We had the best time and enjoyed the best weather, finally some actual Christmas like temps!
We drove up to New York early Saturday morning and did some wandering around Greenwich Village, picked up some of my favorite cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery, made a visit to the "Friends" apartment building (long time on my bucket list!) and grabbed some mexican for lunch at a little spot, mole, that was nicely decorated for Christmas.
hanging around outside of the "Friends" apartment building
I am not a coffee gal or even really a hot drink person but we had some time to kill and Derek was getting coffee so I grabbed a hot chocolate. First and last red cup of the season.
I'll never turn down mexican for lunch. Or a glass of sangria.
Post lunch we switched areas and moved over to the upper east side before strolling through central park and grabbing some photos of the fabulous skyline from the big rock. We'd been to and through the park many times but never up to the rock.
The rest of the afternoon was spent walking up Fifth Avenue and checking out the light displays, admiring the tree, picking up some ornaments at Bryant Park's Christmas Village, taking Park and Madison Avenues to get back to the hotel to avoid the crazy crowds, picking up a second round of cupcakes at Baked by Melissa and popping into the container store for some final additions to the wrapping paper theme for this year.
We had time to spare before dinner so like every one else in New York we headed to see the tree lit up (I've never seen it as crowded as it was tonight!) and the other Christmas displays in the area as well as a glass of champagne at The Peninsula to kill some time and enjoy their live carolers.
I think I was in bed just after 11 (can't hang like I used to!) while Derek visited downstairs with some of his old friends. Overnight the food poisoning kicked in so we'll just skip to my birthday morning, I was so happy to wake up feeling much much better. I took advantage of the quite large bathtub and we split some eggs benedict for breakfast by the fire and enjoyed some delicious hot chocolate.
We visited with some of our friends by the tree (where else) for a bit before heading for an amazing New York style pizza at a place with great Christmas decor and then each stopping to buy a little holiday treat for ourselves at Ralph Lauren and Tory Burch.
It was an amazing birthday weekend that went far to fast but I enjoyed every second of it. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the sweet birthday wishes yesterday! It made the "day after Birthday day" a little more bearable!