I celebrated my 34th birthday on Monday with just a handful of good friends. This first post will be the photo extravaganza!! Post two will be the recipe for the cake (after a trial of three previous recipes, as chronicled here, here, and here). The third and final birthday post will be about the wine and food pairing process. Fun, fun!
I decided on a wine and food pairing party because 1) I love wine and it is good for digestion (true story. Read 1 Timothy 5:23), 2) cheese is my FAVORITE food of all time, and 3) we have three amazing homemade wines to showcase and share with our friends.
I saw an idea on pinterest a while back that incorporated a chalkboard surface into a tasting party. Ben had the great idea of spray painting the reverse side of our marble outdoor table with chalk paint. It totally worked and now we have a great writing/decorating surface for future parties and boring afternoons at home.
Some photos of the spread/food:
|Wine + cheese + nuts + food pairings = JOY!|
|Cheese, cheese, olives and salami. Nom nom nom|
|Wine, glasses, and some yummy steak bites with blue cheese|
The lovely folks who helped me celebrate:
|Da Fellas: Andrew, John, Beau, Gregg, Ben & Lee|
|Some ladies & kiddos: Janet, moi, Sam, Maddie, Kelly & Susan|
|Gregg tells a story, Maddie snuggles with Suz, Andrew & Bridgette|
|Listening to my toasts, John & Janet, Bridgette & Lee|
Lots of photos of the birthday girl!!! (nice to be on the other side of the camera for a change):
|cheese & salami plus well-earned 34 year-old forehead wrinkles :)|
|It's not a party until you've got an open-mouth cheesy photo!|
|Me and my little man|
|Mama, Sam & Daddy|
|Mile-High Chocolate Cake with Swiss Meringue Buttercream & Fresh Strawberries (recipe coming tomorrow)|
|is your mouth watering yet?|
|Trying not to catch my hair on fire|
|Sam enjoys the grain-free, sugar-free cake!|
|Sam hates the attention he gets from my besties|
|SO thankful for this man!!!|
Toasts to the birthday girl:
|I think Bridgette might be telling the story about my delirium when sick in the hospital|
|Maddie gives a toast--the sweetest words ever!!!|
|This picture pretty much captures our love and pride for Maddie's toast!|
|Big hugs and big tears in my eyes|
|He's just delicious. That's all there is to say.|
|I got lots of kiddo loves that night! Best bday present ever!|
|thanking everyone for a MOST lovely night!|
Tune in tomorrow for part two. Hope you've enjoyed the photos! I've enjoyed re-living a most wonderful, love-filled, delicious evening.