Tuesday, November 20, 2012

My "Kiss My 20s Goodbye" Birthday Party

I love an extended metaphor. Well, all literary techniques really -- metaphor, simile, analogy, symbolism, hyperbole, alliteration, you name it, I love it and, for fun, I'll even analyze novels for them. In my creative writing heyday, I could write an extended metaphor that would go on for an entire 12-page essay. I love all of the different ways of explaining an idea and how a metaphor or a simile can bring in all of the other senses, depending on what you're making a comparison to.

Alas, I don't have much time or inspiration for creative writing these days. Journalism school constantly edited out my metaphors in the name of being "straightforward" or for a made-up rule about how long a lede could be or how many syllables were allowed when writing for the "everyman." And since I've never found creative writing to pay and inspiration in the form of classes takes away time that I feel like I don't have, as a "responsible" adult, I rarely devote to any time poetry and the like.

However, one creative outlet that I've found as a new homeowner is the THEME PARTY. Yes, it's like we're 12-years-old and it's a "princess party" where everyone dresses in pink and we have tea or whatever other activity we imagine royalty would do with their friends in the afternoon. It's silly but in a way it lets an extended metaphor come to life, 3-D style.

So as I turned 30 this year, I decided on the theme....Kiss My 20s Goodbye. That lends itself to some sweet food and drink suggestions, no? Here's what I came up with:

 Open (Kissy) Faced S'mores
I made these in the microwave cause I had to do so many batches for guests arriving at different times.
 Finger Lip Foods
I bought a lip-shaped cookie cutter from Amazon.com, then used it to make an assortment of sandwiches. These were vegan ones with hummus and cucumber on sourdough.

 Hershey Kisses
I set out bowls of Hershey Kisses. That was easy.

 Lip on a Stick
I probably spent too much time making these, but we used them as props in all of the photos. I traced a lip drawing I found online cause drawing is not my forte.

 Goodbye Kiss Cocktail
Remember "pucker" from your college days? This watermelon pucker tasted like a Jolly Rancher, and I don't mean that as a good thing. It's so funny to me though that every time I've come up with a signature drink for one of our parties, it's always been the first thing to go. People really get into following the recipe and shaking up the martini shaker, then taking that first sip of the drink they mixed themselves (followed immediately by commiserating with others about why it tastes like bizarre fruit candy). This recipe was 1 part vodka, 1 part watermelon pucker, and 1 part cranberry juice -- shake that together with ice in a martini shaker. Strain into a glass, top with Sprite, and enjoy.
Ass Kisser
And I love my old college roomie Trish (she moved out here from Georgia also, a few years before I did) for being the "ass kisser" that she is and fitting the theme with this amazing beer that she brought.

Our next theme party will likely be a "Holiday Pi(e) Party" to celebrate both the holidays and Nick earning his National Board Certification as a math teacher (hell yeah!). I figure "pi(e)" is pretty easy food-wise -- pizza pie, pumpkin pie, maybe I'll try a savory meat pie or chicken pot pie -- but I need to get my creative juices flowing for the decorations. Maybe a funny pie chart? Hmmmm...especially if I can fit an extended metaphor onto it.

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