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Viva Las Vegas 2012 AllRecipes Blowout 
Mar. 22, 2012 10:09 am 
Updated: May 21, 2012 7:22 pm

Aloha from Las Vegas! I needed to jump in and remind the AllRecipeeps that I will be hosting the 2nd annual Viva Las Vegas blowout on Saturday May 19, 2012 at my home in Las Vegas.

If you have never attended one of these gatherings in various parts of the country, you are missing a real treat. Like many others who have attended or hosted one of these get togethers, I have found a great group of folks who have become much loved friends. I would certainly encourage anyone to host a gathering or just meet up with a fellow AR friend in your area or along your travels. I always enjoy reading about the encounters of AR members across the country. These meetings never cease to bring a smile to my face :)

We had a blast last year and I think this year will be no exception. I have received RSVP's from many of last years attendees. There will also be many new faces this year from across America. Folks will be arriving throughout the week, so we will be doing all the fun Las Vegas sight seeing as a run up to the gathering at my home. We will be having a no host dinner on Friday night at the Harley Davidson Cafe on the Strip as a meet and greet. Many of us will gather for brunch on Sunday morning before folks depart for home. Believe me, we enjoy every minute of this and we all part happy to be a part of it.

The current list of attendees:

Baking Nana



Xray Barb

Patty Cakes

1st Lady

Cathy Meyers



b.d. Weld

Tina Fox








AllRecipes Ivory & ????

Mauigirl (hostess)

If I missed anybody here, please let me know.

The theme will once again be Hawaiian. If you have a tacky Hawaiian shirt or dress......bring it along. You will surely fit in.If you are interested in attending, please email me at so I can add you to my contact list. I would LOVE to have you!

