The day after my wedding we invited all of our close friends and family to our home for a BBQ.  Most of them had traveled to attend our big day, so we wanted to feed them before they went back home.  We had a whole pig, all different types of salads, the most delicious mini cupcakes from a local bakery, and of course, a nicely stocked bar. 

Since it was the morning after a big event with a lot of drinking, I thought it would be fun to have a Bloody Mary Bar.  Turns out, a lot of people loved it and we had to run out and get more bloody mary mix in the middle of the party.
I took the wedding colors and made a border around my sign and framed it in an extra frame I had.  The bloody mary mix was in a pitcher that I had painted a chalkboard square on for easy labeling (I had another chalkboard pitcher on the table with homemade lemonade).  If I had extra time I would have had different types of vodka for people to choose, but hey, I just got married, cut me some slack!

The best part of a make your own bloody mary bar is all the extras!  I had pickles, lemons, horseradish, olives, old bay seasoning,  and of course celery! 
I had it right in the center of the bar (which is why there are liquor bottles on the one side and OJ on the other).  It was really simple and inexpensive, but it really stood out from a basic bar set-up.  

My other favorite part was the straws!  Remember them?  I had posted about them way back here-people really liked them too!

By the way, the pictures above were taken by one of my best friends, you can check out his website to see more of his work!
 
I can't believe two weeks went by that fast!  I missed blogging while I was away, and I will try to make up for it since I'm back!  Here is my 2 weeks in pictures (and some words too)...

Starting with, getting married!
My gown is by Tara Keely, you can see it here.
And then there was the honeymoon!  We went to a Sandals in St. Lucia.  First some of the fun outfits... 
Brown tropical dress: I bought at Ross about 5 years ago and never had a place to wear it-until now!  Purple maxi dress: seen here.  Purple silky tank: H&M (love these!  About $8 and great layering pieces!).  White strapless dress: seen here.

This was my favorite purchase for the trip:
My new sun hat from Call it Spring-it was on clearance for $14!
This was my favorite outfit from the trip:
This awesome jade green, one shoulder ruffle dress was a great find at Forever21!

And finally, some of the fun that we had...
We went on a bike ride to a beautiful waterfall-it was my first waterfall!  It was freezing cold, but it was worth it!  But even more awesome then that...
I got to paddle board for the first time!!!  I am obsessed!  If this could be my primary mode of transportation I would not complain.  The hubster was a little upset because I stood right up and paddled away, but by the end he was an addict too!

Phew!  I know that a lot, but I was gone for a while and I had a lot to say!  I hope you enjoyed!
 
What a weekend!  I am packing like a crazy person right now for my honeymoon, but here’s a little somethin’ somethin’ for ya! 
And for fun, my something blue!  I bought these a while ago from Forever21 for like 20 bucks, but I noticed the other day, Payless has some blue heels as well, if you are in the market
P.S.: We bought an iPad today, so even though I probably won’t be able to post every day for the next 2 weeks, I will definitely try and post some outfit pics and updates when I can!  Talk to you soon from Saint Lucia!