The week of July 20th was a very special week in the life of one of my best friends. Hannah was expecting any day now! You have been following the sequence of events leading up to this point. Starting with my first “Gender Reveal Party” where we learned Hannah and Craig were to have a Baby Girl! Then there was the beautiful shower thrown by family, where I made the sunflower cake. Now the day had finally come, and Hannah gave birth to a gorgeous baby girl.
Welcome to the World Marylyn…and to a wonderful, caring family! xoxo
As I have previously mentioned, our vacation this year was centered around Nick’s cousin’s wedding. The ceremony was held in Estes Park, which is a part of Rocky Mountain National Park. The name alone just paints a beautiful picture in your heard. It was a gorgeous ceremony with an amazing mountainous backdrop. Jessica and Tony’s theme was elegant, yet rustic so this venue was the perfect location for their big day.
The reception was just a few steps away in a 1920’s log cabin turned Steak House. The food was delicious! The interior was a perfect setting, needing very little decor to keep up with the theme. Everyone had a great time, especially since the DJ was none other than their Uncle Tom!
The 4th of July is a day for barbeques with family and friends. It’s the second holiday of the summer season. Many people take advantage of the three day weekend and venture off to the lake or ocean or wherever their heart pulls. This year, I did not participate in a family barbecue. We did not take a weekend getaway. I actually spent most of the weekend studying for a Sunday morning exam that was required for my new position.
We did however, take part in one of my favorite traditions of America’s birthday…fireworks! Plans were not officially made until that evening. Nick and I decided that we actually had enough time to make it down to the Capital for the big fireworks show. We made our way right into the main event. Though it was crowded, the weather held out.; no rain and limited humidity. Even though we didn’t take the nice DSLRs with us, we took a few photos on our phones. Hope you all had a nice 4th as well (she says, 3 weeks later)!
Since the day Keith proposed, I could not wait to celebrate the union between two of my best friends. I knew it was going to be a beautiful and special day. I, however, did not expect to be so emotional! Every moment shared between Dianna and Keith you would find me crying, tears of joy of course. The ceremony was elegant and intimate, the reception was stunning but also a blast! It was an amazing weekend that I will remember for years and years to come.
Again, I could not pick just one photo from this wedding weekend. So I have included a few of my personal favorites. From the rehearsal dinner, getting dolled up at Dianna’s parents house, to the reception. I am so happy to have been a part of their wedding day. Thank you for letting me share it with you both!
I can not believe how quickly time has passed since my two friends became engaged last January and they asked me to be a part of their Big Day. April kicked off my two months of wedding festivities.
Theresa’s Mom and future Mother-in-law hosted a bridal shower at a delicious Italian restaurant in New Hartford. With the help of myself and the bridesmaids, I think we did a beautiful job. (more…)
After Dianna and Keith were engaged, it seemed like almost immediately we were discussing what to do for her bachelorette celebrations. She decided fairly quickly that she wanted a weekend trip to New York City with her ladies.
Now of course we wanted to really live it up, it was Dianna’s one and only Bachelorette party after all! There would be about nine of us ladies planned to be staying overnight. The rest of Dianna’s college friends already live downstate. We settled on the Marriott Marquis for our accommodations. It is located in the heart of Time Square and a perfect central location for all of our planned activities. This hotel also evokes nostalgia for Dianna and her family.
Last week was a very hectic week, personally. There were a lot of previously planned events but we were hit with quite a few unexpected as well. So, I have a lot of catching up to do on this here blog. I am currently sitting in the airport waiting to board my flight to South Florida to visit my darling Amanda. No time like the present to do some updates.
Last weekend we celebrated Dianna’s upcoming wedding with a bachelorette party in New York City. We really went all out; a true experience in the big city. There will be a much longer and more detailed post to follow but for now I give you a little teaser photo. To start our weekend off, we rented bicycles and enjoyed a three-hour ride through Central Park. Spring is finally peaking through so we stopped at a very picturesque spot for a photo op with the bridal party.
One of my closest girlfriends is having her first baby. I’m pretty excited to become another “Auntie”, not to mention the fact that Miss Hannah and her soon-to-be family of three have moved back to the area. She decided to have a Gender Reveal party with her closest family and friends and asked yours truly to do the honors of baking the cupcakes.
To make a little game out of it, I baked a dozen vanilla cupcakes with blue and pink swirled frosting. One cupcake had the gender appropriate color in the center. This way when everyone broke into their cupcakes, only one person held the special one that would reveal the baby’s gender. I thought this was a really fun and special way to announce. I must say it pretty hard being the only one who knew what Hannah and Craig were going to have. Quattro and I discussed it at length several times, you know, because he’s such a good secret keeper.
Oh, and if you must know, they are having a Baby Girl!
In years past, my family has always gone out for Easter Brunch. Each year it’s hard to say who will be able to make it home for the holiday weekend so it just always seemed easier to dine out. This year however my mom thought it would be nice for me to host. You know, since I did such a good job with Thanksgiving and Christmas…I guess.
I knew for the table I wanted to use the traditional pastel Easter colors. My aunt Shelagh had given me a full set of white dishes to be used for various special occasions. This was a perfect opportunity to break them out. With yellow table clothes and tapers, white serving dishes, and colorful tulips I think I came up with a simple, yet elegant table setting. (more…)
I’ve mentioned before that once a month a group of us get together for a little Girl’s Night dinner outing. We try to mix up the cuisine and restaurant to try new places and foods. This month we headed up to Saratoga Springs. The Merry Monk had mussels on special, two for one! We each enjoyed a pound with different flavorings. Accompanied with House Frites and Caramalized Brussels Sprouts we had ourselves a delicious meal. I’m looking forward to the next outing and to see what is next on our list.