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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Bride on a Budget

So... I've been back to my craigslist/scrounging ways. So far I've scrounged up 89 mason jars of all shapes and sizes (not all pictured here), 10 Shepherd's hooks and a vintage bird cage for cards.... all within the budget. I'm loving this.

If wealth were measured in mason jars, I think I'd comfortably be middle class, lol. Drew and I have had a blast collecting and cleaning up old jars.(Even though I think Drew thinks I'm a little wacky every time I make him go with me to pick up a few jars from craigslist

The lovely Joanie sent me the DIY Bride magazine pictured at left. Thanks to her, I'm sure there will be many more DIY project pics to come!

 I had the pleasure of attending my little sister's play this weekend, a musical version of The Princess and the Pea. McCayla did an OUTSTANDING job as the overprotective Queen. We are so fortunate to have such a loving family. McCayla had 2 aunts and her grandparents travel to MN from Oshkosh. She had one cousin drive from Eyota. One aunt and uncle come from Minneapolis, and the local relatives turned out in droves (grandma and grandpa Thoe, a great aunt, some second-cousins and most of the Thoe aunts/cousin clan!) After the play we played "Headbandz". This game is great for all ages and is sure to leave you laughing!!!

Today, Drew and I planned to meet with caterers. We thought we'd go with a larger grocery catering service as they provided nice meals for 7.99 a plate.  We also looked into hog roasts, and at one point Drew tried very hard to convince me to go with barbecue... He even called me bridezilla when I told him barbecue would be too messy, lol.

However, we drove up to Omar's cafe on Main St in West Concord, MN and were immediately charmed, it was "love at first sight". The cafe is off the beaten path, but trust me, it is worth it to go out of your way to enjoy the homemade, locally grown, organic food at this family cafe. This "shabby-chic" gem has some of the best food I've ever tasted and the atmosphere will leave you with a huge smile on your face!

Drew enjoying his brunch! 
 I cannot wait to work with Omar to put together a tasty meal for our guests! Take a look at how darling this cafe is... I really cannot say enough good things about our experience today! 


  1. wait...what do you do with the Mason Jars?

  2. James, the real question is... what CAN'T you do with mason jars?!! They are a poor girl's wedding solution. They make great vases, throw a candle in em and call them a centerpiece, hang them from a shepherd's hook and decorate your aisle... really the options are endless! Don't believe me? Go to pinterest and type in "mason jar wedding" and you will be amazed! p.s. I love your blog! (-: