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Wine and Food Week 2017 Recap

Lauren Bazunu

It has been a busy week and I finally have a chance to update you on some of the great happenings around Houston. One being, "Wine & food Week" in the Woodlands, Texas. If you haven't noticed, I am a foodie and love a great event with remarkable food and drinks. I partnered with Wine & food Week to giveaway two tickets to the coveted Women, Wine & All things Fashion Event. The evening was the perfect Girl's Night Out from girly-girl wines to flawless fashion. This night was the perfect spoiler for the evening.

I attended the Sips, Suds & Tacos event on Friday night and let me start off by saying, it was a great way to kick off the weekend. 

Sips Suds & Tacos

If you are from Texas then you know Tacos are a thing...a HUGE thing. I got my fill of tasty tacos from a ballroom filled with these crunchy (or soft) flavor packed bites. Did I mention there was Beer & Wine...plenty of it. Your ticket includes a punch card to sample a variety of sips to wet your whistle. They had a huge selection of beer with great eye-catching packaging. If only I was a beer kind of girl, I'd be all over the barley section...but the variety of can designs definitely had me interested. 

Sips Suds & Tacos

Taco Takedown was the theme of the night and let's just say these chefs came to battle! From a catfish taco to a tuna tar tar crunchy taco, there was enough variety and selection to feed your cravings. This was the perfect event to try something different than your standard taco. From a catfish cajun taco to tuna tartare tacos by GOYA foods, these chefs knew what was the perfect mix to bring that fiesta to your mouth. 

GOYA foods

GOYA foods

Tacos courtesy of Los Cabos & Mexico (resorts)

Tacos courtesy of Los Cabos & Mexico (resorts)

Cyclone Anayas

Cyclone Anayas

One of my favorite wine brands, Cupcake Vineyards were in attendance and let's just say, I used up most of my punches at this stop. 

Cupcake Vineyards

Cupcake Vineyards

What also deserves a mention is Roscato brand. I definitely will be picking up a bottle for my next social event mixer. 

Roscato Brand Wines

Roscato Brand Wines

Huge Congrats to Churrascos for winning the Taco Takedown. Seems like we need to take a trip to Churrascos to have this award winning taco!

Churrascos Winner of Taco Takedown

Churrascos Winner of Taco Takedown

I highly recommend that you put Wine and Food Week on your calendar for next year. Trust me, you don't want to miss this foodie event! CHEERS!

All photos by Stacy Anderson Photography

Sips Suds & Tacos

90s Pop Adult Sleepover

Lauren Bazunu

Welcome back to 90s....Does that feel like over 20 years ago?! I still may be living in the 90s...some of the best times and memories of my life. From the boy band battle between N*SYNC and Backstreet Boys...I was team BSB all the way, to the tasty fruit roll ups, Dunk-a-Roos (remember those?!) snacks and treats in the pantry for after school snacking. 

I missed those "old" ways and wanted to capture the fun the again and truly show my appreciation of the 90s era. This simple party theme would be perfect for a bachelorette party, bridal shower or just because it's Saturday and you need a movie marathon. 

1990s sleepover invitation

 Elan Heights located in the historic Heights district was the perfect spot to host the girls. The Houston skyline was a beautiful backdrop to the bedroom & living room areas.

Elan Heights Living Room
Elan Heights bedroom

 

If anyone knows me, I am bar cart crazy lady. I have an IMMENSE love of this signature piece of furniture and am completely guilty of using them for every event big or small. I may or may not own 5...but who's counting? Be on the lookout for my Signature Bar Cart series coming soon! One thing I love about having a cart is it being a "party on wheels". You can move the "party" anywhere in your home or even outdoors. It's also a great way to keep clean up to a minimum once your event is over.

Okay, enough of the chatter...I'm all for visuals. Scroll below for the gorgeous pictures by Stacy Anderson Photography

Location: Elan Heights Apartments

Invitation: Kristen Leigh Lettering + Design

Styling: Toast from the Host

 

1990s Sleepover Bar Cart
90s Pop Party

Simple "Cinco" Style

Lauren Bazunu

I love Cinco de Mayo because of the bright colors and the passion behind everyone's love for the festivities. In honor of the holiday, I decided to play around with a simple "Cinco" set up. My love for bar carts and trays has no end...(be on the lookout for a huge unveiling and project SOON) and I of course had to incorporate my staple styling tool.

 

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

I'm a sucker for great packaging and the bright colors of these flavor packed Jarritos were a requirement for this set up. 

Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo

Had to stick with the Cinco theme and try my hand at a pineapple lime-a-rita. The only thing missing? A Twirl Cotton Candy Topper...no worries though, the lime & pina colada flavors were perfectly with this sip. 

Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo

Here's a fun little drink you can whip up that is super tasty, fresh & has a nice little tangy kick.

Pineapple Lime-a-rita ingredients include Pineapple Juice & Chunks, Lime Juice  (Slices to Garnish), Tequila, Triple Sec, Sugar

Step 1: Combine 1 1/2 cups...2 if you're feeling bold of your choice Tequila (Suggestion: Don Julio), and 3/4 cup (or 1 wink wink) of Triple Sec in a Pitcher

Step 2:  Mix in 1/2 cup of Lime Juice and 5 Tablespoons of Sugar ...time for a quick taste test

Step 3: Pour in 1/2 cup of Pineapple Juice in the pitcher and give it a good mix...make sure you've stirred thoroughly

Step 4: Slice Lime wedges and let it infuse in the pitcher

Step 5: Salt or sugar? Rim your glass with whatever your choosing and CHEERS!

Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo

All photos captured by Stacy Anderson Photography