Posted at 11:23 am , on May 26, 2019
Yesterday, a good friend’s daughter of Sr. Elizondo got married. It was a beautiful event as they always are here. There’s definite differences between weddings here and wedding back in the U.S based on my experience.
Weddings are typically a much more formal affair in Mexico than in the United States. The weddings here have a full mass, attire is always formal with most women wearing midi or long gowns. There are normally 250-500 people who attend, and the wedding can last until early morning with breakfast sometimes served!
Some other differences are Mexican weddings have no bridal parties, they start in the evenings and the dinner isn’t normally served until around 9:30-10:00pm. The first thing done at the reception is the “first dance” and immediately after is the garter and bouquet toss. The reception decor is elaborate with ALOT of toys handed out such as light up sticks, whistles, boas, hats, etc. The elaborate affairs become more like raves after a certain hour. They do not give out favors; however, flip flops or slippers given to women seems to be the norm. The cake cutting happens late in the evening and it’s not the attention grabbing event that it is in the States. Actually, I don’t think I’ve actually seen any cutting of the cake by the bride and groom. One last thing I am thinking of is a Mexican wedding would never have you pay for your drinks. They always have an open bar.
My favorite part of the wedding we went to was the fireworks during the couple’s first dance. It was so pretty.
Posted at 1:41 pm , on May 25, 2019
Sr. Elizondo loves jokes. He receives and sends them on a daily basis to family and friends. Here’s a few I received this week form him that made me giggle.
“We don’t eat lactose, eggs, cane, or gluten. What do you recommend? A taxi.”
“Father, with all the changes in the (Catholic) church, will we see priests marry? Not us, but our sons will”.
“Clear proof of global warming!”
Have a great weekend!
Posted at 3:47 am , on May 12, 2019
The meeting of families between the future bride and groom was a lovely get together. The groom’s family is as kind as the groom is. I couldn’t be happier for them both.
I was also super happy with how the table looked.
Buffet setup strategy: sweet and elegant with a gold runner and pink flowers and napkins. I was nervous about having different sized champagne glasses, but I ended up loving the way it looked.
Drink station. Simple glasses with the drinks in the refrigerator next to it. The flowers were the perfect touch to making it a little special.
The food was just enough. The individual Caesar salad bites were a hit, along with the empanadas (restaurant bought). I always have a cheese plate at gatherings. They are not very popular with Sr. Elizondo’s family, but the Zavala’s had plenty. Also, a cheese plate always looks chic on a table.
The toasts were made with champagne followed with carrot cake. Felicidades to the future Sr. & Sra.!
(The snafus of the event: The strawberries I bought were unusable/bad. The main flower bouquet deflated from humidity prior to the party. And the guests arrived early while I was still in a t-shirt and shorts setting up! However, all were survivable.)
Posted at 2:40 pm , on May 9, 2019
For the first time in my life, I am embracing the “Homemaker” title. Since I’m spending a lot more time in the kitchen now, I needed to embrace the gear too. Behold my first ever…apron.
I saw this by chance at a store called, “Muy Mucho” and the taupe polka dots had me at hola.
I love the big pocket too.
Posted at 2:03 pm , on May 8, 2019
Sr. Elizondo’s daughter is getting married. The custom here in Mexico is that the parents of the groom-to-be come to the parents house of the-bride-to-be and formally ask for the daughter’s hand for their son. This meeting is called Pedir a la Novia. Traditionally, the parents of the bride would dictate the terms of the wedding. These days it’s just a great way to meet the immediate families of both parties.
For this occasion, we will be serving merienda. Basically, merienda is the serving of appetizers between lunch and dinner. Here’s the menu I have come up with.
- Individual Caesar salad bites
- A cheeseboard
- Chocolate covered strawberries
- Mineral Water
- Champagne (for a toast)
Since this is my first hosting of a Pedir a la Novia AND a merienda, I’m sure I’m overthinking everything. Then again, I would rather have everything be too much than not enough. Cross your fingers and wish me luck.
Posted at 2:59 pm , on May 7, 2019
I’m scrapping my upgraded stay at home wardrobe after one day. (No “I told you so” from the peanut gallery.) I know in my heart it’s never gonna happen. I’m just not that kinda gal.
Viva la “At Home Comfort”!
That being said, I have another fashion post theme in mind. Stay tuned.
Posted at 3:10 pm , on May 5, 2019
While we live in a well populated area, there is still plenty of open land and fields around us. We used to have wild boar searching through our trash. We have seen one snake, a few tarantulas, a couple of scorpions, some disgustingly huge centipedes, and the occasional mouse that slips through the doggie door.
Recently, we’ve been seeing some markings left on the tops of the backyard walls. I started checking the yard with a flashlight from our upstairs window and finally saw our new friend. The light frightened him and he slowly climbed over the fence and back into the brush. At first I thought it was a raccoon and then some type of lemur. After some googling, I found him. This is the critter, a Mexican Ringtail Cat.
Isn’t he cute? I don’t mind this little guy. I’ve been doing a quick search for him nightly, but I haven’t seen him again. However, he leaves his “little presents” and lets us know he’s still out there.
Posted at 10:10 pm , on May 1, 2019
Ready to see the crazy? Silver hair, blonde hair, brown hair, dark hair, Don’t Care. I’m 6 months dye free and I have about 3 inches of natural growth. My struggle now is with the colored portion of my hair. I’m hoping (fingers crossed) by October the silver will be eye level. Thinking the big chop and color to match the silver will happen then.
To be continued…
Posted at 7:00 pm , on March 23, 2019
I’m at the 5 months mark since I last colored my hair. My silver roots are now beyond roots, and I am officially obsessed. I’m fascinated by the new colors that are happening. It also amazes me how different my silver strands look in different lighting. The pics below were taken on the same day.
Posted at 12:16 am , on March 21, 2019
No better way to bring in Spring than flowers. A bright hello in the entryway…
I love the color of these roses…
Turns out a wine carafe makes a perfect vase…
Taking notes of gratitude…
And the tea choice for today: Rose