Category: Venues

A Night to Remember



{A walk down memory lane – all 30 years}

A few weeks ago I celebrated my 30th birthday and all I really wanted was my friends and family that mean the most to me, all in the same room for just a few hours. Now a days its hard to get everyone together, so for people to share a Saturday night with me was really special. The party took place at the Foundry on Elmwood. I was a little nervous because I was receiving mixed reviews on the service and food, so I didn’t know what to expect, but the night turned out to be everything I wanted {except that whole crying part, that was thanks to my friends}. Don, who was my contact went above and beyond to make sure I was happy with everything. I couldn’t have asked for a better person to work with.

Before I knew it the night was over, but the memories and the smiles will be with me for a long, long time. So to everyone who came, words can’t describe how thankful I am to have you in my life. xo



{Group Shot}


{DIY Just a Blonde in Buffalo Candy Table – thank you Buffalo Cake Pops for the cookies!}


{Little favors with special messages in the bottle for people to take home}

{FYI this is such a simple and easy favor to make, check out my upcoming post later the week on how to create them}


Shea’s Performing Art Center – a beautiful place where magic happens. Not only have great plays come and gone from this venue, but there have been a handful of events that have taken place there as well. I’m excited to head there tonight with my Dad for the Phantom of the Opera show. Its been a few years since I’ve last seen a play there, so I’m looking forward to it. The venue has beautiful detailed décor through out and in a sense even though we aren’t in NYC it reminds me of seeing plays on Broadway.


Sheas Buffalo

A Place to Be A Kid

The Foundry!


A place I fell in love with recently has been the Foundry on Elmwood. While it has received mixed reviews I’m having a party there on Saturday and I’m hoping it all goes well. What drew me in for this event space was not only the rustic with industrial style décor, but the courtyard that guests have the ability to access. More to come on this place after my event.



Flying Tigers


One of my favorite memories is when I was a little girl, I remember my godfather taking me to Flying Tigers for my birthday. I would be so excited to go. We would always get a table by the window and see the planes getting ready to take off. I remember trying to listen to the pilots over the headset as they were getting ready to leave. While Flying Tigers is no longer open whenever I drive over by Aero Drive, it takes me back to a childhood memory I’ll always enjoyed.


Emerson School of Hospitality


A couple weeks ago I had the chance to attend a school tour and presentation at Emerson School of Hospitality {the school is located on Chippewa St. in Buffalo}. I’ve walked past the building multiple times, but never really gave much thought to it, but after this tour, this school is pretty amazing!

With a multiple level building this school is an academic, fitness and culinary center. Emerson sure does impress. Not only do students go through all of their general studies, they have a chance to take classes in the culinary arts. Learning how to cook, bake and prep all kinds of foods.

Emerson offers a café style area called Emerson commons and that is open on school days from 7:30-10am {breakfast} and 11:15-1:30pm {lunch}, making it a great spot for people who work downtown. Emerson also offers banquets and catering and makes wedding cakes, along with a variety of other fine desserts.

For someone {like me} who just thought the school, was like any old ordinary school, its not. Its pretty awesome and its pretty cool that kids have that type of opportunity in this area.

For more info on Emerson click here.



{One of the multiple kitchens that you can see as you walk by on Chippewa St.}


{Emerson Commons, open to the public on school days}


{Car view}


M&T Bank First Friday’s at Albright Knox


The first Friday of every month M&T Bank and the Albright Knox offer First Fridays. Free admission on the first floor to the public. From 10am-10pm you can walk around and experience some of the amazing art the gallery has on display. If you want to walk around upper levels there is an additional fee.

At the beginning of the month I took the day off and spent it with my niece. For an almost four year old this was a great event to take her too. While she thought the Lucas Samaras, Reflections, aka the “Mirror Room” was the best, her attention span started to run out after about 30 minutes. With it being a beautiful day we walked on the outside grounds and took some nice photos.

Prior to this visit, it has been about 5 years since I was last inside the Art Gallery for a leisurely experience, so it was nice to walk around and experience it with a kid who has a vivid imagination.

I highly encourage anyone to take part in such a great event that takes place the First Friday of every month. The next one coming up is on Friday, November 7, 2014.



{Snapping photos inside the Mirror Room}


{If you look at this for more than a couple seconds you get dizzy, or at least I did}


{One of my favorites on display}


{Anyone want to play some tic tac toe}



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