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Happy Birthday, Ryan!

He asked for tools for his birthday, so what else could I do??

My amazing husband turned 30 last week.  It’s been a crazy year for us both, what with moving, quitting my job, my mission trip, his new job, getting pregnant, buying a house…

With all of these changes, I felt like he had earned an AWESOME party this year.  Since we just closed on our house June 4th, it seemed appropriate to combine it with our housewarming and plan for a slew of people.  I got busy pruning the weeds out of the yard and making plans to feed 30 plus people.

I also planned for some great entertainment.  I enlisted the “Lightening Crispies” to perform their classic rock tunes.  I can’t say I hired them, because they agreed to do it out of love for Ryan and free food.  We are so blessed by the friends God has provided for us.  I told my friend Taylor, the drummer, that it’s probably not unusual to have a friend’s band play your birthday party for free.  The unusual part is that our friend’s band is actually REALLY GOOD!

The Lightening Crispies set up on our back patio. There is a drummer hiding behind the lead singer! I promise!

The cake was also a splurge.  I actually ordered it from what most consider to be the best bakery in town, Candy Haven.  YUM!!!  It didn’t turn out to be as expensive as I thought for the half sheet cake, but it was worth every penny I paid.  I will use them again in the future.

This was a lesson in planning, that’s for sure.  I originally figured 6 pounds of hamburger to feed the crowd, but I went ahead and bought 9.  We ended up using 11!!  I think there were over 40 people in attendance by the time all was said and done.

A view of the band as they warm up. Only a few people now, but this yard was full by the end!

Our grill. We purchased it Super Bowl weekend, but it really served it's purpose this passed Sunday. Over 40 burgers and 30 hotdogs!

This party was also a huge confirmation of the decision we made to buy this house.  Even with the band set up and the rows of chairs for people to watch, there was still plenty of room for the kids to throw a football.  When it got too hot, there was plenty of room inside the house for people to sit down and visit without feeling crowded.  The kitchen is plenty big to prepare and serve the food, even with separate stations for drinks and cake!

Sunday was AMAZING!  We’re so grateful to all who have loved us over the years and have assisted us in the process of buying this house and planning our awesome party.  Thanks for sharing it with us!

Posted June 22nd, 2010 in House, life's little adventures.

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