A surprise Birthday Party


This weekend was full of so much love. Many of our friends gathered to celebrate a dear comrade, Catherine’s golden birthday, and while it rained all about Canton, the wet stayed away until late, when none of us really minded getting a little wet.

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The party was a surprise, so we all met at the house about an hour before the birthday girl, decorating the street with chalk, donning silly moustaches, and preparing decorations and confetti poppers. Her reaction? “I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry!” Our reaction? “Do a cartwheel!” So, she did.

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Everybody brought cheese for grilling sandwiches, and I brought a cake I lovingly made for the special lady. We ate lots of food, drank lots of beer/wine, played a lot of games, and just generally had too much fun.

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After Catherine made a wish, it was pinata time. Yes, it was like a child’s birthday party, which partially added to the evening’s success. That, and the bubbles. And no, I don’t mean champagne. We’re not fancy enough for that. Just good ol’ fashion bubbles for blowing.

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17 Responses

  1. kelsie says:

    yall really know how to party. looks so fun!

  2. Ashlee says:

    Wow! I would do a cartwheel too if someone threw me an incredible party like this! You really have a way of capturing moments that is really just beautiful! Bubbles, pinata, and that yummy cake? Success! <3

  3. larissa says:

    Your parties always look like so much fun! The cake looked delicious!

  4. anastasia says:

    What an awesome birthday! Kids do “kid things” for a reason- coz theyre fun. That cake, btw, ridiculous. LOOKS SO GOOD.

  5. Virginie says:

    Bubbles and chalk are some of my very favorites too :)
    Virginie ?

  6. Just recently found and started reading your blog. Your photos are always perfectly gorgeous. Some of my favorite on the internet!

  7. Kelly says:

    Awww, what a lovely birthday party! Want to through me a suprise on for my 30th …? ;)
    Kelly @
    Elegantly Academic

  8. amanda says:

    Oh! It sounds like a perfect time. happy belated birthday to her!

  9. steffy says:

    i love surprise parties! this looks so warm, like you all are the best of friends :)
    Steffys Pros and Cons

  10. Aww, how fun! Great photos.

  11. Looks like such a fun summer party. You are great friends!

  12. Tabitha says:

    Wow. Photos are amazing. Looked like a very fun birthday party! Very intimate setting.

  13. Laura says:

    sounds like a lovely surprise birthday party! the pinata’s so cute and the photos amazing x

  14. Michelle says:

    sounds like an awesome group of friends and a great party! i’d be lying if i didn’t admit to being a wee bit jealous! you guys look like you had a blast :)

  15. Trude says:

    Looks like so much fun! Love the street chalk idea. :) And I love that last photo, so pretty!

  16. Chaucee says:

    what a special time! I love the decorations.

  17. I love the last shots the most from your friend blowing out her candles and lower. Too bad you didn’t post a cartwheel photo!