Grad Party: Beverage Station

We celebrated Haley’s (my niece and Rachel’s daughter) grad party this weekend.  Wanted to share the root beer float station and beverage holder   The theme was retro and we had a variety of food including pimento cheese biscuit BLT’s, pulled pork, carrot cake, bread pudding, and root beer floats.

Using an old washer we filled it with ice and put beer and soda.

My mom made this chalk board that we used to call attention to what was available for the drinks.

The variety of sodas available, we had a little cooler that held the ice cream.

I loved the whole concept of this idea and wanted to share as we get ready for a lot of sunny days and get together s.

Oscar Party Recap and Cookoff

Every year we do an Oscar party.   We have been doing this as long as I can remember.  We have family and friends join us and always a contest the ballot contest.  Whoever gets the most wins.  This year we also had a cooking challenge.  The challenge was to cook a dish inspired from any nominated film in a year ending with an 8.     We also did a match the film to the dish contest.   Here is the dishes and films, see how many you get right:

We started off the night with the Colony Cocktail which represented Thoroughly Modern Millie.

All of the dishes were really good but we still had to vote and declare a winner.  The winner was this Butter Chicken Dish served with rice from Slumdog Millionaire made by Rachel.   We thought we would share the game winning recipe.

Our adopted sister Pam made Chicken Fried Rice for Last Emperor.




I did a Rosemary and Garlic Roast Beef paying tribute to Titanic.


Mom did a hash brown casserole for Farmer’s Daughter.


I made a rustic bread for Camelot and had the butter churner out for guests to make their own butter.

Rachel did a Potato Gratin Dish for The Martian.

The food was delicious and mostly all gone by mid Oscars.  We then moved on to desserts.

The most festive was Moms.  She did a Lemon Curd Padawan Cake for Star Wars.   The light saber and the planes lit up. Rachel’s coconut pie is next too it, I didn’t get a good picture.

I did a Lemon Blueberry Cake with a Lemon Zest Butter Cream frosting for Marie Antoinette.

One of the better Oscar parties we have had.