the birthday celebration

i had so much fun planning our family party for my dad’s birthday. he knew we were celebrating, but he didn’t know to what extent.

i decided i wanted to do everything. joe and i hit the party store and bought lots of decorations and gag gifts, such as an old timer hat, a chicken that had “you’re no spring chicken” written on it, a 60 pin and an old timer driving kit. we had a banner, streamers and signs that one of my brothers helped us hang at my grandparents’ house.

i also made dinner for the family. i made the tomato and basil pasta that i love because my family has never had it. i also made homemade macaroni and cheese, regular pasta, cooked corn and brussel sprouts, and made a german chocolate cake. i had never made macaroni and cheese before — i’ve never needed to since i don’t eat cheese — so i’m glad it turned out so well. everyone thought the dinner was delicious.

there is a funny story that goes along with the cake. i had the two cakes covered with dish towels while they cooled so the cats wouldn’t get into them. i went home from work on friday to check on them, and after pulling the towel off the first saw two large paw prints in the middle of the cake. someone (a.k.a. dizzy) decided it would be fun to walk on the cake. it was hilarious. our cats always have to get into something. my family thought it was hilarious too. my parents have six cats and six dogs, so they’re used to animals getting into things.

for his present, i made my dad a mini scrapbook titled “60 things about my dad.” he loved it, as i knew he would. i just hope i made his birthday a little bit more special.

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