May 042015

Hi friends! I wound up having a seriously amazing (if less than healthy) weekend. I have a lot of pictures to share with you today, so I’m going to try to keep my words brief!

The highlight of the weekend was a surprise bridal BBQ (similar to a bridal shower, but without the female-only traditional vibe) for one of my best friends, Megan. It was so much fun!



After work on Friday, I met up with my friends Lauren and Kristen for happy hour at El Centro in Georgetown. The three of us were all in the same pledge class (Fall ’08 baby!) when we joined our sorority, Kappa Delta, in college, and it was so nice to be together again after all this time. IMG_1345

Kristen came into town on Friday evening for Megan’s bridal BBQ, so it was great to catch up with her a bit before the big party.

A little later in the evening my friend Britt flew in as well, and after picking her up from the airport we had a fun evening chatting over delicious cannolis that she brought with her from Boston. Yum!!


We wound up chatting until a little after midnight before finally hitting the hay. We knew we had a long day ahead of us!


On Saturday morning we slept in a bit (glorious), and then Fabio made breakfast for us ladies. After eating, we took Jack on a leisurely stroll (it was beautiful out!) and finally around lunchtime we met up with some of Fabio’s friends at Cantina Marina for some sunshine and cocktails on the water.


Cantina Marina is one of our favorite bars because it feels like you’re on vacation! I love having the water all around, and the fake palm trees are a fun addition. 😉


Cheers to the first visit of the season!


Cantina is a very dog-friendly bar, so of course we brought Jack with us. He was loving all the attention from Fabio’s friends.


We wound up ordering a plate of nachos to share, and after soaking up the sun for an hour or two it was time to head back to get ready. We scooped up Kristen on our way over, and before we knew it, it was time for the surprise bridal BBQ!

The party was held at Megan’s parents’ house, and everything was decorated beautifully.




My friend Megan (not the bride – another Megan) and I actually realized we matched the desserts perfectly, which was pretty funny. Twins!


Once we arrived, we found a seat out back with a bunch of our friends and waited for the bride- and groom-to-be to arrive!


It was a perfect day for a party – very sunny and not too hot. Soon enough, Megan’s mom told us that Megan and JR were on their way, so we all lined up in the hallway so we could yell surprise when they walked in.


At this point we were all so nervous and excited! Gahh!!


Here they come….surprise!!!


Megan and JR had the best reaction, and they definitely seemed surprised. I love her face in this picture!!


Hugs all around. 🙂


Megan was especially excited to see Britt and Catrina, since they flew in from Boston and San Diego (respectively) for the occasion.




After the big surprise, we all dried our eyes a bit (we always get so emotional…) and then it was time to enjoy the party! We spent the rest of the afternoon sipping wine, enjoying delicious BBQ food, and chatting and laughing with one another.



I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday!




After dinner and desserts, it was time for Megan and JR to play a fun relationship game. Megan’s sister-in-law read questions out loud, and Megan and JR both had to write their answers on a dry erase board. The questions varied from “What is Megan most looking forward to on the honeymoon” (answer: pasta and wine) to “What is JR’s favorite TV show” (answer: Game of Thrones).


The game was really cute, and Megan and JR did a really good job! The only question they got wrong was who their dog loves more, which I thought was so funny. Fabio and I would have had different opinions for that one too! 😉


A little later in the evening we all headed downstairs to play some fun games of flip cup and beer pong. We also had a 90s playlist going, and had a great time just enjoying each others’ company.



Overall the party was absolutely perfect, and I was on cloud nine to be with so many of my best friends. Such a fun day!


We all woke up feeling pretty groggy on Sunday (everyone had spent the night on various couches and air mattresses) but luckily we had Fabio to cook us an amazing breakfast of eggs (over easy and scrambled), bacon, turkey sausage, and bagels.


We had quite the spread! I definitely have to give Fabio a lot of credit here for making so much food for everyone. It turned out great!

After breakfast we spent a few last hours with our friends in the sunshine (it was another gorgeous day) before eventually driving back home. We dropped Britt off at the airport around 2:00, and then spent the rest of the day meal planning, grocery shopping, and relaxing. Sigh. It’s always sad when a weekend like this comes to an end.

This party wound up being so much fun, and even though I’m sad it’s over, we still have the bachelorette party and wedding to look forward to!! I can’t wait!

Question of the day: Do most of your best friends live local, or are they all spread out?

We used to be split pretty evenly between New York City and DC, but over the last few years we’ve all spread out a bit more. Luckily I still get to see all my college best friends pretty often, and we chat through g-chat, texts, and our email listserv throughout the week!

 Posted by on May 4, 2015

  3 Responses to “Megan’s Surprise Bridal BBQ”

  1. This is so amazing!! Thanks for everything!! Love all my slops and traveling gurlays!! Someone else is gonna have to get married so we can keep the party going!!! 🙂 xoxox

  2. my friends are everywhere! it’s tough some times, but an excellent excuse to travel 🙂

  3. What a fun sounding weekend! Looks like it was quite the party! I love the idea of doing a co-ed BBQ too – so much more casual and relaxed!

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