Saturday, March 5, 2011

Birthday banner

The fact that it's not 'perfect' makes it that much more appealing to me!

John's birthday is next Thursday ... and a good friend of ours, Janine, is celebrating her birthday on Wednesday.  So next weekend we are joining Janine and her partner Daisy, as well as another couple, and heading down to the Willamette Valley in Oregon (about 4 hours south of Seattle and an hour south of Portland) for a wine tasting weekend. 

We rented a 3 bedroom house on VRBO, and rented a limo to take us around to different wineries on Saturday.  Then on Saturday night, we're going to cook dinner together at the house and have an old fashioned Birthday Party!!!

John knows, but the other folks are in for a big surprise!  I made the banner from a great tutorial on and today ordered an ice-cream cake from Baskin Robbins.  John and I then spent some time at the party story picking up party hats, napkins, candles, streamers, poppers -- don't you know I am married to a Brit -- and ordering up a balloon centerpiece for the table.

I don't have kids and John and I have moved around enough that we've never really had a big enough pool of friends to throw a birthday party for each other.  So I am REALLY looking forward to throwing an old fashioned birthday party next weekend!

Lots to get done in the next week as I am responsible for breakfast (any thoughts on a quick make-ahead breakfast would be welcomed!!!) and appetizers on Saturday ...

Hope you're having a great weekend!

All the best


  1. Sounds like you will have a great time!
    I've made baked French toast that is made the night before so the bread soaks up the egg and is really custardy--but I'm not home to look up the recipe. Maybe try or google "baked French toast".
    Love the banner.
    Love your table and chairs too.

  2. Cute banner! Check for some breakfast casseroles. I will share my absolute favorite potato casserole recipe that is great for breakfast along side an egg dish and also great as a side with any meat for a dinner!
    Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole
    1 bag of Potatoes O'Brien, thawed
    1 can cream of chicken soup
    1 container (16oz) sour cream
    2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
    1/2 C. melted butter divided
    1 C. Corn Flakes cereal slightly crushed

    Combine all ingredients EXCEPT 1/4 C. of the melted butter and the cup of corn flakes in a large bowl. Then transfer to a 9"x13" casserole dish coated with Pam or other nonstick cooking spray. In a ziplock bag add the cornflakes. then the melted butter to coat them slightly(you may be able to get away w/ less butter &/or cornflakes for the topping.) I don't really measure I just dump some in and add some melted butter to moisten a bit. Then spread the cornflakes over the top of casserole. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 min to 1 hour, until heated through to the center and slightly golden on top. Enjoy!

  3. oops, just saw a mistake. The 1/2 C. melted butter...1/4C of it goes in with the potatoes and everything else. The other 1/4 C. is for the topping.

  4. Your birthday banner is such a fun idea. Sounds like you all have cooked up the perfect "recipe" for a wonderful weekend. Enjoy!


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