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


  1. The party sounds like a lot of fun plus redoing your shop! Wow you are gonna be busy. I am sending the info on your wedding shop to my daughters best friend who is planning her summer wedding.

  2. Kate....you are just an awesome girl...photo's look maaaavelous...enjoy your hubby's birthday and cant wait til your "new " shop is open.♥
    Beblessed, Monika

  3. it all looks beautiful Kate, and the party sounds amazing!

  4. My goodness Kate, you are a busy bee! Looks so lovely.... makes me want to have a party for my hubby... lol! Your work is beautiful!!!

    Sandra (overDAcrib)

  5. I hope your husband isn't reading your blog! I wish you all a very happy surprise party!
    xo Jill