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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

My Weekend In Pictures

Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you had a wonderful weekend.  Ours was so much fun.  We headed to Dallas where the Mister and I threw a Couples Shower for our bride and her adorable groom.  Our #2 was our party planner extraordinaire.

As promised, I took plenty of pics.  Grab a glass of vino or a cup of joe and I'll tell you all about it.  Feel free to use the facilities, it's on the long side.

Our #1 picked us up at Love Field.  We arrived just in the nick of time for lunch. We enjoyed a delicious one at one of the royal couple's favorite restaurants, R&D Kitchen.  

Afterward, we checked into our hotel, unpacked, and rested until we took an Uber over to #1 and Adorable Jonathon's love nest for 'tails and apps.

We had a glass of wine and got the grand tour of their cute crib.
I'm using hip language because their friends might be reading this and I want them to think I'm cool.

They took us to a new restaurant called Jose.  
Boy, do I ever miss good Mexican food!

It was a beautiful evening, so we sat outside.

Can you tell that we're just a bit happy to be here?

The next day, our first stop was at Nardos, the dress designer's store.  Our bride was scheduled for her second fitting. Adorable Michael (AJ's twin) dropped his Mom off.  Our #2 and AM are going to be the Maid Of Honor and Best Man at the wedding.

If you would like to read about the first meeting our bride had with the dress designer, you can read about it here.

Nardos is filled with exquisite dresses.

How's this for clever?
It took me all morning to figure out how I was going to camouflage the dress.
I can tell you this... it is magnificent, and she looked gorgeous.

Two hours later, we entered St. Ann's for the couples shower.

From formal Supermodel to roving photographer ready to shoot at a moment's notice.

Contrary to what you're thinking, that is my pec, not arm fat.
I've been lifting weights.
I started last week.  

Our #2 did a fabulous job planning the party, and her Sista was very grateful for her hard work.

Mrs. Adorable flanked by her darling twins.

This beautiful young lady is Julia who was #1's roomie in college. These are her sweet parents.  They are renting a house on the Cape during Labor Day weekend and promised to pop over to our house for lunch.  The Mister is already planning the menu.

The dashing gentleman on the right is Julia's better other half, Tim.
They are living large in NYC.

This is Mac and Kiley.
We have a lot to be thankful for when it comes to Kiley.
She and her Dad, the owner of Matthew Trent, designed our girl's engagement ring.  She also created the beautiful flower arrangements at her Mom's florist called The T Shop

The peonies were breathtaking!

These two are trouble!
Adorable Jonathon does his best to tame these two when they join forces.

The gorgeous girl on the right is Coco, who is a cardiac nurse in Houston.  She is also studying to become an Interior Designer in her spare time. 

These wonderful folks are the twins' Uncle David and Aunt Linda.

This is Kristin, #1's sweet roomie after college, and her husband, Miles.

Austin and Brittany and Caroline and Alex are such cute couples.

Shout out to Caroline who reads my blog.

Our #2 put together a cute game asking the bride and groom questions. They seem to agree on their answer to this one.

The Clooney's and the Adorables.
Soon these two dynasties will become one.
Stay tuned for the mini-series on Netflix.

I don't think I've ever seen my girl happier.

That evening, we had dinner at another fabulous Dallas hotspot, Hudson House.

On Sunday, we met Mom and Dad Adorable, the Royal Couple, and our #2 for brunch at Bistro 31 and some shopping.

With heavy hearts, we then headed for the airport.


As you know, it is customary for me to take a self-imposed Summer Sabbatical. This will be my last post until September.  Dry your tears - you can keep up with me and my fabulously glamorous life on Instagram. 

See you in September.

Until next time...

I'll spend the majority of my time reigning in these two crazies.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Hostess Gift Ideas

Hello, dear friends.  I don't know about you, but this short week seemed to whiz by for me.  I've got a big weekend ahead, and I look forward to telling you all about it next week.

'Tis the season of happy hours and houseguests.  Years ago, I had a friend who had a hostess gift closet.  She was ready at a moment's notice to be a welcomed guest with an exquisitely wrapped token in hand.

Here is a list of some of my favorite hostess gifts. 

A cheese tray is always a good idea if the hostess loves to entertain. 

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to a party and asked to bring an appetizer.  The Mister was out of town, and I went into a full panic.  I ran out and bought a cute nut tray with separate compartments and then dashed to Whole Foods and bought an assortment of gourmet nuts and dark chocolate covered almonds.  It was a hit!  I walked out hands-free because I gifted the tray to my hostess.

An added note:  it's much easier to make an Irish Exit while hands-free.

I'm nuts for this tray!

If you don't want to go to the trouble of filling a nut tray, just give a gourmet package of assorted nuts or candy.

If you are visiting someone's cottage, you can buy one of these glass containers and fill it with candy for the kiddos.

My advice is to leave instructions to not open it until you are long gone.  Who wants to be around a bunch of sugared-up hyper kids?

You can always bring a little treat for the fur baby.
You'd rather have Fido chewing on a bone than your new designer purse.

Sweet-smelling soaps, anyone?

For the hostess who loves to bake.

Top-notch hand creams are also a nice thought.

How about a cute wine glass for the hostess along with some clever cocktail napkins?



I am always browsing the kitchen towel section in stores.  
Don't tell the Mister, but I have a drawer full.

Instead of a gift bag, I like to wrap a pretty kitchen towel around a bottle of wine.
I brought this one to a party several weeks ago.


A few years and states ago, my neighbor renovated her kitchen in my favorite color combo - blue and white.  I bought a ceramic basket like this one and filled it with blue kitchen towels and gave it to her at her Kitchen Coming-Out party.

I got a text from my pal a few weeks ago.  She sent me a photo of the basket that still resides on her counter.  She told me every time she looks at it, she thinks of me.  That could be a good or bad thing.

This is a great trio if you are a house guest.
Tell the hostess that the chips are on her.

If you're the designated dessert supplier to the party?

Stonewall Kitchen products always make a nice gift.
She may get the hint that you would appreciate some freshly-baked muffins in the AM.


If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I enjoy giving pretty pitchers as a memento. If the Mister is driving to the party,  I like to throw some flowers into it.  I've learned from experience that a vase of flowers and driving do not mix.

By the way, I have a couple of the above pitchers and keep them on the table filled with water and sliced lemons during dinner parties.



Did your hostess just have a new pool put in?
How about a fun float?
Btw... yes that is me.  
Weight Watchers is amazing. 


Another idea for the hostess is a cute beach bag.


And you can fill it with fun things like a water bottle.






A newly-released novel is also a fun beach bag stuffer.





If your hostess is the consummate entertainer, one of these gorgeous coffee table books or cookbooks is sure to make her boat float. 


If all else fails, you can always give your host a guest book for her powder room.  There's a pretty good chance that she doesn't already own one.

I'd love to hear your ideas.
What is the best hostess gift that you either gave or received?

Until next time...

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