Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Happy birthday to someone special

We celebrate my husband's birthday this week--outdoors, since the weather is gorgeous.

Can you believe these agate swirl balloons cost the same as plain?

We picked up a few party favors for decoration. We can take this guide on our trip. Only 69-cents at the thrift store!

I used my "new" outdoor tablecloth and napkins, plopping a pillow in each chair for contrast. The leaf plates usually decorate the back of Elise's bookcase.

The fruit tart is a happy accident. The ricotta cheesecake baked flat as a flitter, with a texture more like custard. Paper thin orange slices and fresh blueberries to the rescue!

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

What did you serve for dinner, and how much did you spend? Just curious! I know you did it cheaper than a restaurant!

Amy said...

Beautiful, as always, Meredith! We celebrated my husband's birthday last night. We had an amazing dinner and then ended the evening with some yummy ice cream.

Can't wait to hear about the present!!

Meredith said...

The menu:

Mustard glazed pork loin ($2.50)
Fresh green beans ($1)
Wild rice ($2)
Lemonade (.25)

Fruit tart:
8 oz cream cheese
6 oz ricotta
5 eggs
1 cup splenda
lemon
blueberries
half an orange

= about $8? because the blueberries and ricotta were expensive. However, buying a sugar free dessert would have cost even more.

Tamara said...

Gorgeous, Meredith. And I'm sure the birthday boy felt very celebrated. I love the way the fruit tart came out looking like a sunflower!

TJ said...

Happy Birthday to your hubby! The decorations and dinner look wonderful! I've done the same with a cheesecake. No one complained a bit. I celebrate my birthday this week too. I'm going to have a special celebration and giveaway on my blog.

Can't wait to hear about the gift!

Domestic Accident said...

Happy Birthday to your husband and that cheesecake looks divine. The blueberries are making my mouth water.

Lyn said...

What a lovely birthday meal! Now really, who says you can't eat well on a budget??? That looks so lovely and it's making me want to attempt to take a bite out of my computer screen.

I applaud your frugality combined with style, very nice!

Jackie said...

That cheese cake looks so good. I think it is just right for a light dessert for a meal.

God bless.

Anonymous said...

As always just beautiful. I know your husband was so happy with the dinner. The cheese cake/tart looks so pretty. Just like a flower. You really have a talent. Thank you for sharing it with your blog 'friends' and your real friends and family. Roxie

Anonymous said...

As always just beautiful. I know your husband was so happy with the dinner. The cheese cake/tart looks so pretty. Just like a flower. You really have a talent. Thank you for sharing it with your blog 'friends' and your real friends and family. Roxie

Amy said...

The balloons are wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Do you have a special technique for your slicing? [I have admired it before.] Or just a sharp knife and ... patience?

Jora

Anonymous said...

And ... what happens if you leak it here? Does he snoop on the blog as his birthday approaches?

Jora

Rachel said...

Oh my goodness! I spotted those balloons up when I picked Addison up from school. I wondered what the occasion was. Tell your hubby Happy Birthday from all of us!!!

Anonymous said...

I have never seen balloons like that before - very cool!! Where did you get them?

Cyndi Lewis said...

Beautiful, Meredith... come live at my house, please!!!!!

Sniz said...

Yum, yum, yum and everything looks so pretty. Like a magazine page.