I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Mike and I are regulars.
We truly like to go to places where they know our name.
Sure, our regular haunts have evolved over the years, as our lives have evolved.
As well as the lives of others, for that matter …
including the life of Marie of Marie’s Riptide Lounge.
When I first moved to Chicago 22 years ago, a favorite Saturday night out included dinner at Club Lucky’s in Bucktown. Followed by after dinner drinks at Marie’s Riptide Lounge.
A place that looks exactly like it sounds.
It’s a flash from the past, with perfectly preserved 1950’s decor. Like stepping into a time warp. It was even used in a Crime Story episode.
Marie’s had one of those rare late night liquor licenses; open until 4 AM. Which made it a prime destination for wait staff and bartenders after they cashed out and closed up.
It also meant the bar didn’t start jumping until 1 or 2 AM.
Even the bar’s namesake Marie never made an appearance before midnight. But oh what an appearance it was!
We were even there on the night Conan O’Brien and crew stopped by (click here).
(As an aside, in the video the woman next to Conan is Marie’s friend Shirley. Mike is behind her (you can see his back) and the very fuzzy woman he’s talking to (facing the camera) is me. I’m pretty sure our conversation consisted of “let’s make pretend we’re having a fun conversation” and “okay, I’ll laugh now and try to make it look natural.”)
But Mike and I didn’t go to Marie’s for the late night antics. We were too old for that. We liked to get there early. When it was still quiet …
… to chat with the bartenders. And take control of the jukebox.
It was filled with great old songs. And Mike and I would take turns pumping the machine with quarters and picking out our favorites. Lots of Elvis for me. And Phil Spector-produced tracks for Mike. And from time-to-time, we would get up off our bar stools and dance in the aisle …
especially when The Ronettes Be My Baby played.
So it should come as no surprise that we chose Be My Baby as our first dance at our wedding …
Mike and I lost touch with Marie’s Riptide Lounge after the birth of our children …
also known as the time date night dried up.
Sadly, Marie passed away a few years ago after a long battle with cancer. Her daughter kept the bar going for a few more years, but it closed its doors for good in August of 2013.
To celebrate our memories of Marie — and to honor of my baby — I decided to make a mini “Be My Baby” cake banner for Valentine’s Day. To sit atop a mini cake on a mini cake stand.
Cake Banner for Valentine’s Day: How To Make
I started with my supplies. Some scrapbook paper, wooden skewers, scrapbook letters, and pink ribbon.
I folded the paper in half and cut out triangles.
The peel and stick scrapbook letters spelled out my Be My Baby message.
I folded the triangle over the ribbon, and used a dab of glue to hold in place.
And tied the mini banners to the skewers.
Speaking of my being a regular-modern-day-Norm kind of person, I’ve joined up with some new blogging friends for a regular “Inspired by …” monthly series. We’ll switch it up each month, pulling inspiration from upcoming holidays or design styles or colors or seasons. This first month our focus is on Valentine’s Day …
His & Her Pillows at Snazzy Little Things
Valentine’s Soap by The Everyday Home
Cake Banner by It All Started With Paint
Valentine’s Day Mantel by Our Southern Home
Valentine’s Day Vignette by Town and Country Living
Love Marquee Photo Holder by Dandelion Patina
Be sure to click on the links above to check out more Valentine’s Day inspiration!
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That is so pretty and now I want cake! I just made a washi tape banner for a guest post this Monday and it was a little more complicated than it looked. Yours looks great! Love the back story and sad that the bar closed down.
Suzy @ Worthing Court says
How totally adorable! A great way to dress up a cake and make it special.
Barb @ The Everyday Home says
Totally adorable story and I think we all have had our share of local hangouts. And you’re right, it was PK. (pre-kids.) 😀 I love your mini cake banner and the combination of papers you used are perfect!!!!! What a great idea for any occasion. Saving this idea. Have a great weekend, my dear friend. xxoo Barb
Jennifer @ Town and Country Living says
I’ve always wanted to make a cake banner. Yours is really cute. Thanks for the easy-to-follow instructions!
Christy @ Our Southern Home says
What a wonderful story! That place reminds me of a dive we would always go to at the beach. Sadly it closed for similar reasons. The banner is so pretty! My daughter (youngest) turns 16 on the 30th. Something similar would be so pretty on her cake!!! ~Christy
Michelle Lepak @ Dandelion Patina says
Clever! My 6 year old is having a birthday in February! I think I will be using your creative valentine’s cake banner idea. Love.
I’ve never seen a cake banner. SO CUTE!
Had I know about the earlier, I wouldn’t made them for my kids birthday parties! I might have to make one when my son graduates from high school this spring! 🙂 Linda
Merri Jo says
You & your cake banner are adorable…..you are such a good story teller, and I just love living vicariously through the recounting of your urban forays of fun!
Thank you so much Merri Jo! Your comment made me smile! 🙂 Linda
Jeanette @ snazzylittlethings.com says
Outstanding tutorial, and such a pretty cake. I’d love to make this for my family and surprise them on Valentine’s Day when they come home. Love this….thank!
Be my..be my little baby! Wonderful story, memory & writing. And….oh yes, the project ricked it too. Been to my fair share of “RipTides” too… Good times!
Happy Valentines’s Day,
that would due Rocked it – swear I was not at the Riptide tonight!!