I've only made it a week into December and already I'm EXHAUSTED. How many parties can my friends/acquaintances/coworkers possibly have in one month? I don't even know that many people!

lucy liu marry me

Last night, my friend and fellow blogger Sugar Jones hosted a screening of Lifetime Network's new two-part movie, Marry Me (premiering on Lifetime December 12th). The movie was cute and Lucy Liu played her often reprised no-holds-barred strong female role with an uncharacteristic soft side. I'm a huge fan of her co-star Bobby Cannavale, who won my heart last year in a little-watched TV series called “Cupid.” I'm probably the only person in the United States who watched the show, and it was cancelled after just seven episodes (damn you, ABC!). Of course, the rest of the nation will likely remember him as the gay cop from “Will & Grace.” 

bobby cannavale

This morning I was reviewing photos from last night and other recent events, and I noticed a weird commonality. Practically all the pictures I take are of food! I love getting inspired by the creative dishes served at fun thematic events, like last night's delicious-looking “Marry Me-tini” made with vodka, pomegranate and peach juice:

party food marry me-tini

I also delight in seeing specialities from local restaurants and bakeries. In my “day job” as a marketing consultant, I enjoy hearing the real-life stories behind businesses and learning how a family can create successful companies with unique products. For me, it's always refreshing to see these human stories make their way to a big, network-sponsored event. These beautifully-decorated cupcakes were brought in from local bakery Little Cakes, which strives to represent classic American baking with a modern twist. These were truly the best red velvet cupcakes I've ever had (and yes, I've had a lot!):

party food red velvet cupcakes

And in case you're not already convinced of Sugar's resourcefulness and awesome party host skills, she also had party favors for everyone and giveaways! Yeah, us bloggers really do have it made sometimes. I was lucky enough to win a copy of Bakerella‘s new book, Cake Pops.

party food cake pops

I plan to make some holiday-themed cake pops for a couple upcoming Christmas parties. Naturally, I'll share my cake pop experience here on the blog, so keep an eye out for that!