I love parties.
Especially when it's not all on you and you have a great organizer like my friend E. There's really nothing worse than hosting a party by yourself and your ideas become too elaborate and you're short on time and you end up crying from fatigue when the time finally comes (this was my thanksgiving dinner last year...haha!).
So when E mentioned that they were throwing her sister-in-law a surprise birthday party during my stay in DC, I was excited. E always has the best party ideas and is a magician in the kitchen. Her husband Y is an artist and can make pretty much anything into a masterpiece. I get to take pictures and also help out here and there, all while humming a little tune. It's really great.
While her brother took the birthday girl out for coffee, we snuck into their house and started decorating and preparing food. Did I mention that E made a chocolate cake with chocolate cheese cream frosting? YUM! Their friends started coming over and we put them to work, too. We all gathered in the living room when we got the text message saying they were coming back and kept quiet enough to surprise the birthday girl with a big "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!"
It was a really fun party and because I was the unofficial photographer, I will warn you in advance...there are a lot of pictures.
Here they are:
We decorated the table with fall items like mums, pumpkins, and acorns.
Presents for the birthday girl :D
Fall apples are so delicious.
Aren't the mums pretty?
I thought the table looked really pretty with all the flowers and food.
The fabulous birthday cake! (The banner and number of candles may confuse you...haha)
E and Y doing their thing in the kitchen. They are a great team :D
The surprised birthday girl! :D
The kids mingling.
I ate every last bite of this cake...it was so so good! :D
K was trying to get cousin Walter (aka the cat) to come join the party.
We ate and chat and even played this game.
Group picture before we left so the kids could go wild without us older people ;D
I think she liked her birthday party...love these two. x