Birthday Brunch

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A couple of weeks ago we celebrated my mother-in-law’s 60th birthday with a brunch party.

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Marcia decided that for her birthday, she wanted to thank all her friends and family for being a part of her life.  She even asked that no one get her a gift but donate to a family charity instead.

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Brunch was a lot of fun.  Matt’s family was there, my parents, and most of Marcia’s friends that I have gotten to know over the last zillion eight years.  Several people made speeches, including Matt’s almost-91-year-old grandma.  That is her below with the red hair.  Pretty incredible, huh?

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I’m not big on making speeches, especially when it comes to emotions.  I bring desserts instead:-).

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On the menu: Yellow Cake with Chocolate Icing (per request), Peanut Butter and Jelly Regelach, Salted Caramel Butter Bars, and Triple Chocolate Cookies.  Each guest also got a favor I put together: Fudgy Caramel Brownies (no nuts) and Black and White Blondies.  I wish I had gotten a photo of the favors!

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(Please excuse my shiny forehead, powder anyone?)

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Oh, and did I mention my mom’s perfect touch to the dessert table?  How gorgeous are these pink tulips.  They added the perfect pop of color to the table and to our room.

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No recipe today, but Friday’s is a good one!

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12 Responses to “Birthday Brunch”

  1. Nicole, RD April 4, 2012 at 6:55 am #

    That cake looks amazing…as do those tulips! :) So pretty!

  2. thelittleloaf April 4, 2012 at 7:07 am #

    She is a very lucky lady! I always thinks desserts are the best present to bring to any party, and yours look gorgeous :-)

    • admin April 4, 2012 at 8:12 am #

      Thank you!

  3. Joanne April 4, 2012 at 7:42 am #

    This makes me wish I were your mother-in-law. Is that weird? But seriously, could she ask for a more awesome (or cuter) daughter-in-law? Methinks not. Everything looks delicious!!

    • admin April 4, 2012 at 8:11 am #

      LOL

  4. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic April 4, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    I made yellow cake with chocolate icing for my birthday too! It’s the perfect cake for me :)

  5. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite April 4, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    what a wonderful brunch! and the desserts look like perfection :)

  6. Marcia L April 4, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

    Thank you Lauren! The desserts and party favors were delicious and beautiful! They added warmth and a personal touch to the brunch! I am a very blessed Mom and Mom-in-law! You are a special, beautiful and talented woman! I love you! Marcia

  7. Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family April 4, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

    The cake looks delicious indeed and as I was looking at the pictures the tulips caught my eye and I thought they were the perfect accompaniment.

  8. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts April 4, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    Looks like a wonderful brunch. So nice to celebrate by thanking people for being in your life, I love that!
    Love the new site too, it looks very professional and wonderful!

  9. Mark Lilling April 4, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

    Your baking was wonderful at the brunch and at all events that you attend. This was a wondereful family moment and your cakes and baking added your special touch to the brunch. My favorite was the birthday cake. I love you very much.
    Love – Mark

  10. claire @ the realistic nutritionist April 5, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

    That cake looks amazing!