i ate this weekend

I literally ate the weekend away, wow.   My birthday is this Friday and one of my friends from work is celebrating her birthday today so some friends from work threw us a joint party this weekend.   We did hibachi and we did it big!

I kicked off the evening with a cocktail called the Hello Kitty 🙂

I did steak & swordfish and had fried rice for the 4th time in my life, I usually hate it but I definitely had some:

We did sake and my friends introduced me to a combo I never would have dreamed of, sake and chambord

Then there were the cakes.   Oh, the cakes, each of the birthday girls had one from Coccadotts !

Mine was strawberries & champagne:

My friend’s was red velvet:

It was a great night, I have awesome coworkers friends.    You would think I would’ve stopped the bad eating after Saturday night?  Noooooo!   We were in Schenectady yesterday, we’re rarely there, and when we drove by Villa Italia we decided to stop in for some amazing gelato:

That would be strawberry and peanut butter gelato, respectively.   Delish.

There was definitely a lot of outdoor time this weekend too to work off the calories, tennis, tag, walking and taking in the fact that SPRING HAS SPRUNG!

favor balls

Kiddo had his birthday party this weekend.   His dad (aka manfriend) and I went shopping for the goodie bags and I spotted some awesome plastic containers that reminded me of the prizes we would get in dime machines as kids:

You remember “winning” these as a kid, right?  They’d be filled with some cheap prize like silly putty or plastic jewelry.   LOVED those things.   We spotted giant versions of the plastic balls and I thought it would be fun to use them as favors bags  balls:

They were jammed full of goodies and were a bit smaller than a soccer ball:

The kids seemed to really love them, but we learned pretty quickly that  part of the “fun” of the favor balls was slamming them on the floor to break them open….sigh.    I purchased up the empty balls at Factory Card Outlet in Latham for .99, they come in a variety of colors.

Kiddo seemed to enjoy the party, will definitely have to do another blog on the location, it went really well.   Somehow we STILL have cake leftover from the party (and still have cake leftover from his actual birthday.)   Coccadott’s did a great job on the dino cake, ROAR!!

Parents, party planners, what do you like to use for favor bags?   Any must use product?