Friday, April 20, 2012

40th Birthday Party!

Well, after a couple months of sickness around our house, I've finally gathered together photos of my husband's SURPRISE 40th Birthday Party!

decorating the hall . . . 
{clockwise from top left} I made this fabric banner from photos of my husband's growing-up years; with some help from friends, we hung 28 chinese paper lanterns {it gave the place such a cozy feel}; I printed up a "what happened in 1972" trivia sheet for every place setting; centerpieces were decoupaged mason jars with battery-operated flicker candles, and a family photo of years-gone-by, and scalloped "40" confetti

I think he was CERTAINLY surprised!

With old-fashioned games like a penny drop, ball toss, and paper airplane-making, and food: a variety of soups, breads, and cookies, brownies and cupcakes, I think everyone had a great time!

The hall filled right up! We even had to set up a couple more tables! What GREAT friends and family!

I LOVED organizing this Hot Cocoa Bar! Steamy hot cocoa with flavorings, whipped cream, shaved chocolate and homemade marshmallows. The kids swarmed around it all evening!

{our 9-year-old snitching goodies while we started cleaning up}

We handed out tags to everyone asking them to share a few words of wisdom or well-wishes. The tree was FULL by the end of the evening!

While I specified no gifts were to be given, my husband received this homemade cheesecake from a dear friend who wins several blue ribbons every year at the fair for her baked pies and goodies! Needless to say, my husband was DELIGHTED!

Our youngest son, niece, and friends help take down the paper lanterns

John and I after a long and wonderful evening!

A special thanks to my WONDERFUL mother-in-law who came down to help set everything up, and brought the table linens! To three wonderful friends who helped string up the chinese lanterns! And to all our family and friends who came to celebrate my husband's birthday and make it a memorable day!

Sweetly, Kate

Tuesday, January 31, 2012


I LOVE surprises! 

And there are lots of surprises going on here at our cottage!

I am currently planning my husband's SURPRISE 40th Birthday Party for this Saturday!
{I'll be sure to take lots of photos to share!}

On the menu:
white bean soup with rosemary and olive oil
vegetarian taco chili
chicken noodle soup
assorted breads, biscuits and muffins
spring water with limes/ spring water with rosewater
yellow cupcakes with chocolate frosting {my husband's favorite}
brownies with cookie dough topping
a hot chocolate bar with all the fixings

My wonderful mother-in-law emailed me a bunch of old photos of my husband which will play a part in the table centerpieces. 

Here's one of my favorites:

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I'm also currently renovating my Larkspur & Linen shop . . . because planning a party just isn't enough to do! {giggle}

Actually, when I first opened the shop, I wanted it to have a French feel, but after creating some items that have been swimming around in my mind, I've been pulled in more of a 'cottage chic' direction.

Here are a few tiny snippets of photos for my new shop items:

I needed a re-usable cake for photographing a new line of wedding cake toppers, so ended up making this one from round papier mache boxes, paint, and plaster. I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but was actually surprised by how beautiful it looks! . . . good enough to eat! 

Planning to reopen this shop as a strictly-wedding-shop in mid-February.

Hooray for surprises! They make life so interesting!

Have a LOVELY, LOVELY week!

Sweetly, Kate