Party Rockers

in our houuuuuuusse toniiiiiight 😉


Our first party in the new casa was a success—surrounded by family, friends and food. Not much more I could ask for 😀

Thank you for all of the lovely compliments on how our house is coming together. The best thing is having the boxes out of sight- it feels like home, instead of the temporary places we’re used to.

I had taken a picture of the Pilot’s painting handiwork, and then my camera ate it, so took a new one to post this morning.


The Easter Egg guest bathroom….


turned into the Band Aid bathroom.


He picked out the colors and I hated them, and as soon as he got the shower curtain and decor in there, it looked awesome. He won, haha.

guest (2) 

[Now we need new towels that don’t camouflage with the wall)

So for the party, we had about 50 people here over the course of the day. I made everything in advance, and had back-ups and extras in the fridge ready to be set out, or heated up. I also ordered the tamales and mini chimichangas instead of making them, which made life so much easier 🙂


Melon, raspberries and super fresh mango from Costco (cut a day ahead)



Salsa (the Pioneer Woman’s recipe has changed my life forever… its crazy easy, and so good), chips and guacamole

beans and rice



[Slow-cooked the day before with whole heads of garlic, salt, oregano and cumin]

Easiest rice ever, made even more carefree by the rice cooker


Mini chimis (7 dozen- ordered from a local Mexican restaurant)


5 dozen tamales to my heart (from our family’s “tamale man”)


Tres Leches <— Alton Brown’s recipe. It’s perfect


(All that was left from the two cakes. Each piece was served with a single strawberry)

Brownies (madre brought these over)


+ even more food from the fam (my nana’s famous Jell-O creation, a boatload of delicious guacamole, etc etc feast feast)

Drink station



Lemon water and sangria (I mixed red wine –cheaper tastes better, just a heads up- brandy, triple sec, orange juice, lime juice, sugar, orange slices and chopped apple and let it sit in the fridge overnight. I didn’t get to taste it, and it hurt a little. Haha)



We even had a special visitor 😀



I loved kissing her furry nose 😀

We baby-gated Bella upstairs for a couple of hours while Vies was here – they sniffed each other through the gate and Viesa licked Bella on the nose. It was pretty cute that they instantly remembered each other.

We had a lovely night with the people we love, and hopefully now that everyone’s been over they’ll come hang out with us more 😉

I’m off to a squadron breakfast thang, and then back to the casa for some work.

Have a wonderful day and I’ll see ya later!


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  1. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on August 29, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Awesome job on the party! You’re such a rocking hostess. 😀

  2. Haley @ Fit, Young, and Fabulous on August 29, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Your house looks fabulous! And the party looks like so much fun!! (:

  3. Pam on August 29, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    You know how to throw a party! Everything looks awesome.
    I’ll take some of that leftover cake please 🙂

  4. Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats on August 29, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    What a feast! Looks like such an amazing time! 🙂

  5. Emilia @ Namaste Gurl on August 29, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    ….And I didn’t get invited, because? Hehe, just kidding.
    Everything looks delicious and better yet, the house looks crazy GOOD 🙂

    • Fitnessista on August 29, 2011 at 10:20 pm

      you’re welcome anytime! 🙂

  6. Ali @ urbanfruitbat on August 29, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Wow! You really know how to make a partay! It looks like you made enough food for the army. And that is just the way it should be, no?

    • Fitnessista on August 29, 2011 at 10:20 pm

      exactly 🙂

  7. kaila@ healthy helper blog! on August 29, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    So happy everything went well! From the looks of the food…the party sounds like it went amazing!

  8. blossjoss on August 29, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Looks fun!

    Food looks good-my family def needs a “tamale man.” I love making sangria. It’s so much fun to eat the fruit when you reach the end of the cup.

  9. kari on August 29, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    foods look so delicious! i love mexican food. Im glad you had a great party.

  10. becca on August 29, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    I have an unhealthy obsession with your blog. Always looking forward to your work out tips or unique healthy meals! So inspiring!

  11. Heather (Strong Smart Healthy) on August 29, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    What a DELICIOUS looking spread! I’m liking the bathroom too!

  12. Lindsay@bikingbeforebed on August 29, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    I just sent out an invitation this morning inviting some of my friends to a Mexican dinner party. I know I want to make fish tacos but I was drawing a blank of what other goodies to make. This post was full of ideas! I love tres leches cake! How did Alton’s recipe turn out? Good I’m assuming since you didn’t have much left 🙂 Last time I made it it was kind of like cake in a soup of cream. The cake didn’t absorb the milk right I guess…

    • Fitnessista on August 30, 2011 at 12:00 am

      it’s my go-to tres leches recipe- it’s amazing

  13. Toronto Girl West on August 30, 2011 at 12:27 am

    What a lovely party! And how wonderful it must be to feel like everything is coming together! <3

  14. Mandy on August 30, 2011 at 12:30 am

    Fun! Isn’t it weird how the cheaper wines usually end up making better mixed drinks? I’ve tried making Christmas mulled wine with the more expensive stuff, and it just doesn’t turn out right. Maybe the better wine overpowers the other ingredients…whatever. Yay cheap stuff!

  15. christina on August 31, 2011 at 2:58 am

    Oh I LOVE the presentation of the brownie late with the roses – how stunning!

    • christina on August 31, 2011 at 2:58 am

      that should read “plate” not “late”!!

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