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St Patrick’s Day Party

18 Mar

We were in charge of throwing the St Patrick’s Day Party at our office this past Friday. 150 employees and a limited budget, so we had to get creative.

Guess How Many - St Patrick's DayTo drum up some excitement during the week, we created a “Guess How Many” game with a St. Patrick’s Day theme. The items included rolos, skittles separated by color and placed in the color of a rainbow, and marshmallows. This jar was placed on the front desk and each employee got one guess. Whoever guessed the closest won the jar!

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We had live music by a very talented son of an employee.Cornhold and Cabbage sign {St Patrick's Day Cornhole Game}C&C

We had our first annual cornhole tournament which we named “CORNHOLE AND CABBAGE.” It was great to have an activity for everyone to do and people really got into it. There were 4 rounds and towards the end everyone was crowded around cheering for their coworkers.St Patrick's Day Prizes {Kisses, Skittles, St Patrick's Day themed scratch off ticket, flag, and green gift card} We had prizes for the top 3 winners of the cornhole tournament and also prizes for the best St. Patrick’s Day outfit. The prizes were green cups purchased from the dollar store filled with kisses, skittles, a St Patty’s Day themed scratch of ticket, an Irish flag, and a gift card. The gift cards were either for Publix and Starbucks because they are both green.DSCN3407

A decoration which we then gave as a prize.

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Photobooth 1  Photobooth 2

The photobooth was a lot of fun! Some props were purchased like the boa and glasses and then we made the sticks using free printables from here. The customizable “Photobooth” sign was also a free printable found here. We pinned a St Patrick’s Day themed table-cloth to the wall and had an instant DIY photobooth.

We had a few snacks like chips and guacamole {going with the green theme} and cupcakes and cookies with green and white icing and shamrock sprinkles. The beverages included wine and of course GREEN BEER!

Green Beer

The party was a huge hit and didn’t break the bank. The decorations were simple, but balloons and streamers go a long way. The point of the party was to get the employees together and the cornhole game was a great activity that got everyone involved.

Hope you all had a very happy St Patrick’s Day!

xo, Kim and Kelly

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Valentine’s Day Treats

6 Feb

We’ve been running around like crazy picking our outfits and getting everything set for Fashion Week! We haven’t really been focused on anything except our trip to New York, but still have a special little section of our brain that’s thinking about Valentine’s Day. We love Valentine’s Day! I mean, how could you not? It’s all flowers and hearts and glitter and LOVE. We LOVE love. And although it pains us to not be home this weekend crafting heart shaped things and preparing our pink and red baked goods, we think Fashion Week will more than make up for it. With that being said, we couldn’t help but search the internet for fun Valentine’s Day recipes. Hopefully we won’t be too exhausted when we get home on Tuesday to whip up a few holiday treats for you, but in the meantime, we hope you’ll be okay with our Valentine’s Day Treat Inspiration. It’s just one week away! So here are some some sweet treats to help you figure out what to make for your Valentine!

Bundt cake

Melting Heart Bundt Cake via Cooking with Sugar

V-day Chex Mix

Valentine’s Day Chex Mix via Bettycrocker.com

V-Day Red Velvet Brownies

Marbled Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies via The Novice Chef

Pink Cupcakes

Pink Confetti Cupcakes via Your cup of cake

V-day Waffles

Red Velvet Waffles via A Little Tipsy

Xo, Kim and Kelly

 

 

Happy New Year!

1 Jan

We hope you all had a fun and safe New Year’s Eve!

Wishing you health and happiness in 2013.

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Xo, Kim and Kelly

Happy Thanksgiving!

22 Nov

We made it a family tradition that you have to cook the first major holiday after you get married. Kim cooked Easter in April of 2011 and now we’re up here in Richmond, VA at Marisa’s house as she cooks Thanksgiving dinner for our immediate family {7 of us now!} and also our Aunt Dawn, Uncle Joe, and their three kids. We are really enjoying spending this time with our family, but wanted to take a minute out of our day to say THANK YOU for reading our blog. It’s only been two months since we started aloveletteraway and just wanted to let you know how much we appreciate you. We are so thankful for the love and support of our friends and family, and even more thankful for those people who we don’t know that check back daily to see what we’re up to. We hope you are all surrounded today by your family and are as uncomfortably full as we are. Gobble gobble!

