Even though we live in Southern California and only experience two seasons 一 warm and slightly less warm 一 summer here means constant sun and consistent forecasts of cloud-free, 77-degree weather. And, like true red-blooded Americans, we have barbecues! Whether your menu features burgers, hot dogs, and potato salad or consists of carne asada, grilled corn, and tacos for days, you’re going to need a chill summer playlist to accompany your lazy afternoons in the sun.
This year, God has smiled down upon us. Why? Because May the Fourth and Cinco de Mayo finally fall on a weekend. Try to contain your excitement. This gives us an excuse to get together with our nerd friends and have an epic Star Wars marathon. And now, with nine movies in the Star Wars oeuvre, you can literally spend days viewing these films in whatever order you deem most relevant. But wait: Cinco de Mayo is on Saturday! Well, I have a solution. I propose that rather than choose between Star Wars and Cinco de Mayo, why not combine the two for a legendary space-age fiesta?
If you’re obsessed with Disney like us, you’ll know that this today — Friday, April 13 — is the start of Pixar Fest* at the Disney parks! We covered the changes in a previous post, which outlined exactly what’s being removed and introduced to both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure (DCA). You can imagine how excited we are to finally see all those plans come to fruition. Since Shannon and I LOVE planning things — whether they’re parties, vacations, or holidays, we’d be remiss if we didn’t celebrate the start of Pixar Fest by throwing our own Pixar viewing party! How exactly do you go about throwing a Pixar party? Why, let me tell you!
Are you ready to kick it old school? And by old school, I mean the epic decade of Air Jordans, flannel, MTV, mom jeans, Lunchables, spiked and bleached hair, Discmans, mood rings, and overalls with one strap down. That’s right. I’m talking about the ’90s. So because the Smoosh crew and most of our friends were born and raised in this era of slap bracelets and Fresh Prince — and because I’m obsessed with planning — we decided to bring the decade back and throw the ’90s party of the century.
Once my friends and I turned 21 (and, yes, we actually waited ’til we were 21), we started experimenting with cocktails. Rum and cokes, margaritas, AMFs, Old Fashioneds — we tried it all. Somehow, in all this taste testing, I ended up being the one to make everyone drinks and refill their glasses. It was simultaneously fun and really annoying — but because of that, I think I make pretty good cocktails :) (At least I hope. I assume they’d stop asking if they were terrible.) I also no longer need to look up recipes. So for this cocktail post, I decided to share the secret to my bartending success: the Cocktail Equation.
Whether single or in a relationship, there’s nothing like a good romantic comedy that makes you feel all the feels without making you sick from the sickly sweet cheesiness of romance. Here at Smoosh, we put our heads together and compiled a list of all our favorite romantic comedies that are actually smartly written and not overly cheesy. We also consulted some of our guy friends, and guess what? Most of them are guy-approved! So if you want to have a romantic evening watching movies and cuddling up to your significant other without making the poor boy endure another episode of The Bachelor, consider adding these movies to your roster.
Unless you actively avoid news and don’t care about the Olympics, you’ll know that this year’s 2018 Winter Games are taking place in PyeongChang, South Korea ... and the Opening Ceremonies give me another excuse to throw a party! Woo! So, to kick off this year’s Winter Games — which you can watch this Friday, February 9, at 5 p.m. on NBC— I’m throwing out some ideas for Olympics-themed decorations and food to make it fun and culturally relevant.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading all about my wedding ceremony and reception because I have absolutely loved writing about them. I think one of the best parts of writing about personal events on a blog is having that record of moments in your life and the opportunity to share it with others. Now that we covered all the big moments of the wedding, I wanted to share a few photos from getting ready the day-of as well as our first look and portraits we took at the State Capitol.
As some of you might know, I got married on December 16, 2017, and am recapping details of the wedding and sharing photos here on the blog! In case you didn’t see it, I posted all about my wedding ceremony here. And now, I’m going to share with you the reception!
After the ceremony and some last-minute photo shoots, Zach and I went outside the theater to head to the reception...
As some of you know, at the end of 2017, Zach and I got married! I thought it would be fun to share with you some details of planning the wedding, how the day actually played out, and share wedding photos. Since weddings have so many details, I am going to break this up into a series of posts, starting with the ceremony.
In honor of 2017, I made a six-hour playlist filled with hits that were all released this year. It has pop, hip-pop, R&B, rap, reggaeton — basically a mishmash of different genres and all the songs that I personally like (so none of that Taylor Swift break-up/revenge music...). The playlist was super fun to put together because each song brought back a different memory or moment in 2017 — and I hope it does that for you, too!
I know that Christmas is the star of December, so December 31 is always kind of an afterthought. But I’m here to tell you that it’s not too late to throw the ultimate NYE bash. You can still throw a poppin party without breaking the bank. But how, you ask? The answer: Amazon.com.
For those of you who don’t know, Shannon — my good friend and business partner — is engaged!! I have the honor of being her bridesmaid, and for the last few months, I helped plan her bachelorette weekend. It was so much fun, and I learned a lot about what to and what not to do.
Happy Halloween, everyone! This season, we decided to share with you the Halloween party we hosted a couple of weeks ago. Every year, both Diane and I — whether together or not — try to host a Halloween Party. This year, since we now live within an hour of each other, we decided to host a party together with some close friends in Southern California.