Rob and Mandy's Wedding Extravaganza………….. May 26, 2012

Blogging my way to our wedding day.

57 Days to Go – Bachelorette Cupcake Crawl March 30, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — mandyshaner @ 8:00 pm

Well, I haven’t been posting much at all lately, and I have two reasons: 1) I can’t seem to find the time to sit down and work on a blog 2) The things I’ve been doing are things I don’t really want people to see until the wedding 🙂 During the month of March I have found my dress, picked out the tuxedos, found the flower girl dress and maid of honor dress, finished sculpting custom groom’s cake toppers (and started the painting), finished folding 1,000 cranes and hung them in a senbazuru, finished putting together placecard holders, put together bridesmaid gifts, finished 82 wedding favors, found an envelope/keepsake box, finished decorating the guest book, pen holder, flower girl basket and ring bearer pillow, found my garter and made my bouquet. It was a damn busy month!

But anyway, enough about that, back to my bachelorette party! I’m not a big drinker (or even a small drinker), so bar-hopping was out of the question. Because of this, my awesome maid of honor, Carley, put together this Cupcake Crawl! I LOVE sweets, plus I’m a cake decorator, so it was pretty much perfect 🙂 I invited the two other cake decorators from the store to come with us also, and our boss was nice enough to let all three of us have the day off at the same time! (which NEVER happens, but it’s spring break and the store is dead).

So I picked up Katie and we headed to Palatine to meet up with Carley and Hillary. When we got to the train station we had just enough time to grab some Starbucks before jumping on the train. Carley paid for mine, which set the tone for the rest of the day. The girls wouldn’t let me pay for anything!

On the train to Chicago

After a nice train ride, we arrived at Ogilvie Station in Chicago. We had to go down the block to Union Station to get a CTA day-pass so we could hop on and off the bus as many times as needed. I love the look of Ogilvie Station, it’s very modern looking, but Union was very cool also because it’s very old looking!

Ogilvie Station


Union Station

Once we had our passes in hand, we headed out on our adventure! We went to lots of cupcake and chocolate shops all around the city. The girls took turns buying me delicious treats 🙂

Hershey Store

Ghirardelli Store

Leonidas Chocolate Shop

Hendrichs Belgian Bakery

Teuscher – and Katie being a goof in the window 🙂

Sprinkles Cupcakes

Sarah’s Pastries and Candies

Forever More Cupcakes

Break from the sweets – Picnic lunch in Millennium Park

Sugar Bliss

The Cupcake Counter

Crumbs Bake Shop

So that’s a run down of the sweet shops that we went to 🙂 We also did a lot of sightseeing and window shopping. I also got to take my first ride on a city bus! I don’t want to post 200 photos on here, so I’ll just leave you with one of my favorites. While we were in the 900 building (which has stores like Bloomingdales) we went into Williams and Sonoma. On our way out, Carley nearly bumped into the only celebrity I’ve ever randomly seen ‘on the street’. Kelsey Grammer! What a fun little addition to an amazing day 🙂 I’m so greatful for wonderful friends that made sure I had an amazing day. Thanks so much guys ❤


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