Thursday, April 5, 2012

A grown up birthday party

Two days after my official birthday, with my older two kids away (thanks Mom!), I threw myself an adult birthday party. The baby was upstairs sleeping, while 16 friends came over and enjoyed champagne, food, and dessert. I bought most of the food from a specialty market to keep everything extra easy for me. The only thing I made was smoked salmon deviled eggs, which are just deviled eggs with smoked salmon in them, so yummy, and they were all gone before the end of the night.


These are Trader Joe's frozen macarons. I had initially ripped out a recipe for making them at home, but decided that day to just buy them and make my life easier. It was a party after all. And we still had to clean up.


I love a good cheese plate. I even labeled each cheese by using place cards.


Scotch for the boys.



Champagne for everyone.



I love that we used our candelabras which haven't seen use in five years. Although, it looks a bit     Halloween-y in this picture.


Store bought Curry Chicken Salad in mini martini glasses.



Chicken liver mousse, I'm still swooning, it was that good.

The smoked salmon deviled eggs.

























And like any good party, here are the empty bottles at the end of the night.






I link to these awesome parties:
Sunday: I Heart NaptimeNifty Thrifty ThingsInspired HoneybeeNest for LessDelectable HomeIt's Overflowing  Monday:Between Naps on the PorchSumo's Sweet StuffThrifty Decor ChickAlderberry HillDebbie Doo'sHome Stories A to ZHome Savvy AtoZ , Tuesday: Coastal CharmTip JunkieMy Uncommon Slice of SuburbiaCarolyn's HomeworkMade in a DayOur Delightful HomeA Bowl Full of LemonsGet Your Craft OnKurtz Corner , Organize and DecorateNatural NestersWednesday: Savvy Southern StyleMommy SolutionsPower of PaintNewlyweds Recipe LinkySouthern Lovely , Home Happy Home Thursday: The Shabby Creek CottageMade in a DayHouse of Hepworthsthe 36th Avenue , Bloggeritaville Craft, Scrappy, Happy52 Mantels Friday: One Artsy MamaSerenity NowTatertots and JelloThe Shabby NestThirty Handmade DaysAddicted 2 DecoratingFunky Junk InteriorsFinancial FridayFurniture FridayAt the Picket FenceThe Rooster and the Hen

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42 comments:

Krystle @ Color Transformed Family said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Sounds like you had a wonderful party. The chicken curry salad looks delicious. I saw some mini martini glasses the other day at Pier 1 and have been thinking of ways I could use them. This would be a great way!

SSM said...

Happy Birthday Jessica!

Looks like a lot of fun!

Jean @ Flower Hill said...

Happy Birthday! Looks like such an elegant party!

Anne said...

Happy belated! That spread looks amazing!!

Happy Easter, too!

xox

Laura from Top This Top That said...

Oh my!! my kind of party! Love everything you were serving and drinking!
Happy Belated- when was your b-day?
laura

Erika . . . with a K said...

Looks like you had a great party. The food looks awesome. Hope you had a great birthday! Makes me wish I had friends just to throw a party!

Emily said...

Beautiful! Happy birthday!

momto8 said...

looks wonderful!!! happy birthday!!

Jessica @ HomewithBaxter.com said...

Yumm, looks delicious. Have any leftovers you want to share? :) Happy Birthday!

Christine @ Park House Love said...

Happy birthday!! The food spread looked great...I love macarons and that smoked salmon deviled eggs sound amazing. Also, great idea to put the chicken salad in martini glasses..very festive!

Becca said...

yay! Happy Birthday! It looks like a wonderful party- very chic!
xoxo Becca

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That all looks good and I bet it was fun. Happy birthday!

Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication said...

The true success of any party is the amount of empty bottles! Even though having leftovers that guests bring is always a plus too! ;)

Happy Birthday! :)

Olga@Stardust-Decor&Style said...

What a nice table you set up there! Wish I was invited! lol! Happy Birthday!

Eclectically Vintage said...

