13. Celebrate Mom at the Run for the Roses Hat Party

Kentucky Derby Hat Party at Peter Daniel

There’s a new fashion trend in Barrington that’s becoming one of the hottest Mother’s Day gifts around. The couture hats worn at last week’s Royal Wedding and sported traditionally at the Kentucky Derby have people rushing in to Peter Daniel to purchase high fashion hats of all shapes and sizes. To celebrate, Peter Daniel is hosting a “Run for the Roses Hat Party” this Thursday with specials on hats and anything pink!

Kentucky Derby Hat Party at Peter Daniel

If you love finding opportunities to don your favorite fashion hats, this party is THE PLACE TO BE this Thursday!

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11. Find Spring Treasures at Ice House Antique Show

Find Antiques in Barrington, Illinois

Somehow I’ve trained my two-year-old to say “It’s a happy day!” first thing when she wakes up. She shouts this out at the first signs of sunlight, even if it’s dark, stormy and I feel like crawling back into bed. But today, it really LOOKS like a happy day. The sun is shining (at least for now), the forecast calls 70 degrees and I feel like getting outside and planting something in the garden. But first, I’m heading over to the third annual Spring Antique and Garden Show at the Ice House Mall. It’s happening all day today and tomorrow and there are treasures to be found that are sure bring some sunshine into your own home or garden.

Find Antiques in Barrington, Illinois

The Barrington Spring Antique and Garden Show is getting underway as we speak…

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296. Find Ideas for Today’s Top Wedding Tablescapes

Wedding Details

When I go to a wedding, one of the things I most look forward to is seeing how the bride and groom set the mood with all the details, large and small. From the flowers, to the place cards to the way the tables are set, sometimes the little things are what I remember most. Our wedding was right before Valentine’s Day, so we chose red tablecloths and romantic lighting. To be honest, I should disclose that by “we”, I mean my mom and I. Bill was enthusiastically indifferent.

Wedding Details
Artisan Events Photography

But the one thing I wish I had when planning our wedding, was expert help. Barrington special events planner, Christina Currie would have been perfect for the job.

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293. 1st Annual Barrington Bridal Connection Show

First Annual 60010 Barrington Bridal Connection

It’s wedding week here at 365Barrington.com!  The first annual 60010 Barrington Bridal Connection Show is happening this Saturday afternoon at Barrington’s Ice House Mall.  There will be over 50 local vendors available in an intimate and elegant setting to help you or your favorite bride-to-be plan the picture perfect wedding.

First Annual 60010 Barrington Bridal Connection

An army of Barrington’s wedding experts will all be under one roof from Noon until 4PM to feature their products and answer all of your bridal questions.

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248. Ice House Mall Mini-Nutcracker Performance

Ice House Mall in Barrington Mini Nutcracker Performance

In the mood to see some Sugar Plum Fairies, Waltzing Flowers and Russian Dancers today? I have the perfect solution! There’s a Mini-Nutcracker performance happening this afternoon at Barrington’s Ice House Mall.

Ice House Mall in Barrington Mini Nutcracker Performance

It’s the Midwest Dance Collective’s annual Mini-Nutcracker performance featuring “The Land of Sweets” under the direction of Barrington dancer, teacher and choreographer, Ellen Werksman.

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246. "Fancy Nancy" Mother Daughter Tea Party

Fancy Nancy Mother Daughter Tea

If you have little ones who love to play dress up, you don’t want to miss this très chic party coming up this Saturday, December 4th. It’s called the “Fancy Nancy Mother Daughter Tea” and it’s being hosted by a costume and party shop at Barrington’s Ice House Mall.

Kidz Parties Plus More will supply the fancy hats, feather boas, tutus, ruby slippers, fancy gloves and jewelry OR your little lady can get all dressed up at home and come ready for the party.

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197. Barrington Artists Unite for The United Way

Barrington Area United Way Sample the Arts Campaign

Since I started writing this blog on April first, there is one Barrington photographer whose images you’ve seen featured here more than any other.  His name is Bob Lee, and after he retired, he made a decision to use his photography in charitable ways.  If you’re looking for a photo of a non-profit or community event that has taken place or was planned in Barrington, he is the go-to guy.

Barrington Area United Way Sample the Arts Campaign

Bob Lee is one of 30 local artists featuring their works at businesses throughout Barrington for this year’s United Way campaign which kicks off in Barrington today.

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141. Get “Together Again” at Summer Fun Friday

Summer Block Party on South Cook Street

 The Village of Barrington is closing down South Cook Street tomorrow night for the final “Summer Fun Friday” bash of the year. It’s a family block party for all of Barrington and a great chance to get together with neighbors for LIVE music, dinner and drinks. McGonigal’s Pub will be serving up some of their favorites, … Read more…

110. Barrington Home Shoppe Tapas Tasting

Tapas Tasting and Demonstration in Barrington, Illinois

 I’ve always wanted to host a tapas dinner party at home, but I have yet to learn how to prepare any of my tapas favorites in my own kitchen. This week, I have found a fun way to figure that out! There’s a tapas and sangria-making demonstration and tasting taking place tomorrow night at the … Read more…

22. Antique and Garden Show

Ice House Mall Antique and Garden Show

 I may be sitting at my desk, but now that we’ve seen some of the first beautiful days of spring, I find my mind is wandering.  I’m thinking about being outside, planting flowers, digging up stray tulip bulbs and the fact that it’s time, once again, to cut the grass.  If you’re mind is in the garden, you’ll … Read more…