From Paris to the ’80s

What a fun and adventurous day!

After breakfast, we visited Paris… in the form of my sister’s sorority’s Parisian mother/daughter brunch.

(Notice the Eiffel Tower in the Background)

When we arrived, we were greeted by her smiling sorority sisters who showed us to a yummy buffet of tasty sandwiches, desserts, fruit and more.

My Plate

I went back for fifths (yes, fifths) of the seven layer bar dessert squares. I flippin’ love those things!

Leslie and Me

Swinging and Smiling

After the brunch, we changed into casual clothes and headed to Do Art, an art studio nearby to paint some pottery.

I selected a chips and dip platter, while my mom and sister opted to paint mugs.

My Chips and Dip Platter

My Mom's Mug

Leslie's Mug

With Our Creations

My sister will pick up our goodies in a week. Apparently when the pottery gets fired up, the colors will really pop! I can’t wait to see the final product.


Once our pottery painting was complete, we hit the road for Orlando to pick up Ryan for a dinner at Park Plaza Gardens in Winter Park.

Park Plaza Gardens

We decided to try Park Plaza Gardens, a rather expensive restaurant usually, because they are currently offering a menu featuring items from their 1980s menu at the original 1980s prices. Score!

Before ordering, our waiter brought us a basket of bread that we devoured.

Bread Basket

Since the prices were amazing, my mom, sister and I ordered lobster while Ryan opted for the filet mignon.


We also shared a la carte sides of onion soup, asparagus and sweet potatoes.

The Dessert Lady

Dinner was delicious and we were very tempted to order dessert at Park Plaza Gardens, but we decided to hop in the car and head downtown to pay a visit to The Dessert Lady instead.

When we got there we were overwhelmed with so many decadent choices on the menu. When we spotted the sampler option our eyes lit up and we knew we had a winner.

We decided to enjoy one slice of carrot cake, bourbon pecan pie, Neapolitan cake and peanut butter pie and split them between the four of us.

The Dessert Lady's Dessert Sampler

We all agreed that the pecan pie (served with cinnamon ice cream) and the peanut butter pie were the stand outs.

Huggin' Outside the Dessert Lady

Ryan and My Sister

The Dessert-Lovin' Ladies

Today definitely ended on a sweet note! 🙂

Since today was filled with girly fun, we’re letting Ryan control the remote and are hanging out watching the NBA playoffs before heading to bed in a bit.

See ya in the mornin’!

25 Responses

  1. You and your sister look so much alike!! It looks like you had a great time at the brunch today!! 🙂

  2. That looked like a fun day! The desserts look amazing and I am with ya on the Pecan pie!

  3. Great day of fun! Your appetizer platter is adorable, making ceramics is fun, if you are creative! I love the desserts, they look huge. Have a lovely evening 🙂

  4. You do have such a great fashion sense..where do you like to get your clothes??

    • thanks so much! i typically shop at places like j.crew, banana republic, t.j.maxx and marshall’s. i love a good deal & live really close to the j.crew & banana outlets, which saves me $$$.

  5. You ladies are beautiful and all the food looks so delicious. What a fun weekend!

  6. What a fun day! I love your dress – so gorgeous on you.

  7. What a fun day! I would love if my sorority did a mother-daughter-sister pottery party like that! We do have a mother’s day brunch next month, so I’m looking forward to that.

    Wow, lobster sounds amazing, now I want some ha. Those desserts look delish too. 😀
    Have a good night!

  8. That looks like such a fun day! My girlfriends and I are supposed to be going to check out a pottery place next week and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but now I love the chip/pretzel/dip bowl!
    The dress you wore to your sister’s sorority brunch was absolutely stunning! Where did you find it??? 🙂

  9. You (and your sis) are gorgeous! I love your dresses 🙂

  10. Glad you had such a fun day with your sister and mama. Those desserts look awesome. It never ceases to amaze me just how decadent desserts look when you order them at restaurants or bakeries. I just want to eat a WHOLE cake or something!

  11. What a wonderful family you have! Love that mother & daughters picture of the three of you – I can see so much family resemblance and all that love & closeness! Glad you are having fun. Have a fab Sunday!

  12. Beautiful ladies!!! Looks like such a fun mother/daughter/sister day!

    I’ve never been to one of those pottery places, but I’ve always wanted to go.

  13. Ditto to Lisa, I love your fashion sense! That dress with the grey cardigan and little belt is adorable! Where do you shop?

  14. Your outfits are always so cute!! I love that pink dress 🙂 Looks like such a fun day, full of such yummy desserts! Seven layer bars are like crack…soooo good. Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip!!

  15. How fun! It sounds like a great time! I would totally agree that pecan pie would always be standout in my book too. I flipping love pecan pie and definitely can hold my own when it comes to that stuff! haha! Glad you enjoyed your day and lucky Ryan for getting to eat with 3 beautiful women!! 🙂

  16. Such gorgeous ladies!! LOVE that dress, Julie!!

    I’m sure I would have been right there with you on the 7 layer bars… those things are amazing!! And yummy cake for dessert too!!!!!! Omg, what a delicious day!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  17. You have such a gorgeous family!! Looks like y’all had a great day…Iove doing pottery with my mama and sisters, even tough I’m not very crafty. Dinner looks amazing as well, hope the rest of your weekend is just as great!!

  18. Julie,
    I hope you are displaying some of these pictures in frames at home! They are just priceless- so beautiful!

    I used to do pottery ceramic painting a lot, and the fireing process TOTALLY changes them. You can even put on that acidesque glaze that makes it look either corroded, or has that blue or red tapering off color look (ie professional). Your bowl will turn out great and I can’t wait to see it pictured with some chips/salsa/dip etc.
    Thanks for letting me know what camera you use!!!
    Have a wonderful time- 1980s prices! WOW.

  19. Park Plaza Gardens and The Dessert Lady both look AMAZING! Yummm! And the pottery thing looks like so much fun!

  20. Your dress is absolutely adorable!! Have a great time meeting the designer. I’m looking forward to checking out the pictures 🙂

  21. Wow those desserts look amazing!!!!!

    You and your sister are absolutely GORGEOUS! And I love your sister’s dress in the first pictures, do you happen to know where she got it?

  22. You and your fam are soooo pretty!!! Good genes I suppose 🙂 Looks like a great visit!

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