Thursday, March 4, 2010

Pandamonium: The Advent of the Apron Party

I know what you are thinking: Pandemonium is spelled wrong! Well, you are wrong, this was PANDA-monium and it was a feeding frenzy.

I purchased a book, a cupcake book, on a recent trip to Home Goods that I thought would make for a fun and adventurous girls' night, which I promptly hosted this past Saturday night. One of my favorite things about moving to Houston has been spending time with old friends and meeting new ones--Saturday was the perfect mixture.In order of arrival we had Lauren (a friend from college), DeDe (a friend & fellow swimmer from high school), MarCia (a relatively new friend), Xindi (also a relatively new friend), and Xochitl (a new friend from work).

Aside: How often do you meet people whose names begin with “X”? How much more rare is it to have 2 people with names that begin with “X” in your house at once?

Luckily, everyone hit it off famously, and soon we were chatting like old friends and all at once. Even without our bottle of wine, we would have been laughing loudly and making a racket. I may or may not have baked two full sheet cakes worth of cupcakes and mini-cupcakes as I was slightly delusional, forgetting that I only had a twelve count cupcake pan. Such is life. I would highly recommend using D.H. Moist Deluxe cake mixes and substituting milk for water. I would also recommend reading the white cake mix box slowly; recalling that this is a white cake mix, do NOT use the full egg—egg whites only, that’s what makes it white. Sheesh, Eileen. I told you I was moderately delusional that day.

We didn’t really follow the directions, per se, we mainly just looked at the picture and looked at our ingredients and went from there. And, there was plenty of artistic license taken. I would say that the “most authentic” pandas came first, that is if you don’t have a problem oreo wings instead of arms. Artisans eventually attempted to portray the emotions of pandas in captivity giving individual sculptures sadness, glee, or some sort of derangement that caused a strange sparkle in the eye.

A major topic of conversation was, of course, the mission of Scarlet Threads. The avowed reason for our get together was to brainstorm ideas on ways to help spread the message. We talked about it, but I’m not sure how many ideas we had. Everyone agreed that the aprons are adorable, of course, and we all support the science that Valerie and Caroline put forward in their Tasty Tuesday installments that the ST aprons tend to have an improving effect on all culinary endeavors.

Now, we need your input. Is this a way to spread the message? Can we become a force to be reckoned with like Pampered Chef or Tupperware? I tend to think this is way more fun than retail and that it’s a good way spread the message behind the product (which is a darn good message).

Our very own MarCia might be the next person to host an Apron Party and I can't wait to see how it goes.
For your next girls night, consider hosting an Apron Party of your own. Leave a comment if you are interested and we can figure out a way to make this happen!

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