Party Down

Posted by laura on Jun 10 2009 | Fun


So every June we have a party for Tom’s birthday. He loves his birthday – well, any excuse to have a party, frankly. Plus it’s a perfect chance to have our friends over to catch up with Gini and Craig while they’re visiting. After a cold grey week, we were all pleasantly surprised to see some sunshine on Saturday. Just in time for friends, snacks, and cupcakes. We had a loose ‘racecar’ theme going on around here. I had visions of doing a cool vintage grand prix look, but well, you know how that goes. I was lucky to get the little race flags for the cupcakes. 


Fortunately we have a Hot Wheels living under our roof, and he was super happy to supply us with plenty of wheels for decorating. Many, many thanks go to Gini and Craig for all the deck sweeping and food prep they put in – I swear, throwing a party is ridiculously easy with four extra hands. Particularly when those hands ran a couple of pubs and a restaurant! Check out these gorgeous appetizers that Gini made:


They were so delicious. Teeny bits of sautéed mushroom and tomato and carrot on top of zucchinis… tasty and beautiful to boot! Here’s a shot of the table:


You can see all the cars lined up down the side. Start your engines, people – we’re having a party.

With all that help, I had plenty of time to get dressed and ready – no frantic last minute searching for shoes. (What will my closet think?) It was such a lovely day I wore a sleeveless cotton A-line dress that used to be Mum’s. Thank you, Mum! I’m so grateful for all the shopping I haven’t had to do because of your awesome dresses. Lucky me.

Now Tom’s all excited about his 40th next year. He wants to have TWO bouncy castles.

5 comments for now

5 Responses to “Party Down”

  1. Thanks for the super awesome party, I had a blast. I can’t believe how amazing the food looked, I just wish I could have had one more cupcake.

    11 Jun 2009 at 8:04 am

  2. Peter

    I’m so bummed that I missed it.

    11 Jun 2009 at 8:23 pm

  3. laura

    peter – we’re sorry you guys couldn’t make it! i bet tom would be happy to do a reenactment for you, though…

    11 Jun 2009 at 8:28 pm

  4. Eileen Keane

    Tom could do a reenactment for us as well when he comes to Needham! Or better yet, we could go to you. It looked amazing. Happy Birthday Tom…..Hope it is a great year!

    14 Jun 2009 at 11:47 am

  5. laura

    Eileen – what excellent ideas! I think we should do both. Can’t wait to see you guys – just a few more weeks!

    15 Jun 2009 at 8:19 am

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