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Last night I threw a surprise party for Sean. It had been planned for weeks, and I was so ready to get the surprise over with. I’m the worst at keeping secrets and there were times this week I literally had to force myself to walk out of the room before I blew it. Needless to say, Sean was almost too surprised. Like, he didn’t even realize the party was for him until 15 minutes in.

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I was a horrible planner and didn’t even plan a menu until the day of. I had ideas floating around for a while and then all of the sudden it was Friday, and I had to haul ass on my lunch break and buy food + cupcakes.

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I ended up making quesadillas with chicken, cheese, grilled peppers and onions, watermelon salad with fresh mint, grilled peaches with balsamic glaze and bleu cheese, plus delicious cupcakes from a bakery across town. My dad was a huge help and made phyllo wrapped asparagus and potato gruyere puffs.

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We turned off the lights and sang to my boy. I made sure to sing really softly so no one could hear me. I’m always afraid someone will judge my voice when I’m singing happy birthday.

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This is Evie. She’s my friend’s baby and I love her with all my heart.

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Evie looks unsure, but she loves it when I hold her.

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Look at Sean in his jean shirt! I love this man more than anything and I can’t wait to spend our lives together. I’ve loved him since I was 14 and he makes my heart so happy.

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Making new words with the happy birthday candles.

It was a beautiful night, and I’m so grateful for the people in our lives who came out to celebrate Sean.

 

I’ll be back Sunday with a pasta post!

 

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