Sunday, February 28, 2010

Candace's Baby Shower...

...whew! What a weekend!!! First off, let me start off by saying that I just totally love Candace, Chad and their furbabies!!! They are great friends and they always make me laugh...my abs STILL hurt!!! We got there late Friday night and the boys started throwing back some Miller Light 16 ounces while Candace and I settled in for some late night Olympics. Saturday we all kind of bummed around until it was time to start getting ready for the shower.

Matt and I arrive early to set up about 12:45. From the moment I walked in, I could just tell by the look on the manager's face that something was wrong. Sure enough, they still had tables seated in the room we had booked when we arrived. No worries, the manager on the phone said we could have it at 1 to decorate, well.....1 turned into 1:30 with the shower starting at 2pm. The manager came over after about 10 minutes of waiting to tell me, "Next time (hello lady-there won't be a next time I live in St. Louis), you need to say you want to reserve the room at 1 if you want to start decorating at 1." Umm...excuse me? I told the guy on the phone I would be there at 1 to decorate so don't EVEN try to put the blame on me for lack of communication of your part. As soon as she said this, I could tell Matt had his, "Oh no you didn't lady...you have NO IDEA who you're messing with." Approximately 10 minutes from that and 20 minutes of waiting, she offered me a drink on the house. By any means, we got set up in town and everything turned out good...well except for the pizza mix up-more about that in a minute. Here are a few pics to recap the shower.

Here's Daddy Chad with his son's piggy bank. I brought the bank and on the invite I asked people to bring their spare change. The sign said, "Please donate to Baby Stracener's College Fund!!! He'll thank you when he's famous."

Here I am with Candace, one of my besties! Can't wait to meet her baby boy and be a good "aunt." I do have a little bit of practice you know!
Here are the AGDs that were in attendance. Left to right: Kristen, me, Candace, Lauren and Nicki Buckingham (I always have to call her by her full name).

This isn't a great picture but it's a pic of the book I made Candace. It's called "How I Met Your Mother." Guests sent or brought a picture of herself with Candace and then typed up a paragraph about how they met her written to the baby. I think it turned out really cute and she refused to read it there...it would probably have the same affect that monogrammed towels have on Angie.
So the actual shower went well except that of all the pizzas, they messed up Candace's!?! Go figure! She had requested Canadian bacon and sauerkraut (yuck-she said blame the baby)! Well, it came out with sausage instead. I didn't make a big deal out of it but when the waitress came around again, I asked if she would check what I ordered. She came back and quietly told me that yes, it was Canadian bacon I'd ordered so she'd take that pizza off the ticket. Okay, no big deal, right? She heads downstairs and then that stupid manager from earlier who tried to blame me on the 1pm deal came upstairs and asked how everything was going to the whole group. I nodded and said good. She then addresses everyone, "I heard that one of your pizzas was messed up? Well, we'll take that off the bill." Great lady! Thanks, I already know that and now that you've made this super awkward for everyone, you can leave!!! So really if that one manager lady hadn't been there, all would have been better.
Since we just ate a ton of pizza that afternoon, we couldn't really think of anything to do with prego that night so we grabbed some beer and stayed in for the night. Nothing like a good night of "Rocky Horror Picture Show" and video games with great friends!!! I love you guys and I'm so excited for you two...well three!!!

8 comments :

Angie said...

aw how fun! Except that place sucks and I'm glad you stuck it to the manager. You don't wanna mess with me either!
I love that book you made, how sweet!

Jennelle said...

I love the "How I Met Your Mother" idea!

Randall @ Happy For This Moment said...

Sorry to hear about the location, lame! Glad to hear it was a nice time though.

Krystie said...

I hate snotty people! Glad everything else turned out great otherwise.

Hilary Lane said...

Good in Bed by Jennifer Wiener. It was really cute. I'm reading Driving Sideways by Jess Riley now & it looks like it will be good, too. What book are you reading?

Amanda said...

I love both the piggy bank AND the "How I Met Your Mother" idea! Genius! What a great little party planner you are. :)

Meredith said...

I agree--the "How I Met Your Mother" idea is awesome!

Slamdunk said...

It sounds like you all hd to overcome some challenges.

"Canadian bacon and sauerkraut?"

Wow, that is quite the combo...