Happy Birthday!! Looks like a fabulous feast and of course no birthday is complete without champagne!

Cheers to you!
Kelly

Shiloh said...

Looks like you had a great party. Definitely some yummy food.:)

Bliss said...

OK, spill it..... the age and the recipe for the salmon eggs.

~Bliss~

Kelli said...

Great party! I love the chicken salad in the martini glasses..

Bake-A-Holic said...

I love entertaining. Your party looked amazing!

Candice Moretti said...

Happy belated birthday! Looks delicious!

Ashley Urke | Domestic Fashionista said...

I love the candelabras! They make everything look extra fancy and "grown up"! Looks like a lovely time! Happy birthday to you and to another blessed year!

Christine @ First Home...Love Life said...

Perfection! Simple yet elegant. Good food with great friends. I hope you drank that whole bottle of Chandon on your own {I know I would have} Happy Birthday :o)

Amy - while wearing heels said...

Happy Birthday. What a perfect way to celebrate. May all your birthday wishes come true :)

Fox Hollow Cottage said...

So glad you had such a lovely celebration for your birthday.
Nice to see you really enjoying your beautiful home =)

Tricia said...

Happy belated birthday!!!!!! Looks like a fun (and easy on you!) night!

makingitfeellikehome.blogspot.com

Sally said...

Happy Birthday! It looks like you had a great one!
Sally
loveofhomes.blogspot.com

Inspired by you said...

Looks like the makings of a great party! Hope you had a fabulous birthday!

Jen Migonis said...

Happy belated birthday! :) all i have to say is delish. I would love some chamange and that food right now. :)

Robin @ Happily Home, After said...

Jessica,

Some great buffet serving ideas here ... I really like the idea of the mini-martini glasses for the chicken salad ... talk about an upscale! I can see how wonderfully the kitchen island you designed works for an informal gathering of friends to sip, munch, and mingle ... great circulation flow. Happy be-lated birthday to a fellow early April girl :)

Robin
happilyhomeafter.blogspot.com

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

looks like a great party!Love the candleabras and the martini glasses,
happy birthday,
lauren

Gwen @ The Bold Abode said...

How totally AWESOME... I'm doing this for my 40th in July... no one else will..hahaha!!!

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

looks like an awesome party- happy birthday!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a wonderful party!

Kelly @ View Along the Way said...

Love the candelabras - looks like a fantastic party! Next time, save me some macaroons (and champagne)! :)

Maria said...

What a beautiful looking party! I didn't know that Trader Joe's sells the macaroons!

nicolette @ momnivore's dilemma said...

Happy belated! Your spread looks lovely...now I'm craving smoked salmon deviled eggs.

It goes to show, presentation is key. Store-bough goodies dolled up in a martini glass totally work!

I didn't know TJ's had macaroons {those typically are GF}...hmmm.

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

Fun! Happy, Happy belated Birthday! You know, I never saw curry chicken salad before I moved here and I absolutely LOVE it. How fun in the martini glasses. Cheers to your birthday...now I want champagne. :)

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

Happy Belated Birthday!!! Everything looks beautiful and I love those candelabras! Chicken Liver Mousse...hmmm!? LOL! I'll take your word on that one! Glad you had a fun celebration!

XO, Aimee

Katalina Jewelry said...

Love your grown up birthday party ideas! I never would have thought to put the salad in martini glass...it looks so pretty and sophisticated! Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Overflowing with Creativity's party.

Michelle said...

Looks like you can throw a damn good party going by those empty bottles :) I love the food laid out it all looks so beautiful, the candelabras are a great touch, not halloweeny at all!

Michelle @ Michelles Tasty Creations said...

Wow, this looks like a great party! I would love for you to share this and any other posts at my link party. http://www.michellestastycreations.blogspot.com. I found you at Sundae Scoop Link Party.

Hugs,
Michelle

Tisha said...

My favorite part of this post is that you threw YOURSELF a party! That's kind of how it works at my house too :) I love all your little foods - some fun inspiration for the next time my birthday comes around. Thanks for linking up!

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