upstairs to put them down for bed. it was brilliant

  8. Laura @ Laura Likes Design on July 13, 2017 at 8:07 am

    That cheese board is what dreams are made of.

  9. Kathy on July 13, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    It’s not cobbler but this peach crisp is possibly my next boyfriend!

    • Fitnessista on July 13, 2017 at 9:44 pm

      AHHHH this looks amazing

  10. Allison King on July 15, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    OMG those cheese boards look amazing and not in a too pretty to eat way which is always great!

    • Fitnessista on July 16, 2017 at 9:14 pm

      yes! i thought so, too! they were pretty, but not too pretty to dig into 😉

  11. Kandi on July 16, 2017 at 1:22 am

    What brand/type of wine do you typically use/recommend for sangria? Not a red wine drinker (though I love sangria) so I’m clueless haha 😛

    • Fitnessista on July 16, 2017 at 9:14 pm

      strangely, cheaper is better. i get the huge bottles of yellowtail shiraz from target or costco

      • Kandi on July 17, 2017 at 4:12 pm

        Thank you!!

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