Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Kandell Fiesta

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Last weekend we held... what may need to become an annual Mexican Fiesta at Casa de Kandell.
I feel like we completely lucked out... 2 hours before the party our house was getting full blown down poured on.... which unfortunately ruined quite a few decorations and also soaked all my table clothes and table runners which never ended up making it back to the party. But about 20 mins before the party was set to start, out came the sun and with some crazy running around.. we got things looking about 80 percent of what it was before the downpour.
The Mexican Party idea came about because frequently on date nights in SLC after going ot dinner, Jazz games or whatever, Eric and I stop by our favorite taco cart in the Sears parking lot for authentic street tacos by Don Rafa. We are obsessed with them. One night while eating our street tacos in the car in our fancy clothes from going to a nice dinner that obviously didn't even fill us up. I told Eric I would love it if Tacos Don Rafa would park their cart in our backyard for a party. Since no caterer could ever pull off authentic Mexico quite the way a taco cart could.
My spanish speaking husband got to work wheelin and dealin to make it happen. And it was sooo worth the headache of stalking Mr. Taco cart. I want him at every function for the rest of my life!
Although another funny story was getting his huge taco cart/van into our backyard. Let see, on one side of our house the van slid into our neighbors fence, which we will be replacing... sorry Sister Christensen! Then on the other side, he almost drove over our in ground trampoline. My stress level was through the roof. But it worked out.
And here's the party...

(my apologies for my rain soaked the air dried frizzy hair... its was the sacrifice I made for re-set up)
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(the above party favor thanking everyone for adding "spice to our party" is Eric's famous pebre)

For all the sides, and appetizers that the taco cart did not provide, our friend Aubrey, pictured below catered. Isn't she darling? And her food is even more amazing!
Aub teaches our cooking club once a month but also does private chef work and party catering. I will for sure be using her again. Everything she made was divine.

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Now for the good stuff. Mechanical Bull riding was our main entertainment for the night.
Ever since the party we have all been discussing who is going to invest in owning one so it can be at every party from now on.
I was a very nice friend and only posted the fairly un-embarassing photos. But I am happy to possess blackmail now on most of our friends.
I even wore a dress to the party so I didnt have to ride the bull but I ended up changing cuz it did look like so much fun.

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Cute party couples... I see some of you avoided the camera.

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Eric is the trickiest. The guys had fun swimming.

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Thanks to everyone who came to party! It was a lot of fun. I didnt want it to end.
And a big thanks to
Tiffany Bills for all the tags, and food labels
Aubrey Dyches and Don Rafa for the great food
AND of course, Nicole Carmen for the photography
and to Eric for not divorcing me when I almost had a panic attack during the rain storm... but in all honesty I really did feel like my throat was closing in. But thats still no excuse for acting crazy.

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