Friday, December 28, 2012

mcgowan christmas party 2012!!

for their annual christmas party, the mcgowans hosted a fabulous holiday brunch!  it was a beautiful winter day outside, so we enjoyed the afternoon on their patio all festive with christmas lights.  & it is always a treat when so many of our friends can get together to celebrate.

{elyse, baby liam, amy, & sarah!}

amy & ogden cooked up a feast!  pigs in a blanket, delicious pork, sausage & waffles, sparkling cranberry bites, peanut butter truffles, ginger cookies, mimosas & poinsettias...  it was all divine!

{lola loved it all too}

a fantastic party & a fantastic start to our christmas celebrations!

love love,

Thursday, December 27, 2012

the best not-a-christmas-gift gift ever.

in case you didn't already know, blakey is an amazing husband.  he knows me pretty darn well.  & is pretty much the sweetest man ever.  & this gift really takes the cake.

it started off with an invitation for a festive holiday dinner date:
{he made it himself!}

so he told me to start getting ready & then i had some presents to open!  he had four wrapped gifts - all with new holiday attire!  a gorgeous cream sweater, a super sparkly gold skirt, wintery snowflake tights, & a fabulous statement necklace!  it was a perfectly festive ensemble.  

{my sister might have helped with the outfit picking out... ;) }

{LOVE this necklace}

then we headed to chez fonfon, a frank stitt restaurant, for cocktails & dinner!  i had a french 75 & blakey had his favorite, a sazerac.  our meals were divine too.  blakey loved his fonfon burger.  i tried the moules et frites - mussels & fries, two of my very favorite things.  who knew they could be paired together?  absolutely fabulous.

it was the perfect holiday evening.  all dressed up with my husband enjoying some fabulous culinary creations.

he truly is the best.  i am so thankful.

love love,

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

merry christmas!! love, the porters.

{created by the amazing mpress cards}

so much love & joy & peace to you & yours this christmas day.

glory to God in the highest.
& on earth peace, good will toward men.
- luke 2:14

merry christmas!

love love,

Friday, December 21, 2012

lots & lots of christmas treats!

{meringue christmas cookies}

i LOVE making christmas treats!!  it has been so much.  & with it being the last week before christmas, i went a little crazy with the christmas treats...

{eggnog cheesecake with a graham cracker crust & eggnog whipped cream}
{julie, you would love these!}

you should probably come to birmy around this time next year to enjoy all of these!

{amaretto pound cake truffles}
{mom, you would love these!}

or just come to birmy anytime & i'll make anything you wish.

{spiced hot chocolate cookies with a dollop of whipped cream}

happy christmas weekend!!

{white chocolate & peppermint ganache covered brownies}

love love,

Thursday, December 20, 2012

thankful thursday - a wonderful gift.

my amazing sister sent me the sweetest gift this week - a box of green beans, cream of mushroom soup, & french fried onions with a note that said

since you didn't get leftovers from thanksgiving,
here is a reminder of our delicious meal
& fun time.

seriously, the sweetest gift in the world.  not to mention the cutest little chef card in the world.  

i love green bean casserole.  & i love my sister.

i hope you can think of something today for which you are thankful.

love love,

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

introducing mr & mrs caric!

cari & aric are married!!  & the celebration was even more amazing than you could've imagined.  it was the perfect combination of winter & oklahoma & fancy details & fun & love.

{with our wonderful & amazing friend}

{the gorgeous white bouquet}

{the most adorable little white tutus for the most adorable four flower girls!}

{baby lainey}

{big girl harper}

caric had a true colorado whiskey barrel for the guests to sign wishes to the bride & groom!

the ceremony & reception were held in beard lounge in the oklahoma union.  it was a beautiful, cozy setting with a fireplace behind the alter, couches for the family, dark wood, & ou beauty.  after the ceremony, the chairs were taken out to make way for a dance floor & party space!

{loved spending the weekend with my dear armstrong!}

{a little sparkle}

{the oklahoma sower looking all festive}

{rah rah kap kappa gamma!}

{true man love}

{party with the porters!}

{love love}

even though i had the opportunity to "talk wedding" so wonderfully much with cari in the months prior, she did keep a few things secret from me.  including these fantastic fuchsia & white caric bracelets!

{blakey & i sported our caric wedding weekend bracelets on our way home}

OH!  & the very best surprised: CARIC wedding cups!!  you know about our love for cups.  these were fantastic.  

it was truly the most wonderful wedding weekend for the most wonderful couple.  we are so insanely happy for you two.  so much love & blessings on your marriage. 

love love,

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

the beautiful bride. #caric

my dear friend cari was the most beautiful bride in the world!  truly.  cari was so calm & so joyful.  she had a huge smile on her face all weekend long.  so in love.  so happy.

& we all had the most wonderful time preparing for her big day.  at cari's lovely bridal lunch, we finally got to give cari her gift - a moleskin photo album with letters to cari telling her what a fabulous person she is & how happy we are for caric and photos of some of our favorite times with her.  & we even got a little ribbon with "CARIC" stamped on it to wrap her gift up!

on the day of the wedding, all of cari's bridesmaids & mom & sister gathered for a morning of beauty!  we had mimosas & got our hair done by the most fabulous duo & watched homemade videos from cari's childhood.  a wonderful way to start the day.

 {my new hair bff}
 {we're both pisces}
{& totally bouschie}

 {the gorgeous bride & gorgeous mother of the bride!}

 {her new monogram}

{the beautiful beautiful dress}

 {our bridesmaid & MOB dresses}
{love all of the cream colors}

{cari's fantastic wrapping}

{everyone deserves a little bling!}
{especially if it's fuchsia bling}

{the mr wrote a letter to his soon-to-be mrs} 

 {my two amazing friends}

a wonderful day with truly wonderful ladies.  & a fabulous wedding still to come...

love love,