A Juicy Giveaway

Happy Humpday 🙂

I feel a lot better this morning. Unfortunately not all decisions are as easy to make as others, and sometimes even when you know you made the right decision, the acceptance of it can be even more difficult than if you were wrong. Someone out there must know what I’m talking about.

That all being said, I actually got a good nights sleep last night but woke up ridiculously early. I taped my google calendar near my desk and got so excited when I saw that The Healthy Living Summit is next weekend!!!! I knew it was, but just seeing that made me so happy. I need a little break 🙂

I was freezing when I woke up this morning so made a big bowl of oatmeal that I actually couldn’t finish.

I used 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup almond milk (changin’ it up!), 1 banana, 1/2 scoop protein powder and white chocolate wonderful peanut butter. I’m the type that always cleans their plate (or bowl!) so I was a little shocked at how quickly I got full.
I have a giveaway!
The Juice, a unique online community where women can exchange practical ideas and tips, is featuring “Making Swap Parties Work” this week. Each week the community watches an online video and then discusses it on how to apply ideas into their own lives. Because of this, The Juice has generously offered one ELR reader with a $100 gift card to a grocery store of their choice so they can pick up materials to host their own party.
To have a chance at the gift card just leave a comment on this post explaining to me your FUNNIEST party hosting moment. What’s the craziest thing that has ever happened to you while you are having people over at your house?! I will pick the winner randomly this evening at 6 pm 🙂
Its YOGA WEDNESDAY so my lunch post will be a little late. Stay tuned!!

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  • Mags
    August 5, 2009 at 8:09 am

    I hosted a brunch and grabbed the wrong spice and ended up pouring garlic into my French toast mixture rather than cinnamon. Woops!

  • Katie
    August 5, 2009 at 8:12 am

    I totally know what you mean (about decisions). I was in an unhealthy relationship for a couple years because it was easier to stick it out then go through the ordeal of moving out and starting again (Scary!!).

  • Allie Katie
    August 5, 2009 at 8:12 am

    Ooooh fun question! One time we had friends over to just hang out and make dinner. We decided to make quesadillas in the broiler. We’d made about three when my friend totally forgot about his, and next thing we knew, it was in flames. HUGE flames. There was lots of screaming and yelling and smoke, but eventually we got it under control!

  • Laura S
    August 5, 2009 at 8:17 am

    I was making Monkey Bread for Brunch and instead of using cinnamon I grabbed the cajun seasoning! opps!!

  • Danielle
    August 5, 2009 at 8:18 am

    My friend was bringing over Coronas for my cookout and he dropped the entire case in the front room. Our house smelled like beer for an entire week. We joked that next time he could also just spill limes everywhere to make it complete.

  • Ashley
    August 5, 2009 at 8:23 am

    I understand how you feel to a tee. Last year I gave up a once in a lifetime job opportunity because it just didn’t “feel” right and took another, more comfy one that I may possibly lose in the next few months. Gotta love being replaced by “software”. Ugh.

    My worst, but funniest party hosting moment was when I attempted a rather complicated cookie recipe. Not only did these cookies get so big they overflowed off the pan, but I cleared out the house with smoke from the oven. Plus no one wants to hear a screeching alarm! The cookies were glued on to that pan by the time I got them out of the oven.

    I’ve yet to attempt making homemade cookies again. 🙂

  • leslie
    August 5, 2009 at 8:24 am

    i know exactly what you mean about decisions. it gets easier to accept with time, i promise.

    i don’t do a lot of party hosting (i’m a good guest haha), but back in college my roommate and i had a fancy wine party for her birthday. someone spilled red wine all over our white walls, which was then followed by five drunken girls in dresses, heels, and panty hose kneeling on the floor and scrubbing the wall with bleach. all to avoid a fine from nyu. the pictures of us scrubbing away are…classy lol.

  • Shauna
    August 5, 2009 at 8:28 am

    I totally get the decisions thing. So many times the right decision has been much harder to live with in the short term. And the hardest part is wondering if you really did make the best decision. I say, trust your instincts and don’t regret it! Good luck with whatever it is you are struggling with right now.

  • Little Black Dress
    August 5, 2009 at 8:31 am

    This is easy for me to decide what to write. When Mike (my fiance) first announced that he was going to move to DC, I hosted a huge party at my apartment with tons of people, booze, and food. My exboyfriend, who was a friend, was there. He got totally wasted and ended up throwing a fit in the bathroom with some seriuos beer tears because he was so upset about Mike and me. Mike ended up having to take care of him, and even got puked on!!!!! Hilarious.

    Needless to say, we don’t really hang out with that guy anymore.

    August 5, 2009 at 8:31 am

    funniest thing at our parties, is why DH’s coworkers (firemen) when swimming in our pool w/o their suits. they would float up to the top and yell “beached whale”.

  • Katie
    August 5, 2009 at 8:32 am

    Ok, probably hosting a Twilight DVD release party with 2 other people…we felt a little old at 30 to be worshipping Edward:)

  • Sarah
    August 5, 2009 at 8:38 am

    We were having people over to our apartment when we ran out for a min to take the dog for a walk-well we ended up locking ourselves out (my fault). Our guests showed up and tried helping us in so we wouldnt have to pay a lock out fee. We were there for at least 2 hours with no luck when the person living across from us brought us out Pina Coladas to enjoy together while sitting on the steps in the apartment hallway! It actually turned out to be a great night and we got to really like our neighbor and his secret recipe pina coladas! Good thing the oven was off!!

  • Leigh
    August 5, 2009 at 8:38 am

    Hi Jenna! While I was giving a toast at my best friend’s lingerie shower, I leaned up against a candle and caught my shirt on fire. Everyone sort of panicked, but my mom saved the day by dowsing me with her drink!

  • britt
    August 5, 2009 at 8:43 am

    i know what you mean about accepting decisions you know in your heart are right. decisions are hard, regardless of what you choose. just give it time and take care of yourself and this will all pass. hope you have a great yoga wednesday! i’m hoping to fit a little yoga download in after running tonight too.

  • Meggilizz--Meggie's Munchies
    August 5, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Have a great time at yoga!! 😀

    I’d say my funniest hosting moment happened AFTER the party. My friend brought her german shephard puppy to the party & while I was sleeping, he ATE a big chunk out of my hair!!!

  • Debbra
    August 5, 2009 at 8:48 am

    We were hosting a party for a group of our friends. We were sitting all over the living room and some were sitting on the floor. Apparently my dog was not impressed with my friend, he promptly went over and peed on her. While it was very embarassing,(he had never done that to anyone before or after), in restrospect, he was an excellent judge of character! As time went on I realized she was more of user than a friend. It made for a very interesting party, everyone thought it was funny except for the one that received the “sprinkling”. A party to remember!

  • Christin
    August 5, 2009 at 8:48 am

    I guess this isn’t that funny, but I had worked SO hard to get a baby shower together for my new sis-in-law. The theme was Luau, so I looked up all these Hawaiian themed foods to make. Well, I was so stressed out, I forgot to put out two of the dishes I had prepared in advance. I was thinking the table looked a little sparse, when I realized halfway through the party that there was still party food in the microwave and the freezer.

    Ok, like I said not all that funny, but whatever… 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway, Jenna. I wish we had a Trader Joe’s nearby, but I guess i would have to use mine for Earth Fare.

  • Annalisa
    August 5, 2009 at 8:49 am

    I put dinner in the oven for an hour — came to check on it and realized the oven was off! We ordered pizza and made the most of it!

  • sirenjess
    August 5, 2009 at 8:50 am

    I hope that you’re feeling better. I’m doing yoga today too. I think my body has recovered from my marathon a week ago so I’m ready to workout again. Okay, funniest thing that has ever happen….. well the weird thing is that the only time that something happens is when my mother in law comes over. Like every meal that we make always comes out wrong even though we make it all the time.

  • Kathleen
    August 5, 2009 at 8:51 am

    One of the guests brought over an ice tea packet but I don’t have an ice maker and I have no space for an ice tray so I put a fire cracker ice pop in the vase to cool it down! It didn’t taste half bad but I had to fess up when it turned purplish blue! LOL!

  • greenbean
    August 5, 2009 at 8:55 am

    i guess would have to be when my grandmother used powdered sugar instead of corn starch in the gravy! it tasted horrible, but its one of my favorite memories of her 🙂

  • Runeatrepeat
    August 5, 2009 at 8:57 am

    My friends still remind me about how my grandma insisted on playing the piano at my 16th birthday party and made everyone sing happy birthday to me while standing around her. It was super embarrassing at the time…

  • Ashley
    August 5, 2009 at 8:58 am

    at a get together I had at my house, we decided to have movie and popcorn after the festivities. We threw in the popcorn and went to turn on the tv. we smell somethign burning and look and find the kitchen in a black smoke! The popcorn had stayed in a brick and had burnt to a crisp… almost burnt the house down! oops 🙂

  • Nicole K
    August 5, 2009 at 9:00 am

    I am new to your site and LOVE it! Thanks for sharing your life and ideas with us! The funniest thing that has happened for me was when I was hosting a graduation brunch for a friend. I was baking french toast with blueberriesk, and apparently the dish was a tiny bit too small for all it contained. The juices overflowed, the house filled with smoke, and the fire alarm went off….at 6:30 am probably waking the whole neighborhood. Too bad it was the first thing I made that morning, so each time I opened the oven, more smoke came billowing out…and everything tasted somewhat of blueberries. Luckily it all tasted great, and REALLY lucky for me, the brunch was outside and NOT in my smoke-filled house!

  • Sarah
    August 5, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Oh my gosh, every time I host a party something funny happens! In the Fall we have people over every week for Monday Night Football, so there are plenty of shenanigans. Stuff gets spilled, I forget to buy ingredients for certain dishes, the dog pees on the floor, all not funny at the time but hilarious looking back on it 😉

  • Courtney
    August 5, 2009 at 9:01 am

    I was having folks over to my apartment in college and my neighbor thought it would be funny to set off fireworks outside my door. Needless to say, after we all got up off the floor from thinking we were being attacked, we now had to deal with a huge cloud of smoke that was slowly filling my whole apartment. We spent the rest of the night airing out my place. Good times.
    This is the same neighbor who dumped an entire jar of salsa outside my door so I would step in it when I left for class.

  • Jenn
    August 5, 2009 at 9:03 am

    I would have to say the biggest/funnest party was one that “just happened”!! I was planning on having one couple over from next door, then it turned into a neighborhood party. I made too much food, so the neighbor kids ate with us. Then, others were out working in their backyard, so I waved them down. Then about 6 other neighbors ended up coming over, and the next thing you know there were chocolate martinis galore and fireworks! Impromptus can be so much fun:)

    Glad you had a good night and were at peace with whatever you’re dealing with. God has that sense, doesn’t He?

  • Rachel
    August 5, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Good luck with whatever decision you have made!

    My funniest hosting moment is having the fire alarom go off due to a smoking oven!

  • Neena
    August 5, 2009 at 9:07 am

    I set off the smoke alarm when I made chili for a super bowl party last year! Talk about a 5-alarm chili. I’m still hearing about it from my friends!

