December 12th, 2012 |

The Hubby Turns 30

This past weekend, my hubby turned 30!  I’ve been waiting for him to catch up to me for a few years now….so of course I had to throw a party!  He specifically asked me not to….so it had to be a surprise!  ;)  I invited our closest friends and family over to celebrate with a cocktail party, and since the December birthdate lends itself to holiday decor, I had to be extra careful for my color palette and design to read “manly” and “winter” instead of “Christmas!”

I chose a grey, white, green and navy color palette, and used stripes and gingham check as my patterns to look a bit like haberdashery. I kept things VERY simple.  Three tables: a bar for beer tasting, a buffet table full of appetizers and small bites, and desserts.

The buffet table was anchored with three tall centerpieces featuring white hydrangeas and cotton berries, and I used all white serving pieces to give the table a cohesive look.  Green striped Cake Plate Clings lined the plates and tiered serving pieces for a little added pop.

I decided against traditional food tent cards to save space on the table, and instead opted to do plaques that I hung off ribbon.  These are just a few of the appetizers we served: beef tenderloin sliders, shrimp shooters, a cheese plate, crudités, a couple of dips, bacon-wrapped water chestnuts and stuffed mushrooms.

And for dessert….gorgeous macarons and one delicious birthday cake.

{please forgive the photography lighting….the lights were dim and there were tons of candles so although the room was cozy, it did not make for the best pictures!}

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