Mom's Birthday

In our household, it's been birthday week for Mom. Monday was her actual birthday and she requested the old favorite, Cracker Barrel, for her birthday dinner. Sometimes we can't decide what our favorite part about Cracker Barrel is: loads of comfort food or the country store. We vote BOTH!

I wanted this birthday to be special. I had missed out on two big birthdays with her (50th and 60th) along with all the ones in between (see blog posts: and ). This year has been a rough one for us all but in terms of my situation, if it wasn't for my mom, I'd be homeless and with no support. Without her, I don't know where I'd be.

Mom had requested a beach inspired cake that she had seen on Facebook. She's a beach lover and especially enjoys visiting the Outer Banks of North Carolina with all their conch shells that wash up on shore and the herds of wild horses. So I set to work on a beautiful yet simple beach themed birthday party.

The color theme I chose, was pink, green and gold. For the cake, I used classic yellow cake and vanilla frosting (so that it could be dyed). I bought simple white shells (some with pink coloring) for the topper and dyed the frosting a light mint green. For the table setting I used, pale pink, dainty, plastic plates, gold cutlery, tropical plant napkins, mint green chevron striped paper straws, cut glass teacups and saucers and small glass tumblers. I used shells (most of which we found on the OBX) to decorate the table. As party favors, each person got a shell from one of our trips to the Outer Banks. I used a dark green tablecloth (which unfortunately I didn't have the energy to iron #spoonie) to make the tablescape pop! But even the wrinkles reminded me of the patterns in the sand where the waves wash up (good save? No?).

To finish off birthday week and officially start our Christmas decorating, we're heading out to get a tree this weekend! I can't wait for so many more celebrations with my family in the years to come!

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