Today we celebrated Hannah's 30th birthday with a surprise luncheon! Oh, what fun it was to plan a special time to honor her for all the hard work she consistently does around the house! And...I think we pulled it off! She was surprised!Sarah and I started early this morning getting the house and meal prepared for our guests. Hannah had been given specific instructions not to come downstairs for breakfast because Sarah wanted to get all the decorations and streamers up and the table settings in place for the eight guests that would be arriving.
To keep Hannah upstairs, we told her that we would bring breakfast up to her...pumpkin waffles! A great leftover to pull out of the freezer for a special birthday when time was tight with other cooking!
Sarah's theme was blue and white, snowmen, and snowflakes. Perfect for a January birthday! Here are a few photos of the table settings using the blue snowman plates, blue and white snowflakes hanging from the chandelier, snowflake place tags and snowflake napkin rings, and a fabric birthday banner: Sarah made the birthday banner from some old fabric and by tracing letters from the computer and attached it to the pie safe: Here are the decorations in the nook area adjacent to the kitchen. Sarah made the fleece snowman table runner, and the January plaque was made by a friend as a Christmas gift this year to our family. I'm looking forward to using all the different holiday plaques that she included. Thank you, Chris! Sarah's menu for the luncheon was: Panera Bread's Broccoli-Cheese Soup served in an Italian bread bowl, fruit, and parfaits (yogurt/fruit/granola) for dessert.
Has anyone tried making bread bowls and what's your secret? Sarah lamented that hers turned out looking more like bread plates rather than bowls: The bread in the center is pulled out to form a cavity, brushed with oil, and popped back into the oven to firm up a bit. All went well with that part of the recipe, but the "bowls" just didn't seem large enough to hold much soup.
While Sarah was busy in the kitchen, I was quietly greeting the girls who had tiptoed in the back door to surprise Hannah. Once everything was in place and all the guests had arrived, Sarah called Hannah down for lunch.
Here's Hannah just arriving downstairs and seeing all the pairs of eyes in the living room looking at her and hearing shouts of "Surprise!" and Happy Birthday being sung to her. She couldn't believe everyone was there because she hadn't heard a thing! Yes! Our plan worked! Everyone loved surprising her, and she went around hugging each guest and thanking them for coming: And more hugs: As the girls were going through the buffet filling their bread bowls with soup, Sarah was busy getting out real bowls so everyone could get a decent serving. In this photo you can also see the parfaits sitting on the counter: Sitting around the table on one side: And sitting around the table on the other side:Here's a final photo below of the group of girls who came for Hannah's birthday. Thank you everyone for making Hannah feel special today! While the girls were having fun at our house, I was just down the road having lunch and fellowship with a couple of the other moms who had daughters attending. So I think all of us enjoyed a special day out!
Once everyone left for home, Sarah and I started making the main meal for Hannah's birthday dinner. But who wanted to think about more food??
Hannah's birthday selections this year: Philly Cheese Steak Pizza with homemade Naan, Cumin Lime Chickpeas, and Chocolate Magic Custard Cake. Everything turned out delicious, and the day was a success!