The open house photos are finally off my camera and uploaded. I think it was my need to do something distracting immediately after the depressing loss in the Avs game that got me up and working despite total exhaustion. I hate to say it, but I think the Avs are toast. I'd like to see them avoid a sweep, but I think defeat is inevitable either way. Too many injuries, not enough jump. Siiiggghhhh.
So, photo recap:
First, we (meaning mom, her friends, and what little I did after I got there) did all of the decorating and catering this time. Mom had someone make the cakes, cheesecakes and cupcakes and then we did fruit. I dipped two giant tubs of Costco strawberries in chocolate and then added the drizzles. They were the hit of the night!
Carol, a friend of the family, did a lot of the table arrangements and also set up the food. I have learned over the years that she's the queen of table decorating. She can work the levels.
Here's a shot of the food tables:
And then there was the room (and if this looks familiar to anyone, I think it's because we rented the exact same tableclothes and chair ties for Rick and Erin's wedding. lol). I spent a lot of time on the floor with a squirt bottle and a steamer trying to get the table clothes and chair covers looking good... er... less wrinkled. My big accomplishment for the day? I learned to tie the bows for the chairs. Simple, you say? Oh no. There's a certain technique that makes them look good instead of floppy and amateurish. It was harder for me being a lefty (yes, there's definitely a right-handed way to tie bows)... I'm sure if I'd thought my way through I could have come up with the left-handed version, but I decided that was more work than doing it the way Carol taught us :)
My other contribution was, again, the bouquet. This time we did the flowers in silks. Nicole was grateful. I think it weighed about 30 pounds less than the real one I did in San Diego... lol.
One of the fun parts of the night for me was seeing a lot of people I haven't seen in a while. Most everyone there was someone I had known growing up. There were a few newer friends that I really enjoyed seeing as well, though.
Like Amber and Kate!
Also, some of Nicole's co-workers dropped by which was really great of them. I don't think she expected them at all. It was also fun for me since Jacob (far right) and Gulcin (the left) were friends that I met in Johannesburg last year. John was the other one who came... he and Gulcin had been with Nicole in London during February and Gulcin was also with her in Turkey last month (I'm soooooo jealous. Still.)
The rest of the pictures are in the main wedding album... this includes many more shots of the food and décor since my mom likes lots of pictures of the parts that cost the most. lol.
And now I can finally start getting back into the groove. No more travel for a few months. That's good, though, since I really need to learn the ropes in my new position before my boss goes on maternity leave in 6 weeks... lol. Time to get to work!