Thursday, April 23, 2009

Crown and Crumpet

Yesterday my mom and I went to Crown and Crumpet for her birthday lunch and then went to see Wicked.  Crown and Crumpet was really cute!  We split the tea for two and I highly recommend the hibiscus and cinnamon tea.  The inside isn't very big so reservations are a good idea, but the overall experience was really fun.  If you haven't see Wicked yet I highly recommend that you do.  It's a fantastic show and you don't need to have read the book to understand it.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Bridal Shower

This past weekend my mom, my sisters and I hosted a bridal shower for our cousin.  It was a beach themed shower and we had a great time!   

My mom sewed unique kitchen items onto an apron for my cousin and we turned it into a game.  She walked around and everyone got a minute to look at the apron and write down as many things as they could remember.  We also had a crossword puzzle filled with clues about my cousin and her fiance.  Lastly, every guest filled out some words of wisdom about marriage for my cousin.

We served homemade mushroom puff pastries, zucchini madeleines, and salmon cakes as appetizers. 

For lunch we made fruit skewers, homemade macaroni and cheese, spinach, candied pecan and strawberry salad, and cilantro shrimp skewers.

Dessert included homemade brownies, lemon macaroon tartlets, and mini lemon cheesecakes.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Birthday Presents

I was fortunate to receive many presents I loved this birthday.  Here are a few of my favorites (that were easily photographable).

My parents got me these suede boots from Steve Madden.  I love their slouchiness and color.

One of my best friends in New York always finds something amazing to give me each year and this year didn't disappoint.  Check out the bracelet similar to that of Jessica Kagan Cushman. It's french for what would the world be without girls?

And lastly, I was looking for some comfy yet stylish sweats for my birthday so my husband got me these Lululemon pants.  (not my photo)

Seascape Resort

For my birthday this year my husband took me to Seascape Resort which is just south of Santa Cruz.  I love when we can find local places that we didn't know exsisted!  We were lucky and got a beautiful Saturday in March so we headed down to the beach to hang out.  After a yummy dinner at the hotel restaurant, my husband had the hotel set up a private beach bonfire.  It was fantastic. The hotel staff brought us in a golf cart from our room to the beach, gave us a box filled with smores fixings, and gave us two chairs to sit on.   If anyone is looking for a romantic proposal spot this is it!!  Here are some photos.

(smores box)

(they do weddings on this lawn)