Halloweekend: Craziness & Costume Ideas.

I am e to the z exhausted!!! (Shout out to Xzibit on Pimp my Ride because I can never say any word that starts with “ex” with out thinking of that. Dang- that’s a good personal brand, Xzibit.) Anyways….Halloweekend was crazy town. In total, I helped put on 3 events, wore 2 costumes, and ate 1 billion pieces of candy.

Here’s how it all went down:

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Chi Alpha Girl’s Brunch + Free Printable

This past Saturday, Candi hosted a Fall Brunch for all of the girls in Chi Alpha. It was a laid back morning with new and old friends.

People brought TONS of yummy food & juice!

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It was so nice to eat & chat outside….AZ is finally under 100 degrees!

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Candi shared about the importance of being friends with girls, building each other up, and investing our time well. She did a bunch of Fall themed giveaways that we really fun- a scarf, cute earrings, etc etc. The only picture I have of her is her praying…… (Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone I was taking pics!)

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(Oh excpet I did get this pic of her being like a model for “Mom Bloggers Magazine- Home to the cute, stylish women who have it all”:

Haha Juuuuust kidding!)

We finished off the morning with our Secret Sister Kick Off! Everyone fills out a card and then puts them in a hat. You pick someone else and then secretly bring them presents throughout the semester. At the Christmas party, you reveal your identity. It’s super fun and we already have a board of ideas on our XA Girl Pinterest page!

These are the little forms I designed! The could be used for lots of different things. They aren’t anything fancy, but I thought I would share them here!

You can access the file here.

COSTUME PARTY + CARAMEL APPLE BAR

I had the fabulous privilege of planning the Chi Alpha costume party this year! I’m a little rusty in planning events like this & it was at a venue we had never used before, but I’m really happy with how it went! Obviously, 90% of the reason it was successful was because Chi Alpha is full of amazing, hardworking, fun students that are great at helping. 🙂 (Especially when I exploded a bottle of Dr. Pepper…twice and they still mopped it up for me. #thisismylife.)

Shall we try to model this post after a Hostess With the Mostess Post? OK. I will. Pretend that I’m a fancy party planner with all of my food labeled. Also, it should be noted that I assume every party will be a disaster until it is good & over. This is why I look like a psycho in all of my photos.

THE DECOR

Like I said, we had never had a party at Campus Christian Center- C3 before. Our little party planning committee decided we should keep it simple & fallish. Kristen brought tons of cute pumpkins and even constructed this amazing scarecrow!

Scarecrow pictured center.

Perfect for our photo booth headed up by the very talented Chandler! Disposable tablecloths were the way to go because of the caramel factor. Next time, I think I’d figure out a better way to utilize the stage as a focal point.

THE FOOD

Students were asked to bring things by their last name- A-M: Apples & a caramel apple topping (chocolate chips, m&m’s, peanuts, etc.) or N-Z: Drinks & a salty snack. Again, I was convinced we were going to end up with one apple and half of an m&m. BUT of course people brought tons of fun toppings! Coconut, Nerds, Andes mints, Oreos…..very fun!

I scoured the internet for every possible way a caramel apple bar could work or go wrong. Here’s how we did the caramel apple bar: We bought those bags of little wrapped caramels. The girls tirelessly unwrapped each one. We threw them in a Crock Pot with a splash of water for about 2hours on low, stirring every half hour. Miraculously, none of it burned! It did take a long time to melt though. Also, we didn’t throw all the caramel in. Once it got going, we just continued to add more caramel squares. It was easier for them to melt that way. Thanks to Emily for that expertise!!!!

We designated ONE dipper, because I had heard dipping was really messy. So a person would go through the line, stick a Popsicle stick in the apple & hand it to the dipper. The dipper dipped the apple in caramel, put it in a bowl, handed it back to the person, and let them know it took a few minutes for the caramel to set. (Some sites I found told me to put them in the fridge to encourage setting) Now the person had to pick what they wanted to sprinkle on their apple! If I did this again, I would find different sticks. Popsicle sticks aren’t as sturdy as I’d hoped. Also, things like mini chocolate chips melted in the hot caramel.  It tasted delicious but looked…not cute. See the photo:

Haha. All in all, it was super fun and was a great activity!!!

THE ACTIVITIES

Someone brought up this idea in our planning meeting, and I couldn’t resist bringing it back to my elementary school days! Unfortunately we put this kind of off to the side, and I don’t think many people actually did it. Next time, I’d put it in a more central location. Also, Kristen made this bile that was…so awesomely gross.

