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. Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats on August 29, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Awesome party! Love the looks of those tamales, beans and rice – YUM!

  2. Cat @Breakfast to Bed on August 29, 2011 at 11:37 am

    I LOVE tres leches!! I never had it before my Mom and Dad moved to San Antonio, and i fell in love with it there. SOOOO good.

  3. Morgan @ Some Kind of Sunshine on August 29, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I love themed parties and this pretty much makes me want to throw a fiesta asap! YUMMY!

  4. allison @ thesundayflog on August 29, 2011 at 11:42 am

    i will come to a party at your casa anytime!!! everything looks so amazing, and it’s so fun to see the pilot in the pics now that i’ve actually met him IRL! i need those tamales. i actually saw the husks in the mexican section of my grocery store so i might be trying some soon! hard?

  5. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on August 29, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Wow Gina, what a great party! All of the food looks amazing. I had to laugh when you mentioned “your tamale man” because when I lived in the Middle East, we always ordered food from “our shawarma man” whose real name I never actually knew! Your new house is so gorgeous. Looks like you two have settled in nicely! And how nice that you got to see Viesa! Have a fantastic day! 🙂

  6. Allison @ Food For Healing on August 29, 2011 at 11:47 am

    amazing! 50 people, wow. All that food and company would have been so perfect.
    and Viesa! i’ve missed her face too, so cute.
    the house is a home now!

  7. Catherine C. on August 29, 2011 at 11:54 am

    OMG. that looks insanely delicious!

  8. Girl In the pink on August 29, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Looks like a fun party! I’m totAlly making that sAlsa today!!

  9. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat on August 29, 2011 at 11:56 am

    What a great party! Mexican is one of my favorite cuisines and I love seeing how you put your spin on everything!

  10. mi-an on August 29, 2011 at 11:57 am

    yayyy!!! that looked awesome!!

  11. Vanessa on August 29, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    How wonderful! It looks like you all had a great time. I agree, the bathroom rocks!

  12. Sarra on August 29, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    whoa is your husband secretly an interior designer? that bathroom is completely transformed and looks amazing!!!

  13. Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups on August 29, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Looks like the perfect way to break in the new house! Everything looks delicious, and I love the guest bathroom color!

  14. Katie on August 29, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Yay! So glad the housewarming party went great! Love the touch of roses on the brownie plate : )

    And I agree, I use box wine to make my sangria, cheaper is better for that ; )

    Have a great day! xoxo <3

  15. Leanne (Bride to Mrs.) on August 29, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    You really are a hostest with the mostest 🙂

  16. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on August 29, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    The party looks great!!! All that food-yum!! Now the only question I have is, why was I not invited?! lol

  17. Ali @ on August 29, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Yay I was waiting to hear how your party went. Glas everything went great! The food looks perfect. I have a major hankering to whip up some homemade salsa. I think I may try the Pioneer Woman recipe!

  18. chelsea on August 29, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Looks like you guys were great hosts =D

  19. Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) on August 29, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    The spread looked lovely 🙂 I’m so happy for you that you get to have a place to host parties again.

    Also, the bathroom does look really great!!

  20. Jackie @ That Deep Breath on August 29, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Everything looks crazy delicious!! And the bathroom is beautiful!

  21. Katie on August 29, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    How fun!! It all looks amazing. 🙂

    Hey quick question – How do you clean your rice maker?? My boyfriend bought one like 3 months ago, and I have yet to give it a good cleaning. It’s probably way too gross and embarrassing but we haven’t gotten sick yet! 😉

  22. Silvia @ skinny jeans food on August 29, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Use Vies to camouflage baby belly. Check!

    Looks like a great party but where are picts of your guests!! I guess they all have the opposite genes than those that the Kardashians have 😉

  23. Laura @ prettylittlewords on August 29, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Gina — could you share the frijoles “recipe?” I have been wanting to make them in the slow cooker and yours sound SOOOOOO good!!

  24. maria @ a life to Bragg about on August 29, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Omg your party looks awesome! You are a prego superstar haha. And now I have that song stuck in my head….everyday I’m shufflin’ haha!

  25. Amy on August 29, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    You guys really know how to host a party! Everything looked so good…………………….
    It was adorable to see you holding your dog that’s off to college:)
    For some reason I am really hungry………….:)

  26. Lauren @ Sugar Coated Sisters on August 29, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    All the prep work paid off! I’ve been meaning to give Alton Brown’s tres leches cake a try since you made it the last time on your blog…. must find an excuse soon!

