Hey my fellow brunch babes! I had all intentions of getting a post out last week, but life. Last week was a crazy week of work travel for the Hubs and me, so blogging had to take a back seat. However, since I have so much love for you I’m bringing you two posts this week to make up for it.
This past weekend a friend invited me to her birthday event and it was so cute and creative, I had to share it with you. We did crafts and cocktails at Paper Source and brunch at Smoke. When I initially heard that we would be getting crafty, I was a bit nervous, because I am not crafty–at all. Craft cocktails is as crafty as I get. But to my surprise it was so much fun, and there were no hot glue gun casualties.
Our big group separated into two groups with an instructor for each group. We created two birthday cards and two thank you cards as we sipped on mimosas and nibbled on fruit and muffins. The instructors were nice and very helpful. I have to say, I’m pretty proud of how great my cards came out. Now I have to decide which special person will get one of these.
Paper Source offers different classes during the week and on weekends. There are also classes for children if you want to get crafty with your little ones. Since my friend did her event there, we each received a 10% off coupon for any items we purchase. I have my eye on some stationary. In this era of virtual cards and texting Happy Birthday, I still like to send Birthday and Thank you cards because it means so much to people; and who doesn’t like receiving a personalized card?
After all of that crafting we headed over to Smoke for brunch. I’ve been to the Dallas location before and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was so excited when I found out they were building a location on the North side. Smoke, as you may have guessed is known for their smoked meats. I don’t eat bacon (lips of swine will never touch mine!) but everyone raves about her great their bacon is. I usually get their homemade chicken sausage with my brunch and it is flavorful and juicy. My favorite brunch item on their menu is the blueberry pancakes. The pancakes are fluffy, loaded with blueberries and topped with a blueberry apricot compote and whipped cream. It is so good. This time I stepped outside my comfort zone and order the chicken and coconut waffle. It was delicious, but I don’t think anything can top the blueberry pancakes. Other popular items at our table were the eggs Benedict, the brisket hash, and the shrimp tacos. The grilled avocado salad was also a good option if you’re trying to keep it light. Everyone at our table really enjoyed their meals. Check out Smoke in Dallas or Plano, I promise you will not be disappointed.