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.


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?


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




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?)


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.


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!!

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  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!

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