we like to party

Here in Hawaii Alex and I are lucky to have a nice core group. We are a mix of family, neighbors, and friends met while surfing the same spot every morning. We call ourselves Team Sharkbait.

And we like to party.

At the beginning of the summer I proposed an idea that we have monthly dinner parties. The idea is that we would rotate host families each time. The host would pick the theme and be responsible for the food and the guests just had to play along. Everyone was on board (how could you not be right?!) and the parties began in May.

First up, we had “mafia night” at the Taniguchi’s. The food was AMAZING and it was so fun to get all dressed up.

Mafia dinner party

Mafia Couple

Next month, we had a fourth of july party at Sash & CB’s new house in Kailua. Food and company was great, we had a patriotic photobooth, and there was a great firework show to end the night.

Fourth of July Table

Patriotic Photobooth

Photoboth couple

In August, it was our turn to host. We decided on a circus theme. When our guest’s arrived they picked up a bag that had their “roles” for the evening complete with props. We even learned of Charron’s special talent for balancing chairs on her chin (?!)

circus dinner party

Just last night we had our September installment at Charron and Jasen’s house. The theme was “trash to treasure” and we all came in our Goodwill best. The menu was full of comfort food taken to the next level and it was SO good. I’m still dreaming about the grilled cheese and tomato soup combo.

grilled cheese

We are going to be taking a hiatus from these themed parties during the holidays but I look forward to starting them back up again at the beginning of the year! If you were hosting next, what theme would you choose?

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bucket list: fall 2013

The leaves might not be changing, but the weather here in Ewa Beach is cooler today (funny how 79 and cloudy can feel so much cooler than 85 and sunny) so it is officially feeling like fall!

I am a total list maker. It’s almost embarrassing how many lists you can find if you look in my purse/planner/notebook/etc. We even have a giant bucket list on our dining room wall of places we want to eat/things we want to do. So of course, I have a fall bucket list.

bucket list

Can’t wait to get started on this! What’s on your fall list?

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wedding inspiration: blush & gold

Blush & Gold

Last night here on Oahu we had rain. Lots and lots of rain. I love falling asleep and waking up to the sound of rain outside my window. To me, the rain brings on a sense of peace and tranquility.

The rain also reminds me that the seasons are changing. Fall is officially right around the corner (or has already arrived if you step into Starbucks, hellooooo salted caramel mocha) which is so exciting to me because fall is my favorite season. For our little family, fall is full of celebrations. Both our birthday’s, our dating anniversary, and our wedding anniversary take place in a one-month span. Not to mention Halloween and Thanksgiving too! Needless to say, it’s an exciting time in the Byrd household.

One of my favorite color palettes for fall weddings is blush and gold. The two colors blend together perfectly to capture the romantic spirit that is in the air as we say goodbye to the summer heat and welcome the cooler temperatures.This color palette brings an elegant and sophisticated feel to any event. Here are some of our favorite ways that the blush & gold color palette can be used:

blush and gold table numbers

blush and gold invite

blush and gold cake

sources in order {1, 2, 3, 4}

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craft night

Last night I had some of my favorite girls over for a much needed craft night. With everyone’s crazy work, school and surf (I’m looking at you, Auntie!) schedules it gets kind of tricky to find a night that works for everyone. And as an extra bonus, my mom is in town visiting so she was able to join in the fun too!

We were all pretty flexible on the craft choice so my mom and I headed to our local Ben Franklin to get inspired.

I don’t know if it is the same for you, but I have imagination overload every time I step foot into a craft store. I had a few different projects in mind for our craft night and was wondering how I was ever going to choose, but once we saw these wooden owls we knew that we had to get them!

Back at the house we set up the supply station. We provided everyone with a wooden owl, their choice of scrapbook paper, some paintbrushes, and eye supplies (bottle caps and little googly eyes)

craft set up

Everyone came over and was excited to get started on their owls. But first, we had an important matter to take care of…eating!

A gathering in my family is not a proper gathering unless their is delicious food involved. For craft night, my mom and I put together two pastie pies. (pronounced “pass-tea”) You can read more about pasties by clicking that link but for the sake of this post, all you need to know is that they are delicious and a family favorite.

pasty and milk

Once both pasty pies were devoured and brownie sundaes were had by all, we were ready to start crafting.

It was so neat to see how everyone’s owls turned out. I know some pretty creative ladies. Here are our finished products:

owls

craft night group

Pretty cute huh? What would you use your owl for?

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Disneyland

Over Labor Day weekend I made the trek across the Pacific to join some family and friends at the Happiest Place on Earth.

DSC_0086

We had an awesome time. We stayed on site at the Disneyland Hotel for the first time (love). We visited both parks which were surprisingly empty for a holiday weekend (love). We ate lots of good food (love). And we danced the night away at the Mad T Party (again, love).

I am very thankful that I was able to make the quick trip and am equally thankful for the house, family, husband and dog I came home too. Life is good.

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K+J Wedding

 

Over the weekend we had the pleasure of attending the wedding of our dear friend Kim. The ceremony and reception were held at Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s picturesque North Shore.

Kim was a rockin’ DIY bride – she made the centerpieces, the favors and even the fans for guest’s at the ceremony. Her wedding was perfectly personalized and I was honored that she asked me to help with the final set-up while she and her bridesmaids got their hair and make-up done.

This wedding was very intimate and was one of the truest examples of two families coming together as one that I have ever seen. There were multiple times that I was moved to tears but the moment that outshone them all was when Kim danced hula for her groom. It was absolutely beautiful.

By no means was I the professional videographer for the evening but I did put together a short video of some of the wedding highlights. To Kim and James: I wish you nothing but lifelong happiness. Thank you for including us in your special day. Enjoy your honeymoon in the most magical place on earth!

K+J WEDDING from natashabyrd on Vimeo.

 

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hula grill

Today is a pretty special day. No, it’s not my birthday nor is it our anniversary. But it is a Sunday – and I’m off! This never happens. To say that I am excited would be an understatement. I know some of you are reading this and thinking “so what, you are off on a Sunday, big deal”. But like I said before, this never happens and I’m feeling like a “real” person (haha)

So I did what any “real” person does on any given Sunday – I went to brunch ! After a few quick errands that we needed to take care of, Alex and I headed to Waikiki to have brunch at Hula Grill which was a first for both of us.

Alex at Hula Grill

We pulled up to the Outrigger hotel, valeted the truck and made our way upstairs. We were quickly seated with an awesome view of the (rather flat) ocean and Diamond Head.

Outrigger

View

Alex ordered the kalua pork hash and I went with the crab & spinach omelette.

kalua pork hash

 

spinach and crab omlette

I love spending sweet mornings with my husband. Pair that with breakfast, which is easily my favorite meal of the day, and you have one happy lady.

 

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