Blend Retreat: Cocktail Hour and Dinner

Well heyyyy there! Thanks SO much for all the congrats today you guys. I’ve seriously been on the edge of my seat, waiting to share that with you. I’m totally stoked.

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Alright. So now, let’s get back to this weekend’s Blend Retreat recaps…starting with Friday night’s cocktail hour and dinner.

Since our Tour of Love Grown ended up going a little later than expected (no complaining about that though!) Alyssa and I ended up doing a quick “shower” (ya know, washcloth under the pits sorta deal), got dressed, and headed on down to the cocktail hour, which was already in full swing.


I finally ended up getting to see my gal Tina, as well as a bunch of other ladies who I had the pleasure meeting for the first time. There were seriously SO many awesome gals at this event, it was just fantastic.

During cocktail hour, I ended up making a plate of munchies and sipped on a glass of Chardonnay. After a long day of traveling, that Chardonnay was tastin’ mighty good, so I wound up having another with dinner too.


FYI: It’s true what they say…the altitude does make a difference. Winking smile

It wasn’t long into the cocktail hour when Alyssa and I happened to spot a very delicious-looking table from across the room…


Hey, I’ve always got my eye out for sweets. So does this gal. That’s one of the reasons I love her.


After the cocktail hour, everyone grabbed a seat and got a wonderful welcome from these three lovely ladies who did an incredible job of putting this whole thing together.


I can’t even imagine the amount of work that went in to putting it all together, but they did it…and they did it well!


Dinner started with a small salad and a roll.


For my entrée, I ordered the chicken; I don’t remember the specifics, but I do remember it was tasty.


Shortly after dinner, it was time to dig into that cupcake table that I’d been eyeballing all evening. Lucky for us, there was enough for each of us to have three (err, four if you count the one I had before heading out the door for the night…shhhh).


I chose a S’more, Coffee Cinnamon, and Peanut Butter Pretzel, which were all delicious; but any guesses which one was my favorite?


If ya guessed Coffee Cinnamon, you are correct! Smile

I spent a little while longer chatting away with everyone, including Janeetha and Ashley, who I was so excited to meet.


The night didn’t last long after dinner though, my friends. After having been up since 3:45am EST, I was lucky to have even had the energy to walk back to my cabin. This gal was pooped.

Thankfully, I was surrounded with good food and great company to help keep me going as long as I did. Smile


  1. janetha says

    Awesome recap of Friday! And the photo of your meal/cupcakes are some of the best I’ve seen. I thought coffee cinnamon tasted like breakfast–so good! xoxoxo love ya!

  2. says

    Wow, I can’t imagine how much work it must have been to put together such a wonderful event but you are right…it all looked fantastic!

  3. Jen says

    Looks like you had a great time, so far!! I spent some time in Colorado. It’s a beautiful place. Also, I love your new “profile pic”!! You look gorgeous, as usual. Hehe. :)

  4. says

    YAY! Love this! I can’t believe we finallyyyy got to meet. It’s been a long time coming. I forgot that photo at the end was taken. SO cute!! The cinnamon GF cupcake was also the winner for me. :) Hope you have a great week!


  1. […] Then we sat down to dinner. Did I seriously not get pics of dinner? No, I did not. I wanted to take in ambience and get to know everyone. I had the vegetarian dish – Pasta with a spicy tomato sauce & capers (I love capers, did I mention that?). Dessert was a wonderful cupcake spread by a local company called Street Fare. Seriously, check out Courtney’s pics of the cupcakes. […]

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