Bachelorette Party Planning

 I just returned from an amazing weekend away celebrating my sister's bachelorette party! We rented a chalet in Blue Mountain for the weekend which is such a fun place for a weekend getaway. I have been there several times in both the summer and winter. It's a great place for a winter-y getaway given that it is a ski village. However, absolutely no skiing was actually done!

I didn't want to share any of my bachelorette plans before the weekend away to ensure I didn't spoil any surprises for my sister. We kept the décor pretty simple but fitting for winter by hanging some white and gold streamers, I framed a few cute prints and made this glitter letter banner.

I found this poster at Party City and added a picture of my sister's fiancée's face. This was used for a game similar to pin the tail on the donkey but waaaay funnier!

My favourite DIY projects for the weekend were the goodies we gave the bride to wear. I checked out what the part supply store had but they are always so tacky! I decided to make my own bridal sash and decorative wine glass and thought the ear muff veil and bedazzled glove were funny and fitting for our winter theme!!

To make the bridal sash I bought 2 meters of white satin fabric from Michael's for about $5. I attached the ends to one another using some fabric glue. I grabbed the glittered letter stickers from Dollarama and attached them to the sash. I thought I might need some hot glue to secure them but the sticky back was fine.

I bought a pair of white gloves from Dollarama along with some rhinestone stickers to attach as a "diamond" ring. I did use some hot glue on these for extra security. I also grabbed white ear muffs when I was at the dollar store and attached white tulle from Michael's to create a veil. This is my favourite!!

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For the bridal wine glass, I had the glass dipped in gold sparkles leftover from hosting my girlfriend's bridal shower last summer. I made these for the guests to use at the shower and take home as a favour.  I added the pearl stickers (also from the dollar store), rhinestones and sparkly letter stickers to spell out " I DO - SHOTS". Clever, right?! :) I also added some of the tulle to the stem to look extra bride-ish!

This hunk has made a few appearances at bachelorette and birthday parties over the years.

This hunk has made a few appearances at bachelorette and birthday parties over the years.

The bridesmaids handmade these awesome sleep masks as favours for all the girls to bring home.

I also made a "shot ski" which is just as it sounds, a ski with shot glasses on it. It may have needed some extra glue added throughout the weekend but thankfully I brought liquid nails :)

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enjoying some Collingwood while in Collingwood

enjoying some Collingwood while in Collingwood

We stayed in at the chalet the Friday night enjoying cocktails and games. Check out this Bachelorette Party play list I got inspired by from Pinterest. My girlfriend Low is a chef and owns Solo on Main in Port Stanley, ON. She generously prepared food for the weekend including mac and cheese and kale Caesar salad for dinner Friday and a lemongrass, curry and lentil soup and assorted sandwiches for lunch Saturday. Comfort food with a twist! We also enjoyed simple breakfasts of bagels, croissants, fruit and yogurt, coffee with baileys and mimosas!

view from our chalet

view from our chalet

Saturday we "explored" the village which really means we had drinks at the irish pub. Then we got dressed up to go out for dinner and went out for a few drinks. We all struggled to get packed and cleaned up Sunday morning and prepare for the long trek home. Despite the recovery, it was such an incredible weekend celebrating my big sissy! Her wedding is now less than 3 weeks away now!! WOOT WOOOT!!!

Can't wait to share the details and décor with you!!

Jess xx

 

 

'Tis The Season

Happy December!! I know I always say that October is my favourite month...until December comes along! I just love how the entire month is so festive and full of fun holiday activities and celebrations!!

This past weekend I experienced the Toronto Christmas Market for the first time with my girlfriends and I absolutely loved it! The twinkling lights, holiday décor & music, local vendors, mulled wine & craft beer--just the best! We may have spent the majority of the time enjoying the festive cocktails but it was a really great experience with friends and I will certainly be going back! Things like this make me extra excited for Christmas!

At this time last year we were in New York City surprising my mom for her 60th birthday. I was thrilled to get to experience NYC at Christmas time despite the weather feeling and looking more like fall. I loved seeing the sights of the city as well as the holiday decorations and of course the Rockefeller Christmas tree!!

It has been awesome to have the opportunity to travel to places before Christmas that get me more excited for the holidays. This weekend we are heading to Montreal and I am looking forward to bundling up and walking the streets of Old Montreal, visiting their Merry Montreal Christmas market and enjoying amazing local food and drinks with my favourite guy!

As much as I love travelling,  I also really love being at home at this time of year. Once I get my decorations up I am totally content with getting cozy and staying in. We got our Christmas tree up this week although this makes me a lot happier than it does TK. He is not a big fan of real trees due to the mess but I insisted we went with real this year rather than faux. I have a small fake tree but really missed having a real one last year. I hope to find a taller and more realistic faux one, perhaps on sale at the end of the season. There's nothing like the smell of a real tree (despite multiple candles and wax warmers with this scent throughout my house :) 

 I love carrying on traditions from when I was a kid. Each night, I watch a Christmas movie or show and my car has been blasting Christmas tunes for weeks. I haven't done any holiday baking yet but have enjoyed some store bought shortbread cookies and eggnog. I also love enjoying the Christmas lights in our neighbourhood each night when we walk Poppy.

This time of year is so special and it puts a smile on my face just thinking about it. What gets you most excited for the holidays?

Jess xx

 

 

Life Lately

If you follow me on Instagram, you have likely seen my recent posts apologizing for my absence from the blog. Our puppy, Poppy has been home for a month already and she has been the focus of ours lives lately. In addition to having an adorable and energetic pup to train and cuddle, I spent the end of May in Dubai celebrating my sister and her fiancée's engagement! Our trip was short but it was so amazing seeing the incredible sights of the middle east and meeting our new family. We can't wait to return to celebrate their wedding in the New Year!

Here are some snaps of what life has looked like lately and why projects and blogging have been pushed to the back burner;

We brought Miss Poppy aka Popcorn home one month ago!!

We brought Miss Poppy aka Popcorn home one month ago!!

Dubai desert camels

Dubai desert camels

View from outside the Burj Khalifa

View from outside the Burj Khalifa

Sunset Palms

Sunset Palms

I heart Dubai

I heart Dubai

Poppy is 3 months old!!

Poppy is 3 months old!!

If vacation and a new puppy aren't excuse enough, living in a beach town on Lake Erie hasn't helped my productivity. With summer right around the corner, we have been taking advantage of the awesome weather enjoying walks in the village,  listening to live music on local patios and having friends and family over to our backyard. I also celebrated my 28th birthday at the beginning of June and we attended our first wedding of the season this past weekend.

Celebrating my birthday at my friend Low's restaurant; Solo on Main- Port Stanley, ON

Celebrating my birthday at my friend Low's restaurant; Solo on Main- Port Stanley, ON

Celebrating our friends' wedding this past weekend

Celebrating our friends' wedding this past weekend

This is my first year of blogging and I don't want to disappoint anyone but also have to maintain some sense of balance within my life. I already have a to do list a mile long for fall projects :) As the weather cools down come September, I will be itching to continue lots of my interior plans. Stay tuned for some upcoming 'Throwback Thursdays', small house projects and an update on our gardens. And cheers to the beginning of Summer!

Jess xx