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What a weekend! This trip to Seattle has been everything I dreamed it might be, and for that I am so incredibly grateful. I feel like this event has been in the works forever but in reality it's just been a few months, and it's kind of surreal that it's over already.

I got in on Thursday and Kristan picked me up from the airport and we ran to IKEA to grab a few things before having the dreamiest lunch on a tiny little patio at Oddfellows (the weather has been amazing here these past few days and I'm so glad we were able to catch some of that elusive Seattle sunshine). That night I was able to meet up with my sweet friend Elena, who I never get to see--we had an amazing dinner at DERUmarket, where the slices of cake are as big as your head.

Annie was getting in the next afternoon so Kristan and I headed to the studio we had rented and set up until she landed. We showed her the space and hit Pike Place for lunch and coffee before a marathon grocery shopping session.

On Saturday we were up early and back at the studio chopping and cooking away until our guests arrived. We sliced leeks and chilled wine and deboned fish before arranging flowers and assembling the most beautiful charcuterie board of all time. (I seriously can't wait to show you guys all the photos we got later this month.) Our guests were lovely and gracious and I had so much fun.

Sunday was super relaxing and we slept in a bit before heading out for brunch and a few Seattle explorations. We walked through a farmers market and had a Bloody Mary on the water and ended up at Din Tai Fung for dinner, which I've heard crazy good things about. (It lived up to the hype. Soup dumplings forever.)

The whole trip was wonderful and Saturday was such an amazing day--we put in a good 12 hours of work to pull it off and I found myself tearing up multiple times throughout the afternoon. It was so amazing to see all of our dreaming and planning become a reality, and everyone had such a great time. I've always loved cooking and entertaining but there was something so foreign about feeding a room full of strangers, and yet it came so naturally to us that I guess food and wine really are the greatest connectors in the world after all.


I hope you all had lovely weekends, as well. I'm flying home this afternoon and can't wait to get back to my sweet husband and pup, and then it's back to regular life again! Feeling really super thankful this Monday.