Thursday, May 24, 2012

Carol Marie born on May 23

oMy fabulous mother in law had a birthday this week, and i had the privilege of hosting her party.
 I had big dreams for an outdoor dinner, but our crazy CO weather had other dreams. About an hour and half before dinner, i gave in and brought everything inside, just before it poured and kept pouring!
the decor was simple: my fantastic globes from Target clearance a couple summers ago, vintage sheet table cloth (thank you, Sister) Blue ball jars with Irises (than you Sister).
The kids and i planted these little wheat grass plants [below] a week ago. Can you guess where we got the colorful little "pots"??  Spray paint lids!! I knew i would find a purpose for them! ;)
 For the menu we had what were my favorite tacos...i posted the recipe here. I think they might still be my favorite...but they certainly didn't turn out for the party. I'm hoping it has to do with me tripling the recipe or something because they were pretty dry and a little on the tasteless side... and my side rice turned into MUSH...but oh well. These drinks made up for it...until we had cake, that is.
 Non-Alcoholic Mojitos (thank you Sister for use of your jars, oh! and also for the use of a couple of your plates...and a glass platter...AND the mint from your backyard...yep, i think that's all i took from your house) 
**Oh man, i'm going to be a goner when she moves next month. I've been trying to deal with the emotional reality of what life will be like without her 2 houses away but i'm not sure i've thought enough about my dependency on her physical belongings as well! yikes. i might have to grow up and buy my own plates....hmmm
ok, back to the party. So, unlike myself, whatever my brother in law touches turns to gold.  
Case in point this absolutely AMAZING chocolate orange cake he created himself. Complete with chocolate orange mouse and handmade crystalized orange peel. It was the best cake ever.

When i was describing my flopped tacos to my sister, she encouragingly pointed out what a blessing it was that they flopped since consequently the guests probably had ample room for a big piece of this decadent cake. thanks sister. good word. ;)
Here's the birthday girl with her wonderful kids.
 I was so pleased how everyone coordinated with the party color scheme.
Happy Birthday Carol Marie. SO glad you were born! We all love you so much! :)


Kimberly said...

Meagan, this party looks lovely! Your wonderful eye for decor strikes again! Well done!

Jennifer Lavin said...

you're too cute, Meagan! what great fun. The party decorations are cheery and creative! Nathan did an awesome job on that cake!
What a very special birthday party!

Miss you!

Robert and Courtney said...

Martha, Martha, Martha!

shoutingforha said...

What a lovely party! I love the cheery colors and simple decorations.

I noticed on the invitation that you live in Greeley. I grew up in Loveland and went to UNC. Small world. :)

Andrea Blackwell said...

Meagan, this party looks lovely! Your wonderful eye for decor strikes again! Well done!