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What Happens in Vegas does NOT always stay in Vegas 
May 19, 2011 1:36 pm 
Updated: Jun. 7, 2011 4:26 pm
Well, the party stuff is put away. The house is clean. Chef Luigi and Mis7Up have sent out most of the scoop from Las Vegas. So I decided to cover just a few of the details.......starting with the gift bags.

Cute as a Button Cookies, square hazelnut shortbread & hand beaded bracelets made by Candice with a sweet note that read.....
"Try to find "Hope" in difficult circumstances
"Love" all those who will allow you to
and "Laugh" at yourself at least once a day!"
Candice 5/14/2011

Cadbury Time Out bar and magnets by our AR Trishie from Ireland

Silk leis to make us all look festive were brought by Magnolia Blossom

Colorful tissue holders were made by What's for dinner mom's 
10 year old daughter

Flip flop albums were made by Mauigirl 
Mauigirl (aka me) also provided the beach bags for the goodies

Irish luck & the flag of Ireland was sent all the way across the Atlantic by Trishie
Magnet reads...
Ample food and Sturdy Drink,A clean pillow for your head,
And may you be forty years in heaven
B'for the devil knows you're dead. 

Name tags made by Mauigirl

Allrecipes schwag provided by Allrecipes and hand carried by 
AR Elizabeth and AR Rachel U (Elizabeth's sister)

Money Tree in ceramic chinese carton
sent by Avon from Oregon
I just had to take a picture next to my chinese bell :) 
Note from Avon aka Ann reads, "Here's hoping that all
of you have a wonderful time and "Good Fortune" this weekend.
Just know that even though I'm not here to celebrate with all of you,
I'm here in spirit and thinking of you all basking in the sun,
sipping drinks, eating great food, laughing, and making great memories.
Love, Avon aka Anne 

On the far left is one of the beautiful dishcloths 
that our Ladysparkle made for everyone

So that's the details of this event. As you can see, there were some very cool things indeed.  Mahalo to you all for making this a great success.  I know all of us treasured every little thing......
but especially each other.

