A year ago, I threw a **surprise**birthday bash for B. In typical “me” style, I wanted it to be
If you know B, be sure to wish him a Happy Birthday today!!
It was a wonderful team effort – I couldn’t have pulled it together without the love of my friend who writes at alice eats in wonderland (who, while 7 months pregnant, faithfully went here and there to pick up and test things for the party) and mother-in-law!
I kept this secret for almost a whole year (which was SO, SO, hard) and the event evolved a lot. It made it easier that Alice’s baby shower was the next day, and in the same neighborhood, so B didn’t suspect that anything was going on as party things were going in and out of the house.
We did a mix of catering from The Capital Grille and made some tried-and-true favorites, like my baked nut and preserve brie.
Our wedding was characterized by fresh, farm-to-table food, and inspired by beautiful, textured asparagus (Sorellina in Boston also uses these, I later found out!), I decided I would use fruits and vegetables as centerpiece decor!
Here are some friends of ours eagerly awaiting B’s arrival – he thought he was going to grab lunch with a couple guy friends, one of whom hadn’t seen the place where we were (a common area of an apartment complex in downtown Boston) and the gym which was conveniently located just off of the common room.
B’s two favorite foods are steak and salad, so we made sure to have that. We catered Capital Grille’s lobster mac and cheese which got RAVE reviews from all of our guests. We had a beautiful salmon with dill and lemon that people could top their salads with too.
Our friends were so awesome – they came early and helped write signs beautifully and place them in wine corks to describe the dishes, carry food, move furniture, and they helped make it a phenomenal event!
Once everyone had a chance to greet the birthday fellow, enjoy a delicious lunch, next was the real tour de force. Next to this vase of fresh basil lay platters of cookies, biscuits, madeleines, bowls of fruit, nuts, chocolate, and herbs, brownie bites, cheesecake slices, freshly zested lemons and limes, and sauces to make THE BEST DESSERT EVER in a Master Chef style challenge.
One thing I believe in is that EVERYONE is creative. People surprised themselves with their amazing creations, and it made my heart so full that everyone had such a fun time and learned something about themselves. ❤
The best tasting actually went to B, but prizes were won by the top 3 (not including B).
I was FLOORED by the amazing desserts everyone came up with – being the wife of the judge allowed me to taste-test everything too ;).
The evening finished with a few of us at King’s Bowling, where B dominated. It was a very memorable party – and these aren’t even half of the photos, but I hope that it inspires you to bring a fun party vision to reality. We’re blessed with wonderful friends and family and there is no better day than the present to tell the ones you love that they’re terrific!