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Impromptu Celebration Table

If you are anywhere other then maybe Florida right now (lucky Kristin!), you are with me when I say, “DANG IT’S COLD OUT!” For the Annapolis area this is pretty much as cold as it gets and temperatures under 25 degrees leave me wanting to camp out under the covers, eat Cheetos in bulk, and watch episode after episode of Downton Abbey (just about at Season 2!).

To combat the cold weather blues, we had some friends over this weekend for an impromptu celebration of a new job.  I only had a few minutes to pull it together, so this is a demonstration on what to do for a dinner with under an hour to prep.

First, I quickly found a frame and using my label maker and some wrapping paper made a little centerpiece. Sure, if I’d had time for a craft store run I could have really gone all out and this would be gorgeous, but for less than 10 minutes this was a pretty good effort.

Impromptu Celebration Table

Next I displayed some cute pastries from Whole Foods on a cake plate.  Pretty and quick.  Sweet!

Impromptu Celebration Table

Of course it’s not a celebration without some bubbles!

Impromptu Celebration Table

A cheese plate highlighting the location of her new job in Washington, DC makes an easy and yummy appetizer.  Sometimes it can be hard to pick out cheeses that you know are crowd pleasers.  Two of my favorites that I return to time and time again are Manchego and Campo de Montalban.  Save those names in your phone and you will never again feel lost at the cheese counter when in a rush!  ps – Aren’t those Wheat Thins classy, ha!

Impromptu Celebration Table

The finished product was a success in having a little extra fun on an otherwise cold and ordinary night!  And toasting to a good friend’s success always feels great!

Impromptu Celebration Table

Impromptu Celebration Table


  • The Perfect Palette

    So festive.

    January 23, 2013 at 11:09 am Reply
  • alyson

    Always love an impromptu gathering!

    January 23, 2013 at 11:18 am Reply
  • Angie

    Yeah, Ashley!

    January 23, 2013 at 1:34 pm Reply
  • Krysten

    Yay, I like!

    January 23, 2013 at 2:08 pm Reply
  • Jamillah

    So super cute! Thrown together in the best kind of way and who doesn’t like a impromptu celebration in the cold cold weather. And hey! Wheat Thins ARE classy 😀

    January 23, 2013 at 2:15 pm Reply
  • Troy

    Wow! You did a great job. It looks like a fabulous party happened!

    January 23, 2013 at 3:44 pm Reply
  • taylor casto

    love impromptu parties!! yours definitely pulled off lovely!!


    January 23, 2013 at 4:21 pm Reply
  • Carol

    How fun! And I love that platter!

    January 23, 2013 at 5:31 pm Reply
  • Lindsay

    Great job! You pulled that off quick! PS 25 F is about -3 C. We’re at -31 C where I am today! #CanadianWeather

    January 23, 2013 at 6:38 pm Reply
      • Lindsay

        @The BonBon Rose Girls, it’s life for us in Ottawa! It’s 31 degrees C in the summer (like 88 F) and -30 in Winter! Canadian weather is nuts! Thanks for your reply:)

        January 23, 2013 at 9:57 pm Reply
  • Ashley

    It was fabulous 🙂

    January 23, 2013 at 11:47 pm Reply
  • slamdunk

    Now that is a nice and fun way to honor a new job. Clever.

    And yes, I am one of the shivering readers not from sunny FL.

    January 24, 2013 at 9:36 am Reply

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