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Blend Retreat: Cocktail Hour and Dinner

by Courtney on May 7, 2012

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.

Also, just a quick heads up – because of the tech issues that have been going on as of late, I’ve had to temporarily disable quite a few plugins on the site. Amongst them are the “related posts” you usually see on the bottom, as well as the notification email you usually get if someone responds to a comment of yours. We’ll be adding them slowly again, one at a time, to see who may be the culprit…keep your fingers crossed!

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

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1 Caroline @ After Dinner Dance May 7, 2012 at 6:40 pm

I always notice the alcohol when I drink in Colorado too – it’s weird! I feel like mini-cupcakes are often not as good, but those look delicious – the S’Mores would have probably been my fave!


2 Sylvia @ Frolic Through Life May 7, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Looks like an awesome little dinner party to kick off the weekend. Those cupcakes look sooo good!
Congrats on winning the Fitness award – exciting stuff!


3 Blog is the New Black May 7, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Aw, looks so fun, and the cupcakes look divine!


4 Kristen @ notsodomesticated May 7, 2012 at 6:49 pm

What a fun night!! :) I think the Peanut Butter Pretzel would have been my favorite!!


5 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey May 7, 2012 at 6:57 pm

SO fun!!! And ridiculously jealous – I saw that some of those cupcakes were vegan and GF and I think I whimpered.


6 janetha May 7, 2012 at 7:19 pm

ALL flavors were! You should have come, Chels!


7 chelcie @ chelcie's food files May 7, 2012 at 7:18 pm

those cupcakes look delicious! I think my favorite would have been the peanut butter pretzel:)


8 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers May 7, 2012 at 7:18 pm

What a wonderful time you had!! Everything looked so good and the mini cupcakes are friggen adorable!!


9 Jodi @ I Run for Food and Wine May 7, 2012 at 7:18 pm

ohoooohhhh the cupcakes look so good. S’more cupcakes are my favorite!


10 janetha May 7, 2012 at 7:19 pm

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!


11 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope May 7, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Peanut butter pretzel cupcake?! That sounds amazing! :)


12 Alyssa @ Fit and Fun in Third May 7, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Looks like such a blast! And those cupcakes looks AMAZING… I think I woulda been all about the pretzel one…. yum!


13 Brittany @ Delights and Delectables May 7, 2012 at 8:11 pm

The Coffee Cinnamon one was my favorite too! However, they were all delicious! I’m glad you made it home safely. It was wonderful meeting you! :)


14 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake May 7, 2012 at 8:12 pm

I would’ve been all about the dessert table too!


15 Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction May 7, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Those cookies look amazing! Especially the coffee one mmmm..!


16 Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction May 7, 2012 at 8:18 pm

*Cupcakes ;-)


17 Lauren May 7, 2012 at 8:20 pm

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!


18 Brittany @ Delights and Delectables May 7, 2012 at 9:07 pm

The coffee cinnamon was my favorite too! It was so great meeting you this weekend!


19 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy May 7, 2012 at 9:42 pm

That looks like such a great time! I hope that I’m able to go next year!


20 Yellow Haired Girl May 7, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Peanut Butter Pretzel?! That would have been my first choice :) Looks like a wonderful time!


21 Jen May 7, 2012 at 10:03 pm

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. :)


22 Katy May 7, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Those Cupcakes look amazing! Good for you for only having 4.


23 Meredith @ DareYouTo May 7, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Ahhhh how I wish I were there. At least I’ve got you to provide such detailed recaps :) Coffee Cinnamon would have totally been my favorite, too!


24 Liz @ iheartvegetables May 7, 2012 at 11:08 pm

I’m so jealous of everyone that went on the Blend retreat! It sounds amazing!


25 Stacie May 7, 2012 at 11:17 pm

I want all of this cupcakes. Right now.


26 Ashley May 7, 2012 at 11:49 pm

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!


27 Tina @ Best Body Fitness May 8, 2012 at 8:00 am

I miss you so much already. :(

And I LOVE love love love LOVE the new photo on the side bar. Gorgeous!


28 Courtney May 8, 2012 at 8:05 am

Aww, thanks my love! I miss you already too :(
We need to get that plan in motion ASAP!


29 Alyssa @ Life of bLyss May 8, 2012 at 8:58 am

yes, yes, and yes, we do!


30 Samantha Angela May 8, 2012 at 8:23 am

Sounds like it was a really great retreat! I really should make it out to a blogger retetreat or conference one of these days


31 Carissa May 8, 2012 at 8:56 am

Those cupcakes do look great! Kudos to the Blend ladies for a great job!


32 Katie May 8, 2012 at 11:25 am

Wonderful recap! Thank you so much for your kind words, and for coming and making the weekend great!


33 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 8, 2012 at 11:59 am

Glad to know I wasn’t the only on sneaking 4ths on the way out the door. LOL!

It was wonderful meeting you. A belated congrats on the award!!!


34 Katie @ Katie Moves May 8, 2012 at 1:36 pm

This looks like such a good time (and soooo delicious)! I hope to join you guys some day!


35 Amanda @ Semi-Health Nut May 8, 2012 at 3:23 pm

I love the picture where everyone was taking pictures. ;-)
I can also relate to the washcloth shower this weekend…bootcamp to breakfast to hike to farmers market…lol!!


36 Jessie May 10, 2012 at 8:19 am

How did you manage to restrain yourself to just 3 (errr 4) cupcakes?

Looks like you had a great time!
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