Peter Pan Party Wrap Up (Or Here’s Everything in One Place)

OK, this is it. The final Peter Pan Party post. The everything-in-one-place post. The you-never-have-to-hear-about-it-again post.

These Peter Pan Partygoers are eager to wrap this ish up.

See, I’m saving you from digging around my blog to piece together a Peter Pan Party the way I used to rummage through piles of black capris and halter tops on my floor in college just to find two matching Steve Madden platforms. (Note: I do NOT wear Maddens anymore. This is because I no longer think it’s acceptable to be hobbled by cheap footwear.)

Invitations
I used Paperless Post because I’m into saving the planet by saving some trees. And also because their designs are like the perfect storm of affordable and attractive.

Photo Courtesy of Paperless Post.

If you’re not into this design, here are a few more pirate-y options.

By the way, PP now offers a charity stamp option. They donate $0.05 to Amensty International, Red, or the ASPCA if you choose the charity stamp instead of the default option. Naturally, I went with the ASPCA puppy stamp. Since we had 142 people on our guest list, we bought a little bit of kibble for homeless pets just by inviting people to drink with us at our party.

Flowers
Here’s the work in progress post, complete with ordering info on the vases and sprinkles.
And this is the reveal.

Neverland Map
I explain how to age paper for a treasure map or Neverland map here.

Other Assorted Decorations
This is the decoration wrap up, complete with product ordering information.

Appetizers
Spicy Eggplant Dip
Truffle Popcorn

Taco Bar Main Course
Cola Carnitas
Slow Cooker Chicken (Note: I didn’t handle this part of the party, but if I had, I probably would have tried this recipe.)
Salsa
Salsa Verde

Dessert Bar
Sprinkles Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Mascarpone Frosting
Banana Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting
Glazed Lime Cake
Chocolate Stout Cake
Skull and Crossbones Sugar Cookies

And now… bacon wrapped meatloaf, because everything is better when it’s wrapped in bacon. Truth.

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Can’t They Have Pork Now? (Or How to Make Cola Carnitas in a Slow Cooker)

Cola Carnitas Tacos are decidedly not for dogs.

“They look sad. Can’t I give them some pork?” It was my mother’s first night in Los Angeles, and we were enjoying carnitas tacos and cocktails while listening to a little Sinatra. The dogs were not exactly begging, but I must admit they were looking at my mother rather imploringly from across the room.

“That’s how their faces look — and no, you may not.”

“Your momma’s mean,” she told the dogs as she stuffed her mouth with taco.

For the record, I most certainly am NOT mean. I feed them fancy fish biscuits and venison dog food — plus I make them homemade peanut butter popsicles! I just don’t feed them from the table because Albus does not need additional motivation to put his feet and face on my table during dinner.

I was eventually able to convince my mother that the dogs definitely were not sad and absolutely did not need to be fed from the table. They did get some pork in their bowls with their morning meal, however….

“Can’t they have some pork now?” She asked as I was preparing their breakfast. I rinsed the meat to make sure it wasn’t too spicy and placed it in their bowls. She smiled triumphantly and turned to the dogs to tell them, “Gram Gram just got you some meat.”

My mother (called “The FP” by her friends, which is short for “food pusher”) has now gone on to Honolulu for a week, and we have all been properly spoiled, stuffed with pork, and are in need of a very long nap.

If you’re into easy, yummy ways to cook meat, the recipe is below. Just don’t let your mother slip it to your dogs under the table….

Slow Cooker Cola Carnitas Recipe

5 lb pork shoulder (sometimes called pork butt)
3 medium onions
2-12 oz bottles of Coke (I prefer Mexican Coke*)
3.5 oz of chipotle chiles in adobo sauce**
1 fresh Anaheim chile, diced***
4 garlic cloves, peeled

Slice the onions in half and place them on the bottom of the slow cooker. Dice the Anaheim chile. Place the pork on top of the onions, fat side up. Pour the cola into the slow cooker. Add the chipotle chiles (with the adobo sauce) as well as the garlic and chopped Anaheim chiles.

Turn the cooker on the low setting and cook for 8-9 hours. Once the meat is tender and cooked thoroughly, remove it from the cooker and place it on a plate. Remove the excess fat and shred the tender pork with two forks.

Serve on warm corn tortillas with your choice of toppings. I used guacamole, salsa verde, my variation of pico de gallo, cilantro, and cotija cheese.

*Mexican Coke is made with sugarcane instead of corn syrup. It’s available at many grocery or specialty stores.

** I included a link to the chipotle chiles in adobo sauce from Amazon… just in case.

*** If you can’t find fresh Anaheim chiles, you can omit this ingredient. The chipotle chiles are incredibly flavorful and are more important to the recipe.

Why did you let the nice lady leave? She gave me meat. And presents.