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Mom’s Birthday Party

by | Food


Sorry for the somewhat sad and slightly downer post from yesterday – we just got back from a great weekend, it was a back-to-work Monday, and being asked if you’re pregnant didn’t add to the post-vacation blues.  I had a bit of a self-esteem moment.  But, like I said, it was a great weekend (minus the preggo bit), and here are some pictures of what we were up to.  My sister and I threw my mom a birthday bash!  It was a ton of work, and the kitchen was going going non-stop until the very last minute, but it was totally worth it.  My family came, as well as several of my mom’s old school friends – even elementary school friends!  Talk about some serious friendships!

Good food, good company, good times!

I basically “designed” the look of this party using Pinterest.  If you’re a follower of mine on Pinterest, you would have seen a board filled with drink ideas, circle garland ideas, and appetizer ideas.  I had grand plans for the tablescape, and if you had asked me last Wednesday how it was coming along, I would have sounded a bit worried/resigned – my grand plans don’t always turn out grand.  BUT – it did this time!  There was definitely a bit of extemporizing and some last minute change of plans, but I love the way everything turned out!

birthday party spread

The most popular of the appetizers was the Shrimp salad on Belgian Endive leaves – it was light and refreshing and a quick bite (inspiration).  Check out the awesome milk bottles I found at Home Goods!  I’ve been craving these bottles as they remind me of la carafe d’eau from France.  Anyways, it’s filled with a sparkling strawberry lemonade (inspiration).  Yum!  The centerpiece was inspired by this pin, but I ended up using live tulips in pots, since my mom wanted to be able to plant them afterwards.  I had bought a circle cutter, and found a scalloped punch on clearance at Joann’s, so I put together little menu placecards.

birthday party goodies

The plastic utensils were from Target, and they just sat in some mason jars embellished with a bit of ribbon.  I bought the striped straws from Etsy.  The jam sticks were twisted puff pastry jam sandwiches (inspiration), and the brussel sprouts with prosciutto were also a fan favorite (inspiration)!

birthday party decorations and accessories

The circle garlands were cut from cardstock with a variable circle cutter and sewn together (inspiration), and NO, I didn’t make that cake!  (Are you kidding me?  I can cook, but I can’t bake!)  It was ordered from Chocol8 Kiss, a local bakery, and it was DELICIOUS!  I also ordered a huge tray of Pad Thai from a local chef, then provided a sort of “Pad Thai bar” full of condiments to put on the Pad Thai, like cilantro, bean sprouts, basil, scallion and limes.  The bowl in the middle was eventually filled with some potent chinese hot sauce.  My sister (the baker) made some pizza puffs using mini muffin pans (inspiration).  She also made the cupcakes (inspiration).

birthday party

This is the food table.  My parents made everything except the Pad Thai.  There was Chinese Mustard with Shitake Mushrooms, Chicken Chassuer, a grilled pork loin, and Ham-wrapped Asparagus spears.  Are you drooling yet?

pad thai toppings bar

Don’t mind the garbage can in the shot.  Can you tell?  I wasn’t really paying a whole lot of attention, just trying to take as many pictures as possible before the guests arrived!

birthday party desserts

There’s our little family!  Big J is sporting his matching bowtie and suspenders that I ended up hand-finishing because I ran out of time.

I hope you enjoyed this feast for the eyes.  Just going through the pictures again makes me hungry!  I’ll provide separate posts with some recipes and simple tutorials for the little crafts I made, but it was really very simple (a little time consuming), thanks to Pinterest!

If you have any questions, drop me a line, but just make sure I have a way to contact you!


  1. Kristen @ Celebrate Every Day With Me

    Your tables look gorgeous and the food . . . well, let’s just say I would like to be invited to your next party! I love all your appetizer presentations. Stopping by from Tip Junkie.

  2. ~Damita's Pretty Wrap~

    Pretty Birthday Party!! All the food looks yummy too! 🙂
    Have a lovely day!
    ~Smiles, HOlly


    Great presentation! The food all looks so yummy!!

  4. Jane

    Oh my gosh! This couldn’t be any more fabulous! Jane

  5. Shooting Stars Mag

    how adorable. It looks like everything turned out great. these posts always make me hungry.

  6. Tamsyn

    Gorgeous!! I love how you styled all of the food 🙂

  7. Lish

    Oh my gosh, that food looks to die for!!! What a gorgeous tablescape too, so pretty!

  8. Jen

    Gorgeous! I pinned you.

  9. Mama Jodi

    Everything looks absolutely fabulous. Good work on making everything special.

  10. Rachel

    Look at all those good eats! I need to take tips from you when I plan my next party. Thanks so much for linking up to Terrific Tuesdays.

  11. Onna

    Wow! Everything is so beautiful! And looks delicious!

  12. Witha

    Very beautiful party!

    Visiting from Friday Linky Party
    Witha @

  13. Renewed Upon a Dream

    Wow that party table looks amazing. I totally want a cupcake now!

  14. cheapcraftymama

    That looks amazing and all the food looks exceptionally delicious! Thanks for sharing at Pin It and Win It Wednesday!

  15. Anji*

    What a gorgeous party! All the food looks really delicious, I’m definitely drooling! I think my favourite little touch is the clothes pegs used to hold the food labels 🙂

  16. Erin (Out on a Limb)

    Just found your blog via your link up at Simply Klassic Home. What a fantastic party you threw! The food looks delicious and your presentation, so pretty. Beautiful job!

  17. Jenny @ The NY Melrose Family

    I’m so glad you shared this at Whimsy Wednesdays! I love all the detail that went into the party.

  18. Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon

    What a beautiful party! You guys thought of every last detail! Your mom must have really felt loved that day. Thanks for sharing it with us!

    Take care,


  19. Debra Kapellakis

    Beautiful! thank you for sharing

  20. Emily Morgenstern

    Oh man, I love a good party! These details are amazing!! I love everything about it!

    I featured you today!


  21. Kristin @ Simply Klassic Home

    Beautiful party, Chiwei! You did a fabulous job!!

    Thanks for sharing at Simply Klassic!

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