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This was yet another family filled weekend in Northeast Ohio, I say Northeast Ohio and not Cleveland as half of my weekend was spent in my hometown of Canton.
Let's start with Thursday though.
Thursday brought a hopefully new tradition of Triple Dating with Alana/Dean, Jen/Stephen and me/CK - this triple date occurred at the new(ish) Westpark restaurant/bar, Lion on Lorain and it's safe to say we all had an absolute blast.
Lion on Lorain serves bar food on steroids. Their menu is massive, everything we tried between the 6 of us was delicious and they even serve a fried ice cream sandwich for dessert. It's cheap but delicious grub with a fun staff and a great backstory so take this as my official recommendation - go check out Lion on Lorain!
The boys: CK, Dean and Stephen. The girls: Alana, Jen and me.
Friday the family fun began with a night in at CK's with his Dad and Stepmom visiting from STL, we spent the evening catching up and visiting - a quiet evening in with good people is always going to be a positive in my book.
Saturday afternoon was spent with CK, his little one and his parents at the "legendary" I-X Indoor Amusement Park (I'll let you finish the jingle in your head). The indoor amusement park was kinda what I thought it would be (the people, etc) but also WAY bigger than I thought it would be. It was a great time to my surprise and a perfect thing to do on a not so nice out Saturday afternoon with a 4-year-old, she had an absolute blast, and that's all that really mattered.
Saturday evening I headed to Canton to continue the Melanie + Bob wedding festivities (you guys remember the engagement party in Toronto?) with Melanie's bridal shower kick off dinner. Yes, we had a kick-off dinner.
A party of 14 Greeks invaded Lucia's Steakhouse for wine, steaks, laughs, mocking and cellphone stealing - just your average Saturday night with my family. In addition to all my Toronto family in town my sissy (!) was also in from Boston - yay!
There was a lot of the above Saturday night... laughing. That's my Thea (Aunt) Eros, Sissy, me and Melanie in full out crying laughing mode - about what? I'm not sure.
Family! My Uncle Nick and Thea Eros + Marcia and my Mom + my Uncle David + Thea Joanna + my cousins Peter and Suzanne
Sunday was the big day - Melanie's bridal shower that is.
Myself, Sissy, my Mom, Thea Eros, Thea Joanna, Suzanne and Kathy played hostess to family and friends at Glenmoor Country Club in Canton for the Disney themed tea party.
Melanie's love of Disney knows no bounds so we did our best to make it as nice (but not cheesy) as possible - Sissy really did it all, she's a professional planner with mad design skills and it showed.
A shot of the venue + the tea / princess themed centerpieces + the napkin / menu wrap + the Disney princess themed name table assignments
We played one game, put the Disney movies in order of their release + a shot of the place cards and the yummy desserts + my table service tea pot, faaaaaaaaancy
All the shower hostesses with Marcia and Melanie holding court in the big chair. Also, I can't not mention Ariel, Cinderella and Belle the true celebrities in attendance - photo op!
Marcia (mother of the bride), Thea Beth (grandmother of the bride) and Melanie (the bride!!) + an engagement pic of Mel and Bob + Melanie (tiara and all) and Belle
I needed to end with this picture because it makes me laugh so much, it's the mother daughter team of my Thea Eros and my 87-year-old Yiayia posing with Ariel - I mean, this is pure gold.
The shower was beyond successful and the best part about it? Melanie was super surprised and genuinely happy with the theme which is all the hostesses could ask for - it was truly our pleasure putting this together for Melanie, she's the best.
Now, onto the wedding in Naples, Florida!!!
Phew, now that's a heck of a recap post, no wonder it took me till today to get it live, ha.
Happy Tuesday, kids.