Here are the ones I made:
“brains”- cold cooked spaghetti
“old toenails”- a cut up subway cup
“eye balls”- peeled grapes (boil the grapes & the skin comes right off!)
“snot”- relish mixed with dish soap
“cartilage”- these weird mesh things that were wrapped around pears

I used paper grocer bags.  I cut an X in the lower half of the bag and then the label acted as a flap to cover up the hole.  Then, I put the gross out item inside & folded the top of the bag over. It seemed to work well!

We also did a donut eating contest. You hang up the donut and the people had to eat it with no hands. Again, the placement of this was kind of wrong and I wish we would have held the contest in the center of the room instead of off to the side. The people who did it had fun though!!

THE MUSIC

My DJ booth. I’m basically Paris Hilton.

I was DJ-ing for a long time which meant I was playing a lot of Backstreet Boys & Spice girls. Luckily for everyone else, Jordan stepped in with a little Gangnam Style and Mmm Bop. This is what our formula ended up being :
Old Song (2 minutes)
New Song(2 minutes)
Repeat
Dance Song (Electric Slide/Cha Cha Slide/Macarena)

Again- this was all under Jordan’s guidance. It seemed to help the party keep rolling.

Overall, it was so fun! It was a party! Christians had fun and no one died! Let me know if you try the caramel apple bar- it was so fun!

 

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FOURTH OF JULY

The past week has been a bit of a whirlwind…and I don’t quite have internet yet. I will update on my 700+ mile journey from Sac to Phx later. For now, let’s talk 4th!

My day started out with brunch with my sisters. Everyone else had the same idea as us…so everywhere was packed.

(SIDE NOTE: I LOVE BRUNCH! I love lunch but I REALLY LOVE brunch.)

We left the first place because it was too busy & it was going to rain on our heads, the second place because it smelled like tofu, and ended up at The Breakfast Club in Scottsdale. None of us had been there before & wanted to try it.

The Guido Host told us it would be a 35-45min wait. He was super stressed. We put our name down and since it was such a long wait, we decided to walk to Sprinkles to get a free cupcake & then walk back. While we were gone, they called our name. Whoops… We waited 20 more minutes while enjoying excellent Scottsdale-status people watching. (Small dogs, fake lips, etc) Another interesting thing about the 4th of July is that all the kids look adorable- flag printed dresses, red white & blue shorts- while the adults look crazy. People seem to just pull random shades of Red, White, & blue & throw them together.

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Bets had the chocolate chip pancakes (classic), Maggie had the breakfast burrito(classic), and I had bacon, eggs, & toast(random, but random is classic for me so classic). Everything was delicious and garnished with fresh fruit!

The best part was their iced coffee! It was infused with caramel & hazelnut- SO GOOD. (It tasted like really good Dunkin Donuts coffee.)

We spent the day swimming, eating, laughing, playing, and seeing friends! We watched the Tempe fireworks, witnessed a security guard on a search, and I recited 1/3 of the Gettysburg Address & All of the Preamble to the Constitution to the cheers of drunk people. God Bless America.

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HOW TO SURVIVE ANY SOCIAL SITUATION

me talking about something ridiculous…as documented by people’s facial expressions

In campus ministry, I’m constantly in social situations- and awkward convos can be par for the course. Here’s an actual conversation I had once:

Overly Excited Me: HI! IM KATIE! OMG WHAT’S YOUR NAME?!?!!!!!!!!!!
Student: Rachel.*
OEM: WOW! WHAT ARE YOU STUDYING?!?!?!
Student: Math.
OEM:OOOH! WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO AFTER YOU GRADUATE?
Student:Math…

*Name changed to protect the innocent.

But I thought- hey, we are all in lots of social places- whether that’s the gym, preschool pick up time, church… I thought I’d share a few of my favorite tips for surviving any social situation….

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a fairytale birthday!

My fabulous friend Yarly had a Fairy Tale Birthday Party! If you know anything about me, it should be that I LOVE THEME PARTIES! This one was especially easy to pull a costume together for…I was some weird version of a fairy.  Mostly I felt like a messed up version of Real Housewife Kim Zolciak. Photo for those of you who don’t watch Real Housewives of Atlanta, or as I like to call it “The best show on TV.” She’s known for her heinous blonde wigs.

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jewelry party!

Last night, I hosted a Premier Desgins Jewelry party benifiting XA’s Summer Expedition Trip!

A group of students from UC Davis Chi Alpha is traveling to a far away land to do kids camps, love people, and share some Good News. My fabulous friend Erica from church is an independent consultant and offered to donate a portion of the proceeds to the trip! If you feel so moved, you can give to the trip here. Put “Summer Expedition” in the subject.

It was a fun night full of bling & treats. Now, I’m not a cool Mom blogger but I was pretty proud of the way everything came together. Someone even said “What- did you pull all this stuff off of Pinterest?” Ha- No…just my brain, Google, and a tight budget. Here’s the break down:

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