  • Katie
    August 5, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Hi Jenna! Ok so, my roommates and I were having some friends over for a bonfire, and a bigger group of people showed up than we were expecting, so we didn’t know everyone. Anyway, one girl went into our house to use the bathroom, and she didn’t come out for a loooong time. My roommate eventually went up to check on her, and it turned out that she was DYING HER HAIR in our bathroom!!! We were so shocked that we didn’t know what to do. She ended up sneaking out at some point, and we went up later and found a couple bath towels ruined, plus the bathroom floor was black with hair dye! What a house guest! 🙂

  • Tess
    August 5, 2009 at 9:10 am

    The funniest thing that ever happened actually happened to my mom. We had people over for dinner. It included salad, entree and desert. While eating the salad one of the guess asked what kind of lettuce was in the salad. Turns out my mom had torn up the paper towel the lettuce had been drying on with the lettuce and put it into the bowl….people were eating the paper towel!!!!
    My thoughts are with you on your personal struggle—listen to your heart and be strong in that!

  • KatieF
    August 5, 2009 at 9:11 am

    My husband and I hosted a New Year’s party this past year, and when one of our guests got there, our dog (who was an 11 week-old puppy at the time) ran up to him, rolled over for a belly rub, and in his excitement, peed ALL over our friend!

  • Tracey
    August 5, 2009 at 9:11 am

    I can completelty relate to your dilemma about decisions. I’ve stayed in relationships too long because they were comfortable or I was afraid of hurting the other person or I was scared that I would regret leaving. All you can do is trust your instincts 100% – they’re always right and as long as you follow them and follow your heart, you’re always making the right decision. Good luck!

    My funniest hosting story is when I had to throw my own surprise birthday party because my best friend backed out – then act surprised when I arrived! Classic!

  • gina (fitnessista)
    August 5, 2009 at 9:13 am

    what a great giveaway!
    i was making spanish rice in the dutch oven on the stove. i added the broth, cranked the heat up, and the dutch oven CRACKED!!! sauteed veggies and broth went into the stove and all over the floor as i shrieked. it was hilarious and frightening at the same time

  • marie
    August 5, 2009 at 9:17 am

    I’m another member of the Smoke Alarm Club. DH & I had sat down to dinner with a few friends, and I put a cake in the over and forgot to turn on the timer. A few margaritas later, the smoke alarm went off, and there was no dessert that night! Fortunately, the margaritas helped people not care about the ruined cake. 😉

  • Andrea (Fit Healthy Fun)
    August 5, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Hi Jenna, try to be confident in your decision and trust yourself. And remember that everything happens for a reason!

    My embarrassing party moment is when we hosted our first Halloween party. We had a house-full of people (in costume) and my husband gave me a twirl saying what a wonderful hostess I was and then went for the dip and I fell and smacked my head on the floor. It was an adorable gesture, but I wound up mortified!

  • Recipes for Creativity
    August 5, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Yes, yes, yes! I completely know what you mean about decisions! Sometimes the one you know in your heart is right means doing something different, something scary, etc. It can mean changing something in your identity, like where you live or who you spend your time with, etc, and be so scary. I know you’ve got great intuition, so I’m sure whatever you’re struggling with, you’re doing the right thing!

    Funny thing that happened when I had people over: I had my friend, who is 26 years old and has never been intoxicated, over for dinner and she ended up drinking an entire bottle of wine. We actually both drank too much; I went to bed and forgot I even had a friend over, and my boyfriend ended up having to put out a trash can for her because she felt sick and he also had to tuck her in to the futon bed because she was so out of it! When I woke up the next morning and heard what had happened, it cracked me up!

  • Tracy
    August 5, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Hi Jenna! I am a completely new blogger – just started yesterday – but I just wanted to let you know that I love your blog, and I’ve been reading it over the last month or so. In terms of decision making, I’ve been there too. In college, I faced an extremely difficult and scary choice, and no matter what anyone told me, I kept second guessing myself. However, in the end, I made the right decision for myself, and I’m a firm believer in the idea that everything happens for a reason. 🙂

    That being said… onto a messy dinner party story… I once was helping my mom out for a family get-together, and as I turned on the blender to whip up a wonderful bean dip, it completely exploded in my face and all over the kitchen. Needless to say, my family referred to me as “bean face” the rest of the night. Lovely.

  • maggie
    August 5, 2009 at 9:24 am

    we were having 50+ people to my house for my sisters grad party this past christmas. 1 hour before everyone was supposed to show up our power went out. my father was scurring around the house looking for his backup generator and we lit all the candles. however, I was not done baking so i had to rush to our friends across the highway to bake all our goodies. I carried 10 cookie sheets over there. it was complete chaos!
    CHOOSE ME!!! i need the $$ for grocerys. i only spend money on grocerys and gas!

  • Katie K
    August 5, 2009 at 9:26 am

    great giveaway!!!! my funniest and embaresssing experience hosting would be when we had my in laws over for dinner and my dog peed on the couch and my FIL sat right on it jumped a little because it was wet then spilled his drink all over him…. 🙁 not good night!
    have a great day jenna!!

  • Sarah (now in FL)
    August 5, 2009 at 9:27 am

    We were having a family over for dinner and my mom was trying out her new bread machine. Somehow, a Jolly Rancher got in the bread machine (we have NO idea how) and though the bread smelled weird, we couldn’t figure out what was wrong so we served the bread. We figured out what was wrong when someone bit into something that was hard and pink in their bread. It was our family friend who is very exacting and perfectionistic, and he was naturally was extremely bothered by this. Interesting.

    Love you! Hope your day is okay.

  • Bonnie
    August 5, 2009 at 9:28 am

    My funniest (and most awkward) experience hosting a party happened when I invited my friends over for brunch during Christmas break when I was in college. My friend from high school announced while we were eating that she was getting married to a guy she had met only 2 months earlier. My other friend and I already knew about it, but everyone else was in complete shock. It got quiet for a long time until someone yelled, “WHAT??!!” Then it was just awkward. Makes for a funny memory though.

  • Jessica
    August 5, 2009 at 9:31 am

    I know what you mean about decisions too. I stayed in a bad bad relationship for 4 years because I was too afraid to get was too comfortable and I was afraid I would regret it even though in my heart I knew it wasn’t right. I finally made the decision to get out of it only about 3 weeks ago. I knew it was the right thing to do in my heart but it was the hardest decision i’ve ever made and the hardest thing I’ve ever been through. I’ve struggled with trying to understand why I had to go through pain like that, what was the point…but I know I made the right decision and accepting it and moving on gets easier and easier every day. Just follow your heart and do what you know is right and you will be ok in the end. I hope everything works out!

  • Carrie
    August 5, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Sadly, or happily, our infrequent parties have always gone pretty much as anticipated, barring weirdness from the assorted children who are usually present. 😉 We did happen to be hosting a party the night of the Superbowl that featured Janet Jackson’s infamous “wardrobe malfunction”…

  • Beth
    August 5, 2009 at 9:32 am

    I made a delicious shrimp casserole… but forgot to remove the peel on all the shrimp!! gahhh disgusting! Thank goodness for pizza 🙂

    Hang in there on your decision, whatever it may be! I know exactly what you mean – when you make any tough decisions in life, there’s always a mental back-and-forth that still makes you feel trapped. Someday you’ll look back and know that it all played out the way it did for a reason. It’s just hard to understand that in the moment.

  • Amanda
    August 5, 2009 at 9:33 am

    My funniest moment (now that I look back on it!) is when I had some friends over for an early Thanksgiving dinner. We had the turkey in a pan in the oven, and all of the juices were leaking and it caught on fire!! The house was FILLED with smoke, but somehow the turkey still turned out ok! We ended up eating dinner at 10pm, but we could laugh about it at least!!

  • Callina
    August 5, 2009 at 9:36 am

    A lot of times when I host parties I get frazzled and stressed. So my favorite party hosting moments are when we have people over on a chilly spring or fall night and simply RELAX in front of the fire pit with a few beers or a bottle of wine. My favorite thing about hosting these simple, relaxing evenings is the conversation–my friends often have parties that games (like the Wii) so it’s nice to have a break from that and just hang out and talk once in a while.

  • Ilene
    August 5, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Once, a “study group” turned into a giant party! They usually do though(:

  • Marcia
    August 5, 2009 at 9:42 am

    My funniest hosting story was when I threw a surprise party for my boyfriend. We had been dating for 4 years at the time and his grandma kept making fun of him for not having proposed yet. So, she made him a fake time bomb with a poem about not having proposed, which she proceeded to read to everyone. The poem was hilarious yet very embarrassing to me and my boyfriend (fiance now!!) and we never heard the end of that joke from our friends!

  • JW
    August 5, 2009 at 9:42 am

    My family was all over at our house eating christmas eve dinner and my grandmother dumped her entire plate on the floor, then fell herself. She ended up being ok though. Definately something we’ll all remember.

  • Greta
    August 5, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Gah, I know exactly what you mean. Leaving one’s comfort zone is never a small fete, even if you know it’s for the better in the long run.

    Instead of facing everything right here and now, maybe, kick back and do something you absolutely love and just focus on living moment by sweet and beautiful moment… Sending happy thoughts your way!

  • Joanna
    August 5, 2009 at 9:47 am

    My sister and I catered a dinner party for my aunt and her friends, and after working hard for a week, I realized I had roasted the chicken upside down! It was still delicious, but there was no golden crispy skin 🙁

  • Shelly
    August 5, 2009 at 9:52 am

    I was having a Halloween party for all the grad students in my apartment the first year that I was a grad student. I lived in an old condo in New Orleans (on Saint Charles Ave.) that was gorgeous but something was always breaking (that is the nature of gorgeous old apartments in New Orleans- I refer to these mishaps as “charm”). Anyway, during the middle of the party, the doorknob fell off of the door and I couldn’t put it back on!

  • Sally
    August 5, 2009 at 9:54 am

    I have never had anything really terrible happen (yet!) but once I had people over for a work function and about halfway through, all of my husband’s coworker broke into “You’ve lost that lovin’ feeling” (we’re Navy!) while one pulled out a ring and proposed to his girlfriend! Too funny and none of us wives/girlfriends had any idea!

  • valerie
    August 5, 2009 at 9:55 am

    About a year ago I threw a Mexican themed party. We were making margaritas, and I didn’t have the top on the blender tight enough before I plugged it in and needless to say, margarita made it all over the walls, floor, ceiling and a few of my guests. It was embarrassing, but also, really funny!

  • Erin
    August 5, 2009 at 9:58 am

    My funniest hosting moment was trying to make risotto on a tempermental stovetop (throwing out lots of heat) on a hot, humid day. I came to the table with my risotto — sweating buckets — but triumphant! 🙂

  • Valerie
    August 5, 2009 at 9:58 am

    I had a dinner party with a 6 year old I babysat that particular day, my parents and an aunt and uncle. We all sat down at the table and began our meal. The 6 year old couldn’t keep her eyes off my uncle. She was staring so much she could barely eat. After a while it made my uncle uncomfortable, and he asked her why she was staring. Her response was “I want to see you drink like a fish!” I guess I overshared information when preparing her to meet my family!

  • vea
    August 5, 2009 at 9:59 am

    I set the oven on fire while baking, so we ended just getting take out! 🙂

  • Brigid
    August 5, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Sorry you are going through a hard time. May I suggest the book (if you haven’t already read it) The Road Less Traveled. It helped when I was going through a tough time in my life.

