Sunday, November 14, 2010

POM Party Host!

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What a great way to start the week...this past weekend, I threw a party for my family and friends with a BIG helping hand from POM Wonderful.  Earlier this month, I was chosen as one of 100 party hosts around the country.  There were only three chosen from Massachusetts and I was so happy to be one of them! 

Once I found out, I immediately got started on the details.  You know, those little details that make everyone feel welcomed, invited, and most of all, glamorous!  POM helped out a lot...they gave me an adorable apron and all these great goody bags (check out my sister and I trying them on)!

Anyway, I made cute little invitations and sent them out to everyone.  I already knew I wanted all the generations of my family present at the party along with some of my best friends.  My grandma couldn't wait to try a pomegranate for the first time!  On the other hand, my sister K, is in love with pomegranates and couldn't believe her good fortune!  She lives 15 minutes from me and her and her boyfriend couldn't wait to come on over and help us prep for the party!
My original theme was to have a couples only party.  But the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to show my family and those that I love the most how great pomegrantes were.  They are healthy and full of antioxidants, which is so good for everyone, whether 7 or 70!  The best part was, inside that goody bag, each guest got a huge pomegranate thanks to POM Wonderful to take home.

I also made a menu and "place cards" for people once they got inside the house.  I had some interesting decorations too!  I tried to include pomegranates in every single way I could.  Oh, and I made the whole family wear red or pink!  Just for a festive theme...who doesn't love theme parties?

Overall, one of my favorite moments came when I was showing everyone how to open a pomegranate and how easy it is!  My dad kept dunking his hand into the bowl to eat the arils (seed packets).  I couldn't stop laughing!  POM asked to include a video of this demonstration and it took a few times until everyone could calm down enough. 
This week, in honor of the party, I'm showing you my recipes!  I made pretty involved and in-depth recipes, but, because most of my friends, and my two younger sisters, have little time, I also made "fail-proof" recipe adaptations.  I'm providing you both!  From POM brownies that you can make using a boxed mix, to POM glazed meatballs using frozen meatballs, instead of homemade, this party is about luxury, and how to incorporate that POM luxury into everyday life!

NOTE: While POM gave each party host goody bags and free merchandise, these thoughts are wholly my own.  Also, by providing recaps to POM I will be entered to win a trip for two (what John and I wouldn't do for that right!).  So this week, look for my own recipes and I hope you take them to your own table!

Lastly, this is the day they arrived at the house...I was so excited:

Until the next time my oven is on...

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