After a long process of moving out of my old apartment and hopping across NYC to move into our new apartment, T and I were finally ready to welcome friends to our new home in Astoria on a recent Saturday afternoon. Since we're both major fans of theme parties, we decided to honor our new borough by dubbing the housewarming affair "Queens in Queens" (and naturally, everyone was encouraged to dress up and embrace their inner "queen"!).
|Our brand-new chalkboard wall!|
Let's face it, the apartment is still not 100% ready (as in, there is still a gaping hole in the living room as we continue the quest to find a coffee table that we don't despise), but we decided to just go with the imperfect incompletions and have everyone over anyway to help us celebrate! In keeping with the theme, the party featured a royal palette of purple and gold.
How cute are these gold glitter utensils? Amazon Prime, you truly make dreams come true.
One of my favorite ways to add an easy, personal touch to parties is by crafting some food picks. This time, I kept it totally simple by ordering some glitzy crown stickers, attaching them to white glitter circles that I created with a craft punch, and affixed them with glue dots to toothpicks while using gold washi tape to reinforce the backs. Just pour yourself a big cup of coffee, turn on the latest episode of Watch What Happens Live, and you can knock out a small army of these picks while clearing out some room on your DVR this Saturday morning!
Ok, onto the party food! T and I really tried to avoid any major cooking so that we could focus on spending time with our guests, so our menu featured easy, big-batch crowd-pleasers like slow cooker shredded buffalo chicken and M's lemon orzo pasta salad. Of course, I couldn't resist making some food tents with my ever-reliable washi tape and leftover crown stickers.
The highlight of the menu was the assorted sandwich platter by...(get this)...The Sandwich King of Astoria!!! I mean, could there possibly be a more appropriately-themed caterer?! I guess it also helps that their sandwiches are insanely large, crazy delicious, and pretty much the best thing ever.
To wash it all down, we served up a peach-blackberry sangria.
We also had some Bud Light (since Bud is the King of Beers) and some Corona (because they have crowns...and it's all about the theme!).
It's gotten to the point where people actually feel let down when I don't make cake pops for a party so I decided to create some sweet mini royals, complete with bonus chocolate crowns.
I ventured into some tie-dye pops thanks to T picking up a purple food color mist spray as a surprise for me (I mean, he kind of gets me).
Our party guests fully embraced the royal theme, and we were joined by several VIP attendees including the Queen emoji...
...as well as the real-life version of the Queen emoji.
We had some very serious members of the British royal family, along with T as a member of the band Queen and me as the Prom Queen!
In case anyone forgot (or "forgot") to dress up, we provided some mini crowns along with some amazingly metallic temporary crown tattoos.
Of course, the best part of the day was seeing so many friends all in one place since that's what really makes a house a home!
As much as we appreciated every single person who stopped by, I have to admit that I do have a personal favorite...my godson (aka M's son!) Little M was totally ready to party it up at the housewarming!
Luckily, we somehow managed to convince him to pose for a blogger photo with me, M, and Pam!
Our friends were all so generous in bringing sweet gifts to stock our home, particularly the bar corner...T and I are very eager to crack into all of these new bottles of wine (especially since we still have a little more furniture shopping and touch-up painting ahead of us!).
Speaking of gifts, the blogger ladies in particular really outdid themselves! I guess I've made it pretty clear that T is a huge Alabama football fan and that we recently celebrated his birthday, so Pam sweetly brought along these amazing Alabama wineglasses as a birthday present for T (along with a cutely-wrapped bottle of wine!).
As for M, she crafted some pineapple wineglasses to match our pineapple kitchen.
M also couldn't resist the Alabama football cheer, and created mason jars with the Alabama logo on one side and our initials on the other side. All of these new glasses have been welcome additions to our bar!
Even though our apartment is still a work-in-progress, I'm so happy that T and I already opened our new Astoria home to our friends. We're so excited to continue exploring our new neighborhood and adding little touches to make our apartment feel even more like "us" (and hey, we hope that at the very least, our party showed our Manhattan friends that Astoria isn't really THAT far away, we promise!).