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The Best Bridal Shower Ever

I owe well over a hundred thank you’s to everyone who was involved in making this day not only happen but be the most well-organized, detail-oriented, thoughtful, beautiful and ultimately super fun bridal shower that I could have ever imagined. From planning and preparation to the actual day-of responsibilities, these guys really knocked it out of the park.

From what I’ve both heard and seen, here is the list of everyone who had a part in making this amazing event happen:

Executive Producer: Katie
Assistant Executive Producer: Mom
Coordinator: Katie
Assistant Coordinators: Bridesmaids
Creative Director: Mom
Creatives: Katie, Jessica, Amy, Janice, Nicole, Victoria, Karin
Production Team: Katie, Jessica, Amy, Ashley, Mom
Publicity Director: Katie
Print Design: Mom
Audio Engineer: Jim
Floral Arrangements: Jim, Mom
Chefs: Mom, Amy, Momma
Cooks: Jeremy, Katie, Ashley, Amy
Cake & Cupcake Design: Mom & Momma
Additional Food/Drink: Mrs. Thomas, Aunt Joan, Jeremy, Victoria, Katie
Culinary Quality Control: Dad
Wardrobe Stylist & Fashion Design: Mom
Costume (Hat) Designer: Janice
Gift List Management: Amy
Official Gift Presentation: Momma, Jessica
Photography: Gavin, Katie, Jackie
Videography: Dad
Gift Storage & Organization: Dad
Transportation Crew: Dad, Katie, Jim, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas
Set-Up & Breakdown: Jessica, Katie, Amy, Jeremy, Kris, Victoria, Momma, Dad
Best Husband-to-Be EVER: Gavin

“Most Distance Traveled” Award
First Place – Jessica from London, U.K.!!
Second Place – Mr. & Mrs. Thomas from Rochester, NY
Third Place – Aunt Lynn from Binghamton, NY

More to come as I gather photos and mentally digest all the wonderful things that have happened this weekend. (Gavin also got baptized!) Thank you again to everyone. Amazing. Simply amazing.

The Annual “February Birthdays” Party

Since Mom had just recently put together Momma’s big party last month, I offered to host the February Birthdays party this month. It was my first real foray into a dinner party for more than six people (truth be told- for the one with four people, Gavin cooked; and the one with six people: we ordered Chinese.) This was also a glimpse into what the wedding might be like, minus a large chunk of people and the fact that I will be off cooking duty that day.

We had a meal of chicken piccatta, meatball in marinara sauce (thank you Trader Joe’s), sauteed string beans with buttered bread crumbs and the huge plate of ziti that mom brought along. Let’s not forget the enormous spread of wine and desserts, contributed by our guests.

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Joining in the festivities was Mom & Dad, Momma, Jim & Katie, Kris & Amy, Aunt Joan & Uncle Tom, Mary Jane & Don, Caitlin, Mollie and, of course, Gavin. It was so nice to have everyone over (and to finally have an apartment that fits more than 10 people in one room.) I kind of sequestered myself in the kitchen in the beginning but, after the food was done, I was able to kick back and enjoy the party. I took zero photos because I was so caught up in conversations, as was everyone. Needless to say, a good time was had by all.

After most people left, my mom got to work at putting together some table arrangements. There were some very elaborate table settings to look at. (We used some of the plates I’ve been collecting for context.) Everyone had an opinion, of course, but the one Gavin and I liked the best was the most simple: vintage-inspired milk containers from JoAnn’s (or Michael’s?)

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Huge thanks to Aunt Joan for (unknowingly) providing the flowers we used for this table arrangement exercise. They are actually the same type of flowers (daisies!) I was thinking of having at the reception (and/or bouquets.) Voila!

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Some more “after hours” fun included Jim and Kris playing legos with a new iPhone game they had discovered.

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And Kris and Amy practiced some of the important lessons we taught them from Pre-Cana class.

Christmas at Aunt Joan’s

We arrived at Aunt Joan’s house between 1:30-2pm (with the exception of Dad who – out of character – arrived much later.) Gavin and I drove down from Rochester with his parents, who would be staying over our apartment that night before heading back up the next day. Katie and Jim drove up together. Mary Jane and Don brought Caitlin and Mollie. Jackie and Tom came, as well, with Samantha in tow (and a lovely surprise which Samantha individually announced to each person there.)

First order of business after food and presents was to dive right into music. After a quick warm-up on the keyboards, Samantha got right into recruiting for her all-girl band.

Katie (bridesmaid!) spent some quality time with the moms. Fingers crossed that my mom didn’t tell Mrs. Thomas anything bad about me (like how annoying, obsessive or bossy I can be.)

Jackie was patient with the amount of photos I had to take in order to get one in which Gavin is *almost* smiling. (Note to wedding photographer: Gavin hates being on the other side of the camera. Good luck to you.)

And we are ready to perform…

… all of us. Katie on the sax. Myself on the clarinet. Jackie on keyboards . And Janice (bridesmaid!) on the trumpet.

Samantha took cues from her voice coach, Janice. Never too early to start. (And if Samantha’s voice is even half as good as Janice’s, look out!)

And you really can’t have a fun-filled family Christmas without some embarrassing family videos from years before. Kris took the hit this time, with his lengthy aerobics number. (Thanks Aunt Joan! We might need to give you a cut of the YouTube ad revenue.)