2017 is a year of celebration.
Residing in that lovely “late 20’s-almost 30-do I want babies-do I want to party- do I want to go to bed at 9 pm” zone means one thing: weddings. Lots of weddings.
This summer a few of my oldest pals from Dickinson are gettin’ hitched. To put that another way, I’m hauling my ass all over the US of A this spring and summer to celebrate. And I’m pretty pumped about it. As is my almost but not quite airline Gold Status, woot woot!
This weekend, the first of those celebrations commenced: my bridal shower!
If you know me, which you probably do if you’re reading this, I am a casual gal. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I was pumped about an excuse to buy my first DVF. But, I generally like to just hang. With these very descriptive and useful directions, my mom and sister pulled off my perfect shower!
Friday night, my family and a few of my friends arrived in Asheville. We sat around, giving tours of the house, cooing over the baby and rehydrating from long days spent at 30,000 feet. Then we hit one of Asheville’s coolest restaurants for dinner: Smoky Park Supper Club. We had the spicy cracker jack and brussels to start and lots of yummy wine! Shout out to Mere for teaching me to say, Cab Sav. I’ll never have to reveal my lack of French classes in public again! After dinner, my mom and sis went home to put the baby to bed and Heather and I shared one last glass with my two lovely friends from the North, Meredith and Caroline.
Saturday morning, I hosted brunch at my house! I don’t think anyone snapped a pic but I was pretty proud of myself. My menu included: a veggie frittata, a chorizo + cheese frittata, baked pear and apple oatmeal, fruit, lots of coffee and of course, mimosas! For brunch, I had all four of my college besties, my mom, sister, niece and my bride-to-be. Warms my little heart!
The shower itself was Saturday afternoon at Urban Orchard Cider. Urban Orchard is super cute inside and has a perfect section of the bar area with a couch and long table, so it was separate but not secluded. And of course, their cider is delish. After a morning of stuffing our faces, we ate amazing smoked trout dip, pimento cheese, smoked salmon crostinis, bruschetta and more!
It was honestly such a fun shower! Again, I am terrible at getting photos of things but it was the perfect hang out with all my favorite people. I told my mom no games and no gifts – but there were a few and it was totally perfect. Thanks for ignoring me guys! For the single game, they hung up photos from all ages of my life and people had to guess my age. Apparently, I was a massive child as evryone thought I was 7 and 8 when I was 3 and 4. Thank goodness I stopped growing in middle school or I would have been the next Sandy Allen. (If you don’t get that reference, our friendship is over.)
Saturday night, we napped, ordered pizza and went to bed early. Sunday I said goodbye to most of my people and got to spend a few more hours with my NOLA folks who I didn’t get to see until Saturday. It worked out perfectly! Andrea, Courtney and I walked the New Belgium trail along the river to the brewery, had a beer on the deck, had lunch and then rolled down the road to the airport.
I am so grateful to everyone for traveling to see me and celebrate, it really does feel good to feel the love from your people. Here’s to a season of celebrating!