  27. Trainer Kjirsten @ Balanced Healthy Life on August 29, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Looks like you had a great time! Your house and all your food and drinks looks absolutely wonderful!

  28. Holly @ The Runny Egg on August 29, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I’m glad you had such a wonderful party!

    And the bathroom looks great — we used a similar color in our bedroom which is nice and neutral but not white-wall-neutral.

    And I’m so happy that you are feeling “at home” at your home!!! What a nice feeling 🙂

  29. Evan Thomas on August 29, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    I’ve never made beans in a slow cooker or with garlic in it. Definitely have to try that one soon.

  30. Katie @ Plates and Paste on August 29, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Everything looks awesome! Congrats on your first successful party in the new casa 🙂 MMM now I want Tres Leches.

  31. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance on August 29, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Who knew the pilot was a part-time interior designer? 😉

  32. Hillary on August 29, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    I need some tres leches cake in my life. That might need to happen this weekend!

  33. Moni'sMeals on August 29, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    So impressive! I love all the dishes you had, and that cake, I must look into. I know you like to make it a lot!

    You home is beautiful!

  34. lindsey on August 29, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Your party looked awesome! Love the bathroom transformation. Great idea with the beans and rice, I will have to do that for a football party in the future.

  35. KatieG. @ Just Roll With It on August 29, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    looks like a great party! love the plates and napkins, so pretty! the house looks great, i love the bandaid bathroom! good job pilot!

  36. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen on August 29, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Looks like a great party! I love that you get to see Viesa still, she’s adorable 🙂

  37. Sabrina on August 29, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    What a great party! I’m jealous.

    …and now I want to dive into the tray of melon, raspberries and mango

  38. Kathryn @ Flopoodle on August 29, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    So fun! Looks like your house was warmed 😉 It was smart to get some food catered – I can’t imagine how long it would take to make enough tamales and chimis for 50 ppl! Will you post the exact sangria recipe, too?

  39. Nicole on August 29, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Amazing Gina. Everything looked beautiful and delicious. Beautiful Casa with family and friends. What more could you ask for! 🙂

  40. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on August 29, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Everything just looks amazing, Gina!

    red wine –cheaper tastes better <— really, ok! had no idea but that's a great tip! I'd love to hear about your more exact proportions of everything you used b/c I need to make that sangria. Looks soooo good!

    And the tres leches, the salsa, the tamales, the brownies with roses!! on the plate your mom brought over..congrats on an amazing and beautiful spread and party!

  41. Becky @ Fit Chick on the Fly on August 29, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    OMG Everything looks amazing (House-food-cocktails) What type of cheap red wine do you use for your Sangria? Merlot?

  42. Aine @ Something to Chew Over on August 29, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Looks like your parties are good for eating 🙂

  43. Sonia (the Mexigarian) on August 29, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    mmmm tamales. mi familia and i make them every year around Christmas time. It’s so funny that my Hubby, the gringo, is the one that spreads the masa the best (besides mi madre y abuela of course). now i got a craving.

    the whole party looks so yummy, lol. 🙂

  44. Brittany on August 29, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Awww, house looks great, party looked great! Nice work!!

    I had to learn the hard way to not allow my husband to pick out paint colors: I came home one Saturday just as he was finishing up painting the ceiling FOREST GREEN. The ceiling. No, no, no. Luckily the Pilot seems to have great taste. 😉

  45. Mo on August 29, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    What a spread – you’re an amazing woman. Pilot did a great job on the bathroom. I love painting – we painted just about every single room in our house before we moved in – I had some sore arms for awhile! Funny, but Vies doesn’t seem that small – big personality I guess! Take care friend. Mo

  46. Lisa on August 29, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Everything looks wonderful. Wish I had some of those leftovers. Yum! Can’t wait to see the nursery; y’all have done such a good job.

  47. Jin @ Health Ninja on August 29, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    what a delish party! guess your guests were pretty satisfied 😉

    and I like the look of the bathroom. congrats, you’ve got a pilot with taste for decoration!

  48. Jen @familyfoodfitnessandfun on August 29, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Wow, looks like an amazing party! I’m sure your guests were quite impressed…and full 😉 The bathroom looks great…I love warm colours, even if they do remind you of a Bandaid!

  49. on August 29, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Congrats on your house party– the food looked delicious! I am so amazed at all you did! You seriously are an inspiration!

  50. Lindsay@Brownies For Brunch on August 29, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    All that food and drank looks amazingggg. Do you just eye the amount of alc and juice you put in your sangria or did you measure it out? If so, how much of each ingredient? I so want to make that at my next get together!

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