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Happy Birthday Chelsea! (Part 1)

Chelsea’s 25th birthday is close to Thanksgiving, so we decided to celebrate it early! Amy, Chelsea and I dressed up and ate at Vintana Wine and Dine in Escondido. It’s a pretty fancy shmancy formal restaurant located on the second level of a Lexus dealership. Though it’s only on the second floor, there’s a great view of the city lights at night within the restaurant and outside in the patio. The whole design and layout of the restaurant is so elegant at night with the contemporary chandeliers lit up and hanging so gracefully from the ceiling. 

L to R: Amy, Chelsea, Tina

L to R: Amy, Chelsea, Tina

For dinner, I had the Lemon Linguine with Fennel and Chile Chicken Breast. It had sun dried tomatoes, roasted pear onions, slab pepper bacon, basil, mozzarella, arugula, and pecorino. I enjoyed every color and flavor I took a bite of. The ingredients were all well evened out that no one ingredient was too strong or overpowering than the other. 
Dinner

Of course, we had dessert to celebrate Chelsea’s 25th birthday.
Birthday girl

We shared a plate of cookies a la mode style. There was a chocolate chip cookie with chocolate chip ice cream, topped with melted white chocolate and pieces of orange peels. It sounded good from the menu and looked good in person but it didn’t taste as delicate as we wanted it to. The cookies were too hard as if it wasn’t fresh at all.
Dessert

Afterwards, I gave Chelsea her birthday gift. I have to say that I really liked what I got her that I got some of the same stuff for myself…Heh. But! Because we are best friends and people get confused who is who since we look alike so much, it gives us more reasons to have the same things. Sarcasm, my friends. Sarcasm. I got her a pair maroon colored tights to go with her holiday outfits and a pair of Kate Spade earrings shaped in a black bow with gold outlining. 
Gift time!

We ate a lot and talked a lot at dinner so it was time for us to head home to get some rest for the next day’s adventure in Temecula.

Chelsea’s Bridal Shower

I attended my first bridal shower for my best friend who is getting married in June! I have to give credit to Lexi (Maid of Honor) and all the other bridesmaids for putting so much love into this bridal shower. This bridal shower was elegant, fun, and filled with many blessings.

Invited guests were given recipe cards to write down their favorite recipe to give to Chelsea. A box was handmade to put in all the recipes. Great idea from Heidi!

Lexi prepared all of the yummy finger food! Everything looked and tasted great!

I also made something small for the bridal shower. I made wedding marshmallow pops! They were fun and easy to make! The marshmallows were dipped in melted chocolate, smoothed out, and decorated with sprinkles. No oven was used!

Chelsea gave a sweet little speech of gratitude for all the women who made an impact in her life at her bridal shower. That definitely made me tear up! After sharing her thanks, it was time to play! Everyone was paired up to make the most beautiful wedding dress out of toilet paper!

Afterwards, Chelsea opened up many of her gifts and did not use a pair of scissors at all! Congratulations to Chelsea for not using your bare hands!

Below is a picture of the bridal shower: me, Shannon, Chelsea Hybskmann aka Bride aka future Chelsea Abraham, Heidi, Lexi, and Sarah. We’re only missing Jenna!

Chelsea, I can’t wait for the big day! I am so excited for you and Eric!