This weekend we celebrated my love's 28th birthday with a small family party at our house. The guest list was small, just my love and I and some of his family, but that didn't stop me from trying to make it a beautiful birthday.
A few days before the party I was inspired by a paper banner I saw on the Joyful website and decided to make one for Granite's birthday as well. I have a stack of paper I bought at the craft store over a year ago that was perfect for the job, and armed with my scissors, paper, and cricut machine I set about to make a birthday surprise.
I was very pleased with the way it came out, and because I used push pins to hang it it was very easy for me to take it down and wait until the last minute to re-hang it so it was indeed a surprise.
Another thing I did for the party that was inspired by the joyful website party was I wrapped all the utensil sets with napkins and secured them with a band of the paper to tie it in. I had also wanted to make the little toothpick flags that was on the website but nothing on the menu for the day required toothpicks.
Speaking of the menu, for his special day my love had:
Grilled salmon with mustard dill sauce
Blue cheese with candied walnuts and raspberries salad
Fresh squeezed lemonade with mint leaves
And for dessert I made him a vegan fresh fruit tart:
I did a few other little things to freshen the house up a bit. One of them was that I stopped by Trader Joes and picked up a bunch of irises to have on the table. I also covered the lid of our tea dispenser with a square of linen and secured it with a ribbon. Not only did it look pretty, but it disguised the fact that the lid of our tea dispenser is a bright purple plastic, and not very pretty.
All in all the party was very fun and I had a great time with the family. But probably the best thing about the party? It was relatively stress-free! (though I do have to admit, I have yet to wash the dishes)