Monday, April 28, 2014

wedding bells in houston

one of my favorite college friends tied the knot this weekend in houston. we stayed at the most beautiful spot, hotel icon downtown - a former bank built in 1911 that's been converted to a posh hotel. the original vault remains intact. the bride had quite a few portraits snapped inside the hotel and I'm sure they will be outstanding. 

the wedding was so elegant with personal nods to both the groom and bride, I loved their signature drinks for cocktail hour. the food and music were sort of a spanish fusion, elevated and unique. so happy for this couple and the bride who is meanwhile pursuing med school! get it girl. xo, lam

Friday, April 11, 2014

adult easter egg hunt

there's a lot of nostalgia for me around easter since we are all grown 'kids' now but none of us have kids of our own yet. easter egg hunts were so much fun growing up, even with a little bit of healthy competition!

since we had company joining us for easter this year, I wanted to plan some fun activities to get everyone up and mingling outside to enjoy a beautiful spring day. I love the winter holidays like thanksgiving and christmas, sitting around a fire or the christmas tree indoors - but there's something about spring holidays that leaves everyone invigorated for the warmth and promise of summer to come. an adult easter egg hunt is the perfect way to welcome and entertain your guests and family members, as well as the perfect way to celebrate the spring season.

since we had 10 people participating in our hunt, everyone was assigned a color - they could only pick up their specified-color eggs. I originally did color coding because we had a few under-21 folks and didn't want them to accidentally get an egg with a mini bottle of liquor. color coding actually made the hunt more challenging and fun, and helped to make the hunt last longer - I would now say that color coding for an adult hunt is a must.

I scooped up tons of colored eggs in bulk from target (around 12 eggs per person, 1 color per person), and the baskets and grass filler came from the dollar tree. you can save so much money if you are smart about buying certain things at the dollar tree in advance especially for an event like this- for example the baskets and filler were great quality; however, the plastic eggs were not. be selective, shop early, and you'll end up with a great high-low mix of seasonal items.

we also set up corn hole in the backyard - all in all, it was an enjoyable day outside and was really fun to watch adults scrambling around the backyard to find their eggs! wondering what to fill your
eggs with? 

san jose mission // san antonio

we headed over to san antonio for a bit of a family reunion for my grandmother's surprise birthday party. when we lived in dallas while I was in high school, we sometimes took weekend trips to san antonio and we always stay at the westin la cantera. we stayed at our old stomping ground again this time, years later. we had a great time surprising our grandmother at the hotel and then headed to dinner as a big group in a private room at paesanos 1604.

 everyone knows about the riverwalk, the alamo, la cantera, etc... but the san jose mission is a definite site to see as well! over the weekend, we explored the san jose mission - "the queen of the missions" which was built in the 1700s. the mission is a huge compound with elaborate detail and sculptures that demonstrate the self sufficiency of the community at that time, including a restored gristmill. the mission recently underwent a $2.2M historically accurate renovation that was completed in 2011 and was absolutely gorgeous.