Friday, May 17, 2013

7QT-Birthday Party Recap

1.

The Chef and I turned the big four oh this month, and were feted with the fiesta of our dreams.

2.

My friends are party planners extraordinaire.   Check out the decorations.  


3.  Check out the food!


Well, you can't see the food because the party goers are blocking the buffet.  It was an incredible spread, taco bar, chicken, beef, or carnitas, enchiladas, and all the trimmings.


Here's the dessert table.  There's a plate of chocolate chip cookies up there....THAT HAVE OREOS STUFFED INSIDE OF THEM!  There are chocolate brownies and margarita cupcakes, and a caramel coffee cake thingy that smelled muy delicioso, but I could not eat anymore.

4.  The Birthday Cake!


The host, dear friend of ours and pastor of the parish that let us party in the Youth Rooms, helped me cut the cake.


Yes, those are Holy Santos candles.  They were everywhere.  I got to bring them home, so I can recreate this bathtub scene if there ever is a live tweet of Napoleon Dynamite.




5.  The Music:  a DJ and a Band?!?!


My fun-loving brother-in-law, Patrick, spun all of Joan Baez's and Menudo's greatest hits until this happened.



It's not every birthday party that has a band show up and play a set of live original and cover music.  


Yes, The Great Whiskey Project was there.  They have recently recorded their first album.  You can check out a single they've just released here.  Below, you can watch/listen to their cover of Coldplay's Yellow as if Johnny Cash were covering it.  Brilliant.  




The lead singer is my extremely talented brother-in-law, Charley.  Other band members include family, friends, friends of the family, and family friends.  

I'm their number one fan.  Officially.  

Well, maybe not officially, but it should be official.  I mean, they crashed my birthday party.  If that's not official No. 1 Fan Sanctioning, then I guess I don't really know what the words "official"  or "sanctioning"  or "paradoxical" mean.

6.  The Booze!  I mean The Beverages!


That's my friend and party planner/baker/decorator/barkeep, Andrea.  And in front of her there are two vats.  One is full of margaritas and the other is full of sangria.  Not shown, in front of this table, are FIVE coolers filled with beer, water bottles, soda, beer, and more beer.  Andrea made sure that the "pretty cooler" was always front and center.

7.  More Friends


Here's me and my friend/partyplanner/decorator/photographer, Cheryl, and my friend Sara (with newborn), all doing the arm thing that Cheryl taught me.  Cheryl took all of the pictures except this one.


This is Kris and Carisa, also my besties, and party planners/decorators/cleaneruppers etc.  I know I missed out on lots of fun party planning meetings with these ladies.  We're going to have to have another party so I can help plan it too.



The guy in the middle, Tom aka Uncle Julio, was a little late, because he was still growing out the mustache he started in the am.



Those guys didn't know about the arm pose, but I'm getting the word out.



I had family there too!  Woot!  My lovely sister, Anne of Bazin Chronicles and her sweet husband Mark, came all the way from Houston, Texas to be with me at my birthday party.  I was terrifically surprised and got to spend Mother's Day weekend with them as well.  I am thrilled and blessed that they came.

Soon to be Deacon Dave, working the camera like a Versace runway model, minus the murse.

Julio and Adolf...or Chaplin, you be the judge.
Cheryl took lots more photos of the wonderful people who suffer us fools as friends.  So if you were there, and not pictured here, it's because I wasn't sure how you felt about having your image exploited on the internet.  And also because I've been working on this post for a long time and I'm hungry.

Oh Gosh, It Was FUN!  I can't stop saying "Thank You!" and thinking about how blessed we are in our families and friends.  

Best.party.ever.


Linking up with Jen on this post-party Friday.





11 comments:

  1. This is srsly...like....A MOVIE STAR PARTY! The stuff of legends. Absolutely fabuloso!!!!! Man. I need a time machine and go to there.

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  2. We all had so much fun, but I suspect, not as much as Fr. Dan! Deacon Dave was working way more than the arm! Thanks Uncle Julio for making your guest appearance, oh, and, definitely Adolf!

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  3. Happy birthday, Jessica! You have awesome friends!

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  4. I'm so jealous. And I have a special place in my heart for not only Johnny, but also that exact Coldplay song. Love it!
    So much to say. But mostly, "I WISH I HAD BEEN THERE!"

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  5. It was so much fun planning it! And yes, Fr. Dan was really getting into it! Glad you had a good time!

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  6. Ahhhh! Such a fun party! Happy birthday, Jessica and The Chef! Wish I could have been there. Even though that would have upped the Internet creep-factor by 1000%!

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  7. What a super, awesome party it looks like! Happy Birthday to you both!

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  8. You guys are the coolest and so of course, you must have the coolest friends! Can I just tell you how much I love the woman rockin' the arm thing with a BABY IN A SLING!?! She's my favorite! Are there any special instructions for the "arm thing"? What is the purpose or is it purposeless like the duck face?

    Happy birthday to you both! Now, do you two share a birthday or just a birthday month?

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    1. The arm thing is photography trick to make the upper arm appear thinner. Cheryl also taught md how "to smile but not squinch up the eyes" too. I can't always nail that one perfectly, but I've only gotten better since my wedding photos.

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    2. Jessica was the 7th, mine was the 4th. We were conceived on the same day.

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  9. I have waited ALL week for the post! So happy it was a success! Also, thourghly enjoy Yourr Chef's commentary as of late!

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Friday, May 17, 2013

7QT-Birthday Party Recap

1.