With love,
Kim and Kelly

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What We Wrapped

19 Nov

We’ve been hearing a lot of people talking about how the Christmas season gets earlier and earlier each year. This year it seemed like Halloween wasn’t even over before the Christmas decorations started filling the shelves in Target, Michael’s, and the like. It used to be that Christmas decorations went up the day after Thanksgiving, but that’s not the case anymore. Poor little Thanksgiving was basically skipped over completely this year {proven by the fact that we were looking for decorations a couple of weeks ago in Target and they directed us to one little end cap of turkey tablecloths and napkins.} We listen to these people complain about Christmas and two things cross our minds:

1. WHY ARE YOU NOT EXCITED??  Christmas time is the greatest time of the year! We love everything about it. The snowflakes, the sparkles, the decorating of the tree, cute Christmas pjs, the cooler weather, the cookie making, the present buying, and most importantly, the present wrapping. Any extension of the most wonderful time of the year is definitely okay by us.

2. THANKS FOR FINALLY CATCHING UP! You see, in our family, Christmas lists are due in August. Yepp, you heard us right.. AUGUST! We used to think mom was pretty cray making us turn them in that early, but it’s actually really smart. We usually forget about what we put on our list by the time Dec 25th rolls around, so we’re genuilly surprised when we unwrap it Christmas morning. Plus, we get more for our money because mom knows the weekend of every friends and family sale {Tory, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Saks, Lord and Taylor…} so she ends up being able to buy more with her allotted budget for each of us. Another plus is that all of our Christmas shopping is usually done by the end of November, so we have plenty of time to bask in everything Christmas {see #1 above} without having to be rushing around trying to think of what to buy our loved ones. Needless to say, we’ve got Christmas on the brain for pretty much half the year.

We’re almost done with all of our Christmas shopping this year and have been getting lots of OMGs when we tell people that. This reaction is usually followed by a heavy sign and the words “I don’t know what I’m getting anybodyyyyy.” That’s where we come in. We don’t want to toot our own horns, but we’re pretty good at buying presents. We always put a lot of thought into our gift giving and figured it’s our duty to share our ideas with our loyal readers. We will be delivering to you a “What We Wrapped” post every few days starting Black Friday {it just seemed appropriate!} If you want some ideas for a certain “type” of person (ie. the wine lover, the sorority girl, the sports fanatic) then drop us a comment here or send us an idea to our email address aloveletterawayblog@gmail.com.

Disclaimer: the majority of these things aren’t things that we actually bought this year. Some we bought in the past and some we just think would make really great gifts. We couldn’t post the majority of our actual gifts, because everyone we really, really love reads our blog and we don’t want to spoil the surprise!

Xo Kim and Kelly

It’s just a bunch of Hocus Pocus

31 Oct

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays. In all honesty, we love every holiday and any reason to get dressed up, plan a party, and just be festive!

Wishing you all a fun, safe, and happy Halloween!

So tell us, what do you plan on dressing up as this year?

Xo Kim and Kelly

Halloween Pretzel Treats

26 Oct

Here is a yummy Halloween treat that is sure to be a hit!

Halloween Pretzel Treats

What you’ll need:

1 bag of Mini Pretzels (we used the snaps, shaped like squares and they worked great.)

1 bag of Hershey Kisses

1 bag of Candy Corn

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or foil.

3. Place pretzels on cookie sheet, not touching.

4. Unwrap Hershey Kisses and place one on top of each pretzel.

5. Place filled cookie sheet in the oven and bake for 3-5 minutes, but no longer. You will know when it is time to take them out of the oven when the Hershey Kisses start to get shiny.

6. Take out of the oven and place candy corn on top of Hershey Kisses, gently pushing down.

7. Cool and then transfer to a serving platter. {Place in the fridge to speed up the cooling process}

Enjoy! Hope you all have a great Halloween weekend!

Xo Kim and Kelly