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A Birthday garden party.

So last Saturday we celebrated my husband´s 40iest birthday with a big garden party. Since I turn 40 this year too but my birthday is right before christmas (and nobody is really interested in attending a birthday party then) we decided to go big with my husband´s birthday and invited both of our families, friends and half the village. So now I have an excuse to skip my birthday entirely...wise choice since I won´t be doing anything like this again soon! Turns out throwing a party for 60 people is quite a task; smallish nervous breakdowns and sleepless nights included.

Anyway, happy to report it all went well, even fabulous if I say so myself. The weather cooperated nicely (oh the anxiety I had about the weather), we had lots of help from family so everything went smoothly (thank you!!!), most people showed up and I think everyone had a good time. As for the set-up, we borrowed simple tables and benches from our neighbors and bought those fabulous paper tablecloths that totally look and feel like fabric. I think the blue looked so nice in my mostly-blue garden!

We had a big barbecue together with lots of salads, breads and cheeses followed by a massive amount of cake and while I was super nervous that we wouldn´t have enough food, I have been eating leftovers for the past three days...of course. By the way this carrot salad is such a crowd pleaser. It used to be in that empty white bowl... 9 pounds of carrots gone in a minute!

Also I bought two sets of string lights (these) and I love love love them. They´ll stay up all summer.

All in all, very happy with how it went. Now I need a holiday though. Ha!

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Reader Comments (10)

Looks like it was beautiful! The key to entertaining is to provide the necessities, but to always remember, your guests are there to see you and have a good time with you. Nothing has to be perfect for people to have a good time.

May 31, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJessB

Oh wie herrlich!! Und den Salat sollten wir mit auf unser Menü nehmen! Absolut mein Geschmack!! Genießt das Andenken an diesen schönen Tag! Und alles Gute von mir natürlich auch noch!!

May 31, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSusanne

It certainly looks like it was a great succes your party and congratulations!
With 40 life begins so enjoy it!
The lights look so romantic!
Thank you for the carrot salad recipe!

Hope you have a few quiet days!

May 31, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterInkie

Wow...everything looked wonderful, I am so happy that you had such good weather and got to show off your lovely garden, you both have worked so hard on the garden and house..congrats on turning 40...its not so bad!!!xx

May 31, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

Everything does look amazing! And thanks for the string light hint, I was researching like already and now, I can easily get those beauties myself.

June 1, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterannton

Happy belated birthday to BOTH OF YOU!
Congratulations for a nice party... for 60 persons! Huh! We're organizing summer party for kids, by inviting max 10 kids every year. I wouldn't think about having that number multiplied by 6. So, well done!

June 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterVioleta

Everything looks spectacular. Everything! I love so many things about your garden, and right now I'm especially loving the color of paint you chose for the doors and shutters on the brick building. And the color of the porch railings! Did you ever say in a post? Would love to know.

June 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Thank you all!

JessB - technically I know this, but I just can´t help myself!

Anna - thank you so much! As for the paint colors, the white is just a creamy white from our local hardware store and the blue is a custom color from German hardware store OBI. So not very helpful if you´re not in Germany I´m afraid! The railing is painted in "OSMO Landhausfarbe" in "Anthrazitgrau" which is RAL 7016 I believe.

June 1, 2016 | Registered CommenterKatrin

So beautiful, Katrin. I love garden parties and your garden is an amazing place to be. Best wishes to you both! PS. I understand your anxiety in anticipation, we had a wedding party in my parents' garden :)

June 2, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMalgorzata

Alles wunderschön und geschmackvoll und so hübsch! Ich bin sicher das war ein super Fest. Alles Gute auch noch sehr nachträglich.
Und der Möhrensalat... ist hier eingeschlagen! Sehr guter Tipp! Danke.

June 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAntje

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