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!