    As far as a story, I was having my wedding shower at my parents’ house. At the time they had a very large Irish Wolfhound. Well, the dog found her way to my cake and helped herself to some before the guests even arrived. We had to smooth over the icing and just serve from the other side of the cake.

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    August 5, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Well, I wasn’t the host of this party, but the incident was pretty crazy! During a birthday party back in middle school, my friend’s dad was sleep-walking and fell out of the 2nd story window. It was snowing and I think he had to go to the emergency room. I’m pretty sure we continued our sleepover party though…

  • Mary Beth
    August 5, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Craziest party hosting was a couple of winters ago when we decided to light the fireplace for the first time in the season. Turns out that since we had the chimney cleaned only a couple of weeks ago, a squirrel had decided to build a home in there…I won’t go into details, but my frustration in not being able to light a fire was quickly replaced by sorrow for those little guys…

  • Jane
    August 5, 2009 at 10:07 am

    omg where to begin? maybe the one i remember most fondly is when i decided to make lasagna with delicious homemade sauce for ten friends. i thought, if a little sauce is good, a lot of sauce must be GREAT, right? WRONG! i made what basically amounted to slightly cheesy tomato soup with bits of pasta floating in it! oh, and spattered my brand-new white kitchen with red! a couple bottles of merlot and some chinese delivery transformed a kitchen disaster into a hilarious, fun evening with my pals. 🙂

  • Jess
    August 5, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Our funniest party hosting moment was when someone reached for a glass of white wine and found out it was vinegar! I had run out of ingredient bowls so I poured the vinegar into a wine glass! It was a total tragedy! 🙂

  • Christina
    August 5, 2009 at 10:08 am

    The best had to be accidentaly using sour cream instead of cream cheese to make icing for carrot cake. Oups!

  • Pam (Highway to Health)
    August 5, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Decisions can be really tough!

    I haven’t had anything too crazy happen while I was hosting but Garrett was born on Leap Year so I threw him a 6th birhtday party last year and made everyone wear birthday hats, play games, and listen to music from when we were 6. It was awesome! I almost blew the surprise though because I left a bag of ice on the front porch where he came in.. Oooops!

  • Katie B.
    August 5, 2009 at 10:11 am

    I would have to say my attempt at “chicken under a brick” in my tiny, HOT kitchen. I hadn’t done enough math to figure out exactly how many pans and bricks I would need – so all that resulted was a sweaty, burned on the edge of melt down hostess! NEVER again!

  • Krissy - Single Serving
    August 5, 2009 at 10:11 am

    I didn’t host the party – but I once tagged along with a friend to a Super Bowl party and she literally walked into the wrong house. So I’m standing there with a tray of hors d’oeuvres looking at the guy who owns the house and trying to apologize as my friend is doubled over laughing. It was pretty funny – and more than a little embarassing. I mean – we were standing in this guy’s foyer and he’s looking at us like we’re nuts!

    We invited him to the real party though (he didn’t come but the thought was there!)

    You’ve had a really rough year Jenna (to put it EXTREMELY mildly!) I really hope you have an easier time soon. You deserve it. Hugs to you!

  • Erica
    August 5, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Glad you’re doing better this morning. I hear ya on the tough decisions. I’m thinking through some life decision type things right now and its tough stuff.

    OK so for the giveaway- we were having a big housewarming type party and had invited all of our friends. Earlier that day we decided to go to the park where Josh was tossing a football around with some of our friends. We brought Frank and he ran around like a wild man. Now Frank can only handle about 15 minutes of running (hes a bulldog after all), but we let him go a good 45 minutes. We got home and he was panting HEAVILY on the floor. I ran around the kitchen getting things ready and went out on the deck to start the grill. I left the door open slightly and thank GOODNESS I did. Frank ran out onto the deck and had several….poop messes on the deck just as our guests were arriving! We hosed down the deck and all was fine (thank goodness it wasn’t in the house). Our guests arrived and were hysterically laughing.

  • Heather
    August 5, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Hi Jenna – I completely understand how you feel – I just made a similar decision.

    My husband I were having friends over for dinner – we made a whole chicken (which we have done before). The themometer must have been in the wrong spot because it said it was done – then we cut into a pretty raw chicken. MMMM….nothing like serving raw chicken to guests – needless to say that chicken went back in the oven.

  • Simone
    August 5, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Love the question! My favorite hosting moment was when I had a sushi making party in my shoebox of a studio apartment. Can you say interesting?!…haha. Anyways, the party was a hit but because I live in a studio apartment and had many people sitting on my bed, when I went to go to sleep that night, I definitely found some sticky rice in my bed. Gotta love NYC living!!

  • Emily
    August 5, 2009 at 10:13 am

    I don’t know if it was funny or not, but I had a bunch of people over for “burrito night” – and thought I would use the opportunity to show them how healthy food can still taste good! I bought these low-carb tortillas that were DISGUSTING, and clearly my intentions were completely ruined. Whoops!

  • Anonymous
    August 5, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Just gonna go out on a limb here, did something happen with you and Ryan? Havne’t heard you speak of him much since your trip. Hope you are feeling better regardless. 🙂

  • Menden (SkinnyMenny)
    August 5, 2009 at 10:15 am

    My mother got married a few years ago, and we had a small wedding at a local church and decided to hold the reception at my grandmother’s house. We had set up everything for the reception, including the food and the wedding cake, so it would all be ready for us after the wedding ceremony. For some reason my aunt left her dog, a yellow lab, in the house while we were at the church, and he ATE half of my mother’s wedding cake!!!! We didn’t want my mom to get upset, so we cut off the “eaten” part and didn’t even tell her what happened, lol! Needless to say, I didn’t have any cake that night 😉

    August 5, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Well, everyone else’s stories are wholesome and about food. Hmmph. One time in college, my brother and I had a party while our parents were away. We totally pulled it off, until my brother was bringing the last bag of garbage downstairs, slipped on the steps, and put his hand through the ceiling. They didn’t believe the trash story and just assumed it was a drunken tumble from a party we probably had ….

  • maren
    August 5, 2009 at 10:16 am

    mine’s pretty common i think… i was baking for a party i was hosting and instead of the cinnamon, i accidentally put chile powder! we didnt even realize until someone actually tasted it! EW!

  • alyssa
    August 5, 2009 at 10:17 am

    friend brought over soda…found out they were expired for 6 years after we agreed it tasted like soap. gross. but funny.

  • Kelly
    August 5, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Hey Jenna,

    Hang in there! Living with the tough choices for a little while gives you the time to make them “your own” … it takes time, but I’m sure things will be looking rosier soon. Sending you a big hug in the meantime!!

    The funniest/most embarrassing thing that happened when I was hosting people was at my backyard graduation party (from high school… this was several years ago). I was goofing around with my cousins and wanted to demonstrate the difference between a cartwheel and a round-off. I launched into an energetic cartwheel, completely forgetting that I was wearing a knee-length khaki skirt, which promptly ripped in half at the apex of my cartwheel. I was mortified!

  • Madelin @ What is for breakfast?
    August 5, 2009 at 10:18 am

    Your oats look joy!!! Glad your feeling better :).

  • Sara
    August 5, 2009 at 10:18 am

    I had my boyfriend over for a fancy breakfast one morning. I just HAD to “healthify” the belgium waffle recipe slightly with some whole wheat flour. They came out of the waffle iron a bit heartier than I would have liked. Bricks I tell you BRICKS! All that sifting and beating and folding of fluffy egg whites for naught!

  • h-bomb
    August 5, 2009 at 10:19 am

    ugh my moment was more embarrassing than funny. once my dog must have been sick during a bbq. i start smelling an awful stench and realize he’s just left a present behind the dining room table full of food. soooo gross. i was mortified while i scrubbed the tile and disposed of grossness.

  • Taylor
    August 5, 2009 at 10:22 am

    My funniest party hosting moment happened when I first starting to learn to bake. I had all of my friends over and I just put the cookies in the oven (it was the slice and bake kind). So when the timer went off, we were all excited to eat them! I went over to the oven and opened it. The cookie dough melted all down the oven! Little did I know, you had to put the cookies on a baking sheet! I guess you live and you learn- I know how to make my cookies now!

  • megan
    August 5, 2009 at 10:22 am

    I know what you mean about making a decision like that. You know you made the right choice though. Whatever it is it will work out for the best…even if it may be hard to accept at the moment!
    Love the big bowl of oats…even if you couldn’t finish it 😉
    Happy Yoga Wednesday!!!

  • Christy
    August 5, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Funniest thing that has ever happened… Well, it is funny in retrospect, but I invited my parents and in-laws over for dinner and FORGOT!!! My husband and I returned home from our own dinner and found them on the front step! We were so embarrassed and made up a story about a work emergency. We ordered take-out and they never knew 🙂

  • Kelly L.
    August 5, 2009 at 10:23 am

    My funniest party hosting moment wasn’t funny at the time but last Summer we had 15-20 people over in the 100 degree heat for dinner. Well the A/C just happened to go out. Plus we were using the oven and some food dripped on the bottom and burned. Needless to say our house felt and smelled like a burning oven. People were SWEATING!!! 🙂

  • Andee (Runtolive)
    August 5, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Fun question! I was having guests over for dinner and I wanted to make chicken lettuce wraps. For the sauce, I accidentally put in baking soda instead of cornstarch to thicken up the sauce and the entire thing just foamed up! Yeah, I had to toss that and re-do the entire recipe again!

  • Denise (apple hill adventurer)
    August 5, 2009 at 10:26 am

    When we used to have a bunny it escaped and chewed through the stereo cord haha.

    i am glad to hear you are feeling better jenna 😀

  • J
    August 5, 2009 at 10:28 am

    I made a drop dead gorgeous chocolate raspberry tart, removed it from the oven, set it on the stove and walked away to get some coffee ready…A second later there was a huge crash and shards of glass flew all over the kitchen. One of the burners on the stove had been left on and the direct heat caused the glass tart pan to shatter. Oh well, I can laugh about it now…

  • Christina
    August 5, 2009 at 10:28 am

    I recently had my parents and grandparents over at me at my fiance’s new apartment for dinner. I had the idea that sangria would be fun to serve. Little did I know Grandma would enjoy it so much! Lets just say there were some funny and slightly awkward stories about when she and my grandfather were engaged!

  • Krystina
    August 5, 2009 at 10:33 am

    The funniest/most embarrassing party hosting moment I’ve ever had was def. putting the wrong date on the invitations and preparing for my own party on the wrong night!! I ended up telling everyone about my big mistake, which is why it was so silly.

    Hope you’re feeling better today!

