Not only did we get to go climbing with Kelly and Yann, AND celebrate their wedding, but we ALSO got to celebrate Kelly's birthday! You may have heard a lot about Kelly on this blog. Allow me to explain: Kelly is the kind of person you would love to be friends with. She is a beautiful, kind, adventurous person. When she climbs she is extremely focused and totally fearless. She is a ball of energy, genuinely cheerful, and makes everything we do together fun. She is also has a delicate side, and is very thoughtful and giving. Combine this with the fact that she is stylish, a great cook, and appreciates a good IPA and you have a universally awesome friend. (Also, she and Yann have an amazing apartment in Paris.) I considered it a privilege to throw her birthday party out at the farm.
Unfortunately in the midst of hosting the party, I completely forgot to take pictures. So here are the few I did take, and I'll hope some others took more photos than I did!
Keeping with Kelly's wedding theme and the style of our house, I went for a farm chic decor. I made a bunch of table runners out of blue and white ticking, as well as some coordinated seat cushions and a bench cover. I used some fabric scraps to make twine garlands all throughout the house. I also printed some photos from the reception and displayed them on twine with clothes pins, as well as various other places in the house.
I also sewed a banner out of the ticking, and re-used the signs I made for the reception in the house and on the deck. (I gathered these up afterward. You get the idea!)
Most of the party took place out on the sunny front deck and in the garden.
It was fun to have so many little ones at the party. Alicia's oldest even asked if he could stay for a slumber party. I took it as the highest compliment.
Per our typical party protocol, we set up the slackline. (Kelly shows us how it's done- with her usual grace and style.)
Then it was time for the official Happy Birthday song (you can't get out of it, even when you turn 30)...with sparklers!
For dessert I made a black- & blueberry cobbler, with vanilla ice cream. Sarah also roasted some strawberries and Amanda brought a batch of her famous brownies. Decadent. And I didn't even mention all the other food we consumed (feta-spinach-chicken brats, veggie kabobs, home grown green bean salad, delicious cheeses, fruit salad, green salad, awesome spicy pasta salad ala pete), or the s'mores we made on the bonfire for second dessert. For Kelly.
In true farm style, we had a good old fashioned camp-out with our trusty Lovedog mobile and tents in the yard, and finished off the party with a blackberry pancake breakfast the next morning, and a farewell to Kelly & Yann.
Kelly, I hope you have a fabulous birthday (TODAY!). We loved celebrating with you. I can't wait to see you again soon, whatever and wherever the adventure might be.