Weekend Recap: Kentucky Derby Party, TPC and Mother’s Day

These past two weekends were so much fun that I can’t let them pass by without sharing the details with you! Even though it’s already Wednesday and a new weekend is right around the corner … but better late than never, right? My weekends are typically full of excitement (because let’s be honest, Jimmy and I can’t sit still for very long), but these past two were ones for the books, full of Kentucky Derby, TPC and Mother’s Day festivities.

Let’s start with April 30 because that was a very special day: I was reunited with a high school best friend … who I haven’t seen in NINE YEARS! Sasha moved to Missouri with her family during our freshman year of college. She and I have kept in touch through long calls, texts and social media, but nine years is a long time to not see your friend. About a week earlier I got a call from her saying that she was flying down to surprise her brother, who just moved back to Savannah, for his birthday, and would be flying into the Jacksonville airport. Of course we made plans to meet up! I met Sasha and her sister-in-law for lunch and we did a little shopping at St. Johns Town Center before they made the two-hour drive to Savannah. It was so nice catching up, hearing about her last nine years of life, and picking right back up where we left off. 11164670_999540246868_9067666379400230461_o 11168473_10102134053816171_3177048605641286327_n
Friday after work we joined our friends Nick and Meghan for a relaxing evening of food trucks, a beautiful sunset and live music by Edwin McCain at Tee Off Downtown, an event to kick off TPC in Jacksonville. Nothing crazy, and the perfect end to a work week.
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Saturday was party time! We recently moved from a two bedroom apartment on the third story to a three bedroom house with a yard and lake view, so we thought the Kentucky Derby would be the perfect excuse to have a get-together and housewarming party. Besides, any excuse for a theme party and to get dressed up – we’re in.

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I prepared a Mint Julep bar, complete with bourbon, homemade simple syrup, mint ice cubes, and mason jars and the ultimate hangover prevention as party favors.

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We served up a buffet of southern deliciousness: Meghan’s blue cheese cole slaw, tossed salad with cornbread croutons, white chocolate-dipped pretzel sticks, bacon-rolled goat cheese balls, Amanda’s homemade guacamole, corn and zucchini salad, fresh watermelon, banana pudding, and Jimmy’s smoked Boston Butt served with my all-time favorite BBQ sauce from Savannah restaurant Johnny Harris.
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The girls wore sundresses and big hats, and the guys looks quite dapper too, if I may say so myself.

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The best-dressed (and best dancer) award with to Travis, who donned a khaki three-piece suite (sans the coat), a matching pink Vineyard Vines belt and bow tie, and horseshoe cufflinks.
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My BFF Brittnee and her hubby (the winner above) came down from Richmond Hill, GA to celebrate, my former co-worker and lovely friend Ashley was in town from Austin, TX, and I won $20 on the race! It was a great day all around.

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Sunday morning started off with coffee on the back porch and chasing down the ice cream man, followed by a relaxing afternoon at the beach with Brittnee while the boys golfed. The perfect end to a weekend!
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Last weekend was a little more low-key, but still wonderful.
Friday night we stayed in and Jimmy brought home Taco Lu for dinner, along with Mother’s Day sunflowers from my dog Lexie. So sweet of them :).

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Saturday we headed out to celebrate one of our favorite times of the year – The Players Championship golf tournament at Sawgrass. We spent the day with our friends Nick and Meghan sipping summer cocktails, watching golf at the beautiful Stadium course, and stalking Adam Scott. Okay, well maybe that was just me who did that. And Meghan. And every other girl there. #NoShame
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Sunday morning we celebrated our moms from afar with brunch and mimosas at BlackFinn, followed by an afternoon at the pool with our friends Sarah and Amia.

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And, since I couldn’t be in Savannah to celebrate with my mom on Mother’s Day, I gave her about her gift over the phone: A photo shoot for her, her two girls and two granddaughters, which will take place next weekend in Savannah. I also made her this video. Don’t judge.

I hope everyone else had a wonderful Mother’s Day and weekend! I’ll be back next week with an update on this weekend, which will include a friend’s 30th birthday festivities. Have a great week, friends!


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