Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Help Julie Elizabeth Plan a Rehearsal Dinner-And Win Some Pop'rs in the Bargain!

Those of you who visited yesterday know that Aunt Julie, The Pop'r Queen, has Big Bear and Little Red's Rehearsal Dinner to plan! She wants you, Dear Readers, to be part of the fun, and will give away a Free Box of Pop'rs (all eight flavors!) for your trouble.


Here's the deal: Aunt Julie is desperate for ideas, and she knows you've got 'em! If you saw her comment yesterday, she's even considering putting Pop'rs in the chocolate fountain at the Rehearsal Dinner! So here's what you gotta do to win.

Please send Aunt Julie a Rehearsal Dinner Idea today; just leave it in the comment box of this post, and she'll give you two entry credits for your trouble! Then, every time you comment on a daily post the rest of this week (through Monday, July 28), Auntie J. will give you two more credits. That means, Faithful Readers, that you could rack up 14 Great Pop'rs Giveaway Credits just for offering your opinion!

And it gets even better, folks: Link to Eat Your Veggies! and our Great Pop'rs Giveaway in a post on your own personal blog, and Aunt Julie will give you five more (count 'em) giveaway credits. And one final incentive: If you post the photo of the cute little guy and his mom shaking Pop'rs on their broccoli--with a link to the contest, of course--the extremely generous Aunt J. will give you an additional six credits! Why six? Because that will give you a Grand Total of 25 Great Pop'rs Giveaway Credits, if you choose to play, all the way!

Those of you who are new to Eat Your Veggies! should know that Pop'rs, which are available in eight flavors--Cinnamon, Color Burst, Chocolate, Strawberry, Raspberry, Butter, Taco and Buffalo—come in handy-dandy shakers so you can sprinkle these tasty and nutritious seasonings on everything from applesauce to broccoli to green beans to yogurt. And remember--not only are Pop’rs fun to eat, but they enhance your taste sensation and are infused with healthy vitamins--a great way to get you and your family to Eat Your Veggies!

We’re picking one Grand Prize Winner by random drawing. The Great Pop’rs Giveaway is open to everyone. The contest runs from Tuesday, July 22 (that's today!), through Monday, July 28 at 8 p.m. EST. So, Dear Readers, don't delay--play today!

24 comments:

Marla said...

just because the title is dinner doesn't mean you can't switch it up... how about rehersal celebration... dessert bar... small bites like sliders, mini pizzas, and of course veggies with pop'rs everywhere...

Corey~living and loving said...

hmmmm My rehersal dinner was an outdoor BBQ, and it was Great. So nice to get outdoors in the fresh air for those that were anxious about the big day.

auntjulie said...

Yeah...I want to be more elegant than foam plates and plastic silverware, and yet not have six hours of clean up afterwards! We do need something main coursey tho. before the chocolate fountain.
Thanks for the suggestions!

Tam said...

Set up tables with Fondues in the Middle and have a Fondue Recption. go check out that chain the MELTING POT and get some ideas from there. Each table of 8 could have bread, cheese or a meat Fondue!

misty said...

We just ordered a bunch of pizzas for my sister, or you could always order from AppleBees or something. You can make cute little bags of mints and chocolates for guests. Just a few suggestions. Thanks so much for the opportunity.

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Melisa@andbabywillmake4 said...

Mine was bbq and that was a big hit! We did balloons with the wedding colors and at the end of the dinner I actually let the bridal party open their gifts from me.

I have also been to rehearsals where they play "how well do you know the bride or groom", which can be a lot of fun. If you go this route, it seems fingers foods do well, as everyone feels laid back.

wendy said...

Classy and easy don't always mix. You are, indeed, in a bind. Have you considered having the entire event catered? I'm not a fan of the buffet but it *might* be your best bet for so many people. Good luck - I don't envy you. :)

Breanne Vasquez said...

I did not have a rehearsal dinner - I got married on thanksgiving and we had thanskgiving dinner and watch the cowboys play. Maybe just set up a buffet table and have difeernet things. You could even do it potluck and have people in the wedding party bring there best dish.

Dena said...

If it was me, I would rent a small banquet(they can usually hold around 50) room at a limited service hotel and then bring in your own food so that it isn't so costly. You can't do full service because they will make you use their food. When you are done, you simply recycle the aluminum pans and you are done. The hotel does the cleanup work. As far as dishes and silverware, Sams has great plastic tablewear that I have used for alot of our weddings at the hotel. It really looks like china and I have never had any complaints.

greedygrace said...

Easy gourmet... I would just to an hors d'oeuvres bar. Each station could feature a different hors d'oeuvres-- maybe fried won tons with dipping sauce at one station, maybe crab cakes at another, some sort of fancy pigs in a blanket at a third. Guests could serve themselves and then sit at tables. Easy-schmeasy!

