Happy Monday readers!

This weekend was the perfect combination of fun socializing and relaxation!

Friday night we had a surprise birthday party for Bryce's best friend CWC.  CWC's girlfriend (GSS) had been planning with me for the last few weeks and Bryce and I were an integral part of the process.

I'll give you some background details...

CWC turns 25 today.  Strangely enough, his office is undergoing renovations so all last week he had to work from home.  This was a problem, being that the surprise party was at HIS APARTMENT.  In comes Bryce!  GSS asked him if he would take off work early Friday to entertain CWC for the afternoon.  He agreed and picked CWC up around 4:00 pm to head to G-Force Carts to race go karts.

GSS and I ran errands all afternoon and then headed to CWC's after 4!

Once there, we unloaded the car (lugging cases of a beer, a table, ladder, cooler, and food) up the stairs to his apartment.  We decorated and set up like crazy.  (Sadly, I was so busy that I didn't snap pictures of all the decorations).

The guests began to arrive around 6:30 and we had given Bryce directions to drop CWC off between 6:45 and 7:00.  Bryce was supposed to text me when he was getting close so we would know to all get quiet for his entrance.  Well--Bryce was MIA!  We couldn't get ahold of him and were getting really worried!  GSS did her best to text CWC and figure out where he was without being obvious.  When he knew he was a few minutes away we turned off all the lights and got silent (this was very hard for some of the 20ish attendees).

Still no word from Bryce.

THEN..we heard the door open and close, but no one came up the stairs.  In my head I was thinking CWC had figured out it was a surprise party and was waiting for all of us to start talking again.  Finally, GSS, peeked down the stairs and no one was there.  Turns out, it was one of the party-attendees and when he came in and all the lights were off, he thought we had already headed to the next destination and left.  Once we received his text, we told him to stay in his car until further notice so that he wouldn't ruin the surprise.

THEN...a few minutes later, CWC, really does arrive.  He comes in, turns on the light at the bottom of the stairs and says:  "Hellooo?  Grey?"  No response, so he comes up the stairs.  At that moment we turn on the lights, yell "SURPRISE" and all blow noisemakers!  He really was surprised!

The lighting is off, but can you see the surprise in his face!

Bryce found a parking place and then headed to the party.  Turns out, during the guys' afternoon together, Bryce's phone had gotten dropped into a cup of Gatorade and was not working.  Luckily, the broken phone did not hinder the surprise!

We all visited and ate and drank for a bit.

I made CWC this birthday cake--it was looking rough but luckily, sprinkles and strawberries prettied it up!

The next event of the night was Happy Hour at The Tobacco Company.  GSS rented a trolley for us all to ride over.

The birthday boy and his party planning girlfriend on the trolley!

Bryce and Me

Once we arrived at Tobacco Company, GSS had reserved a bunch of tables, we enjoyed lots of $1 drinks and the guys smoked Shockoe Valley Cigars (made in Richmond) we had gotten for them.  

some of the guys!

party planners!


Bryce enjoying his cigar!

When Happy Hour ended we hopped back on the trolley and headed back to CWC's apartment.  His apartment is on the street with many popular bars so it was the perfect homebase.  Bryce and I then left the crowd and walked a few blocks to Home Team Grill.  One of his stepbrothers is in a band that was playing at the Grill.  It's a band comprised of middle aged doctors and lawyers and I think it is so fun to see them let loose!

The band's name is Soul Fly

Bryce's stepbrother is on the far left!

After Home Team we decided to head home.  Saturday morning I found this little guy in my purse!

Saturday was spent cleaning my room, going for a walk with SEG, and pinning for way too long!  

Sunday morning I slept in and had a big pancake breakfast, compliments of my dad, the chef!  After that I had a pretty lazy Sunday and then headed to Bryce's mom's house for dinner to celebrate his stepdad's birthday!  His mom is a domestic goddess extraordinnaire, so as usual, dinner was scrumptious!

How was your weekend?

Have you ever thrown a surprise party?

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Have a Happy Monday!


  1. Looks like such a fun weekend--party planning (especially surprise parties) can be so stressful, but they're always so worth it! Beautiful pictures!

  2. What a great surprise! I threw my parent's a surprise 30th anniversary party a couple of years ago and it was a blast!

  3. That birthday cake is way too cute, and it looks so delicious! I could dig into it right now. It sounds like you had a fun weekend.

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  4. The cake is adorable, looks like it was a great party!

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  5. Such fun! You did a great job with the birthday cake, love all the confetti sprinkles!!
    Happy Monday!
    Amy R.

  6. I could go for a slice of that cake right now...you looked great! xx

  7. Yes thrown my share of surprise parties in my day. You and Bryce are so cute together!

    1. What a busy weekend! It looks like a fun time. I think surprise parties are so much fun to plan; I've done two. :)

  8. I've thrown a few surprise parties...it's so hard to surprise the person. We did one for my mom and me and my dad had invited 50 people who were all at the restaurant. We convinced my mom to go...not where she wanted to eat at all. She walked in, everyone yelled surprise and she said "why are we in the middle of someones party?" until she realized she knew every guest there.

  9. I'm terrified of throwing surprise parties.. What if nobody shows up and everyone is having a terrible time? I'm a total impromptu-get-together over planned-hoopla person, because I'm a chicken!!
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  10. What a fun surprise! I went to the Tobacco Company when my parents visited during Parent's Weekend, and it was delish! Hope you have a wonderful week!

  11. that cake looks soooooo good!!

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  12. I so that you were going to be engaged or something!

  13. Sounds like such a fun weekend! Love the pictures!

  14. What a fun weekend. Is Soul Fly from Raleigh? A friend of mine went to see a band that had the same mix not too long ago in Raleigh. She worked with one of the doctors. She said it was doctors and lawyers.


  15. Looks like a great weekend! Surprise parties are so much fun!

  16. How fun! I love surprise parties! Your top is too cute!

  17. This looks like so much fun! I absolutely love the fact that yall rented a trolley- brilliant!

  18. Aw, surprise birthdays are the best and it sounds like this one went all out! And that cake looks AMAZING! I love how you decorated it!

  19. Looks like a fun party! Your cake turned out really cute! :)

  20. I don't think I've ever planned a surprise party! Josh has warned me to never give him one because he truly wouldn't like it! :( Maybe I can give my boys one someday. Sounds so fun!

  21. The Birthday Cake is presh..and homemade made it even sweeter!!

  22. Oh my goodness you are a good girlfriend. I get so nervous to pull of surprise parties!

  23. How sweet! I love throwing surprises of any kind.

  24. What a fun surprise party! Nice work girl. The cake looks yummy

  25. That looks like it was a pretty rad b-day! It's always fun when the party actually stays a surprise!

  26. BTW, how long have you and Bryce been dating now? It seems like just yesterday that you were writing about meeting him! (c:

  27. Loveee that top you have on! I got this aching today to go shopping for new shirts at work, but thanks to my headache I never made it. Could have been a blessing for my wallet ;-)

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