We’re officially en route to Knoxville, Tennessee! On my last night in NC, I got to attend the lovely wedding of my good friend Brooke at the Carolina Inn in Chapel HIll. It was a nice evening for an outdoor ceremony because the sun had retreated behind the clouds. I loved that champagne was served right before the ceremony because we all mingled and got the party started before the ceremony:)
Brooke looked gorgeous and you could tell that the bride and groom were very much in love.
All my high school friends reunited!
The reception was held in a beautiful ballroom with a neat checkered floor and giant flower arrangements. It was very elegant.
Of course there was cake a lots of dancing!
I had the pleasure of attending two baby showers this weekend!
Don’t ya just love shower food?!
This was like a nutty pineapple carrot cake combo involving cream cheese and buttercream!!!!
Cheers to [one of the] lovely moms-to-be:)
The second shower on Sunday had fabulous food too! Both showers were gender-neutral, which meant lots of yellows and greens.
After Saturday’s shower, Matt and I grabbed pizza with friends at Pizzeria Toro.
We shared the asparagus salad and a spicy clam pizza – I can’t believe I’m going to Italy next month – this meal made me soooo excited!
After we said good night to our friends, we couldn’t resist a drink at Mateo Tapas (my very favorite in Durham). We have so few free weekends left here! So even though we had just finished dinner, we ordered the blue cheese stuffed bacon wrapped dates because they are heavenly.
What a nice weekend! And after today’s shower, I had my second-to-last fitting, so my dress is just about ready to be picked up. Yay!Read More
Guys, I had the most wonderful weekend!
My bridal shower was so lovely I nearly cried.
It was hosted by three of my mom’s close friends, who have watched me grow up:)
They prepared a beautiful spread of food, sangria, and pear punch!
Although everyone knows cake is my true love.
Strawberry in the middle!
I think my favorite part of the shower was a newly-wed game that the hosts had put together with Matt’s input. I did pretty well, but was stumped on a few of the questions.
Opening gifts was pretty fun too!
I hope the guests had fun too – I think Mazen loved being around so many ladies…
The shower was only the highlight of the weekend – I also got to spend tons of quality time with family and friends. I’m sad it’s all over, but so thankful to the hosts for such a sweet shower.
I’m blogging from bed, where I’m recovering from an amazing night on the town as well as killer sprints in bootcamp that left my quads aching. I guess that means it was a great weekend!
One of our friends was overdue for a birthday celebration, and her husband surprised her with a limo full of friends. We started the evening at Dos Perros where we waited to surprise the birthday girl. Of course there were margaritas and nachos. And Matt and I split a stuffed pepper with nuts and raisins inside!
Then we piled in the limo and enjoyed some bubbly on the way to the wine bar. We went to Six Plates, where they now have wine on tap!
Matt and I shared a short rib and mushroom risotto that was super!
We took advantage of having wheels and ended the evening in Chapel Hill.
We hit up Top of the Hill for dancing.
And we broke out cupcakes in the bar. I made more strawberry cake, this time in the form of cupcakes – these were even better because of the strawberries on top.
Even though the late night Irish car bomb didn’t make me feel so great this morning, the night was such a blast. I want a limo every weekend! It’s getting so sad to think that business school is almost over and everyone will be going separate ways:(
Can’t wait for a solid night’s sleep. See ya.Read More
My family has a cake problem. Yet we rarely bake them! I think the only from scratch cake I’ve ever made was this sorta silly looking heart for a friend’s engagement gathering. It tasted great though, I promise.
Since my mom’s birthday was today and she had to work late into the evening, I knew she wasn’t expecting a cake. So I figured it was the perfect opportunity for me to whip one up and pop over to Hillsborough for a wild and crazy party.
I love making strawberry buttercream, but it doesn’t hold up well to frost a cake, especially when frozen berries must be involved. Thus, I decided to put the strawberry buttercream in the middle as a filling, with strawberry cake and old fashioned white buttercream on top. I didn’t do so well with the whole icing thing. I’m not very patient.
The cake was moist yet dense and sturdy enough to cut. I’d definitely recommend the strawberry cake recipe.
The birthday girl liked it!
It was a fun surprise and a sweet ending to this spring day.Read More