Kimberly said...

My friend did a buffet of pastas and it was super easy. Just choose a couple of different kinds of pasta, a couple of kinds of sauces, veggies, some bread, and voila! Its all easy because you can make a lot at once of everything and its filling. Plus, who doesn't love pasta?

Katrina said...

Go for an italian theme... make a couple types of pasta, have some baguettes sliced and broiled with garlic parmesan, a big Caesar salad, and anything else you can think of. You can even do the red checkered tablecloths and candles. =)

Angela said...

Always buffet.... I would have a good selection of fruits and veggies. Deli sandwiches or BBQ works well. Casual is always nice the night before the wedding and ensures that the wedding reception is not overshadowed.

Lula! said...

I am loving the fondue idea...using breads, cheeses, fruit, poundcake, etc. Now that's a party I'd love to attend!

auntjulie said...

Why yes, Greedygrace, Uncle Lynn did indeed invent the machines we use to make our popping candy! He had help from the Hard Candy God of the Universe at the University of WI, Professor Rich. It was a trial and error process that took about a year. They had some fun and some close calls, too!

blueviolet said...

I'm all about making the rehearsal dinner as easy as possible because the next day is so much more involved. How about just making it a casual buffet? You do cold cuts,buns, fruit, etc. or you do an italian theme or we've done a fajita bar. That went over big time!
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angie said...

I love the fondue idea, and since it takes some time and coordination with others at the table, no one will over eat!

I also like the idea of a simple buffet though, just because it's easy. I always appreciate fresh fruits and vegetables and a lean meat.

GANAR said...

been to a quincanera w/ the fajita bar & that was pretty cool. I've also seen variations on the chocolate fountain, where queso is used instead (kinda like the fondue idea). I've also seen it done with chamoy (a sweet chile candy) sauce--fresh pieces of fruits and chips for dipping. Very popular in Mexico.

My Metabolic Rate is Stuck said...

You're Brave! Do you plan this for outside or inside...Best scenario if for outside is to also set up for inside...Pick your theme..BBQ, Mexican, Italian etc then go from there for the food and decor...I Google to find any new ideas that might be out there! My step-son is getting married this coming weekend and some of his friends are coming into town and have requested "Mexican Night" at our house. This is just something we use to do, and the guys liked it and wanted to do it again,while they were intown. My head count is alot less than yours...and I'm sure will be alot more casual. Anyway...you will probably want to go with the buffet set up...and to make the buffet table more interesting...put some of the food at different heights...using sturdy boxes underneath the table cloths. I have used one color table cloth and then bought fabric or even table napkins (colors to go with the theme) to cover the boxes of differnt heights. (this is a one side serving line, allows for a server to refill or help out on the other side of the table.) You can find all kinds of "classy -
disposable dinnerware" to set up the tables, I have even seen disposable charger plates. and you can either rent or make your own table cloths...add centerpieces to go along with your theme...also put one of these centerpieces on you buffet table. I am sure whatever you choose to do...it will be beautiful!

rmgales said...

I love elegant. Focus on your tables, they will set the tone for the event. White or an off white or light colored table cloth is cool and elegant. Use fresh cut flowers for your center pieces. (Farms or farmer's markets usually allow you to cut your own flowers this time of year or spray paint small cuttings from branches gold). Place in vases from the dollar store. Candles at various heights make great center pieces too.

Look for a cater who will do both the rehearsal and wedding dinner or check with your church or co-workers for someone who is just starting their catering business to do your rehearsal dinner. Serve grilled chicken, shrimp or crab cakes with fresh asparagus or greenbeans and grilled baby potatoes. Serve fresh strawberries or peaches with whipped cream for dessert and leave the clean-up for the cater. Elegant, inexpensive and no clean up for you.

- Marybeth I. said...

serve appetizers / hor' dourves (I know I am spelling it wrong). You can incorporate TONS of veggies and have the popr's on each table. Serve enough that ppl have dinner sized servings but mini portions.

Bobbi said...

Because it's summertime, I think lots of veggies and fruits. Maybe a HUGE Ceasar salad and fruit pizza.

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LaskiGal said...

I was just at a shower where they have four tables set up around the room.

Each table had a theme focused on particular regions (you could probably do an around the world theme and focus on a few different countries) and each table was decorated to represent that region. The foods were mini versions--appetizer sized.

It was AWESOME. A ton of variety and very, very classy. I've never heard so many compliments. The hosts mixed home-cooked w/ frozen (Sam's/Cosco). It was all delish!

My fave was the Mediterranean--wowza!!!

Genny said...

How about an outside dinner that's unique...elegant decor, interesting menu (abalone? jambalaya?), fun music?