  • Carrie H
    August 5, 2009 at 10:34 am

    One St. Patrick’s Day many years ago, my boyfriend — husband now — and I made corned beef and cabbage and had several neighbors, friends and family over. A neighbor’s girlfriend really, really loved the corned beef — as in, she started making orgasmic sounds while eating! It was soooo weird and disgusting … Everyone, including her boyfriend, kinda stopped eating and just stared at her as she oohhh-ed and aaahhhh-ed and yes,yes,yes-ed! My siblings and husband and I still joke about the “corned beef orgasam girl!” We moved and haven’t seen her since!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    August 5, 2009 at 10:37 am

    My family was having Easter at our house and the older cousins were hiding Easter Eggs for the younger cousins. Well, one of my cousins hid an Easter egg in the tube that goes to the septic tank (don’t ask me why), and it got stuck! My grandpa had to get a vacuum to suck it out, and no one could use the bathroom for like 2 hours while he was trying to get it out. It was a little bit crazy! 😉

  • Johanna
    August 5, 2009 at 10:38 am

    I made a glorious dinner for my family…. and for dessert, I made big batches of chocolate chip cookies. While everything was healthy, I decided it was okay to make the “real version” of cookies! Butter, chocolate, nuts, and all! I served them right of out of the oven, and i didnt actually try one just yet. I wanted to enjoy everyones facial expression and feel happy I was feeding them yummies. … they made sour faces 🙁 I exadently subsituted sugar for salt!

  • LeeAnn
    August 5, 2009 at 10:39 am

    You will love this one Jenna! We had people coming over to our house one evening, and our first guest showed up. Our dalmatian decided she would greet them also with a pair of my panties around her head! LOL It was the craziest thing I have ever seen. See, she likes to lay in our closet on our laundry basket. Oh the horror!!!!! My face was red all evening. I couldn’t get those panties off fast enough!!!!!!!!
    By the way, I love your blog!

  • Stephanie
    August 5, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Good morning, Jenna! I hope that today is a better day…

    Well, you would appreciate this, I was hosting a wine tasting party. As I was opening the wine, I struggled a bit – like there was a vacuum under the cork – and when the cork finally came out it brought some wine with it! All over my pink shirt (and face and jeans and counter, etc.)! Don’t fight the vacuum!

  • Rebeca
    August 5, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Oh man, once I was having a dinner part and burned every one of the steaks I was making- even the extra “just in case ones”- burned on the outside, raw on the inside… then proceeded to burn the rice… then my dinner party became a “classy affair” where we ate McDs cheeseburgers and fries on China and my friends thought it was on purpose (thank God for Air Freshner to take away the burned smell haha)

    P.S. I’m “Blogging It Forward” Today and need comments so General Mills and ShopRite will donate to an area Food Bank! Please click over if any of you guys have a chance 🙂

  • Kati
    August 5, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Well I wasn’t hosting this party but was making a verrry moist chocolate bundt cake for a party at work. When it was done baking I turned it over attemping to get it out of the pan and it fell out in chunks. I was devastated! So back to the store I went for more ingredients to make another. Mixed it all up, into and out of the oven, and yes, didn’t come out whole AGAIN. I was exhausted and beyoned frustrated. I pieced it together as well as I could and took it to work! I haven’t made the cake since :/

  • Amisha
    August 5, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Once I invited some girlfriends over for lasagna and drinks. At the time I lived in a really old studio apartment with crappy tiny kitchen and useless appliances. I had never used the oven to actually bake anything, but rather reserved it for broiling, etc. Anyways, long story short, the knob broke off into my hand while I was adjusting the temperature and I had to guess. The lasagna looked great from the top, but the bottom layer was burnt to a crisp. I had to scoop out the two two layers only leaving the bottom intact. TERRIBLE. At least we were all too drunk to care that much by that time!

  • Heather (LilyBeans)
    August 5, 2009 at 10:48 am

    I spilled my special birthday cocktail, that I had created just for the day, all over my silk party dress 🙁 The worst part was that I had been trying to look super cool with my martini shaker while doing it.

  • Nicole
    August 5, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Well, my family was hosting a pool party in our backyard and my mom spent so much time baking this wonderful oreo chocolate cake. We had it all set up in the backyard and were about to start cutting it, and two little kids who were at the party came up to and one of them smashed the other’s face into the chocolate cake! It was such a mess and my mom had spent so much time cooking it! Haha but it was so cute, funny, and definitely priceless! (:

  • ShutupandRun
    August 5, 2009 at 10:53 am

    I had a nice get together with mom’s from my daughter’s preschool (who I had just met). Much to my dismay I looked in the living room and saw my dog humping one of the mom’s one year old. I mean my dog was ON TOP OF HER. I felt awful but thankfully this mom found some some humor in it.

  • Teri
    August 5, 2009 at 10:54 am

    So embarrassing…. (and a little gross – sorry!) I can’t even put it in full sentences. New town + new friends + new puppy + white underwear that had to be trashed (that time of month accident) + puppy’s obsession with trashcan and subsequent running in circles around my house. And she’s hard to catch. I wanted to DIE.

  • Jtine
    August 5, 2009 at 10:54 am

    I know exactly what you mean – couldn’t have said it better myself.

  • Ellen
    August 5, 2009 at 10:55 am

    it was a homemade-pizza-making party, i was trying to juggle several different people’s pizzas with an oven that was cranked up as high as it would go (read: hotter than you think!) i hurried to take out one pizza that was about to burn so i just used the kitchen towel to grab it. bad idea! the towel BURST into flames!! had no idea that was even possible and scared the crap out of me! towel was a goner, but i salvaged the most important part: the pizza 🙂

  • Jennifer
    August 5, 2009 at 10:56 am

    when i was much younger, i made pumpkin pie for the neighbors. only, i mixed up the salt and sugar ingredients and put in way too much salt and not enough sugar. they had a look of horror on their face as they took that first bite! haha.

  • Rebecca
    August 5, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Hmm the funniest thing that has ever happened to me while hosting a party? Probably dropping and breaking my camera because it was my birthday and I was drunk! Even though my camera is broken now, it was an amazing party so it brings back good memories! lol

  • The Healthy Apple
    August 5, 2009 at 10:57 am

    O I’ve gotta bunch of them…let’s see…well I’ve baked a casserole and when we started eating it…it had a coupon inside! Hahaha..don’t ask me where that came from….also, I made sauteed spinach and forgot to wash the spinach so it was pure grainy dirt and sand…so gross…my mother, of all people, decided to bake a cake and only had hard boiled eggs so she used 2 hard boiled eggs to bake a cake…honestly…i cannot even tell you what it looked like! Absolutely hysterical…haha…

    Have a great day, Jenna!!!!!! I can’t wait for the Summit next weekend…it’s getting so close!



  • Katherine
    August 5, 2009 at 11:01 am

    After a party at my apartment, my friend was rinsing out a shot glass in the sink and I guess it fell down into the disposal because when my roommate turned it on later that week, tiny pieces of glass came flying out! It was scary.

  • Lainie
    August 5, 2009 at 11:04 am

    I hosted a party and accidentally put sugar in my beans instead of salt. I essentially served “sugar beans” to the whole group, and it wasn’t until I tasted them when I sat down that I realized how vile they were! Everyone was so nice, they didn’t want to tell me 🙂

  • Amy
    August 5, 2009 at 11:09 am

    I totally understand about living with the decision being harder than just making the decision. It’s tough. I had to do this after an almost 5 year relationship- it’s tough facing that it just may not work. It’s extremely hard breaking the “habit” of just having that person around.

    I can say though, if you go back and forth and are in turmoil about it- it’s probably a “no”. What i mean, is, if there is any concern or doubt about the situation- it probably, ultimately won’t work. I reasoned my way through 5 years, and looked back wondering why i didnt have the strength to let go sooner- if for no reason but to get back that time!

    you’re a doll and you’ll do the right thing! you KNOW what should happen- you know what you need. make the tough decisions and start the transition now- you’ll thank yourself later!


  • Jessica
    August 5, 2009 at 11:12 am

    I hosted a dinner party and got way in over my head! Nothing was cooking at the speed it was supposed to and my guests spent the first hour in the kitchen helping me save dinner from disaster. Everyone was great about but they all laugh at my cooking skills now!

  • Kristen
    August 5, 2009 at 11:15 am

    We were getting a Halloween party together freshman year in the dorm…we thought it would be cool to have a fog machine with the strobe light, so we had it running it for about half an hour. Then the fire alarm went off. The entire building was evacuated at midnight, and we had to explain to the fire department what had happened =P

  • Lizzie
    August 5, 2009 at 11:17 am

    I made a career decision several years ago that looking back I kind of wish I had made the alternate – but somehow I wound up in the field of the job I chose not to take anyway! You can always change if you don’t like where you are – but hope that you are feeling better about whatever it was you had to decide! 🙂

  • Meredith (Pursuing Balance)
    August 5, 2009 at 11:21 am

    I haven’t done much hosting (I live in a tiny studio), but years ago I remember my best friend and I deciding to make cookies for her family. It was pretty late at night, but we got our bake on anyway! We didn’t have any parchment paper to line the cookie sheets, and her older sister told us to just use wax paper. We put them in the oven and sat down to watch some TV. A little while later, she asked “do you smell smoke?” The whole kitchen had smoked up from the wax paper in the oven! And then the whole house! We turned on the fans and opened the doors, trying frantically to wave it outside, but it was so much that it woke her dad up. He came running out in his pajamas, thinking there was a fire! Unfortunately, the cookies burnt so we didn’t even get to indulge in them. Since then, we have honed our cookie-baking abilities and now are quite the experts 🙂

  • katecooks
    August 5, 2009 at 11:22 am

    i think everyone has been there at some point or another with the hard decisions. mine was this past january, breaking up with my boyfriend of 4 years. i KNOW it was the right thing to do but it truly SUCKED and still does!! sometimes the roughest choices are the best ones, and we always know deep in our hearts what is right. i hope you are feeling more at peace and know that you did the best thing for yourself!
    i love hosting parties for my friends!!! my roommate and i hosted an ugly sweater holiday party last year that brought the COPS to our door! oops! what can we say, our spiced wine was GOOD 🙂

  • Stacy
    August 5, 2009 at 11:24 am

    Jenna – I’m new to your blog (a friend recommended it) and I absolutely love it! Your recipes are terrific and very practical. By the way, what type of protein powder do you use? Thanks!

  • Abbie
    August 5, 2009 at 11:26 am

    I was hosting a brunch and making waffles. Instead of putting in baking soda I accidently put in arrowroot powder. They came out like hockey pucks!

  • Lindsey
    August 5, 2009 at 11:26 am

    What a fun question! My funniest party hosting moment occurred the 4th of July in 2007. My brother-in-law had a few too many beers at our party. The entire night he kept daring people to throw him in the pool, and he would get tossed each and every time. He would then proceed to change into a new pair of my husband’s shorts because the old pairs would be soaked. The last time he went to change into a new pair, he lost his balance and fell into our toliet completely breaking the tank off. I was not laughing at the time, but now when we remember the event it always cracks us up. Don’t worry, he did buy us a new toliet the next day!

  • Jessica
    August 5, 2009 at 11:27 am

    My most embarassing hosting moment has to be the time that I grilled cheeseburgers & did not take that paper that separates the cheese slices out!!! Every cheese burger had a piece of paper melted between the cheese & the burger!!!! Luckily most of our friends were okay just pulling the paper out : )

  • Raya
    August 5, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Totally understand what you’re talking about, I just recently ended a relationship due to circumstances that just weren’t making ME happy. I know it was the right thing but it’s still hard!

