Nick’s birthday party was so much fun!
We ended up having 15 people, 4 dogs, and 1 baby at the house, and even though the afternoon started with some rain, the skies cleared out and gave us a great afternoon to cook out, hang out, and play games.
Our old house was really small and didn’t have a yard that worked well for entertaining, so Nick and I didn’t have many get togethers at our place.
But since our new house is bigger and has the porch and a somewhat level yard, we knew we wanted to throw a birthday cookout and have our friends over.
And the Foodbuzz + Cost Plus World Market party promotion they were doing this month worked out perfectly! World Market has such great outdoor entertaining items (plus all kinds of other things for your house). I was finally able to get things to entertain and we actually have a place to store it.
One of the best things I’ve learned from watching too much Food Network is to have your guests bring things to contribute – especially if it’s the first few times you’re having a party at your house. It’s less stressful for you and it lets your guests get involved, too.
Nick and I had some beer, sparkling water, and tea and had everyone bring some other drinks to contribute.
Our table was almost overflowing – and I’m sad we don’t have any leftovers.
We had broccoli salad, a mixed green salad, an asparagus/tomato/mozzarella salad, spicy pasta salad, chips, and some homemade dumplings.
Plus the cake. I’m so excited that my layer cake actually turned out well!
It started out by overflowing in the oven on Thursday night and burning to the coil…so I was a little worried.
But I finally made a cake with even and straight layers, despite the messy beginning.
A sink full of dirty dishes and a cake that’s almost gone = sign of a good party.