Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Amanda's Bachelorette Weekend + Bridal Shower

What a WEEK I have had!

I drove in to Austin on Friday after my morning barre class (my 5th workout of the week, woo-hoo!) Along the way, I stopped in San Angelo to eat lunch with my Aunt Lisa. I arrived in Austin just in time for dinner and woke up the next morning to do bridal shower prep. My cousin Amanda is getting married, and my mom and I planned a Sunday shower for her to coincide with her bachelorette weekend.

Saturday afternoon, I met up with the bachelorette and her friends at the house we rented for the weekend. We hung out for a few hours before heading to an AMAZING dinner at St. Philip Pizza Parlor and Bakeshop. We did family style dining, and I was most impressed with the St. Philip Pizza (a contender for the best pizza I've had in Austin), the golden cauliflower, and the golden beets. The meal was delicious, and afterwards, we headed over to the bakeshop for coffee.

That is when things started to get very interesting. The police showed up and evacuated us all to a hallway because tornadoes had been sighted. They said we couldn't stay near the big windows. You don't have to tell me twice! Party in the hallway:

We changed our original plans of going out due to the downpour, and instead we played games and puzzled late into the night (well, you know I struggled to stay up past midnight!)

I set my alarm for 8:00am the next morning and met my mom at the house for bridal shower set up. We served a full brunch. Here's what was on the menu:

Salad with heirloom tomatoes, avocado, and Parmesan cheese.
Fruit Salad--strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and pineapple
Cranberry Crumble muffins (courtesy of my Aunt Elaine)
Veggie Quiche
Ham Quiche
Bacon Quiche
Croissants with strawberry butter
Italian sausages

Mimosas, Juice, and Coffee to drink

Italian Cream Cake for dessert:

Though the Saturday evening storms prevented a few guests from being able to come, the shower was still a wonderful celebration of two of my favorite people.

Amanda's mom gave her a beautiful silver cake knight, and we let the bride and groom to be (he stopped by with flowers--so sweet!) practice their cake cutting skills:

The shower was also made super special because both Mimi and Matt's grandmother were able to join us: 

Mother of the groom, groom & bride to be, grandmother and aunt of the groom. 

Top row: Bride to be, cousin, aunt, sister, and aunt of the bride
Bottom row: mother of the bride, grandmother of the bride

We played the same game at Amanda's shower that Amanda prepared for my bridal shower in 2013. You ask the bride and groom to be questions about their lives and expectations for marriage, and edit the answers so guests can guess who said what. We used lip and mustache cut outs (that Amanda made two years ago) for guests to hold up to show who they thought said what. I learned a lot from this game! Amanda and Matt are both excited to be parents and both wish for happy and healthy children in the future more than anything else. They have been in love for eight years, but their relationship has grown so much over that time as they have made sacrifices to be together and made their relationship a priority. I know that they will be a great husband and wife team, and I can't wait to see all that life has in store for them. 

After the game, we did presents! Amanda and Matt received so many lovely things. Their kitchen is getting upgraded! My mom and I gifted them luggage for the honeymoon and a travel book on Italy. 

Shower hostesses: 

The girls of the bachelorette weekend. I love Amanda's friends, and I want to hang out with them all the time now. I can't wait for October! I joked that I was bringing Yahtzee to the wedding.

The bridesmaids: Amanda's sister/my cousin Elena and Amanda's bestie Kate:

After the shower, we played more games, so we could get hungry again. Elena made us amazing Puerto Rican food back at our rental house, and she even picked up vegetarian sausage for me from Trader Joe's (Now that is cousin love!)

We then walked to Gourdough's. I never realized this...but there is a bar in Austin that specializes in DONUTS. Kate and I shared a "Nutty Valentine." I mean, this was a DONUT covered in Nutella with fresh strawberries. It was okay. Just kidding, it was delicious.

I got to play all six rounds of Yahtzee, don't worry.
There was also a movie...I slept through the first half but woke up for all the exciting parts!
Mostly, it was just fun hanging out and meeting Amanda's friends. That is my favorite part of a wedding...you get to meet all the people that are important in the lives of the bride and groom. I have more Facebook and Instagram friends now, but I would be real friends with all these girls. They know how to hang!

On Monday, Elena made us breakfast tacos, we checked out of our rental, and we went to Summermoon coffee...This place has moon milk. I don't know what that is, but I don't want my coffee any other way now. That's a problem because this place isn't in Midland, and it has a difficult parking lot. I'm still going to always remember you Summermoon!

As soon as I arrived home, the great flood of memorial day began:

The flooding was so bad that it contributed to deaths, injuries, and missing person cases in the Austin and surrounding areas. Our thoughts are with everyone affected.

We are all okay. I am staying in Austin and Brendan will fly here soon. We have a lot of exciting things coming up...but more on that soon!

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