The day started with a sprinkle donut from my godmother slash painter, followed by a crap ton of tunnel traffic on my way to try on my wedding dress! Yes, the dress is in! Yes, it is early! And yes, it fits! We may have a little bit of altering in the future but thank goodness it's nothing major! :)
I happily stopped by Home Goods (since it is 3.4 seconds from my dress shop and about 1.3 hours from my new house...) I picked up a few more goodies for the wedding at a bargain deal!
After swinging by the office for some cake I headed back to the Peninsula to get the house ready for the party! I was so excited to have people come by the new place to see all the work that has been done to it and to grill out for my birthday!
I decided I needed to have a Birthday Burger Bar! Honestly, I wanted steak and veggies for my birthday but when I realized how many people were coming I knew I couldn't afford to feed everyone delicious steak... so burgers it was! And to be quite frank - burgers are rarely my thing. I needed to think of a way to make them awesome... and let me tell you... having a DIY Burger Bar with a ton of toppings was quite awesome!
The concept was quite simple... pick your bread, pick your protein, pick your toppings, stuff your face. Done and done.
We had a ton of options for burger toppings. Pickles, Cheeses, Lettuce, Tomato, Pineapple, Onion, Bacon, Jalapeno, and Guacamole. I had two types of buns: the norm and then the delicious potato rolls. We had four types of protein to suit everyone's different diets: Chicken, Veggie Patties, Turkey Patties and Beef Patties.
Michael surprised me all the way from Japan with a cute little patio set! I added some color and we had everything ready! With a couple of tables and a bunch of chairs there was plenty of space for everyone!
These two lovely ladies came from RVA to have dinner with me! The silver lining of now living in Newport News, Richmond is only an hour away! I have a feeling that will lead to some fun dinner dates more often!!
My sister baked one of my favorite cakes. It a Mandarin Orange Pineapple Cake. I will have to share the recipe one of these days. And yes - there are 29 candles on that cake. Frankly I was surprised the smoke detector didn't go off! Why the sideways look? Here's what you don't see in this picture...
Little Kinsley really wanted to get some cake for herself!!
We stayed up drinking and eating and socializing past my bedtime but it was well worth it! This morning I had the last of the cake for breakfast (it has fruit in it so it's a-ok right?!) and skyped with Michael as my body kicked into too-much-sugar-recovery-mode.
Time for me to pack up and head to the southside because tonight Leslie is taking me to see the Lumineers! I'm pretty pumped! Talk about an awesome birthday!
Hope you all had a lovely June 11th as well. xoxo