From Florida with Love

My best friend from college and her
boyfriend came to visit this past weekend! From the day she told me she booked
her flight I began preparing the perfect weekend agenda for the 4 of us…

Of course the itinerary included all my
favorite things from restaurants to drinks to activities!

In preparation for their arrival, I left a
printed agenda on their pillow, some fresh tulips, a little gift {that would
later come in handy} and some personalized bottles of water.

In case you are wondering how I created the
water bottle labels, I used a free template {found here}.

May’s gift was a cute knitted ear warmer
headband I purchased from a boutique in Charlotte for our hike.

Upon arrival I served a strawberry champagne
welcome drink which was totally delicious.

After a few drinks we headed to Zink in
South Park for well, more drinks!

We ate dinner next door at one of my
favorite restaurants, The Cowfish {sushi burger bar}.

Saturday morning we ate breakfast then
headed to Crowders Mountain for an enjoyable 4 mile hike.

Charlie sported his Ruffwear hiking boots and jacket for
the hike.

If you’ve been following my blog for
awhile, you may remember that Crowders Mountain was where Matt proposed, so it
was fun to be back at such a special spot.

After our hike we got cleaned up and headed
out for a brewery tour. Our first stop was NoDa Brewing Company where we drank beer
flights and toured the brewery.

Our second stop, Heist Brewery, was only a
few blocks away in an old cotton mill. We loved this place {and their beer}!

For dinner we went to another one of my
favorite restaurants, Cabo Fish Taco, for margaritas and fish tacos! I pretty
much take all of my visitors to this Charlotte staple. 

After dinner we headed back home so the
boys could smoke cigars while May and I crashed on the couch had some
girl time.

May and Justin headed back to Orlando after
breakfast on Sunday. Although the goodbyes were sad, the weekend was so
wonderful and I was so happy to spend some time with my bestie!




  1. P!nky
    February 4, 2013 / 2:58 pm

    Awwww friends are so fun!Love all the fun touches you created to make them welcome.That drink looks divine!

  2. Alexa
    February 4, 2013 / 3:00 pm

    You hit up all of my favorite Charlotte places! Cowfish and Cabo are the two places we ALWAYS take visitors. {or just go by ourselves a lot, because we're kind of obsessed!} I'll have to remember the brewery tours next time – that sounds like so much fun!And what an adorable hostess you are 🙂

  3. Ashley Barnhill
    February 4, 2013 / 3:00 pm

    Wow, you are an incredible host! I'm coming to visit! 😉 And those doggie hiking boots are so cute! I wish our dogs would wear some!

  4. Annie
    February 4, 2013 / 3:01 pm

    You always go all out for your guests – I love it!!

  5. Helene
    February 4, 2013 / 3:23 pm

    OMG you are too cute with the itinerary. i love that so much. what a blast!Helene in Between

  6. the girl in the red shoes
    February 4, 2013 / 3:28 pm

    You are the cutest hostess ever!!! I want to visit!

  7. Sunkissed and Southern
    February 4, 2013 / 3:35 pm

    You are such an amazing hostess! My parents are coming in town Wednesday and I may steal some of your ideas.

  8. McKenna Bleu
    February 4, 2013 / 3:36 pm

    Looked llike a fab weekend!!! too cute :)

    February 4, 2013 / 3:38 pm

    What a fun weekend!!! & Such a cute idea to make out an itinerary!!!

  10. Katie
    February 4, 2013 / 3:46 pm

    sushi and burger bar?!?! we defiantly don't have one of those in CT! very cute ways to welcome your guest, what a great host your are!

  11. SandSparkles
    February 4, 2013 / 3:55 pm

    You are so cute! What a great friend.

  12. Pamela
    February 4, 2013 / 4:48 pm

    You are a such a wonderful host!! Looks like y'all had a blast!

  13. Brookley
    February 4, 2013 / 4:56 pm

    Love that you had an itinerary….I always have an agenda and everyone that visits laughs at me;) Sure you made your friends feel extra special and welcome:) Thanks for sharing!

  14. Lisa
    February 4, 2013 / 4:57 pm

    Wow, what a fun weekend!! You are such a great host!xolisa Floating Along

  15. Pink Lace and Cupcakes
    February 4, 2013 / 5:40 pm

    Such a fun weekend!

  16. May
    February 4, 2013 / 6:25 pm

    This weekend was a blast! You, Matt, and Charlie are the best! Justin and I cannot wait until the next time we are all together! xo

  17. Maggie
    February 4, 2013 / 6:34 pm

    Love the itinerary and water bottles. Too cute! Looks like a very fun weekend 🙂

  18. Mel (Northern Lights)
    February 4, 2013 / 7:57 pm

    SO MUCH FUN! I'm going to hire you next time I have friends in town 🙂

  19. Valerie Griffin
    February 4, 2013 / 8:25 pm

    how fun! you are such a good hostess 🙂

  20. Brianna Tucker
    February 4, 2013 / 9:17 pm

    I love Cabo. I have yet to go to Cowfish. We just never have time on my trips home 🙁

  21. Leslie Maxey
    February 4, 2013 / 9:24 pm

    I've heard so much about The Cowfish! I'm moving to Charlotte in May and I will definitely have to go as soon as possible!

  22. Natasha
    February 4, 2013 / 9:35 pm

    could you be ANY cuter?? the welcome baskets, the fun restaurants, and all the sweet times you had together this weekend…i want to come visit next!

  23. Lobster Meets Peach
    February 4, 2013 / 11:08 pm

    How thoughtful are you!?! It looks like everyone had a great time. Maybe Hubby and I should plan a trip to Charlotte…

  24. Jordan Cole
    February 4, 2013 / 11:13 pm

    You showed them the perfect Charlotte weekend! Makes me miss home so much!

  25. Dee Stephens
    February 5, 2013 / 1:26 am

    You are SUPER hostess and are making the rest of us look bad!! 🙂 I love hiking, but you knew that 😉

  26. Heri
    February 5, 2013 / 8:59 am

    From Florida with Love ……… if we could go through life with a sense of love for others, then we will live in peace.

  27. erica
    February 5, 2013 / 4:39 pm

    awww, what a fun time. i love all your little details. xx

  28. Nicole-Lynn
    February 7, 2013 / 3:11 am

    So fun! I love all the details and how you make your guests feel so at home and loved! You are a girl after my own heart! 🙂 Glad y'all had a nice time!

  29. Heather
    February 7, 2013 / 4:52 am

    I love your font and stationary design that you used for your agenda and gift bag tag 🙂 If you wouldn't mind sharing, what font did you use and where did you find that adorable stationary pattern? Thank you so much and I just love your blog!

  30. Megan@TwoDelighted
    February 8, 2013 / 1:08 am

    So fun!! I am obsessed with those puppy shoes. What a great hostess you are.

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