Caroling in an art gallery…

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… not me of course, we wouldn’t want to scare everyone away!

Jeff though, now he can sing (I know, he’s great at everything!), and for the second year in a row his choir sang Christmas carols at a local art gallery in Old Town Alexandria. It’s becoming one of my favorite events of the holiday season – maybe one of these years I’ll buy some art too.

Here’s a few photos from the event!Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with x1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with x1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with x1 preset Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetWe’re taking a little break from home renovations this month, because, you know, December. But after the holidays, we’ll tackle them with gusto – probably putting Chip and Joanna Gaines to shame. Sorry, too much HGTV lately. 😉

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Exploring Portland…

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… Maine, that is.

Honestly, it was a miracle I was able to pare down the photos to a non-obnoxious amount, because that place is a stunner. Portland Maine 2I’d be lying if I said I expected nothing less. When it comes to Maine, I just assumed it would be beautiful. Luckily, my assumption was correct. Portland Maine 4Last weekend, I had the chance to escape our home renovations (I was starting to get grumpy) for a getaway to celebrate one of my best friends and her upcoming wedding. Bachelorette PartyI wasn’t lying about the whole “less than average height” part.↑

Although we only spent a few short days in Maine, in that time we were able to … Maine Reds Eats Lobster

… eat our weight in lobster – especially during our day trip to Red’s Eats (world famous) in the cutest little town … Portland Maine 1 Portland Maine 3… or really, just eat and drink our way through the weekend.

Sidenote: we went to Eventide Oyster Co. at the recommendation of others and it was fantastic. The food and drink was amazing. Their brown butter lobster roll (see what I mean about eating all that lobster?) was a delicious take on the classic. Highly recommend it! 

The blueberry pie was not from Eventide, but for someone who’s not really a pie person, Maine blueberries sure made me rethink my opinion! 

Oh, and we had our fair share of wine too … as if that’s shocking news. Portland Maine Wine Sail 3Perhaps my favorite event of the entire weekend was the sunset wine tasting sail. The views were breathtaking. Portland Maine Wine Sail 2 Portland Mane Wine Sail 5Sailing the Casco Bay, wine or no wine (though I prefer the former), is worth doing when you’re in Portland. Especially, when surrounded by great friends … Portland Maine Wine Sail 6… just as long as their glass is full. ↓ 🙂 Portland Maine Wine Sail 1It was incredibly fun to escape for a few days and take in all Maine has to offer. Casco Bay 1Now, to just make a trip there again with Jeff in tow – I’m certain between the microbreweries and the food – he would love it.

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Hosting a themed wedding shower: wine & cheese…

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wine and cheese wedding shower 11… yes, please! Thankfully, the bride and groom also share my love for a little vino.

Last weekend, I hosted – with the help of two other bridesmaids – a “wine & cheese” wedding shower for my good friend Amanda, and her fiance Casey (you might recognize them).

Now, I love a good theme, but since my ideas (thanks Pinterest) don’t always translate to cute decorations, I enlisted additional help from chalkboard-writer extraordinaire Grace!

Allow me to give you a tour … Wine List wine and cheese wedding shower - dispalyIn the above photos:

All the chalkboards were made by Grace, of course.

The cute advice cards (↑) came from Wedding Paper Divas, because who doesn’t need a few words of wisdom from old pros on what marriage is all about? .

Eight months in, Jeff and I definitely know what we’re doing. 😉 wine and cheese wedding shower 8 wine bottle centerpiecesIn the above photos: The “Amanda & Casey” banner was made by Grace (shocker, i know).

The re-purposed wine bottles were filled with Peruvian lilies, and in place of traditional wine bottle labels, I used double-sided gift tags from Wedding Paper Divas. It was simple – we put two tags – one of each side – tied with ribbon around the neck of the bottle!

The framed quotes, that was the work of one of the co-hosts – she asked the couple in advance to talk about their significant other and what they love most about him/her. She put the quotes in small frames and placed them throughout the room. Simple, but an added personal touch!

Now for the good stuff (finally, I know) … wine and cheese wedding shower - drink station wedding paper divas napkins and coastersIn terms of wine, we served one white, one Rosé and three red options. If I had to do it again, I might cut one of the reds in favor of another white wine. It was very hot out that day. And, since not everyone is a wine drinker (how is that possible?) we had a variety of beer handy!

The bar area was complete with personalized napkins and coasters –  you know, just in case you forgot just who we were celebrating. 😉 wine and cheese wedding shower - food wine and cheese shower - cookiesIn terms of food, we offered a traditional spread of cheese, crackers, cured meats, fruits and vegetables.

Also, did I mention Grace makes adorable sugar cookies (↑) too? Does it ever end … 😉

And last, because we’re nice friends, we only made them play ONE game (↓), which turned out to be lots of fun! A simple “newlywed(ish)” style game, where they each had to answer questions about each other.

I’m happy to report that they each knew their significant other very well! wine and cheese wedding shower - gameamanda and caseys shower 2Okay, I think I got it all. For the two people still reading (thanks Mom) you’ve made it to the end. One of these days I’ll have a prize waiting for you.

Congrats Amanda and Casey! I look forward to celebrating your wedding soon!


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