    Raya @ RayaRuns.Com

  • jds
    August 5, 2009 at 11:29 am

    I was supposed to host a pregame on my apartment building’s rooftop last weekend for about 15 friends, between our semi-early dinner reservations at a restaurant down the street and going out… It was an absolutely gorgeous day and everyone came to dinner with bottles of wine (and Firefly!) to take to my place afterward. However, during dinner, the skies absolutely opened up and it started downpouring, which it continued to do for the rest of the night! We couldn’t just stay at the restaurant, or go straight to bars, because everyone was carrying bottles of wine, etc, so we ended up all going back to my building anyway and cramming into my little studio apartment – and most of us were drenched too! Plus, I just moved in a few weeks ago so I don’t have overhead lighting in the main room yet!! We made it into a fun (though somewhat dark) party, but it was pretty comical to see everyone in such small quarters. At least I had cleaned up before I left for dinner!

  • Sara
    August 5, 2009 at 11:30 am

    I wanted to dye a yellow tablecloth pink to match my landlord’s lovely (sarcasm!) pink theme in the kitchen but ended up somehow dying it bright blue with yellow streaks still showing through in a swirly pattern! It was a fun mistake though – it looked like Hawaii in February 😀

  • Donna
    August 5, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Mine would have to be the 1st time I cooked Thanksgiving Dinner for a group. Our garbage disposal backed up from too many potato skins… the kitchen sink would not drain and junk was going up into the bathroom sink! It was a huge mess and the upstairs water had to be turned off til it was fixed the next day. We had to use the laundry sink in the cellar for any water we needed for the rest of the dinner and for rinsing dishes after dinner. It was a nightmare at the time, but now we can laugh about it!

    Hope things are lookin up for you, Jenna!

  • Becky
    August 5, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Each October we host a pumpkin carving party at our house. Two years ago we had invited people who had invited people and soon we had like 18 people in our townhouse. It lead to people carving pumpkins on the kitchen table, the coffee table, and a spare table. Needless to say there were seeds everywhere. A fun party though!

  • Yasmin
    August 5, 2009 at 11:38 am

    I had everything ready for our little party by 2 PM and nobody showed up! I was feeling like such a loser and put everything away. Turns out I had put the wrong time on the invitations…it said 4 PM so when people came I was not prepared. I wasn’t as pathetic as I thought though!

  • Meghan
    August 5, 2009 at 11:40 am

    I am sure that whatever decision you made is best for YOU..and everything will work out! this is my most recent hosting disaster! I was hosting a dinner party at my friends apartment because the dining area was larger and he has a nice outdoor patio! Well…I turned one of the gas burners on..the one that I thought was underneath the big pot of marinara sauce. Well I go to stir the sauce and it’s not heating up or anything. All of a sudden there’s a super loud POP! Turns out I turned the back burner on where I left the GLASS pot lid and the top metal little knob on the top went flying off and the entired glass top shattered EVERYWHERE. The glass was so hot and stuck over the burner..disasterrrr! hahah luckily we cleaned it all up and had a superb meal!

  • emily
    August 5, 2009 at 11:41 am

    One time I had a huge group of friends over (more for a get-together than a party) and when we went out for pizza we decided to walk so everyone left their car keys in the house……..and so did I! When we got back we were locked out and stuck for hours while we waited for my boyfriend to get done with a fraternity meeting and save us!

  • Amanda
    August 5, 2009 at 11:50 am

    I was having a study dinner date with my friends in college when one of the girls left a pyrex dish on top of the stove and accidently turned on the burner. It didn’t take long for the glass to heat and the dish to explode everywhere! Once we realized what had happened we couldn’t control ourselves laughing. Def a good study break to calm the nerves and help us refocus. Finding glass in the kitchen for next week wasn’t as great though!
    And I know what you mean about the decision thing. Even if you know something is right it doesn’t mean it’s easy to accept. It will just take time so hang in there!

  • Abbey
    August 5, 2009 at 11:54 am

    At my 13th birthday party, we had a delicious spread of junk food (in teenager typical style, including pizza, cake, ice cream, potato sticks, cheese curls, chips, cookies, soda, etc). Well, we were obsessed with ping pong (this was the 90s people, i swear!) so that was the main activity and my parents moved the dining room table and setup our huge ping pong table from the garage right in the dining room. So, all the food was arranged along the center of the table and my guests and I were seated around the perimeter. I bet you can guess what happened in the middle of our meal. FWOOM! The whole thing slapped shut like a clam while we were eating!!!!! Let me tell you, there was pizza sauce, cheese curls, chips, soda everywhere–on the carpet, in people’s hair…oh man, it was FUNNY. Luckily nobody got hurt because it kind of slowly started to go and everyone backed away, but holy moly was that a pain to clean up.

  • MMiller
    August 5, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Oh, Jenna. Sorry you are having difficulties! You will realize after a while, your decisions were what was right for you! Hard as they may have been! Living through them only makes you a stronger person! They only help you to grow and thrive! You just don’t always see that for a while!

    Lets see now a party story….When my husband and I were first married I attempted to have a small party for his 21st birthday! I had just moved and didn’t really know anyone! So I called one guy he worked with and told him to spread the word! I had no idea who would be coming! I tried to prepare some snacks without my husband realizing! And nobody came! Not one person showed up! So we had a nice quiet evening at home ALONE!

  • Sarah
    August 5, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Funny Party Moment…we were BBQ’ing and the ketchup was stuck at the bottom of the bottle (like it always is!) so I decided to get it to the top by putting the ketchup bottle in my hand doing big 360 degree circles with my arm. So needless to say the cap opened and made a perfectly straight red line from the ceiling to the walls to the floor up to the ceiling again on my white walls! All you can do at that point is laugh…we all cracked up and couldn’t stop 🙂

  • Meg
    August 5, 2009 at 11:58 am

    I hosted Thanksgiving for the first time last year and made a pumpkin pie from scratch. Only I didn’t read the recipe close enough and added an extra egg white to the pie filling (it was supposed to be used to brush on the crust prior to baking). So it was more like pumpkin moose pie 🙂

    p.s. I am a first time commenter and love your blog!

  • marisa
    August 5, 2009 at 11:59 am

    oh gosh….in college i invited a bunch of friends over for a pre-thanksgiving turkey dinner before we all went home for break. i was so impressed with myself for preparing so many dishes and for cooking my first turkey. Well, my boyfriend at the time was in charge of physically putting the bird in the oven (that’s all i could trust him with) and he did. I left and went on a run and then finally went to check on the oven a few hours later and realized HE NEVER TURNED THE OVEN ON! I almost died. My friends showed up to a half cooked bird and we all spent the evening dining on veggies and sides.

  • Kelly
    August 5, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    I accidentally put 1/2 c. of salt in my chocolate chip cookies rather than 1/2 c. of sugar. Oh the faces on my guests as they bit into the cookies were priceless. I will never live that one down and am still trying to convince friends I really do make good cookies that are edible. 🙂

  • Jill
    August 5, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    I decided to throw a homemade sushi party for my friends and family. It was great – we got sashimi-grade fish selection, and I made up all of the accoutrements.
    We were are all so busy making our own hand rolls and chowing down that I didn’t notice my stepdad (sushi beginner) reaching for the wasabi. The wasabi came in a tube, and so he applied like toothpaste – one long, thick, stripe (about 4 inches long!!!) across his tuna roll. He popped the whole thing in his mouth, and when his eyes starting watering I knew something was wrong. His mouth was on fire for a long while, but we were all able to laugh about it – he was such a good sport!

  • Tay
    August 5, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    I’ve personally never hosted a party, but would love to and this would be the perfect opportunity!

  • Liz
    August 5, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Last Thanksgiving was at our house- our first time hosting. I knew you had to take the extras out of the turkey. But when my uncle carved it up- there was still a bag inside! oops, guess I missed it.

  • Kristen R.
    August 5, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Let’s just say my worst party hosting moment involved a VERY botched attempt at a red velvet cake for a friend’s birthday. I still have nightmares. 😉

  • lora
    August 5, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    my funniest hosting moment was Christmas, 2 years ago. My aunt brought over this delish cranberry crisp in a beautiful glass dish. I put it all in the oven to heat it up and CRASH!!! the dish burst into a billion pieces all over the place when I took it out because it got too hot and then crumbled…the crisp literally crumbled 😉


  • Dave Fannin
    August 5, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    my wife does all the hosting 🙁

  • Organic Ashley
    August 5, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    I think as women we are incredibly lucky to have that pit of our stomach feeling when things just aren’t right.
    Just know that God has a plan for you and if it feels right no that God is guiding you to make the right decision. Your Faith will keep you strong.
    I haven’t had too many people over yet for dinner yet I am still pretty young but one night I had some friends over. (I was throwing a bday party for a friend.) One of the girl’s at the party walked right through the screen door and she was so shocked that she backed up to quick and fell into the pool. whoops!
    oh and no one had been drinking I think that makes it even worse.

  • heather heyn
    August 5, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Decisions can be hard. I totally know. Sometimes doing what right feels so wrong! It hurts sometimes but it will all work out in the end…This should make you laugh though. I once made my boyfriend a birthday cake with salt instead of sugar. I we had no idea until the candles were blown out and everyone dug into their slice. I kid you not. 8 people all at once spit out the cake and I was mortified. Yep, that’s my life!

  • Maria
    August 5, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    The funniest party hosting moment? We were all doing karaoke and dancing like crazy when the pizza guy came in on us…let’s just say we were a tad bit embarrassed 😉

  • Michelle
    August 5, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    I was hosting a birthday party and it was my responsibility to pick up the cake. It was a big cake and I was so proud of myself for being so careful with it in the store (while doing other shopping). Everything was great until I got home… and took it out of the car. I picked it up at an a little bit of an angle and it started sliding out of the container. The cake almost broke completely in half. Such a mess! You couldn’t even read the happy birthday message on the front after that. I was so upset I did something so careless! Good thing everyone laughed it off (after giving me a hard time, of course!). I’m not allowed to pick up the Bday cake at anymore parties!

    By the way, I’m new to your blog and absolutely love it! You’ve inspired me to cook more (at all, really!) and I really like the focus on health and fitness too. Good luck with the decision you had to make!

  • amani
    August 5, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Well, I had made a huge pot of this East African beed and okra dish. I divided it into two dishes, becuase there was so much. My husband was brining it out and splat! It spilled all over my wooden floors. We hurriedly cleaned it up. But I swear, I could still smell okra for weeks afterwards. I now have somwhat of an aversion to it :-/

  • Pru
    August 5, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    I helped host a murder mystery party, and I got to die! But as I fell, a button popped off my shoe and hit someone in the face at the same time my “husband” popped a champagne cork which broke a glass. It was a very dramatic death.

  • ttfn300
    August 5, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    i ended up challenging some guys to a pushup contest 🙂 umm, there may have been alcohol involved, too 😉

  • Nicole
    August 5, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    My funniest hosting experience was when I had some friends over and decided that after a few whiskey drinks I should attempt my hand at some raw brownies. Since I was a little drunk and my vitamix was new… I kept thinking that my vitamix was broken and while trying to turn it off and really just changing its speed. Regardless, I soon realized it wasn’t broken and that I just didn’t know how to use my vitamix. After about 90 minutes of hard blending work in the vitamix I had made raw brownies out of little more than pecans and walnuts. Everyone agreed that they were the best brownies ever! I didn’t feel so stupid then. Haha.

  • Susan
    August 5, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    The toilets broke during one of my parties once. It wasn’t a nice fancy party either – it was a “house packed full of drunk people party.” Not good! 😛

  • Emily
    August 5, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Great giveaway!!

