Sunday, May 31, 2009

ONE YEAR RAW ANNIVERSARY PARTY

My 1 year raw anniversary party was a success.

A couple people slept over the night before because they live pretty far away and we were all at my friend's awesome party until a little after 1am the night before. As soon as I woke up, I started cutting and preparing the fruit. My friend's woke up and immediately started helping. My cousin came over and started making the kiwi people. One of my other friends came over early to help prepare everything as well. Preparing and creating the food was the best part!!!

We had lots of giant bowls of chopped fruit including perfectly ripe strawberries, extremely sweet pineapple, and juicy ripe oranges. There were also grapes, cherries, blackberries and blueberries. My cousin made a watermelon shark and my friend made a watermelon catfish. There were veggie platters with delicious guacamole (avocado, tomato, cilantro, lemon) and dill dip. Not to mention, there was a zucchini pasta dish with raw marinara sauce. Tim made a yummy corn salad with corn, sage, basil, tomatoes, avocado, and lemon. Another friend brought a kale salad and a vitamix to make smoothies. My cousin made a smoothie wheel for fun. There were a lot of people who had a green smoothie for their first time!!! They were all sketched out at first and quickly admitted to loving it!!! I also made two delicious pies, both 80/10/10! One was a banana-carob-mint pie with a date crust and the other was a mango pie with bananas with a date crust. They were both scarfed down very quickly and the mango pie is still being talked about!!!





















I never had a set ending time for the party... I just let it go until it naturally died down. After everyone was FULL of food, they couldn't stop PLAYING with food. It was great. We moved outside and started a fire. After a while we went inside and everyone helped me clean up! Then I asked if anyone wanted banana icecream... a few people were a little skeptical, wondering how I could possibly make banana icecream. There was some naysaying going on!!! I made everyone a bowl and they were ecstatic and quickly asked for more!!! It was a big hit and a nice ending to the day.

After the icecream, a bunch of people swam in the pool and hung out in the hottub. We ended up staying by the fire until around 11:30pm. Everyone wanted to sleep over and stay longer but unfortunately a few things came up. The fact that it was so late and the party was still going was awesome!!!

You know a party is awesome when you go on facebook and everyone's status is about how awesome the party was!!! Many people told me that I inspired them to eat more fruit and create new things. The brothers who spent the night the night before were 100% raw the whole day! I was proud and they were psyched!!!

It was an amazing party. Everyone keeps asking when my next party is!!! I can't wait to do this again. I've made it over a year on fruits and veggies and i've never been happier in my life!!!

16 comments:

Sarah said...

ha! the kiwi people running from the watermelon shark are particularly hysterical.

happy anniversary!

Sarah said...

The party sounds amazing!!! Wish we could have been there to help you celebrate. I love all the fruity creations!!!

Odub said...

Looks amazing Ash!! I'm sorry I missed that!

Omegachuck said...

I love the little Kiwi family. Too cute to eat them I hope.

Violet said...

wow! great! congrats to your anniversary!! :) way to go for me :))
violet

Sarah said...

Happy anniversary to us!!! <3

Anonymous said...

That looks so cool, Ashley. It's 11:30 p.m. here and I've eaten more fruit calories today than ever before but those pics are making me want to eat! I want the pies and the corn salad for sure! And the dip... :-) Yum! Happy Anniversary.

--Laurie

Wendy said...

Ashley, it looks like a fantastic party! The food looks delish! I love the Cat fish and Shark watermelons and the Kiwi people. So fun!

Omegachuck said...

" Free the 'Kiwi 5' from captivity!" C'mon everyone, let's hear it for the Kiwis.

Lisa (Pixywinks) said...

Coolest food pics ever! Congrats girl!

fairykarma said...

About how much a week do you spend on food on now?

Karen :) said...

Ashley,
Congrats on your one year anniversary! Love looking at the pictures of the party! Thanks for sharing your special day with us :)

Wendy said...

How's summer treating you, Ash? I hope you are doing some awesome climbing! I am delighted that ripe melons are finally here for the summer--honeydews are amazing right now. Give us an update, you little monkey! ;)

Bri said...

Ash-

Your are SO CUTE with all the little cars and monsters made out of raw food!! Adorable. Congrats on the raw life 1 year celebration!! I'm coming up on 6 months in large part BECAUSE of you and your inspiration. You ROCK.

Bri

JoeKindkid said...

Hey Ashley....WHeres all the hot dogs and steaks...cmonnnnnn.....

meganthevegan said...

Omgahhhh this is amazzzing!!! I love your party and all the pictures and all the fruit!!!!!

For a while now I've been talking about having a "Loving Life" Party! It's going to be an all raw party where I make TONS of food for friends and family to just come, hang out, eat good food, listen to music and enjoy :) :)

I looooooove this! So much fun!!!