Last Friday I hosted my first mini blogger soiree, and it was fabulous fun!The theme was Love Your Blog!, and my guests were the extremely talented ladies: Ella of Ella Coquine and Cara of The Champagne Diet. I’ve known Ella since high school, and have followed her Parisian trials and tribulations, which she chronicles on her blog. I think she is just a fantastic writer and story teller and I’ve loved following the saga of her life abroad. She is also tons of fun. We may, or may not, have gotten tipsy on the beach in Barcelona with an entrepreneurial mojito salesman named Elvis. Ahhhh, youth. Ella introduced to me to Cara, who is a certified life coach and author, and one of the most inspirational people I’ve ever met. Plus, she showed up at my door with a bottle of bubbly, and that is just my kind of girl.
I prepared a number of vegan treats for us (because drinking champagne on an empty stomach is just a bad, bad, idea.) I served my Thyme and Cider Vinger Onion Jam, a Fig and Olive Tapenade from Three Many Cooks, some Quince Paste, a Red Wine and Rosemary Cashew Cheeze Ball, and my Cardamom Donuts with Rosewater Glaze and Pistachios for dessert.
Funny story about the cheese ball. I was experimenting with it the week before the party, and had been really happy with how it was turning it. It was smooth and flavorful, and I was planning on including it on the blog. I gave Joe some to try and he looked at me like he was about to spit it out. “Have you tasted that?” he asked. I replied that I had. “And you liked it?!!?” I abruptly curtailed my plans of including on the blog. But I did like it. So when the party rolled around, I served it to the girls, telling them in advance I wouldn’t be offended if they didn’t like. But they did! They loved it, and by the end of the night there was none left. So, long story short – there will be a red wine cheese ball on the blog soon.
We also had a signature cocktail for the evening (aside from just drinking straight champagne), which was a Lavendar French 75. I found lavender simple syrup in my local market, but a small jar of it was $13!!!! I happened to have Lavender Flowers at home, so I just made myself some using the recipe on Love and Lemons. The drink was delicious, and I’m pondering what to make next with my left over lavender syrup.
After that, we got back to the theme of the party and started talking about our passion for blogging, why we write our blogs, and our wonderful readers. Ella shared with us this fantastic video that had long ago marked the one year anniversary of her blog, and told me about the Champagne Social she had thrown with Cara in Paris. Cara told us of her upcoming photoshoot and shared with us her insanely amazing books, Sparkle and The Champagne Diet (both are available as Ebooks).
I have not been able to put down Sparkle. I am seriously obsessed with its uplifting message, and it’s totally reenergized my blogging and reminded me why I started this wonderfully crazy thing in the first place: To bring amazing, healthy recipes to my readers! I shared with the girls my plans for my Pinspiration Campaign and Pinspiration Board, and my upcoming Blogger Resource page.
After that… and a field trip to get a few more bottles of champagne… the evening sort of devolved into giggles, boy talk, a Katy Perry sing along and a false eyelash application tutorial gone horribly wrong. (I was the test subject.) It was an absolute blast. I hope you enjoy the photos and recipes from the night!