    This is funny now but my mom didn’t think so at the time. I had just turned 17 and she was going out of town for a week. I decided to be rebellious and have a “few” people over for some drinks and fun. There ended up being about 15 people in a 800 sqft house (!!). Needless to say we were PACKED in like a bunch of sardines. Anyway, someone dropped a bottle of whiskey on the carpet and it broke. I didn’t want my mom to know I had been drinking but of course for about a month the whole house smelled like whiskey. It was awful.

  • Serena
    August 5, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    I always seem to have trouble when I’m doubling or halfing recipes. Once when halfing a recipe, I forgot to half the salt, so ended up with a super salty dish. I guess I should be glad worse hasn’t happened – some of these stories people are telling are too funny!

  • Heather S.
    August 5, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Let’s see. One time when I was young and awkward and just learning to cook on my own…I had some friends over for a “double date” night on New Year’s Eve…and I went all out, trying to impress them. I chose a really hard main dish (Beef Wellington), and suprisingly it turned out edible (but not pretty)…but the thing I still get razzed about is the fancy-pants tomato sherry soup that I served as a starter – COLD. Well, turns out when you don’t cook off the alcohol in a cold soup, and you probably put in too much to begin with, it’s a bit too strong. Hahaha. Everyone was liquored up before their main course 😉 Who complains about too much alcohol in their food, anyways??

  • Carly
    August 5, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Definitely the night of E’s and my joint bachelor/ette party – he turned on the bath, fell and hit his head on the tub, passing out, and almost flooded the entire house!

  • Lauren
    August 5, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Hmm, my funniest hostest moment?!?! Well, this would probably be at my bachelorette party. All the girls came back to my house and we stayed up late drinking and playing games. I actually ended up passing out on the couch early and they carried me up to bed. (Don’t remember a thing) but the pics are hilarious!

    Hope you have a great day!

  • heatherfeather
    August 5, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    My party hosting downfall was when I decided to try a NEW recipe for the first time ever ( just. don’t. do it.) the pretty picture of a turkey-veggie meatloaf looked absolutely yummy. i usually tweak recipes to my own liking, but I didn’t want to play around with ingredients too much since this was my 1st time making it. the recipe called for two shredded carrots… well, my veggie drawer just happened to contain some pretty large carrots. fast forward two hours later – i had an orange, yes orange, Carrot GLOB! quite embarrassing – needless to say, we were all a little hungry, so we headed out to buffalo wild wings to quiet our growling tummies!

  • Chutney
    August 5, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Hang in there, Jenna — and have a great yoga class!

    Like others, I’ve set my smoke alarm off (more than once) during a dinner party. Not a hilarious event, but funny nonetheless. 😉

  • Whitney
    August 5, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    My family travelled to El Salvador to visit my older sister, who was in the Peace Corps at the time, for her birthday. She’s not very much into surprises, but the day of her birthday she had to go into the nearest city to pick something up for the community she was assigned to. My mom and I worked with a few of her neighbors to cook the food, arrange the live music, and set up outside for her painting party (the community planned to pitch in to paint her house with bright colors and flowers). Anyways, when she came home to the surprise and we finally dug into the food, we relized it was some of the spiciest food we had ever eaten! My family couldn’t eat anything on the table except for the tortiallas and the wine!

    First time posting – Jenna, love the blog 🙂

  • Beth @ CrossBorderCravings
    August 5, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    I was soooo sick for my 18th bday party and had to go to bed about 30 minutes after it began :O(. Come Monday I had to have my appendix out!! Talk about bad timing…

  • Sara
    August 5, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Funniest moments: having a summer bash in the backyard, and people getting splinters on the deck, then slipping and sliding all over my kitchen floor with wet feet! Yikes. Who needs Slip ‘n Slide?

  • Chocolate Shoestrings
    August 5, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Awesome giveaway!
    um… its not really funny, but for my graduation, my boyf and I decided to combine forces and throw a party together for both our families at my house. Well, right as we are eating and getting into the swing of things and having a blast, my housemate and her family walk in, and declare they are moving out right now and need to take all the kitchen furniture. So there we are, moving all the food we JUST cooked from the tables onto the floor and any other surface we can find, and trying to have a party while my housemate is moving out. AWKWARD. (also, the housemate and I WERE NOT friends, so it was really awkward)

  • BethT
    August 5, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    More embarrassing than funny… but probably having one of my friends step in dog poo at a sleepover when we were in high school. My dog had gotten sick in the middle of the night and as the friend got up to use the bathroom, she got a “surprise.” Her screams woke us all up!

  • ModelBehavior
    August 5, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    i don’t have any stories because I’ve never hosted before!! Give me the oppertunity with this great gift card!!! 😀

  • Rae
    August 5, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    I hosted a dinner party a few years ago when I was a newbie cook. I wanted to serve Tarragon chicken, but didnt have taragon, so I subbed in Turmeric, thinking anything would work and it would be ok cause they sounded similar….lol…lets just say Turmeric and oranges with chicken make an INTERESTING dish!!

  • Jenna
    August 5, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    We we hosting a dessert party for my sister’s graduation, and had a number of tables set up in our back yard. It was a windy evening and we had candles placed int he middle of each table, along with a vase of flowers to keep the table cloth down. In the midst of dancing, drinking, and eating, the table cloth must have blown up and over the table and caught on fire! Luckily no friends (or sweets!) were harmed!!

  • Keri
    August 5, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Funniest thing that ever happened to me was inviting people over for dinner (chili) who are not so fond of hot and spicy foods… unfortunately for them, in my rush to throw the spices in the crockpot before I left for work that morning I overdid it (just a WEE bit– OK, maybe a lot) on the cayenne and cumin… WOOPS! Let’s just say people were not so chilly with my chili… I loved it tho! (;

  • megan
    August 5, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    An ice breaker/team building event of trying to “shave” shaving cream off a balloon without popping it turned into who could cover the most of their body head to toe in shaving cream- clothes and all!

  • Ada
    August 5, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Once when I was hosting a dinner party, my dog decided to grab the toilet bowl brush and carry it into the dining room. She then proceeded to jump onto the dining room table WITH the brush still in her mouth!!! At first I thought it was a disaster, but then everyone broke into laughter:)

  • LeeAnn
    August 5, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Mine is a bit more embarrassing than funny-I had two friends over for a sleep over in high school. We were chattering away upstairs and were interrupted by my dad’s ahem loud gas emissions from his bedroom below. Very embarrassing for a teenager!

  • Laura E
    August 5, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Great giveaway!

    Every year we try to have a family reunion and my sisters who live about 4 hours away stay at my house over that weekend. Well, during the actual reunion that was at my house that year nothing really happened but the next morning at breakfast one of my sisters was going to stick something in the microwave and the homemade baked beans were still inside! I forgot to get them out after heating them the day before! Now I always make sure we have everything set out before we eat.

  • Amy (
    August 5, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    I would say when we had a Mexican fiesta and everyone- including a poor two year old doned mustaches!

  • Annie
    August 5, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    For my 18th birthday, a ton of my friends and I went out to dinner. The plan for after dinner was to go to a haunted house (my birthday is near Halloween), but my friends talked me into having people over instead. Word spread and the next thing I knew, I was throwing the biggest party of the year (it was the talk of the high school for weeks)! Everyone came dressed up and we all had a blast!

  • Elise
    August 5, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    In high school I invited some friends over the eat the churros I was test-making for a Spanish presentation. An unsuspecting teenager, I didn’t think to monitor the temperature of the oil, and when I squeezed in my first piece of dough, huge billows of smoke came up from the pan. All the fire alarms in our house went off immediately, and none of us were tall enough to turn any of them off (even while standing on a chair!). We had to call in some help from another friend, and I was absolutely embarrassed.

    August 5, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Unfortunately!! this just happened to me. I did a bunch of laundry on Saturday, and took my bra out of the laundry room to put away. But then – I couldn’t find it anywhere – my husband and I looked high and low and destroyed the house looking for it, but it was just not there – I said to him, “our friends will probably walk in and see it right away”. The next day, Sunday, we hosted friends for Sunday lunch – and sure enough, about half way through the meal, the 18 year old with whom I am very close, asked if I had changed after church, because there was MY BRA HANGING OVER A CHAIR RIGHT BY THE FRONT DOOR!! Gah! I was embarassed, but we all had a good laugh!

  • Gloria
    August 5, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    I haven’t had any funny/interesting “grownup” party stories, yet. But in high school when I threw a party, I woke up to some guy I didn’t even know peeing in my kitchen… right on the stove! I was furious at the time, but now my friends and I crack up everytime we tell the story… and Mom never found out 😉

  • Anna
    August 5, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    One night my roommate had a get-together for her engineering department. Everyone was drinking casually, except for one girl who decided that mixed drinks were her favorite things in the world. While everyone else had a good buzz going at the max, this girl was trashed. When she came back from a bathroom trip, she informed us that she had accidentally ripped the shower rod out of the wall. This was pretty impressive, considering that once we had a guy from the swim team who is over 6′ tall fall into the tub but he only broke some of the curtain rings. To this day we are convinced that she was doing some sort of acrobatics in there to get the mollybolts to actually rip out of the wall. At least she paid to have it repaired, although I heard she was pretty embarrassed in class on Monday!

  • Danielle
    August 5, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Like a lot of other people here, my funniest party hosting stories all involve trying out new recipes. I once made this cucumber salad recipe that called for dill, vinegar and sugar and I must have seriously fudged one of the ingredients because it came out like sweet cucumber soup. Blech.

  • Becky@ I Heart Running & Food
    August 5, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    I once had friends over and for dessert planned banana-chocolate chip bread. Well, it was my first time baking at high-altitude, and lets just say black, banana-flavored brick isn’t most people’s idea of dessert

    Good luck with your decision 🙂 Do what makes you happy!

  • Andrea
    August 5, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    When I was 20, I hosted a “candle” party at my dad’s house where I was living at the time. The “candle” party was actually a passion party for girls only. As one of the favors I made male part cookies. Later on, when we were cleaning up, I didn’t notice but one of my friends but the cookies in a tupperware and stuck them in the fridge probably not remembering what the cookies were actually shaped like. The next day, my dad discovered the cookies in the fridge! So much for hosting a big girls party at your parents house!

  • Amelia
    August 5, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    As a kid I saw an issue of American Girl magazine that had fun games and activities for parties. So I decided to pick a few and invite my friends over for a fun little get-together. For some reason this concept confused EVERYONE. Most people thought it was my birthday (which it wasn’t) and got all confused that there wasn’t cake and presents. They also didn’t understand why I’d have my birthday (which is in December) in July. No one got that I was just having people over for an organized game night. Sigh. Haha, but it turned out fun in the end! 🙂

  • Chelsea
    August 5, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Definatly pouring chili powder instead of cinnamon into my guests french toast. UGH! Don’t even wanna talk about it lol

  • Steph
    August 5, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    Big decisions are hard to make. I sometimes struggle with trying to figure out what God’s plan is. I need him to shout it out to me sometimes!
    Anyways, I love to have people over to dinner! One night my hubby and I had good friends over. While me and the girl were chatting, my hubby and his friend decided to clean out our fish tank. In order to do that, they had to remove the rocks/pebbles and boil them to disinfect them. My husband had the brilliant idea to use my big pasta pot to boil the fish rocks in, so pretty soon our 650-square foot condo smelled horrible! AND, I was planning on making spaghetti for dinner….needless to say we ended up eating at a restaurant. =)

  • Meg
    August 5, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Great giveaway! The funniest thing that’s ever happened to me was during a Memorial Day cookout – I was over my Aunt’s place, and I had brought a homemade mince meat pie (gross, I know – but it’s my Grandfathers FAVORITE thing ever) and I completely forgot about it in my car – needless to say the ride home was VERY unfortunate smelling…woops!