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mauigirl......should be old maui girl :)
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Mar. 22, 2012 10:12 am
I can't wait!!! Does anyone have room reservations yet and where are you staying?
Mar. 22, 2012 10:24 am
I can't wait to see you kid! I am sure they will start weighing in soon on logistics :)
Mar. 22, 2012 10:43 am
Tacky Hawaiian shirt...great! Now I don't have to take my tux to the cleaners. I'm a t-shirt and shorts kind of guy.
Mar. 22, 2012 10:45 am
AWESOME! Can't wait - watch out Vegas!
Mar. 22, 2012 11:03 am
bd.weld.....I guess some might wear tasteful Hawaiian....just not me :) Should be short weather too!
Mar. 22, 2012 11:04 am
Baking Nana...just got off the phone with Ivory. She will be letting me know about other attendees from AR Seattle soon :)
Mar. 22, 2012 11:10 am
Hey Julie, I was so hoping to come and planning to come, but things aren't looking good right now, $$$wise. Without going into detail, my DH is ill and the meds for his treatment are through the roof! On top of that, it looks like Uncle Sam will get the best of us this year...again. I haven't given up totally, but I'm relying on lottery tickets now!
Mar. 22, 2012 11:21 am
Wyattdogster, if there is any way you are welcome to have our spare bedroom. Hope your sweetheart is well soon.
Mar. 22, 2012 11:29 am
This is very neat. I am fairly new to AR and had never heard of this. It is awesome that you do things like this! This is am amazing online community...keep up the great work!
Mar. 22, 2012 11:35 am
ADKhomemadewife1216....come on down:)
Mar. 22, 2012 11:54 am
Uh Huh! Not old maui girl! You're as young as your heart feels :) I know you all will have a fantastic time just look at that list. How fun! I can't come but at least I have my own roundup to look forward too and mine own cool group of ladies and gentlemen coming Yeah!
Mar. 22, 2012 11:59 am
Can't wait! I have my room reservations but not my flight yet. I'm watching out for prices since I probably missed the cheapest ones before the prices went up!
Mar. 22, 2012 12:08 pm
Cat Hill...I SO wish I could make your this year. Maybe 2013????? XO from Vegas!
Mar. 22, 2012 12:09 pm
Marianne.....make sure you are signed up for alerts from Jet Blue and Hotwire. I think it will drop again :)
Mar. 22, 2012 12:42 pm
I am for Jet Blue, but what's Hotwire?
Mar. 22, 2012 12:57 pm
I sure would love to come and join you all. I just got an email about a class reunion...thought that would be great, come to Vegas and rent a car and drive to southern Calif...but they aren't having it until that won't work. If we weren't attending the Southern Round up, I'd try and swing it. Next year all have a great time.
Mar. 22, 2012 1:29 pm
If you are looking for a reasonable priced room and don't mind staying in downtown, Golden Nugget has redone their rooms and have them on sale right now for $69. The aquarium pool is nice. I've never stayed here, but know plenty of people that have and all said good things.
Mar. 22, 2012 3:19 pm
I look back at last year's Blowout with such fond memories Mauigirl. You are the consumate hostess. If anyone is thinking about going, quit thinking and JUST DO IT!!! You'll not regret it. We had a wonderful time, met the greatest people going and ate some of the best food. I wish I could come again this year, but I will be there in spirit. VIVA LAS VEGAS!!!
Mar. 22, 2012 3:22 pm
So looking forward to this! I'm staying at the Luxor--got a pretty good package deal.
Mar. 22, 2012 8:00 pm
Sherri, would love to have you. I hope we can hook up one day soon. BTW You are welcome anytime at my place.
Mar. 22, 2012 8:01 pm
DelMarGirl, I am so excited you are coming. Thanks for the tips!
Mar. 22, 2012 8:02 pm
Candice, You are going to be SO MISSED! You are so full of life and love and it won't be the same without you......period!
Mar. 22, 2012 8:03 pm
Bibi, I am so looking forward to meeting you. You are a terrific addition to this group. I promise you will have a ball:)
Mar. 24, 2012 8:17 pm
Yyeeaahhh, a trip to the thrift store! I love Hawiian shirts. They are soo pretty!! MAY cannot get here Fast enough for me!! Thank you soo MUCH JULIE!! YOU ROCK!
Mar. 25, 2012 8:05 pm
Can't wait either Patty Cakes XO
Mar. 27, 2012 4:26 pm
:-( I'm sad that we will be leaving LV just a few weeks beforehand and won't make it this year. It was so fun to meet all of the ladies that attended last year. It was my first foray into the AllRecipes family gatherings and I met so many wonderful people. I hope everyone who has considered attending will take a leap of faith and go for it. I'm sure glad that I did.
Mar. 28, 2012 11:32 am
I'm so excited!!!
Apr. 3, 2012 7:16 am
Cooking Up A Storm.....Please stayyyyyyyyyyyyyy ! This would be a great town to start your personal chef and catering business.
Apr. 3, 2012 7:16 am
1st Lady.....Can't wait to see you again kid!
Apr. 4, 2012 8:25 pm
Anyone have an update on where they booked rooms?
Apr. 6, 2012 9:56 pm
So far...Sun Coast, Red Rock, Luxor & Golden Nugget. Not sure where AR staff is staying yet?????
Apr. 29, 2012 9:05 am
Mauigirl, I would love to atttend your get together. Thanks
May 3, 2012 8:51 am
Welcome Tobasco mom. Hope to see you soon.......
May 21, 2012 7:22 pm
Mauigirl, Many thanks from the bottom of my heart. It was a great gathering. I am so blessed to meet all of you. You are wonderful HOSTESS!!!! Blessing to your family, specialy to your dear son, Don. XOXO
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I have been married for 43 years to the most amazing man on the planet. He is quiet and deliberate and I am NOT. We have one grown son (and his partner) that we adore. Because they work for the airlines they drop in on a flight frequently and we feel so lucky for that. We retired after 30 years at our careers from our native Olympia to Maui and now most recently retreated to Las Vegas to try to ride out this horrendous economy. We bought a small home here and I gutted it and am putting it back together, so I spend most of my time fine tuning the decorating and now I am plunging into a full tropical landscaping to remind us of our beautiful Maui. I miss the PNW, but NOT the weather. Miss the razor clams and the wild beaches of Washington and Oregon. Miss my friends too. Happy to have my friends from Allrecipes though. The four legged critter you see on my profile is a five year old yorkie/bichon who is the greatest little (9 lbs) girl ever. Quiet and calm, but so excited about life.
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