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Corey’s 30th Birthday

Monday, July 7, 2014

Believe it or not, I wasn’t originally planning on throwing Corey a party for his 30th birthday.  His big birthday present is a trip to New York at the end of July to see his favorite soccer team.  But then I thought about it, and I decided I would feel like a bit of a jerk if I didn’t have some kind of group gathering for him.  Instead of throwing it at our house and going crazy with decorations like I normally do, I decided to make it at a local bar called VBGB Beer Garden (which means that there are a lot of beer options, but not actually a garden I don’t think) and make it a surprise!  Spoiler alert, it wasn’t a surprise.  Because I am a bad liar, and because he automatically assumed that I was going to throw him a party anyway.  Oh well.  We still had a great time with all of our lovely friends.

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I kept things simple with some easy cupcake toppers (download here - Birthday Cupcake Toppers) and candle centerpieces using some printables from Oh Happy Day.  I made the cupcakes using this recipe and Megan finished off with the frosting using the same chocolate buttercream from last year.  I can vouch for the deliciousness.  Many thanks to Megan for setting things up so I could bring the birthday boy late.  She’s a gem that one.

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It’s Monday

Monday, May 19, 2014

Why hello.  It’s Monday today.  Just figured I would pop in for a quick post to let you all know that.  In case you had forgotten.  Colleen is still in California and I am still at my house.  But I managed to have a perfect weekend that included cupcake baking, a viewing of Godzilla and eating of Milk Duds, a hiking expedition to Crowder’s Mountain, a nice little dinner party with a few friends, cupcake eating, and then a lazy lazy Sunday.  Man do I wish I had brought my camera to Crowder’s as it was lovely, however, we took the Rocktop Trail back from the summit and parts of it included scaling some serious rocks so I may have broken it.  That would suck.  Anyways, I did take a couple pictures of my table setting which I felt pretty good about even though it was super simple and just included some glasses, linens, etc. that I already had.  Sometimes when I am trying to decorate for something it is fun and exciting to buy new things and make crafts.  But it is also cool to remind yourself what a pretty little setup you can create with things that you already had laying around and in the 25 minutes before your guests arrive.  The flowers I bought on my grocery trip to Trader Joe’s this week but the real star of the tablescape was the gurgling cod pitcher.  It was given to me by some of my best friends a couple years ago when I was so jealous of one they had received for their wedding.  Aren’t they thoughtful and generous?  There is something really satisfying about the glug glug glug sound it makes when it pours water.  The cupcakes I baked for dessert were strawberry basil with strawberry basil cream cheese frosting.  They were delicious if I don’t say so myself and I will be sharing the recipe later this week.

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Let’s keep our chins up now.  It is a Monday but this weekend is Memorial Day weekend and therefore a long one for many of us.  We can make it!

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Meg’s Birthday Party

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Corey and I threw a bit of a last minute birthday party for Meg this past weekend.  Her birthday is this week I’ve been so preoccupied trying to plan our California trip in early May that I basically forgot to get my act together until a week ago or so.  Luckily, our friends are the best and were game for a low key cookout.  Corey’s sister Katie was a complete gem and helped me decorate with some small touches here and there.  She made lots of those pretty paper flowers and used my newly purchased star punch to make things festive by basically throwing stars everywhere.  Here are some pictures taken frantically in the last few free minutes before the people arrived.  Let’s talk about how much I need a tripod.  These are so grainy.

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