Party lanterns and chocolate mousse

It’s no secret that I love parties. I love them. I love planning them (weeks in advance). I love making the food for them. I love decorating for them. I just love them.

And this weekend, we had a retirement party for Sally – which meant lots of preplanning.

Heart.

It was an appetizer/dessert party and Patrick and I were in charge of desserts. Mousse was on the menu.

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The eggs were all unfertilized, thank god.

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Have you ever made mousse? It requires a lot of whisking. Whisking of the chocolate/butter combo. Whisking of the cream. Whisking of the….I’m sure there’s more whisking because when I was finished, I was sore.

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And there are also lots of dishes to clean after making mousse.

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But finally, I was finished with the chocolate mousse. And OMD (oh my deliciousness) it was good. But Patrick wasn’t there with the mini martini glasses in time, so I just put them in plastic baggies in the fridge until he arrived for plating.

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We also hulled and stuffed strawberries with cream cheese frosting and chocolate mousse. Another OMD moment.

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And then my favorite: Berry Trifle. One of the easiest recipes, but also one of the most delicious.

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Served in mini trifle dishes, it looks amazing.

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[yep, i said amazing]

So when we were done with the desserts, we went on to chopping veggies for veggie squares:

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The food looked so good:

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The desserts looked pretty bomb, too.

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The lanterns always add that extra touch, I think. 2 party decorations I’m obsessed with: triangle banners and paper lanterns.

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Oooooh, but the best part of all? The party guests. More specifically, the baby guests.

Nothing says party like a sequined tiny-size Nicole Miller dress. Nothing.

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And the tiniest of guests was tuckered out. But so beautiful anyway.

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She slept the entire party.

And some after, too.

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