Surprise Bridal Sort of Shower? And Fire Pit parties.

Wow, I went out for dinner last night with my aunt Sylvia (“Syl”) with whom I work.  It actually turned into a surprise party for me and all the ladies in my office were there!  How lovely!  We went to The King & I, a Thai restaurant in downtown Calgary (omg the food is incredible there, but certainly not low-carb despite what the lovely server said!!!) (

We indulged on the Kings Feast which is a sampling of a bunch of appetizers and entrees – green curries, coconut shrimps, a lovely basa dish.  It all went perfectly with the Shiraz (sorry I don’t remember the brand).

They gave us a gift of a bed and breakfast package for the Rimrock Hotel in Banff.  For those of you who don’t know, it’s a beautiful high-end resort in Banff, Alberta – one of the most picturesque towns in the world. ( So we’re a pretty lucky couple!!!

That was a lovely way to spend our “two weeks to go” time!

Today was a gorgeous day in Calgary.  I got off work early of course because it’s Friday, and wanted to plan a BBQ, but then got invited instead to my Matron of Honour’s house (the Herbington Estate – named after a nice mix of her (Herbert) and her hubby’s (Bennington) last names) for low-carb chiles rellenos (Mexican stuffed peppers).  The Herbington Estate is a lovely little early 1900’s house in the Sunalta district in Calgary (Calgary beltline, so it’s so close to downtown and 17th Avenue which is the best place to go for entertainment!)  We’re all taking it easy before the wedding (still have to fit into those wedding/bridesmaid dresses!!)

There’s nothing like a backyard party or an afternoon on the patio.  Living in Calgary we don’t get to enjoy the outdoors as much as other places to the south of us.  Anyone who knows me knows I can figure out the silver lining to anything (!) and I definitely have a silver lining here.  Since Calgarians don’t have as many months of sunshine and warmth, when those few months roll around each year everyone in the city has a collective energy that makes summer so much fun!  People are more lively, they’re more chatty, they’re always out, they’re always smiling… even the recent crazy floods haven’t dampened the spirit in this city (Stampede still went on – Come Hell or High Water!!!)

But Calgary is a crazy place for weather, and as I’m sitting here typing it has started raining, so we may have to postpone the backyard ‘firepit party’ part of tonight.  But just as quickly as it can rain, it can also pour sunshine!

Backyard BBQ gatherings are one of my favourite things in life.  They can be so stylish yet casual, especially these days as the whole Mason jar shabby chic theme is so popular (thanks Pinterest and Etsy!)

So here are a few of my favourite ideas:

A watermelon “keg” – old school Calgarians who grew up with Electric Avenue love yukaflux, so this one is especially great for us!!


You can find out how to make this watermelon keg here:

Here’s a perfect table setting for a special occasion – I stole this one from (lovely blog with nice entertaining ideas – St.Germain cocktails anyone?




Fresh flowers in Mason jars. Something I never thought would be me…

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