For the past 2-ish months, my good friend Jenny and I have been behind the orchestration of a surprise engagement dinner for our good friend Lizette. We all have worked together the last 4-ish years and have grown to be such good friends. In my humble opinion, Lizette has got the most amazingly sharp wit in all of Orlando, and Jenny has the biggest heart of anyone I have ever met. These girls mean the world to me and I had the most fun ever with Jenny gallivanting to plan and secure the secret of this dinner party for Lizette.
We invited her nearest and dearest family and friends and everyone did a great job keeping the surprise element of the plans. Once we all made it to the actual dinner, we got good laughs at the numerous ways 10 people almost dropped the ball when talking to Lizette at different times the last few weeks.
We chose the location of Cooper's Hawk and Winery, which if I'm being honest, I'm getting closer and closer to being the joint's ambassador. Since first going roughly 3-4 months ago, when they had only been open about a week, Hunter and/or I have been frequenting relatively often and feasting on truly delicious and quality food and service. Needless to say, it was the first spot Jenny and I could think of when scouting a location to launch our surprise mission.
For that delicious and sassy cake atop these words, we ordered a simple sheet cake from Publix, hold the decorations. By the way, order of one chocolate cake with canolli filling in the middle, add some incredibly fudgy frosting, and you've got yourself a party, people. To decorate, we pulled inspiration from an amazing cake that my aunt made for my cousin's 21st birthday a couple years ago, which you can see by clicking here.
We grabbed our other good friend, Lizette Barbie, a few fab, faux diamond rings, glitter sprinkles and frosting, and everything else in the picture from our local Party City and Target and went to town. We love how it came out, mission was more than accomplished.
For the favors, we sent s'more love home with everyone. This was a very easy favor to assemble and for the price of the ingredients, you can make a good amount. I recommend this as an option for folks with the coming cooler weather months.
I cannot express how much I adore Lizette and am so happy for her and her Joey. I'm glad we tricked her, even if she has a point when she said, " Man, you guys are all really good liars!"
Til we meet again,