    I made it up to him for Thanksgiving though, except I brought cherry pie this time 🙂


  • Manda
    August 5, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    I’m not sure if this is “funny,” but it was definitely a night I’ll never forget.. We always host a New Years party, and about two years ago, a family that always comes brought along a German exchange student. He was ridiculously cute, and I had a huge crush on him from the start. So, we spent the entire night talking and asking questions about one another’s culture, and then, around midnight he taught me how to dance the ramba, the waltz, and a couple others in the middle of the street! (he thought he should learn before he came to America—- how adorable!!!) Even two years later, my family still makes Guilio jokes…

  • Shauna
    August 5, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    When I was having friends over to celebrate my friend’s birthday, I was in charge of baking the cake. My friend always goes the box mix route but I was like, “NO. From scratch is way better. You’ll see.” I used my favorite cupcake recipe but baked it in cake pans. The cake was done on top but not in the middle and I didn’t know what to do! It turned out to be slightly burnt around the edges because I hadn’t yet learned the trick of putting foil on top. And then I used my favorite frosting recipe–it makes amazing frosting but I somehow messed it up. All my life I’ve been influenced by my mother to add more vanilla than the recipe suggests, and this time I accidentally did that x4! There IS such a thing as too much vanilla, apparently! So the cake was pretty gross and I was sad to have put two amazing recipes to shame. At least the cake and frosting were a pretty shade of pink.

  • katey
    August 5, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Oatmeal is always SO filling for me! I love it though- it keeps me full alll morning 🙂

  • alexa
    August 5, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    I don’t host many parties, but the funniest thing that has happened to me at a party is seeing my friend get taped to a tree. Hilarious!

  • Evan
    August 5, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    I remember having a few friends over for halloween and telling my mom we need dinner. Well, by a few I meant 4 or so, and my mom ordered 2 Large pizzas, roasted a whole turkey, and had sides prepared. And she didn’t understand how that was too much

  • Anne P
    August 5, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    hmmmm one of my favorite party stories is during college when i had some friends in my dorm room drinking before we went out and about. we had the hilarious idea to do apple pie shooters (take a shot of vodka with a little apple juice on top, hold it in your mouth, open your mouth and tilt your head back and your friends shake cinnamon and spray whipped cream in your mouth. close, shake, and swallow!). we made it through a bunch successfully, but then one of my friends went to do one and started laughing during it, causing whipped cream to explode EVERYWHERE from here mouth all over my room! it was pretty hilarious. hm, now i want to have one of those shots again sometime…

  • Diane, Fit to the Finish
    August 5, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    One time we had company over, and when we were at the table, I was showing them the new Italian dressing I had found at the store. I began shaking it up, and to my embarrassment, the lid wasn’t on very tightly, and the greasy dressing sprayed all over us, the carpet and the wall. Not good.

  • sherri
    August 5, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    so there’s the time i made a spaghetti dinner for about 25 family members. since it was a large crowd, i emptied two costco-size packages of spaghetti into an 8 qt pot of water. big mistake! there were a few al a dente strands of spaghetti but mostly clumps. quite chewy and never to be forgotten by the family. thank goodness for the grappa!!

  • Sarah
    August 5, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    I was taking a broccoli casserole from the oven one Thanksgiving when the heat started going through my oven mitt. I dropped the glass casserole dish on the hard tile floor. Obviously, there was glass, broccoli and cheese everywhere. I still get grief about it from my family and it’s 15 years later.

    By the way, I’m hoping whatever decision it was you had to make eventually makes you more comfortable!

  • kristi (sweet cheeks)
    August 5, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    The funniest thing at our house parties are always my mom’s desserts. We give her a hard time because somehow she always manages to mess them up! The most recent one would be when the thick creamy cheesecake we were all looking forward to, turned out to be cheesecake soup! LOL!

  • Darcie
    August 5, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    On my tenth birthday, me and all my girlfriends were all running around screaming and playing games. Apparently one of my neighbors took our screams of excitement for screams of terror and called the police. Now, eleven years later and in college, I still brag about how I’ve been how the cops have been trying to bust my wild parties since before I even started throwing them…

  • Karla
    August 5, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    The funniest dinner party memory I can think of at the moment occurred on New Year’s Eve. We were grilling for some friends, and since we were going in and out so we just had the sliding screen door closed and not the glass door. Well, my husband was so stressed out with the grilling and entertaining that he walked smack into the screen door in front of everyone while he was holding a plate of burgers! I felt so bad for him because I knew he was embarrassed, but I couldn’t help laughing – an neither could anyone else! I’m cracking up just thinking about it!

  • Erica
    August 5, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    We were hosting our annual holiday Yankee Swap party and I was suddenly struck with the stomach flu. We had 5 or so friends staying in our tiny apartment and I felt so terrible for THEM!

  • marge
    August 5, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    I love being a hostess and making drinks for my friends. At my birthday party this year I was making pina coladas and turned around to give my friend her drink. She looked at me in horror, and then my friends behind her looked at me in horror, I turned around to see if there was something alarming behind me and just saw more friends turn away from me in horror. Everyone was pointing at me and shrieking, except my boyfriend and my sister’s boyfriend who leeped at my head quickly. My hair was on fire! Be very careful when hosting parties with candles, especially when you get your haircut and the stylist puts all sorts of products in it that day….

  • jsr
    August 5, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Several years ago my roommate and I hosted a holiday party for our friends. It was a pretty low key get together until a game of spin the bottle broke out in our living room! Our 25+ year old friends reverted back to middle school. It was so funny!

  • Emily (The Experimentarian)
    August 5, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Oh my gosh, I’ve never really hada party for anythign to go wrong at! I guess this is a sign I should start entertaning more 🙂

  • Rachel in NC
    August 5, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    I was having a small party for my parent’s anniversary…just a few people, but it was in a tiny apartment. I had planned on grilling Italian sausages on my outdoor grill, but then it started raining and I had to move the party indoors. I decided to broil the sausages in my oven, and of course I got distracted by the number of people in such a small space – and the sausages caught on fire. I yelled, and everyone thought I said the kitchen was on fire and went running out of the apartment!

  • Kristen
    August 5, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Hope you feel better soon, Jenna!
    I was hosting a celebration for my dad and my stepmom who had just gotten married in a really small ceremony, so this was basically like their wedding reception. I bought the most beautiful two tiered cake and a beautiful floral wedding cake topper from my local florist. Well, the florist must have made the wedding topper way too heavy, because as soon as I put in on the cake, the whole top tier crumbled. There was cake and icing everywhere and the cake was ruined! I was devastated! Luckily, we had some whipping cream on hand to reassemble the cake, but it didn’t look anything like the original!

  • Christina
    August 5, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    I served my guests stale tortilla chips with the guacamole and salsa.

  • Crystal
    August 5, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    So many funny stories! My worst moment was when I set my crockpot to cook potroast while I was at work. I got home with an hour before company was to arrive only to discover that the outlet I had plugged the crockpot into wasn’t working. Needless to say we ordered takeout that night!

  • monica
    August 5, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    I think that the funniest thing that happened at our house was a woman had a little too much to drink and lifted her sleeping daughter off of the couch to go home (don’t worry she didn’t drive:) and banged her daughter into the over hang of our ceiling-head first….it was funny in kind of a sad way now when I think back on it but fairly hilarious at the time,,,:)

  • Megan
    August 5, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Forgetting peoples names. How embarrising!

  • Lea
    August 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Not the craziest thing, but one of the guests was lovin’ the wine a little too much and it got kinda ugly when everyone refused to let her have more.

  • mama
    August 5, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    one time i accidentially left my bra and panties on the bathroom counter when my husband had friends over! Total embaressment, but funny too!

  • Bonnie
    August 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    I already posted something, but I just wanted to give you a little encouragement. I recently made a huge life-changing decision. It was the hardest thing to do and agonizing before I actually came to a solid conclusion about what I was going to do. I just wanted to let you know that God will give you peace in your life through your decision and you’ll gain confidence. I’m now completely confident in the decision I made and so happy that God gave me the wisdom and courage to do it. Hang in there!

  • Woman&Warrior
    August 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    I’ve thrown a few parties in my day, and I’m relieved to say they’ve gotten better over time–I think my biggest mistake was making it all about the food and would end up cooking the whole time and not visit with my friends. I’ve really changed that up. Now, everything is made in advance or just heat and serve. It’s a little lame, but I have all these to-do lists with the times marked for when to start preparing a dish, a garnsih, setting stuff out, etc. Anyways, the work is worth it because I get to be a guest at my own party too!

    My most humiliating party moment…while completely sober, I caught my heel on the footrest of a bar stool, panicked, and fell right out of the bar stool…in front of everyone! The guy who scooped me up yelled, “one more shot!” I was blushing so hard!

    PS: Buck up gal, this decision you made–take heart in the fact that you made the right decision and that is good character and ethics. You weren’t taking the easy way out.

  • Jennie in Wonderland
    August 5, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    I won’t enter the contest cause I live in the UK, but have to say that oatmeal looks FAB! I wish I could try that PB.

  • Tammy
    August 5, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Maybe not funny…but we had guests over for a bbq and we were so ready to grill up our beautiful steaks from costco…put them on walked away came back still not fully cooking!!!! The grill ran out of gas…we forgot to get more gas for the grill!!! Then it started to rain… so hard we could not even see the grill… just was not meant to bbq!!!

  • Rachel
    August 5, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    There has been a fire in the oven too many times to count! Awful!!

    I hope your day is getting better.

  • Raya
    August 5, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    I wasn’t hosting anything, but one time my freshmen year of college, after a late night of, um, partying, we all went back to our dorm room. We had a communal kitchen on our floor and I was heating something up on the stove because I was hungry. I completely forgot about it and suddenly the fire alarm went off. The ENTIRE building (ten floors) had to evacuate at 3am. My roommates were so mad but luckily they didn’t tell everyone I did it!!!!

  • Sharon
    August 5, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    I have to admit this…I was preparing to have my inlaws over for the first time and I was shredding carrots. Of course, used the garbage disposal and clearly shoved to many shreds and what not into the disposal. I turned the disposal on and all the water/carrots came rushing at my feet. Not pretty. We had to take the cabinets off to get it all clean. Of course that story is repeated often!!
    Hope you are well 🙂

  • N.D.
    August 5, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Haha, this is cool! Just yesterday I had two friends over for lunch. My six month old rarely poops and yesterday he did it once before they came and then again really loud when I had company!! He got it everywhere and I had to change him!

  • Heather
    August 5, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Hi Jenna!
    I’m not sure of what you’re going through right now but know that you have so much support and love behind you. And you know that God is there for you, guiding you to make the right decision. Trust in that and you simply cannot lose!

