Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Decorating Can Be Delicious

This past Sunday was a real sweet treat: the RSVPstyle big and little girls headed out to the Blaisdell Center for the Easter Seals’ 9th annual Gingerbread Family Festivals. This was our third year decorating the houses with our girls, but the first year we came loaded with bags and bags of candies and treats to add texture and decorating style. After all, that is part of our business—we gotta start our girls out young, right?

We had the first shift in the morning, and I noticed that Nicki was putting one marshmallow shingle onto her roof and the next into her mouth. Pretty soon all of us were eating almost as much candy as was going onto the houses. We were the last ones to finish, and boy, what a mess our table was! There were bags of candy and cookies and gumdrops all over the place. I sure am glad we didn’t have to clean up!
Even with all that snacking, we were starving by lunchtime, so it was on to Bucca di Beppo, where we ordered for the girls spaghetti and manicotti and for us, eggplant parmigiana, penne basilica, a Caesar’s salad and my favorite, the garlic cheesebread—mmm, mmm! Greasy and cheesy to the last crumb, it was delicious!
What made it extra special was the over-the-top Italian theme, with the blown-up pictures of Sophia Loren and in the Pope’s Room where we ate, the bust of the pope in the middle of the table. Gotta love that focal point!

The big and little girls had a great time decorating and eating in style. But I have to say, after all the carbs and refined sugar, boy oh boy, I already know what my New Year’s resolution is going to be!