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Brandon’s Party

Brandon, Jason, Pat

I must confess, I had been feeling guilty.

All of my time has been going toward preparing for the National Stationery Show, and NOT toward Brandon’s party. I wanted to fix up the backyard (plants, flowers, furniture, lighting), make Martha-style decorations (giant paper 3D stars everywhere), bake a cake (from scratch), etc. I just couldn’t do it though. Too many nights with too little sleep. So much work to do and not enough of me to do it. Sometimes I put a little too much on my plate.

For Brandon's Birthday

Well, the weather did not cooperate. All of that backyard worrying was for naught, but 30 of us managed to fit in the house just fine. The house was clean (thank you, Brandon) and looked nice… even without the crafty decorations I had envisioned. And no, I didn’t bake the cake. Brandon’s mom ordered and picked it up from Oak Park Bakery, and it was delicious.

Happy 30th Birthday Brandon

Brandon’s mom also brought in a Slinky vase. You can move the coils around, and there’s a vase in the center to hold the flowers and water – it’s pretty cool. It belonged to Brandon’s grandmother!

Tulips in a Slinky Vase

Now I ask you, what party would be complete without children in masks and babies locking each other in cages?

Ross, I mean… The Terminator

Babies 'n Cages

Plus, I have a sneaking suspicion that we lucked out and got the best dog ever.

Murray, Dressed to Party

So, yes. A great party, everyone had fun, and we were happy to be surrounded by friends and family. I love my husband so much. Happy birthday, Brandon!

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  • Brie
    May 5, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    I have a tendency to dream really big when it comes to future party plans. I tend to also put too much on my plate! Don’t fret though… the party looked perfect! That slinky vase is cool! Happy Bday to Brandon!

  • Lili
    May 5, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    Happy Birthday Brandon!


  • Angela
    May 5, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Where can I find that super Happy Birthday banner? Does Pink Loves Brown carry it??

  • Caitlin
    May 5, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Happy Birthday Brandon!

    The place looked great and that slinky vase is AWESOME!!! :D

  • Kwana
    May 5, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    Looks like a lovely party. Happy birthday Brandon!

  • Stacy
    May 5, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    Happy Birthday to Brandon and that slinky vase is awesome.

  • luuve
    May 5, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    yeah! you gotta love cool grandparents! and he looked like he was having a good time minus all the martha stewart decorations :) i think parties are best when you have great friends and your favorite family over…and of course good cake! :) so yeah dont fret…

    looks nice..and he probably loves you and appreciates you more than YOU think :)

  • Jules
    May 5, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    Looks like you did a great job, Nicole. The slinky vase is awesome! :)

  • Silvia
    May 6, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Happy bday Brandon ! i wish your husband a lot of happiness and health which is the most important thing!
    Have a good day

  • Patricia
    May 6, 2008 at 5:29 am

    We gals who have the gift to make things lovely always try to do way more than God ever intended. Then Martha came along and raised that bar…! Well, my dear what a swell party! A slinky, what a wonderful toy, I mean vase!

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  • Jenny
    May 6, 2008 at 7:55 am

    happy birthday Mr Makingitlovely. Well done – looks like a nice, relaxed party! House looks v.nice.

  • brittanyzh
    May 6, 2008 at 8:08 am

    Where did you get the cute little doggie t-shirt???

  • Making it Lovely
    May 6, 2008 at 11:56 am

    The dog shirt was from Target ($5)! And Angela, the banner is by Martha Stewart (from Michael’s).

    Brandon appreciates the “happy birthdays”!

  • amy purple
    May 6, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    Please tell Brandon Happy Belated Birthday from us. The cake icing looks like string confetti – neato!

  • Jan
    May 6, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    You are truly lucky. And Brandon is lucky to have you, too.

  • Annemarie
    May 8, 2008 at 8:45 am

    Love the dog shirt! We just got one for my new puppy, too. And you are so right, no party is complete without children going nuts. They remind us to lighten up a bit.

  • John
    May 12, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Masks and babies in cages! That is really crazy! Love the pictures.

  • jj
    April 18, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Happy Birthday Brandon. I left the 30 life station 40 years ago so I’ve live thirty twice plus 10. Excuse me -I think I better sit down. I am tired.