    That being said, I haven’t had any embarassing dinner-hosting stories but I would LOVE to have the opportunity to win some goodies to be able to host my VERY FIRST one! [:


  • Naners
    August 5, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    Funniest/most awkward time hosting a party was when an ex-boyfriend randomly showed up as a +1…you can’t exactly ask them to go home 🙂

  • Robin
    August 5, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Ok, it wasn’t when I was hosting but when my Mom was. I was younger, maybe 13 or 14, and she was having the entire family over for Thanksgiving. Well, she went to take the HUGE turkey out of the oven and it dropped on the floor, splattered all over her, the kitchen and me. We looked at each other, burst into laughter and proceeded to put the turkey back in the oven and serve it! Hey, 10 second rule!!! 🙂

  • Amy
    August 5, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Back when I was in college, we hosted Thanksgiving dinner at my parents’ house. I am always the baker and assistant hostess to my mom — after baking all day and then running around to get everything in place at the table, my mom and I finally got to sit down. My eyes instantly fixed on the scrumptious sweet potato casserole, so I jumped up to take my share of it. As I did, my brother started smacking me, to which I responded by shouting, what are you doing? Right then, as he pointed at my head fearfully, I saw that my hair was on fire!!!! My long mane had swiped a burning candlestick! Luckily, my brother’s quick-thinking saved me, and my hair –just a thin top layer frizzled away. But then, the entire dinner atmosphere was tainted by the everlasting scent of singed hair! I get beef about that Thanksgiving dinner every year!

  • Stephanie L.
    August 5, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    I have a bad habit of forgetting about the things I put in the oven. Say a turkey to feed many family members. haha. The turkey turned out sooo dry and charred. We at least still had ham

  • theskinnyplate
    August 5, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    I hosted a dinner party and one of the guest started complementing my dishes profusely. I didn’t want to disappoint her and tell her that I wasn’t the one who made all the stuff. I just nodded and thanked her for her complements. One of the other guests seems to have been a regular at the take-out place and he recognized one of the dishes. Lesson learned, never take credit for something you did not do.

  • kathleen
    August 5, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    oh let’s see… when i was in college, we had our first party at our new house myself and 3 girlfriends moved into. we were playing a drinking game on the kitchen counter when all of the sudden our pots and pans that were hanging from the ceiling came crashing down. luckily no one was hurt but as if that wasn’t bad enough, our neighbors thought something was wrong (it was a tuesday night) and proceeded to call the cops who showed up and busted half of the youngens for drinking 🙂

    fun giveaway, jenna!

  • Jk
    August 5, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    love this giveaway!
    when ppl are drunk and cant remember the next day! XD

  • Jayme
    August 5, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    love your blog Jenna<3

  • june
    August 5, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    once i left my phone in the refrigerator ><

  • Rita
    August 5, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    My dog had an upset stomach and had an accident in the house, right before people were supposed to show up!!! Lets just say there were a lot of candles and Fabreeze.

  • hyang
    August 5, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    i accidentally cussed during my presentation

  • junghwa
    August 5, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    i always trip over my own feet!!!!

  • lindsey
    August 5, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    a while back was my friend’s college graduation and we all had a big party for him at his house- Well, his parents were ALSO inviting their older friends over. Those folks like to drink!! At one point during the night, one of the older “toasted” ladies came up to me with her cell phone and said “Can I take a picture of you? My son doesn’t believe me that there are young people here!” It was incredibly awkward, and when I pretended I didn’t know how to use her phone, she went alone to some other girl! Weeiiirdd…..

  • Sara
    August 5, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    I hosted a tea party and went back into the kitchen to make more hot water after serving most of the ladies their looseleaf tea in fancy teacups…then got distracted and didn’t realize until much later that I had served everyone at the table except one poor woman who was too polite to say anything and sat through half the party without any tea!

  • Mary (Food & Fun)
    August 5, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    I don’t really have a funny entertaining story!! The only thing that comes to mind is when I was planning an nice birthday dinner for my mom. I was cooking Filet Mignon and EVERYTHING was all set…went to start the grill, and we were out of gas ! Thankfully, the store was still open and my sisters were kind enough to get a refill as I prepared the rest of dinner.

  • Kim
    August 5, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    Hope you are feeling better!

  • girlmeetsyoga
    August 5, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    my husband started a grill cheese fire and put it out with my friends quilted handbag thinking it was a dish rag. the charbroiled handbag cheese blaze smell made the party a smash.

  • rachel
    August 5, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    my friend peed her pants (she was laughing too hard!)when i had a big group of people over for a caramel apple/fall themed party. it was so hard not to share that secret with the whole room. only a few people caught onto what was happening. she was a good sport.

  • Kate
    August 5, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    I had people over for a dinner party and I had been raving about this cheesecake recipe for a few months so I was really excited to finally serve the decadent dessert that I had so carefully prepared. I got it out of the fridge to serve after dinner and as I was walking toward my guests I proceeded to flip it onto the floor. Tragedy! I contemplated licking it up off the floor but decided against it. My guests thought it was pretty hilarious…

  • Lindsay Lu
    August 5, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    I had a fourth of July party a long time ago. When we were taking pictures I layed across the top of the couch behind my friends. I didn’t realize my strapless shirt had come down while sliding across the couch. Needless to say..there were pictures as evidence!

  • Colleen
    August 5, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Ooh, I’d better hurry, the West Coast puts me at a slight disadvantage for time here!

    Haha, the funniest party moment I’ve had while hosting was a few years ago. I was having a holiday party with some friends in Baltimore, and we lurrrrvvvve us some Celebrities. (Fyi, Celebrities is a game that combines Taboo with Charades – everyone picks a few celebrities, puts them in a hat, and has to get their team to guess them through actions and/or words, depending on the round.) However, we get pretty intense during Celebrities and other competitive games. One of my girls was giving a clue, and she was standing right next to our cute little Christmas tree set up, full of ornaments and other decorations. She was on her charades round, where she could only say one word, so she was flailing her arms about madly when…BAM! She knocked an ornament off the tree and it smashed on the ground. She started to turn to me with a look of dismay, but the first thing I thought to say to her was, ‘DON’T TALK!’….because we couldn’t lose that point! She regained her composure quickly and we went on to win the game…and clean up the ornament fragments later, laughing uncontrollably at our reactions.

  • Mallory
    August 5, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    one night my girlfriends and i were having a wine + bread + yummy cheese party. we all dressed classy and really splurged on quality food & wine.
    we got everything out and ready to eat, then decided to crack open the wine – when my friend realized she didn’t own a bottle opener!
    one screwdriver, a pliers, and a butter knife later we were able to enjoy our wine 🙂

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale
    August 5, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Definitely when a game of Catch Phrase got out of control and the “loser” (aka whomever ended up with the catch phrase circle when the time ran out) had to drink from the “punishment cup”… The punishment cup consisted of random splashes from everyones drinks, beer, wine, liquor, and, eventually, as the night wore on, a smashed up cupcake and some cooking sherry!

    Dear lord, that was not fun to look at during cleanup the next morning!

  • Iris
    August 5, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Oh man, I totally understand what you mean about making hard decisions. Especially those where no matter what you choose, it’s hard to accept the outcome.

  • Nath
    August 5, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Ooohh! I have so many stories! We invite friends over all the time so some stuff is bound to happen.

    The most crazy thing that happened was last time I invited people over for a Chinese fondue (hot pot). My boyfriend provided wine and strong beer in abundance without my previous knowledge, so I didn’t take this into account when planning the meal. Later, when he added fuel to the dying flame, half the tablecloth took fire! I was the only one sober enough to actually do something about it – a good dusting of baking soda did the trick just fine to cut the flames. A couple friends panicked, one tried to help, but most just kept staring and laughing. Needless to say I’m not mixing alcohol and flames in my partys anymore, even if that type of fuel burns hot without burning the surrounding material and therefore not as dangerous as other fuels. No harm done and a good laugh!

    Another story worth mentioning was when we got our new stove. The day it was installed and working we decided to invite a few close friends over and make homemade pizza. We make our pizzas always very loaded with toppings! When the stove was hot and the pizzas ready to bake, I brought the first one over to the over, put it on the top to open the door… only to have the pizza slide down and crash into the open door. The guys who installed the stove apparently forgot to level it. We managed to salvage the pizza, level the stove and have a good time! But I was left with melted cheese in my stove for a long time, until it all burned off.

  • Emily
    August 5, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    The funniest thing that has happened? I had my core group over (upstairs) for church and my dad came out in his shirtless (unknowingly)..thankfully, he realized before too many saw! lol

  • Bev
    August 5, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    I hope all goes well for you .

  • Errign
    August 5, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    I don’t think I have any truly funny stories, but in my old apartment, (which I lived in for a YEAR) every time you opened the oven door when it was on (for a YEAR, remember) the smoke alarm went off.

    Apparently there was nothing actually wrong with it, the smoke detector was just sensitive & too close, but still embarrassing when you have guests!

  • Vaala
    August 5, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    I know exactly what you’re talking about…breaking up with my boyfriend was like that. It was definitely the right decision and I knew that but accepting that it was what had to happen for me to be okay was pretty hard. I think I’m still dealing with it especially since he took it so hard.

    Hope your day is okay though…yoga always helps me!

  • Ozlen
    August 5, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Sorry I do not have a funnyparty hosting moment. So far luckily all my parties went pretty good and uneventful. Hopefully this response will not disqualify me for this award!!


  • Molly
    August 5, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    What a great giveaway! I love hosting and have plans in the works for a clean-your-closets-clothing swap party with my girlfriends before graduate school starts back up for us in the fall.

    My funniest moment hosting is when I first moved to my new town for grad school and I had an impromptu dinner party for the other new students. It’s a small program so when one of the guys asked if he could bring someone, I said the more the merrier. It turns out it was his beloved stuffed animal whom he talked for and who even got a special place at the table! Strange, but true. We all love the student for his idiosyncracies and and never forget to extend an invitation for two, him and his stuffed pig!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl))
    August 5, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    I know exactly what you mean.. hang in there.

    That oatmeal looks scrumptious!

  • Mindy in TX
    August 5, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    I was making a ginormous batch of mashed potatoes and when I went to put the pepper in, the lid fell off and pepper doused the taters. I scooped as much off as possible but they were still verrry peppery. Everybody has a good laugh about it and they’re now known as “cajun potatoes”.

  • Amy@ What Do I Eat Now?
    August 5, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    my mother lit our oven on fire because she left an oven mitt in there. OOPS!!

    my other one was hosting a party for my friend and inviting 6 people and 50 showed up. another oops!!

  • Dara
    August 5, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    the funniest thing that happened was i was hosting a cocktail party and my antique bar bROKE and ALL of my liqour and WINE smashed the ground! lets just say my cocktail party turned into cheap wine and beer from the gas station!!

  • cupcakelova
    August 6, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    I once co-threw a baby shower for my friend and we bought 3 GIANT bottles of wine from Costco. We invited about 25 people and before the party started and we wanted to try the wines as we were decorating. We figured on at least 18 people showing so we said “to heck with it” and opened all 3. Turns out 6 people showed up and NONE of them drank. Needless to say, 3 giant bottles of wine + 4 wine lovin’ party givers = 1 fun night!