2.25.2009

surprise!






we had a surprise birthday party for gina bina on saturday. it was not an easy undertaking-but somehow no one spilled the beans! lisa had gone outside to see if she'd be able to spot their car when they came down the street and lo and behold-there were brad & gina in. the. driveway. lisa was quick on the fly and said she was watching for her babysitter to come, but that didn't give the rest of us any preparation. so there we all were, standing around munching when the birthday girl walked in through the backdoor. it was awkward. and surprising for everyone. after about five seconds of stupified grins and silence, we managed to get a "surprise" out. then gina cried. mission accomplished!

*thanks to lisa for thinking of it and making it happen. and thanks to the rest for bringing yourselves and the food-it was all SO good.

*OH, and thanks to gina for coming-sure wouldn't have been a pary without you or your purple shirt! i still can't believe you wore purple...!



and, of course, i had to throw in a photo of the dessert spread i made (with the help of my mom-who was in town-post on that to follow). yummmmm...

16 comments:

Tuttles said...

Good times! Great job on the party planning and especially the deserts! You guys are so awesome!

gina bina said...

Oh lizzy, you are one step ahead of me! I seriously don't think I could have been more surprised, unreal. I love you!

jill said...

Those desserts look delish. And was this at your house? If so, your kitchen is adorable. Love the paint, cabinets and the chandelier!

{lizzythebotanist} said...

jill- i wish! this was at lisa's house-who had the money and talented-enough husband to do exactly what i'd do to my kitchen if i had the money and...isn't it beautiful?

Chocolates for Breakfast said...

very impressive dessert table..you are amazing!

+L said...

see. THIS is why i need to be close to friends. when have i ever had a surprise birthday party? NEVER. boo. and holy crap- you are master baker. that spread of desserts is making me salivate. mmmm yummm.

bulkleybunch said...

i'll keep the picture of my birthday cake mishap on the dl wouldn't want to tarnish your reputation!!!!! nice spread!!! i'm impressed. happy birthday gina! looks like it was a huge success.

{lizzythebotanist} said...

rude, hol! that cake mishap was as much deb deb's fault as mine AND it wasn't my recipe. i'll make up for it next year. plus it's hard to screw up rice krispies and oreas. although i will say the cake & frostings (from scratch) nearly killed me. notice the wrappers falling off the cupcakes. lesson learned: fill them more.

{lizzythebotanist} said...

wait-and didn't i make you that awesome deep dark chocolate cake with ganache for your birthday two years ago? give me some credit! ;)

Two Wheeler said...

Great work Liz, and good job helping me keep it a secret. Big thanks to Lisa too! It was great to see everybody there

bulkleybunch said...

my tail between my legs(is that how you show remorse?) i thought it was a cute little joke! you know i'm super impressed with all your skillz! :) and have benefited many times from your delicious treats! well, benefited on the taste bud level, my rear end may beg to differ.

Alifinale said...

Surprise parties are fun - love that everyone got surprised. Looks like fun and oh so yummy!

kaysi and nick fox said...

that cake looks so delish!!! where do i sign up?! i just want some of the frosting for pete's sake!! haha. oh and whoever's kitchen that is...im in love!! i love the blue walls, the chandelier, the stools!! everything!! its beautiful!!!

Jewels said...

Are you kidding me with that dessert spread?? You must spill your secrets. Spill! Email me! Those cupcakes look divine...

Melissa said...

What??? Where's dessert for the pregnant lady. Those look fabulous. Throw your mom a kiss from me.

Holly and Matthew said...

All I have to say is.... You're AWESOME! You are so talented. If there is something Liz can't do already... she will figure it out and do it eventually. That's just LIZ... AMAZING! I love learning from you! :) :)