Friday, May 31, 2013

Golden Birthday Recap!

Ever since I came back from the States earlier this month, it's been one thing after another. Last weekend however, was the big event of the month: Steven's Golden Birthday! (He was turning 27 on the 27th of May) I should preface this birthday recap with Steven and I have opposite approaches to birthdays: I love celebrating them (others, not my own) and he is a no-fuss, no-frills kind of celebrant. So this year, especially with a big trip planned this summer, he especially didn't want to do much. He agreed to one small birthday dinner on Sunday, since his birthday fell on a Monday, and I got a post-work celebration the day of.

If he gives me a small in, I'll take it! A couple of our close friends came over for dinner and ended up staying the night, since they had a wedding to attend the next day in The Hague and I instructed Steven to stay upstairs all afternoon while I prepped for the "party".

Italian-themed menu included:
Cocktail hour: warm snack (puff pastries stuffed with herbed brie cheese and sundried tomato)+ a cold snack (Canadian smoked salmon with creme fraiche and dille) made by my good friend Christine
1st course: Caprese salade with toasted pine-nuts and homemade basil pesto
2nd course: Spaghetti with two choices of sauce: bolognese (birthday boy favorite) or a The Best Spaghetti Sauce You'll Ever Have (this recipe
Dessert: Homemade tiramisu with candles, of course!

I also decorated the kitchen with some fun colors and made little placecards for everyone. (Sidenote: I made the greetings in Dutch - my writing is getting better everyday!) The meal came together great, much to my relief, I'm always nervous about multiple courses and keeping everything hot and everyone's wine glasses full!

The night ended in the wee hours in the morning, drinking the last of the prosecco and dancing in the kitchen to old music before finally heading to bed around 1:30am.

Not my typical bedtime for a Sunday night but I was so happy that Steven spent the first hours of his 27th birthday surrounded by people who love him, full of his favorite foods and great memories :)

Happy 27th Birthday, my love!

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  1. It all looks delicious!

  2. What fun! Happy birthday to Steven!

  3. What sweet details! Happy Birthday to him!