Thursday, December 22, 2016

Party People

Nothing like recapping your weekend four days after it's over! But it was SUCH a good one, filled with all the Christmas fun, and if I don't do it now, it's surely going to get lost in the haze that is Christmas and then New Years and will never be documented on the old blog. So last weekend! Otherwise known as the weekend we partied allll weekend long. 

Also why it took me so long to get this post up, I'm still recovering from it. But I just took a nap, so now I'm ready.

First up on the docket was Nick's work party on Friday night. No pictures, but it was just a casual get together with dinner and drinks and passing of the baby around. She was in heaven with tons of people to hang out with and smile at her. I was in heaven finally getting to dress her in this coat!

On Saturday morning, WE MET SANTA! And Mrs. Claus. And homegirl loved both of them! I felt like things could go either way: she was going to love it or be a little weirded out by a giant bearded man. But she proved to us again that we may have to wary of her with strangers when she gets a little older because she happily smiled back and forth from the camera to Mrs. Claus the entire time!


We grabbed lunch downtown (grilled cheese and tomato soup for all) before heading back home for nap time, major house cleaning, and baking of only the best cake ever

Saturday night was our Junior League + families Christmas party and we decided to go with a Chicago food theme. If you are familiar with Chicago, you've heard of Portillo's before. And if you've heard of Portillo's, you know all about their chocolate cake. Pure deliciousness. This recipe right here - it's just about an exact knock off, thank you Pinterest. Did you know Portillo's uses boxed cake mix?! And the secret ingredient is mayo...

Trust me, SO GOOD. We had Portillo's beef sandwiches, Giordano's pizza, the cake, and so much more. Of course, the night wouldn't be complete without a selfie stick picture even though there were about twenty other people at the party that could have taken it for us. Hadley was such a champ- she hung out for three hours and stayed up past her bedtime and was still the happiest thing.


Sunday was the big day! Hadley's baptism! It was the perfect day. Almost all of our family came to town (a brewing snowstorm kept a few at home) and it was so special to have everyone there. No surprise that she did great and was the star of the show. We had to write a letter to her that they read out loud and it took everything in me not to cry, but it was really just so special. Picture dump...


No joke, I got her gown from Amazon. Ha! And you can find my sweater and skirt here ;)

Afterwards, we hosted everyone back at our house for lunch. This was when we did the crockpot ham and called in Costco to do pretty much the rest, no shame in my game. Mashed potatoes, gravy, pretzel rolls, Pioneer Woman brussels sprouts (these are ahmazing) and tiramisu for dessert.


It was such a good weekend, full of family friends and food, and now we're heading into the ULTIMATE weekend. Bring it on, Christmas. We are so ready for you! 
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16 comments

  1. What a great, fun-filled weekend! Her picture with Santa is my favorite ever :) And what a beautiful baptism! xx

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  2. Hadley is such a happy girl!! I love her Santa photo! Also I've had Portillo's but how did I miss the memo on the chocolate cake?! Ah so sad!

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  3. Ahh - baptisms are so special.
    I swear by Amazon ;)
    You have the HAPPIEST girl - she is just always smiling.

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  4. Your daughter is absolutely adorable and looked so happy!

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  5. Hands down the best weekend ever for baby girl! And LOVE that she loved meeting Santa - that vest gets all the heart eyes! Have a very Merry Christmas sweet friend <3
    Green Fashionista

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  6. I just took a nap, so now I'm ready. DYING!! What a fun weekend ending with such a special event! You both looked beautiful and so so so happy at the baptism.

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  7. The photo of the three of you in front of the tree is just too precious!! So glad it was such a perfect weekend! xo, biana -BlovedBoston

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  8. What a great weekend! And Portillos!!!! Ah. My favorite!

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  9. What a special weekend for you! Congrats on Hadley's baptism! And, I need to try that chocolate cake recipe asap. I always have Portillos when we go visit my parents, and my mom and I have to split a piece of cake. So, so good. Have the merriest Christmas!

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  10. I was basically dying over your Insta all weekend - Hadley is the cutest ever! Her smile is beyond!!!

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  11. So fun! I pretty much die over her face every time I see it on insta - SO CUTE! Also, Portillo's chocolate cake is everything. We went there for dinner two weeks ago and I just ordered the chocolate cake milkshake and a side salad. No shame.

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  12. What a sweet week and wonderful Christmas memories! Hope you have an amazing Christmas with your family.

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  13. I can't get over what a happy girl Hads is!! She's just all smiles!! Love how personal the dedication is. Amazing celebration of goodness. :)

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  14. What a WONDERFUL weekend!! All these pictures are just so sweet, Hadley seems like such a happy little babe :) My grandma makes her cakes with mayo and always swears by it- they are delish!!

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  15. if i ever host anything, i will use costco. hahaha. mayo?! in cake?! WHAT.

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  16. What a fun, busy weekend! A baptism gown off Amazon?! Who knew! Amazon seriously has everything, I shouldn't be surprised! Mayo in cake?! Strange! But it looks delicious! So does those brussel sprouts! Yum!

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