Archive | June, 2011

playing the game

22 Jun

i’m all about a festive bridal shower game or two. not necessarily the “dress out of toilet paper” type, but i can certainly get into a game of registry bingo.

i recently helped out with my dear friend’s shower, and offered to provide the entertainment. first up was a matching game, which i set out on each place setting for guests to fill out as everyone got settled in. you can see the game below. i listed the famous ladies and left blanks for their other halves. some had more than one correct answer, which got everyone talking. think you know all the answers?

after the first course of lunch was served, a second game was passed out. this one featured a handful of multiple-choice questions about the bride-to-be and her fiance. it was a mix of tidbits about her youth, the couple’s courtship, and where they’re going on their honeymoon. at the top of the sheet i got a little witty and wrote: before you eat some more… let’s see who’ll get the highest score. pick an answer from a through d, for questions about the bride-to-be! after that one, everyone was well-briefed on the duo!

“tunes”day: forrest gump suite

21 Jun

i remember watching forrest gump in the theatre and then driving to the store shortly thereafter to purchase the double-disk soundtrack. it’s filled to the brim with awesome songs, but one of my favorites has to be alan silvestri’s instrumental score. you know the one… the song that plays when the feather is flying off his shoe and into the atmosphere. all strings, pianos, and loveliness.

think about it for a ceremony song. if you can hire live music to play it i bet you’ll have some guests in tears. if your name is jenny, you almost have to play this as you walk down the aisle (and put a “jenny, you’re my girl” reference in the program).

float on.

i left my heart in san francisco

6 Jun

i recently took a trip to san fran. it was my first time in the northern part of the sunny, delightful state of california. as is my nature, i sampled some of the great culinary offerings in town, and had to share.

no, this is not a food blog. but plenty of people find themselves getting married in the area, looking for bachelorette destinations, or honeymooning out west. so yes, it’s all relative.

nopa: self-described as urban, rustic, organic fare, this was maybe my favorite meal of the trip. delicious cocktails and an amuse bouche so good we pleaded for seconds. word on the street is their brunch is also top-notch.

zuni: the menus are seasonal and organic, and the wine offerings are extensive. go with a few of your friends and order a lot of small plates to get the most of the menu.

gracias madre: organic mexican cuisine. it was so good i neglected to realize that the menu is entirely vegan. don’t forget to order some sangria.

fish: i guess there’s something about restaurants named fish that i like. though not technically located in san fran (it’s in sausalito), it’s right on the water.

st. helena olive oil company: on a day-trip to napa, i dropped into this adorable store, which sells many varieties of flavored oils, tasty vinegars, sauces, and other gourmet goodies. a lot of the products come in sizes small enough to give as favors (or to include in a welcome bag).