Did somebody yell “BINGO”?

Gina Riley does a great job of putting together fund-raising events.  She is so good at it that she has to turn people away because there is no more room!  That was the case when she hosted a fund-raising Bingo game that benefits Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon.  It was a potluck too, so everyone brought finger food to share.  The theme was Civil War – not like American Civil War, but Oregon State University Beavers vs University of Oregon Ducks.  People came fully decked out with their costumes and their table decor.  They were also very generous to donate baskets full of raffle items. Thanks for all of the participants and their donations! Civil War Bingo 11-8-13 011 Civil War Bingo 11-8-13 013 Civil War Bingo 11-8-13 015

Happy First Birthday Emily!

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Cute as a bug that little Emily is! What a happy girl and her parents invited friends and family to help her celebrate her first Birthday!  Two older brothers with balloons kept her busy too.  Dad made the Owl themed cupcake display (Nice job Jay!). A super cute ‘smash’ cake for the guest of honor was part of the themed party decor1st birthday Emily 11-16-13 002 1st birthday Emily 11-16-13 0041st birthday Emily 11-16-13 003.

Dessert and Candy Buffets

Also known as candy bars or dessert bars, these tables full of goodies are becoming more popular for all types of events.  Not all people like cake, so it’s nice to offer an alternate dessert choice such as cookies, tarts, bars and fruit.  The kids (young and old) also love the Candy buffets.  Filled with sweets of all different sizes, shapes and colors.  When there is a dessert buffet set up for after a meal, I like to have it screened, then remove the screens surrounding it to show off the display of goodies – a sweet surprise, so to speak.  Make sure to have extra plates or bowls of goodies to re-stock from.

dessert bar with heart shaped tarts

dessert bar with heart shaped tarts

A great Roast Beef, mashed potatoes, salad, bread, green beans is topped off with rich desserts or luscious fruit

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Bud’s 80th Birthday Party

It was a good day for Bud.  His kids planned a (somewhat) surprise party for him.  Lots of grand kids too.  It was a beautiful day and folks could sit outside and enjoy the sunshine.  Highlights for the birthday party included a life-size cut out of the guest of honor.  (Reminded me of Duck Dynasty with full camo outfit and beard), lots of food, a song created and recorded about Bud, stories from family and friends. A yummy birthday cake made by granddaughter, shared photos and a slide show.

The bird hunting centerpiece were put together with a 3 sided jar, dried flower pods, a printed wrap around paper label that was placed on a parquet wood floor square, large silk leaf and a spring of pussy willows, with a small bird on the side.

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life size cut-out

life-size cut-out

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A Glowing 16th Birthday Party

Friends Jessie and Isaac had a combined 16th birthday celebration on Saturday, February 23rd.  The theme was dance, dance & more dancing!  Glow sticks, balloons, black lights, a live DJ, pizza, pop and birthday cake were all included.  There was even a Pinata in the shape of a gnome. I had just purchased a mirror ball and my good neighbor put it up for me, so they got to use that too.  Happy birthday to Jessie and Isaac!

Older brother is also the DJ for the evening

Older brother is also the DJ for the evening

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A Pig Out Birthday Party

Darreld and his wife live in Nebraska.  While they were visiting family in Lebanon, they threw him a birthday party.  Family and friends dined on BBQ dinner from Pig Out BBQ & Catering.  Darreld’s Birthday cake fit him just right with a farm theme.  Happy 78th Birthday! ImageImage

A special gift for your Valentine

I found this great idea that you could make for your beloved.  Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, it would be a very special gift to create.  Check out the tutorial at http://www.52reasonsIloveyou.com 52 Reasons I Love You

Happy First Birthday Kailey!

A petite little girl had a big First birthday party on November 25th.  The color theme was pink with black polka dots!  Kailey was dressed in a light pink with polka dot dress.  The cake also fit the theme.  Paper products enhanced the color scheme.  Everyone got freshly spun cotton candy, compliments of Kailey’s dad who made a bunch of the fluffy stuff.

1st Birthday Cake and 1st Birthday cupcake!

Surprise 90th Birthday Party for Lee

June was full of surprises – surprise anniversary parties and birthday parties.  Pat Ulm and family kept a secret that they were planning a birthday party from husband Lee until the very last moment.  The party went off without a hitch, friends and family gathered for a luncheon, cake and coffee.  To add to the mix, Pat’s sister, Vera, was also having a birthday about the same time so 2 birthdays were celebrated.  Happy birthday to them!

Quiceanera for Jennifer

Jennifer is a very lucky young lady.  Being the only girl in her family, her parents threw her a lavish 15th birthday party including live band, catered meal, limo, huge birthday cake, decorations in colors of Lime and Fuchsia and even a bouncy house outside for the kids! A large group showed up for the ceremony, live music and food.  Happy Birthday to Jenny!

Birthday cake for Jenny