So, last year all the plans that I made for DB’s birthday weekend went awry due to his work schedule. It was so frustrating, so this year I vowed that nothing would thwart the celebration of the big 3-3 for him! Plus, we had so much to celebrate this year–what with his recent departure from a job that his heart wasn’t in and his recent relocation to the peach state and all! We were in a partying frame of mind.
A few months back I contacted his mom, dad and brother to see if they would be up for helping me pull off a surprise weekend for him. Being the wonderful people that they are, they were, so we began our plotting. I was so pleased with how the entire weekend played out–it was one surprise after another for him. Just when he thought all the surprises were finished…BAM…another one came along. I live for stuff like that. It made me (and more importantly him) so very happy. Here is how the weekend went down…
DB’s parents were flying in from Baton Rouge and his brother was coming in from Houston. I kind of botched the initial surprise plan because I was so preoccupied getting things for his party later that night. The original story was that we were meeting some of my “friends” that I wanted him to meet for lunch at a place in the neighborhood, but then I realized we would get to the restaurant and he would see my parents/brother…so I changed course and told him that my “friends” had to cancel, but my parents had been shopping in the area and wanted to meet us (coincidentally, at the same restaurant…how CONVENIENT), but he went with it and didn’t ask too many questions. I was grateful for that.
ADDED BONUS: One of DB’s closest friends from West Point + family were driving through Atlanta that day for other reasons (he was coming in town for the final four, while his wife and three young boys were headed on to Hilton Head). DB kept saying he was going to have to leave lunch to go and pick up his friend, meanwhile I had been in touch with said friend and knew that he was going to meet us at the lunch spot. This is the only place in the entire surprise process where things got a little hairy because DB could not understand why I was borderline dismissive of the notion that he might have to go and pick up his friend. LOLs were shared when the real plan was revealed, so all was well.
In the middle of lunch his mom, dad and brother walk into the restaurant. SURPRISE # 1…your family is here to celebrate your birthday with you! I think he was surprised and I was happy that at least one of the proverbial cats was out of its proverbial bag.
Surprise # 2 was initially intended to be a surprise, but ended up being too difficult to keep under wraps. I had planned on throwing him an actual surprise party with friends and family at my house that Saturday evening, but then I realized it would be pretty tricky to pull off a party at a house where he was staying. The “surprise” part of Saturday evening was really that he didn’t know who all was coming and that I potentially went a little over the top in the details of the party (i.e. until recently we were still drinking water from water bottles adorned with labels reading, “Happy Birthday DB!”). The whole party was a labor of love and I had an absolute blast pulling it all together. I didn’t get as many pictures as I would have liked of the party decor and such, but that was because I was too busy having such a wonderful time with all of the guests that were able to join us. The weather was perfect and we had such a fun night celebrating!
Birthday spread…excuse the mess in the backyard. I made the banner from printables which was surprisingly easy! I also LOVED the roll of disposable chevron paper I got from Swoozie’s which I used as a table runner!
Dessert Table…Red Velvet Cake (Costco), Death by Chocolate (Mom made, people loved…I’ll get the recipe and share), and cake pops that I made (wasn’t TOO difficult, just a lot of steps and takes some time)
Some of the details…the water bottle labels were fun printables I found on Etsy!
DB’s actual birthday! We woke up and went to brunch at my Mom’s and then the boys (my Dad, his Dad, his bro, my bro, our roomie/friend) were off to golf! My Dad hosted everyone at his country club and I think a good time was had by all.
Golf posse…how cute are they?!
After golf we met up with them where I gave DB his final birthday present/surprise….a ticket for Monday’s practice round at the Master’s. We had worked it out so that he would be going with my Dad, his Dad and his brother! Any of you that know DB know that he is an absolute golf fanatic (in fact, since he moved South I am pretty sure that the television hasn’t moved from the Golf channel once and he’s either played/hit the range pretty much every single day since he got here…yeah, he’s a fan). This surprise was probably the most difficult for everyone to keep because once he was aware that his brother and Dad were in town, it was challenging not to make references to the grand finale of the weekend that was planned for Monday! He was surprised and VERY happy…the look on his face in the pictures below says it all to me!
Surprise! You are going to the Master’s tomorrow!
He described his first trip to Augusta National in the following way: “I felt like a 13-year-old girl at a Justin Bieber concert.” And let me tell you…the boy hit the gift shop at the tournament and he hit it HARD. Who knew that one needed three Master’s visors, several Master’s shirts, Master’s notecards, Master’s bag tags, Master’s towels…you get the idea. Needless to say, he’s good to go on Master’s gear for a while. It made me SO happy to surprise him with something so cool…getting to walk on the grounds of Augusta National for the first time is pretty special, especially when you get to go with other golf fanatics in your family!
The entire weekend is a top contender for one of my favorites ever. Everything worked out so perfectly and it was so nice to be able to celebrate such an exciting time (the end of the NYC chapter, beginning of the ATL one) with some of the people we love the most.
Happy Birthday, DB! Just when I think I couldn’t love you more…another day comes along and I definitely do! Thanks for being born!