The party for my pop wasn’t exactly something you would see in a spread for Martha Stewart, but rather somewhere in the pages of the free periodicals they give away at grocery stores where they don’t mind if you’re not wearing shoes! The darn wind thwarted our efforts at more elaborate decorations, but I think we made Tim Gunn proud and “made it work!” Besides it kept all those West Nile Mosquitoes at bay.
We had the original intention of setting up a backdrop for guests in the main area of the lower deck (mostly for lighting reasons), but the aforementioned wind made us change plans. But it just so happened that the cabin we rented had an outdoor shower that transformed into the perfect photo booth. With lots of decorations, lights, props, and a heavy flash it made for some really funny shots. I actually think it worked out better to be in the enclosed space because it allowed folks to feel a little more free to be silly.
Really, I guess you can’t go wrong with classic marble cake (with chocolate butter cream frosting), a delicious fish fry (with caught-and-cooked-by-my-pop-fish), live music, lots of alcohol, and a photo booth! At this Texas-sized birthday bash we ate, drank, danced and laughed until we could no more — sounds like a success to me (apologies to the neighbors!)