Friday, August 28, 2015

A Navy & Yellow Bridal Shower

I attended a beautiful and lively Bridal Shower a few weeks ago in celebration of my dear friend Nicole's upcoming nuptials at the end of September.  It was held at a local community center and transformed into a gorgeous and personal affair.  The party planners went with Nicole's wedding colors and incorporated navy & yellow throughout the venue.

What I loved most about Nicole's shower (in addition to the mimosa bar of course) were all the personal details with fun games to entertain the guest. With a large group of ladies to keep engaged, I was shocked at how well these activities kept everyone's attention!

Who Said It?: Place pictures of the Bride & Groom on a hung ribbon with clothes pins. Have guests write a unique memory on the back of the picture, without signing your name. Afterwards, have the Bride choose a few photos and read the memory on the back of the picture and guess who said it! If they guess correctly you win a prize. This one is so fun because it usually leads to some (PG) storytelling.

The Newly Wed Game: Pre record the Groom's answers to 10+ questions about the Bride and their relationship. Such as where was your first kiss? What is your favorite thing about ___? Read the question aloud to the audience and have the Bride try to guess what the Groom's response will be. Then play the clip to see if she was right! This is one will keep your guests entertained for sure and is fun for all!
Bride Bingo: Create a blank bingo sheet and have guests try to guess what items the bride will receive. The first one (or have multiple rounds to keep things fun) to get BINGO receives a prize.
Check out more of how Nicole's Family and Bridesmaids decorated and entertained below! What a great time and I cannot wait to help celebrate the wonderful couple so soon! You can check out recaps of Nicole's Bachelorette Party in Annapolis, MD here and here

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Spoons Baltimore

When you discover a great brunch spot, you must share it with the world.  Spoons, located in Federal Hill, is a must for brunch if you find yourself in the Baltimore, MD area. My friend and Baltimorean, Allie, hosted myself and our other college roomies a few weekends ago and took us to Spoons. She had me at pulled pork eggs benedict!

We couldn't resist sharing an order of the O nuts which are just like the famous New Orleans' Beignets but with a B-more twist- cinnamon beignets topped with powdered sugar.  Ashley and I ordered some delicious brewed coffee while Allie opted for an iced caramel latte (Ah-maz-ing!)

Everything on the menu looked mouth watering but here is what we ordered. (P.S. it was hard to decide between brunchy food versus their lunch menu because everything sounded good) Of course we each passed around our plates so we could each try each item. Thats friendship right there folks!

Allie ordered the Break-ing-fast Burrito which incorporated scrambled eggs, black bean chili, spinach, cheddar, salsa verde, sour cream with potatoes and she added chorizo!!! (OMG!)

Ashley ordered the Huevos Verdes: 2 eggs any way, black bean chili, corn tortillas, queso fresco, salsa verde with potatoes

I ordered the Southern Benedict homemade buttermilk biscuits topped with house smoked pulled pork, poached eggs, charred chili hollandaise. You guys!!!! this dish was spectacular. You can tell the biscuits are indeed homemade- I could eat them everyday. 

With great service and so many delicious items on the menu, I cannot wait to come back!

Thanks Spoons Baltimore for the great time and delicious food!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Market at Grelen

My parents and I were heading to Barboursville, VA a few Saturdays ago to celebrate my Mom's 60th Birthday. With a 2 1/2 hour drive on the agenda, we took a pit stop in Somerset, VA for a visit to the Market at Grelen to break up the drive.  We were all blown away at the beauty at Grelen which has everything from a full blown nursery, wedding/event venue and fruit orchards to an adorable gift shop.

As soon as we parked the car I went off on my own to explore. The huge event tent overlooking the orchards (with fire pits!) immediately caught my attention. I loved the hanging wrought iron chandeliers & bistro tables.  Grelen also has a bridal suite and other various areas for entertaining, such as a greenhouse and adorable patio area for cocktail hour. For all you ladies out there looking for a wedding venue...definitely check out The Market at Grelen  as an option!

I wondered around some more before finding my Dad who was on a mission to pick blackberries. He grabbed a basket from the berry picking shed and off we went. The black berries were so plentiful and delicious. Although our time was short at Grelen, we had a wonderful time and cannot wait to visit again!  I hope you enjoy the snapshots of Grelen below.. and my Dad's awesome Hawaiian shirt.