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I went to OC Kosher to see if they had the Unger's frozen 3" tart shells. They don't. But they have the Gefen gluten free kosher vegan 3" pie shells. I picked up a box - no more rolling out the GF pie crust for just a couple of GF tarts next time!
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So, let's talk about the last of the trio of parties I helped host at Hanadoki Con. That would be the "VIP Party" on Saturday night, which had a lot of the guests and many of the staff and "usual suspects." It was a big bash on the top floor, with a live band, video game, Adrian the bartender, and a photography backdrop. For this, I did "food on sticks" with fruit kebabs, veg kebabs, meat/cheese kebabs, and Little Smokies in BBQ sauce. Plus two coolers of soft drinks. I had a couple of pitchers of iced tea and limeade, but not much happened with them.

For this party, I went shopping, and then a number of fans (Steve Roberts and Allison's minions Elena and Alexa) helped with cutting up things and putting them on skewers. We also rounded up a small squad to carry everything upstairs in time for the party.

I am very grateful for all that help because it gave me a chance to shower and change! We used my fancy platters and doilies, and really tried to make it all look classy.

The challenging thing for me, about doing these three parties one night after the next, was they all used different equipment. It's not like having a couple of parties that all use the same crockpots, or what have you. We were washing a lot of dishes over the course of the weekend and they weren't the same sets of dishes!

What this means in practical terms is I ended up using two carloads of party gear. If I had it to do all over again (and I probably wouldn't want to, quite) I'd make one of my personal requirements to get additional cargo capacity arranged, plus (as I think I mentioned earlier) more staff to help make it happen.
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I've got to figure out what I need to bring to San Diego for three parties at Hanadoki-Con. I'd like to get started when I arrive Thursday afternoon. These are my notes, which will eventually translate to my panic list.

Taco Party on Thursday. Ground beef, shredded beef, pork carnitas, chicken mole. Rice, black beans, salsa, hot sauce, guacamole, sour cream. I'd like to be able to warm up the tortillas but that would require another heating device, possibly one I don't have.

Peanut Butter & Jelly on Friday. A small assortment of bread, peanut butter (including almond butter, cashew butter, and chocolate-almond spread, maybe Nutella too). Also a toaster, and fixings for cinnamon toast and garlic toast. Possibly do the mac & cheese as well, which would use one of Thursday's crockpots, and the paper boats.

Private Party Saturday. Fancier stuff. Thinking of doing "food on sticks" which means we spend the afternoon cutting things up. Menu: "Food on sticks." Fruit kebabs; veg kebabs; meat and cheese kebabs; meatballs in barbecue sauce. Assorted cans of regular and diet soda, in two different ice chests. Ice chest for ice supply at bar. Pitchers of iced tea, limeade, and spiced cider. Printed invitations/tickets. 100-150 people, budget $75-$100.

I'm estimating 600 people at the con, which would translate to 200 visitors for the Friday night, and maybe 50 to 100 for Thursday night.

Working out my shopping and packing lists. )
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Lynn Baden, Maria Rodriguez. Photos online:
Christmas 2011 part 1: Christmas Eve (24-Dec-2011)
Christmas 2011 part 2: Foss Party (24-Dec-2011) et seq.
Christmas 2011 part 5: Badens and Sandy (25/30-Dec-2011)

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Carolyn Ayton (Miss Scarlett), Chaz Boston Baden (Professor Plum), Caitlin Doolittle (Mrs. White), Stan Oh (Mr. Green), Niki La Teer (Mrs. Peacock), Matt Simmons (Colonel Mustard), Deborah Lo (Ashe Gray the Butler), Julia Doolittle (Dr. Black), Jared Griego (Earl Grey), Victoria Erica (Duchess Mint), little Lilliana, Emerald (Mrs. Meadowbrook), and Sarah Goldberg (Miss Violette). Photos now online:
Julia's Clue Party (18-Jul-2009)

As you can see, [livejournal.com profile] divine_sage, [livejournal.com profile] little_serenity, [livejournal.com profile] daoutlaw, [livejournal.com profile] chiyo_no_hikari, [livejournal.com profile] simmaria, [livejournal.com profile] hyper_sam, [livejournal.com profile] magi_sammy, [livejournal.com profile] legally_scarlet, [livejournal.com profile] ivyf15, and [livejournal.com profile] summoner_lenne9 were all at the party...

This was an interesting party. The announcement invited us all to pick a character from Clue -- the board game, the movie, the DVD game, or some other incarnation (Cluedo anyone?). After watching the movie, a bunch of the party guests played the DVD-enhanced version of the board game.

Because I knew [livejournal.com profile] library_lynn and I would arrive late -- I had a cosplay picnic to go to, and Lynn had to work -- I stopped by in the morning before the picnic to drop off of a crockpot of cocktail meatballs. The recipe calls for grape jelly, which fit the whole "purple" theme that Lynn (Lady Lavender) and I (Professor Plum) were going for. I had a 4-lb. bag of chicken/beef meatballs, and a couple jars of chili sauce and grape jelly.

I wish I'd brought an extra crockpot or two. We could have heated up some of the meatballs separately and had them with the spaghetti that was being served. Oh well!

I've offered Julia my full support the next time she wants help with party logistics. (Of course, she's headed out of state for college, so probably she won't need my assistance any time soon.)

''Clue'' cake. The party included chocolate birthday cake -- it was a late celebration of Julia's 18th -- and there was ice cream to go with it. I brought pink lemonade, but mixed up too much. I think I need to start packing my airpot so I can mix up a gallon or two of ice cold lemonade and serve it, rather than using the 10-gallon barrel cooler or regular plastic pitchers!

Sarah Goldberg (Miss Violette), Carolyn Ayton (Miss Scarlett), and Matt Simmons (Colonel Mustard). Just about everyone at the party had some kind of closet costume. For me, it was a purple dress shirt and my M.C.Escher purple gecko tie. With the possible exception of Miss Scarlett draping herself across Col. Mustard's lap (right), nobody made much of an attempt to stay in character, which was a relief -- I hadn't seen the movie, and had decided that my interpretation of Prof. Plum would be a gentleman who would never use a short simple word when two or three multisyllabic synonyms would suffice. With possibly a touch of Mrs. Malaprop thrown in. I remember that it required considerable forethought and some practice in the form of a silent recitation to one's self within the quiet confines of one's own cranium to present that particular persona. Not easily done without at least some training and experience in improvisational theater.


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