The Chef and I turned the big four oh this month, and were feted with the fiesta of our dreams.

2.

My friends are party planners extraordinaire.   Check out the decorations.  


3.  Check out the food!


Well, you can't see the food because the party goers are blocking the buffet.  It was an incredible spread, taco bar, chicken, beef, or carnitas, enchiladas, and all the trimmings.


Here's the dessert table.  There's a plate of chocolate chip cookies up there....THAT HAVE OREOS STUFFED INSIDE OF THEM!  There are chocolate brownies and margarita cupcakes, and a caramel coffee cake thingy that smelled muy delicioso, but I could not eat anymore.

4.  The Birthday Cake!


The host, dear friend of ours and pastor of the parish that let us party in the Youth Rooms, helped me cut the cake.


Yes, those are Holy Santos candles.  They were everywhere.  I got to bring them home, so I can recreate this bathtub scene if there ever is a live tweet of Napoleon Dynamite.




5.  The Music:  a DJ and a Band?!?!


My fun-loving brother-in-law, Patrick, spun all of Joan Baez's and Menudo's greatest hits until this happened.



It's not every birthday party that has a band show up and play a set of live original and cover music.  


Yes, The Great Whiskey Project was there.  They have recently recorded their first album.  You can check out a single they've just released here.  Below, you can watch/listen to their cover of Coldplay's Yellow as if Johnny Cash were covering it.  Brilliant.  




The lead singer is my extremely talented brother-in-law, Charley.  Other band members include family, friends, friends of the family, and family friends.  

I'm their number one fan.  Officially.  

Well, maybe not officially, but it should be official.  I mean, they crashed my birthday party.  If that's not official No. 1 Fan Sanctioning, then I guess I don't really know what the words "official"  or "sanctioning"  or "paradoxical" mean.

6.  The Booze!  I mean The Beverages!


That's my friend and party planner/baker/decorator/barkeep, Andrea.  And in front of her there are two vats.  One is full of margaritas and the other is full of sangria.  Not shown, in front of this table, are FIVE coolers filled with beer, water bottles, soda, beer, and more beer.  Andrea made sure that the "pretty cooler" was always front and center.

7.  More Friends


Here's me and my friend/partyplanner/decorator/photographer, Cheryl, and my friend Sara (with newborn), all doing the arm thing that Cheryl taught me.  Cheryl took all of the pictures except this one.


This is Kris and Carisa, also my besties, and party planners/decorators/cleaneruppers etc.  I know I missed out on lots of fun party planning meetings with these ladies.  We're going to have to have another party so I can help plan it too.



The guy in the middle, Tom aka Uncle Julio, was a little late, because he was still growing out the mustache he started in the am.



Those guys didn't know about the arm pose, but I'm getting the word out.



I had family there too!  Woot!  My lovely sister, Anne of Bazin Chronicles and her sweet husband Mark, came all the way from Houston, Texas to be with me at my birthday party.  I was terrifically surprised and got to spend Mother's Day weekend with them as well.  I am thrilled and blessed that they came.

Soon to be Deacon Dave, working the camera like a Versace runway model, minus the murse.

Julio and Adolf...or Chaplin, you be the judge.
Cheryl took lots more photos of the wonderful people who suffer us fools as friends.  So if you were there, and not pictured here, it's because I wasn't sure how you felt about having your image exploited on the internet.  And also because I've been working on this post for a long time and I'm hungry.

Oh Gosh, It Was FUN!  I can't stop saying "Thank You!" and thinking about how blessed we are in our families and friends.  

Best.party.ever.


Linking up with Jen on this post-party Friday.





11 comments:

  1. This is srsly...like....A MOVIE STAR PARTY! The stuff of legends. Absolutely fabuloso!!!!! Man. I need a time machine and go to there.

    ReplyDelete
  2. We all had so much fun, but I suspect, not as much as Fr. Dan! Deacon Dave was working way more than the arm! Thanks Uncle Julio for making your guest appearance, oh, and, definitely Adolf!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Happy birthday, Jessica! You have awesome friends!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I'm so jealous. And I have a special place in my heart for not only Johnny, but also that exact Coldplay song. Love it!
    So much to say. But mostly, "I WISH I HAD BEEN THERE!"

    ReplyDelete
  5. It was so much fun planning it! And yes, Fr. Dan was really getting into it! Glad you had a good time!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Ahhhh! Such a fun party! Happy birthday, Jessica and The Chef! Wish I could have been there. Even though that would have upped the Internet creep-factor by 1000%!

    ReplyDelete
  7. What a super, awesome party it looks like! Happy Birthday to you both!

    ReplyDelete
  8. You guys are the coolest and so of course, you must have the coolest friends! Can I just tell you how much I love the woman rockin' the arm thing with a BABY IN A SLING!?! She's my favorite! Are there any special instructions for the "arm thing"? What is the purpose or is it purposeless like the duck face?

    Happy birthday to you both! Now, do you two share a birthday or just a birthday month?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The arm thing is photography trick to make the upper arm appear thinner. Cheryl also taught md how "to smile but not squinch up the eyes" too. I can't always nail that one perfectly, but I've only gotten better since my wedding photos.

      Delete
    2. Jessica was the 7th, mine was the 4th. We were conceived on the same day.

      Delete
  9. I have waited ALL week for the post! So happy it was a success! Also, thourghly enjoy Yourr Chef's commentary as of late!

    ReplyDelete