this weekend was all about celebrating my beautiful friend kylie and her upcoming nuptials. she's getting married on june 15th in georgia and this past weekend i headed to new jersey for her bridal shower and bachelorette weekend. her sister planned a wonderful weekend from beginning to end and the only thing that went wrong the whole time was the excessive traffic ashley and i sat in to get to new jersey friday night. we were supposed to get there in time for the bbq lindsey was hosting on friday but instead we stopped at a rest stop and i refueled with starbucks - iced coffee, turkey sandwich and cherry tomatoes and green peppers in the car.
we finally got there and joined the other bridesmaids (one of whom i'd met, two of whom were new friends!), kylie's parents and aunt and cousin as well as kylie's brother in law for some margaritas and dessert. these cookies and cream oreo stuffed brownies along with the chocolate cookies with white chocolate chips were a huge hit. i love baking things that people love - it is really one of the most accomplished feelings i ever feel.
we didn't stay up too late because we knew it'd be a long day on saturday. i woke up bright and early (around 5:15) but stayed in bed for a little longer before i headed out for a run. i love running through new neighborhoods and exploring new places running. i wasn't sure how long i was going to go for but i ended up feeling good and running a 10k (that extra .2 is very important). i haven't been running long distances since the nike women's half and i'm liking that. i'm enjoying the shorter runs and even though i know that i'm losing a bit of my distance-fitness i'm actually enjoying my runs and that's more important right now. i came home and foraged for breakfast while everyone else slept in a little.
we headed out to the bridal shower venue to set everything up but lindsey and kylie's mom had gone the night before and pretty much had everything in completely perfect order.
everything from top to bottom was so beautiful. the mason jar theme was woven seamlessly throughout and kylie was so happy when she saw everything.
this cake was incredible - light vanilla cake with chocolate buttercream filling and a thin vanilla icing on top. i love cake.
my road trip buddy ashley and i were pros at collecting gifts and collecting garbage while kylie opened all her gifts. we played a few games and before we knew it the shower was wrapping up and we were headed back to lindsey's to get ready for our bachelorette festivities.
we knew we were heading into the city but kylie's dad surprised us completely with tickets to see cinderella! kylie LOVES broadway and she immediately burst into tears when he revealed the tickets. it was the perfect way to kick off our nyc evening.
the show was amazing - i highly recommend it to anyone visiting new york!
after the show we went and got a late night dinner of mexican food. we split guacamole then i had chicken enchiladas and followed it up with carrot cake with jalapeno lime cream cheese frosting. it was amazing from start to finish and was accompanied by several margaritas with prickly pear and jalapeno (jalapeno margaritas are probably my favorite drink). so much for detoxing for two weeks - whatever, springtime is apparently the time for cocktails in my world. not going to fight it, i love a good cocktail. we ended the night (MANY hours later) at a different bar doing typical bachelorette festivities and i was a bit worse for wear this morning while ashley and i made our way back to virginia - i wasn't even hungover but i am not the type to stay out late and bounce back quickly. luckily the traffic cooperated and we made it in just 4 hours. i'm skipping the gym today because my 3 am bedtime was enough to completely wipe my energy for the day and i'm probably going to be diving into bed any minute now.
i hope you had a great weekend and that someone out there caught up on sleep because i certainly didn't!