Sunday Scavengers…

Today feels like Saturday.  The whole drive home I was thinking:

“I’ll drop by the Colonial Manor in Dallas to see what they have .. especially since they will be closed tomorrow!”

*wonk*wonk* They were closed .. because it is Sunday.

Raymond and I love our Sunday Scavenger adventures! 🙂  This particular adventure happened a few weeks ago. 🙂

We started the day with a trip to Amelie’s French Bakery.  If you have never been, then please note:  It is the coolest coffee shop in Mecklenburg County!

Amelie's Bakery

Up for order:  2 espresso shots, salted caramel brownie, coconut macaroon.

Delicious!  The Salted Caramel Brownie is one of their signature items and it did not disappoint!

Being silly at Amelies.  Loved this mirror/picture thing. :)

Being silly at Amelies. Loved this mirror/picture thing. 🙂

Raymond looking cute while sending funny text messages to a friend. :)

Raymond looking cute while sending funny text messages to a friend. 🙂

We were full from all that sugar so we walked across the street to this warehouse looking place.  Half of it was a farmer’s market/produce stand.  The other half was like a junk yard.  It was awesome! 🙂 I can’t remember the actual names ..

Produce Stand & Resale Warehouse

Resale Warehouse

Resale Warehouse

They had some of the coolest vintage furniture!  If I had a garage/warehouse/tool shed, then we would have been in trouble! 🙂

Next up was a trip to NoDa! 🙂  We dropped by this sports bar for a beer.  It was packed … with Cleveland fans.  I’m not a huge football person and definitely felt a little out of my element. 🙂

Bar full of Cleveland Fans in NoDa

Bar full of Cleveland Fans in NoDa

We had a pretty good time in NoDa but weren’t feeling it completely.  So we headed down the street to Plaza Midwood.  One of my favorite areas and neighborhoods in Charlotte! 🙂

We ate dinner at Loco Lime .. SO good.  Then headed to The Diamond for dessert!  Unbelievable chocolate cake! 🙂

To.Die.For Chocolate Cake

To.Die.For Chocolate Cake

Put a fork in me .. I was done after that! 🙂

What do you like to do on Sundays? 🙂

Until next time…

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How To Plan A Birthday Party {Adult style}…

We {insert: society} can get engrossed with planning children’s birthday parties.  So much so that we tend to forget all about our birthday {or friends, spouse, parents, etc}.  Well, I think we all secretly love our birthdays.  It is no secret that I absolutely LOVE my birthday. 🙂

I hope this post inspires you to plan your own birthday shindig or just as fabulous of one for your friends or spouse.  😉

HOW TO PLAN A BIRTHDAY PARTY {ADULT STYLE}

  • Mail invitations.  Yes – MAIL THEM! 🙂  I love receiving cute invitations in the mail!  We are a little too techie these days.  Lets take it back old school style with snail mail!
  • Add a childhood photo of the guest of honor to the invitation.  This might take some secret digging if you are planning for someone other than yourself.  
  • Ask guests to RSVP (duh)….with a song that reminds them of the person you will be toasting.  
    • Example: If said party was for me, all my friends would reply with “______”.  Go ahead ladies, leave it in the replies.  Lets see if Im right! 😉
    • The songs will become the party playlist. 
  • Have a cake made or catered for the event.  Not a sheet cake people! Go to a local bakery and find out what their specialty is.  
  • Serve a signature cocktail.  My personal faves: sangria and/or champagne.  Find out if there is a special drink that your guest of honor prefers.  Make that! 
    • Set up a cocktail area.  No Solo cups!  This is adult style, not cheap.  😉 
  • Add some flowers and balloons.  Keep it simple with a color scheme.  Blue, Yellow, Cream.    Pink, Black, White.   Turquoise, Coral, Cream.  You get what Im sayin…
  • Say cheese.  Photo booths are SO much fun!  Either (A) hire a local photographer or (B) set up a booth on your own.  I prefer the photographer route. 🙂
    • If you do it yourself… Gather a few playful props, tri-pod, camera, and lightweight bedspread or sheet to use as a backdrop.  
    • Two photographers that I :
  • Serve some delicious food.  I like “shower style” food.  It looks pretty and (if done right) is very yummy!
  • Gifts:  Im a fan of leaving the gifts at the store, and gift a “fun time”.  Memories are worth far more than any sweater or gift card. 🙂 
  • Have a good time! 🙂  
Drop a line with your fave party ideas!
Until next time…