I love being able to throw parties to get my friends together and spoil them with good food. That was certainly the plan when I went to plan my birthday brunch this year.
Little did I know that my incredibly sweet, kind friends would turn the tables.
Half of the fun for me is setting up for a party. I decided to pick a few of my favorite things to decorate around.
Black and white damask:
And lots of warm, eggplanty-purple:
Cranberry coffee cake (recipe coming soon!):
Raspberry coffee cake:
Caprese skewers (inspired by Iowa Girl Eats):
Because it was a girls' brunch, I thought it would be fun to put out nail polish, magazines, and crafting materials. Friendship bracelets, anyone?
Morning glory muffins:
My wonderful friends surprised me with rainbow cupcakes with clouds and a pot of "gold" Hershey's nuggets at the end of the rainbow! What goes around comes around.
Nail painting is serious business.
Lots of laughter:
And one partied-out pup:
Thanks, friends, for the loveliest birthday a girl could ask for!