Here’s some of the gear, ready for loading into the van. The centerpiece featured an old picnic cooler rescued from my great uncle’s garage. It is always a hit at casual parties.
Here I am with the birthday boy and Lovely Girlfriend, who was a big help with the invitation list and setting up. Big is crazy for Magnolia Bakery cupcakes, so I made several batches of the vanilla with chocolate buttercream frosting to create his 18 “cake.” We replenished these all afternoon and still were able to send some home with Lovely to share with her roommates.I bought this bread board years ago, and I have loved serving from it. Usually I use it for cheese and fruit, but I thought the cupcakes worked well, too. Cheeseburgers, grilled to perfection by dear friend Old Bean, were a big hit.We put enamel plates of fun-sized candies on each table. The cloth was a heavy muslin with a blue-and-white ticking overlay in the center. Some of the gang. Good friends (Old Bean and the Redhead) gave Big a new tire for his Jeep. The Mister and I gave the other three. When Big unwrapped the tire, the boys let out an audible and collective “oooh” of appreciation while the girls exchanged glances. Who knew tires would be such a hit? Our recyclables, about halfway through the day. Don’t worry, the brown bottles are from root beer.With all the planning and cooking, my gift wrapping skills sank to a new low—I didn’t want to get “caught” wrapping Big’s other gifts, so instead of going downstairs for boxes, gift wrap, and tissue paper, I just snagged some bags and newspaper ads. I don’t think it’s going to be a trend.
For more birthday fun, check out Suburban Princess and It's a Golden Day. It’s a big week for birthdays!