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Brunch & Ballet: an afternoon at the Nutcracker

The Nutcracker Ballet at the Lexington Opera House


I first saw the Nutcracker ballet when I was 15. Last year, Brilee got to perform in it for the first time. This year, we made plans to watch it together with my mom, sister, and four year old niece, Macy. The girls were so excited about getting dressed up to go see the ballet. We decided to make an afternoon of it and go to brunch first, so we headed downtown and found ourselves at a cozy table inside Shakespeare & Co.

downtown Lexington

Shakespeare & Co. menu

I’ve eaten there a handful of times but never for brunch, so this was a treat! The whole atmosphere at their downtown location is precious, decorated in a shabby chic style – perfect for a girls-only brunch!

shabby chic decor at Shakespeare & Co.

shabby chic decor at Shakespeare & Co.
shabby chic decor at Shakespeare & Co.

We were ready to eat the moment we sat down, so we ordered french toast to split as an appetizer. It was a really good decision!

french toast at Shakespeare & Co.

It comes drizzled with maple syrup, chocolate syrup, and topped with walnuts.

I ordered the American breakfast. It’s a big spread of bacon & sausage (because why should you have to choose?), eggs any style you like, cheddar grits, toast with an assortment of little jars of jams & butter, and the best fried hashbrowns I’ve had.

the American breakfast at Shakespeare & Co.

My mom and sister ordered the creme brulee for dessert, while I sipped on hot Moroccan tea.

hot Moroccan tea at Shakespeare & Co.
Sipping hot Moroccan tea at Shakespeare & Co.

While we were eating, it began snowing outside, which added to the girls’ excitement.

Snowing downtown in Lexington, KY

Inside Shakespeare & Co.

Brilee & me inside Shakespeare & Co.

All full from brunch, we headed out to the Opera House, which just happened to be across the street from the restaurant.

inside the Lexington Opera House lobby

We snapped a quick picture in the lobby of the Opera House and quickly headed to our seats.

waiting for the show inside the Opera House

As much as I loved seeing the Nutcracker for the first time, it was even more fun seeing it with Brilee for her first time. Being a ballerina herself, she has a deeper appreciation for what the dancers do as they perform. Seeing her eyes light up and hearing her applaud wildly was so precious! We definitely need to make this an annual tradition.

The Nutcracker Ballet at the Lexington Opera House

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