My sister–in-law is a truly phenomenal person. She will probably blush when she reads this but here are some words that come to mind when I think of her:
*creative*intelligent*kind*giving*fun*great sense of humor*lives for the moment*
She wears many hats as wife, mom, sister, daughter, teacher, friend — and more.
A few months ago, a little idea crept into my head: a riverside party to celebrate her birthday. One year she had a breakfast party by the river so I immediately thought dinner, dessert, and twinkling fairy lights.
When I approached my other super-savvy sister-in-law with the idea and this photo as our inspiration, the rest became history. Since several people have asked about the details, I thought I’d post them here.
Thank you all who played a role in the planning, organizing, cooking, chauffeuring, etc. This was such a treat to do and I can’t think of a more deserving person.
Without further adieu, here is a glimpse into our evening.
- Bunting: copies of pages of some of my sister’s favorite books, strung on garden twine
- Vases: old bottles from Granddad’s collection
- Flowers: black-eyed Susan and other wildflowers
- Poles: bamboo cut down from family property that we dug into the ground (you could also use buckets filled with sand)
- Glassware: assorted mason jars
- Lights: AGPtek LED Solar (from Amazon)
- Hanging Lantern: IKEA
- Dinner: a variation of these recipes (some gluten free): White Chicken Lasagna (Tasty Kitchen), Fettucine Alfredo (Wheat Belly Cookbook), spinach and strawberry salad, broccoli With Carter and Cavero Meyer Lemon Olive Oil, Whole Wheat Naan (Trader Joe’s), The Perfect Party Cake – Cupcakes (Brown Eyed Baker), Lemon Tart (Wheat Belly Cookbook.) Drinks: water, lemonade, and iced tea.
Am I missing something? Leave your question in the comments, and I’ll try to answer.
The beauty of this is that you can modify and improvise with your own personal touches. It really did not cost much as you can use what you and your party planners have around the home.