Warmest aloha to you all,
Mauigirl  aka Julie
Las Vegas Allrecipes Blowout 
May 14, 2011
May 19, 2011 1:37 pm
Sorry the print is so screwed up. I am a lousy blogger and technically challenged to say the least. Will try to redo it later. Thanks for your patience:)
May 19, 2011 1:54 pm
AWWW! Love those details! Great job, J!
May 19, 2011 1:58 pm
Hi Julie! You are so very special, dear friend! Thank you for all that you did to make our day and night so incredible. I appreciate you sooo much! I wish that I could join you on the Oregonian coast with WW/Larrie and crew. Have a wonderful time. We'll talk soon.
May 19, 2011 2:06 pm
P.S. I sent Randy's sangria recipe to AR today and gave you a "shout out" in the "description" space, titled, "Sangria a la Las Vegas Round Up 2011".
May 19, 2011 2:06 pm
Were the "Trishie" magnets not in the package too? I sent 2 different types of magnets 12 of each?
May 19, 2011 2:17 pm
Yes they were Trishie, but my bag only had the luck of the irish poem. I should have take pix of the schwag when everyone was here :(
May 19, 2011 2:18 pm
Thanks Cathy, I can't guarantee the Oregon trip just yet. Mike got his layoff notice :(
May 19, 2011 2:19 pm
Oh thats OK as long as they got there and were shared out!
May 19, 2011 2:35 pm
Awww, looks like you all had such a great time! Thanks for sharing with the rest of us.
May 19, 2011 3:05 pm
Mauigirl, thanks for the blog and the great pictures. It was a total blast and so good to meet you. You were a wonderful hostess. I'm so sorry to here about Mike (boohoo).
May 19, 2011 3:29 pm
Mike is just joining a very large club :( Hey, after 40 years together, we are good at flying by the seat of our pants:)
May 19, 2011 4:19 pm
So sorry to hear of Mike's layoff. Come join us in retirement, if you can.
May 19, 2011 4:25 pm
It was a great weekend...I could soo do it again! And mauigirl. Sorry to hear about the layoff for Mike. I know that really truly bites!
May 19, 2011 5:00 pm
It's just the health care insurance that is a problem. YIKES!
May 19, 2011 6:55 pm
Great blog mauigirl. Everyone had a great time!
May 19, 2011 7:50 pm
Oh Julie, I am soo happy for all of you! I feel just awful about your hubby. I understand about the health care, just had to cancel the kids's insurance. They are hardly ever sick and when they need to go to the dentist, I will pay out of pocket with not having to pay over $700. every 2 months for Blue Cross. It is CRAZY, tooo much. Take care and I'll bet the cross dressing women were a Hoot!! Hugs Honey. Thanks for hosting another Smashing success!
May 20, 2011 4:43 am
Great blog and lovely photos here and on the other Vegas ones! I just knew you all would have a great time! Layoff is a 4 letter word at this house too!! Sorry to hear about that!
May 20, 2011 5:44 am
Sounds like a great time was had by all. Now Chef Luigi is never going to want to come to my house.
May 20, 2011 6:11 am
Doug, If you dress up like the DIVAS, Chef Luigi and all the AR gang will show up. YIPPEE!
May 20, 2011 6:28 am
Thanks so much MauiGirl. It was truly a fabulous weekend. Your attention to detail is amazing. Food, friends, laughter and loads of great memories. Who could ask for more?
May 20, 2011 7:32 am
loved the blog, Maui. Your place is beautiful!
May 20, 2011 9:51 am
Baking Nana, Thanks to you for coming in and helping at the last minute. I couldn't have done it without your expertise. XO
May 20, 2011 9:52 am
redneck gramma, Thanks so much for the compliment. Now get your buns down here soon. I promise you a good time kid!
May 20, 2011 7:48 pm
Love it Jules and the yard and home are gorgeous. I'm really sorry to hear of DH's job, this is not a fun journey, and unfortunately an all to frequent one for so many. He'll bounce back and so will you. There was no mention, but I'm assuming that you got the card as well?
May 20, 2011 8:32 pm
Well, it's Friday evening and I'm finally rested up! Yeah, that's how much fun I had. It's taken me a week to recuperate. hehehe. Honestly Julie, I had the VERY BEST time. Thank you again so much... And, thank you for "allowing ME to love YOU." You're awesome girlfriend!
May 20, 2011 11:12 pm
I am so sorry Avon. I misplaced a card if I got it. I swear it was like a whirlwind and I would have lost my butt if it wasn't attached. BTW Your friend Candice is a keeper and so is her lovely daughter. Come on down anytime. I would love to show you around town. Love you girls!
May 21, 2011 6:03 am
All the goodie bag items are great and your flip flop theme is fun & bright!
May 21, 2011 8:49 am
Carrie, I have made those albums before when I lived on Maui.......just not 18 at a time. I was working on them for a couple of weeks. ARGH! Cute though.
May 21, 2011 8:31 pm
:D Maui, I am sure you would show me a great time, but my buns get busy this time of year and they are shakin' around the farm just a little too much to find time to vacation. One day, one day!
May 22, 2011 1:05 pm
RNG will be waiting to host you. Might even throw you a luau kid :)
May 24, 2011 6:03 am
I am soo sorry to hear about your DH's job, hopefully it won't be long until he gets another.
May 24, 2011 6:13 am
will you make me pulled pork? LOL, I have such a 16 year old boy brain with pulled pork, can't help it must be my inner LTH coming through
May 24, 2011 6:14 am
I am also sorry to read of your hubs Maui, but is school year close to an end. How the heck do they lay off a teacher this close to the end of school?
May 24, 2011 6:15 am
oops, or am I confusing your Sparky with another husband, he is a teacher in high school, right?
May 25, 2011 8:29 am
RNG layoff would be for Sept. so trying to figure out our next step. BTW that kalua pig in a slow cooker is GREAT!
May 25, 2011 8:58 am
Good job tita!
May 25, 2011 8:30 pm
ChopSuey.....Next time I want you here. I could use your island expertise :)
Jun. 1, 2011 8:06 pm
I know I’m rather late getting on the band-wagon here, but I JUST got back from the “Vegas Gathering of AllRecipeeps”. (Well actually a few days ago but we had a family birthday, the holiday weekend and visitors from out of town. So this is the first chance I’ve really had to be online.) I missed the feedback and such from the other foodies, which just bums me out but…. I was in Vegas for a separate reunion and was unable to attend all but one of the AR events. My hubby, my mom and I (all AR members) met with the foodies on Friday, on The Strip, at the Harley-Davidson Cafe. We had a great time and it was so nice to meet everyone. A special thanks here to AllRecipes.com for sending Elizabeth and for picking up the tab--how very nice. From the few blips I’ve read, it sounds like we really missed a fantastic time the next day at the luau--oh how I wish…. MauiGirl was so generous to lend her home, host and organize this Gathering (darn, I missed out on the scrapbooks she made) and I send her our thanks and kudos on the successfulness of it all. Another darn that I missed out on, was meeting some of the foodies that weren’t there on Friday. And even though we didn’t get any of the fun gifts (e.g. the AR bag or spatulas), I appreciate that so many foodies and AR were thoughtful enough to send them. I hope these AR Gatherings can continue and move around the country and around the globe. Thanks to all involved in any way. Oh, and Mis7Up--a tat, really? You deserve a lifetime membership for that! . (cc: ChefLuigi’s Blog, FB, +)
Mrs. C 
Jun. 4, 2011 1:22 pm
I hope you check back and see that you are still getting responses! Looks like a success ! Sorry I missed it. I made a NY Resolution to write on AR at LEAST once a month, but I missed March - Maycompletely! Glad I found your great blog with fantastic pics!
Jun. 7, 2011 4:26 pm
Thanks Mrs.C.....wish you could have made it.
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