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Monday, March 24, 2014

Betcha Wish You Were Dude's Friend...

Good Morning, friends.  My buddy, Dude, has written a delightful post for you today. Enjoy.


My Connecticut posse takes birthdays pretty seriously. But over the past 25 years we've cut back from:

A.) going out for a bday dinner and giving  gifts, 
B.) to home bday dinners with gifts,
C.) to home dinners without gifts,
D.) to home  birthday dinners with a card only, 
E.)to our current tradition of drinks and appetizers with a  bday card .....

Too  many birthdays come too quickly so we had to cut back somewhere.....BUT, we still celebrate the "big ones" in style, so the most recent occasion was a triple threat /3 birthdays at once.

What  to do for those who've done it all?!?

Well, Lib, Jo and moi, aka the "party planners extraordinaire" got our wheels in motion and came up with an idea ...

The evening of the birthday surprise started by blindfolding our celebrants so they would have no idea where we were going, it was important to keep them guessing. (And that we did) ....

The car ride looked  like a scene out of Homeland.

We headed out to our first venue, a paint studio (similar idea to the NYC paint night). The rest of the group was at the studio dressed as "French artistes" in colorful berets and mustache...Surprise!!!

The birthday trio....Patty, MJ and  Bethe.

We proceeded to paint while listening to the French tunes of Edith Piaf.

Mon Francais amies!!

Taking a break while the paint dries.

Voila! Our  masterpieces!!

Painting, done...now off to dinner at Lib's barn (again, our guests are blindfolded  for the car ride). 

We transformed the barn from this...

To this!

Christmas tree lights were wrapped around the whole space.

The feast!

Babs, our go to "baker extraordinaire"... Forget The Barefoot Contessa, we have Babs!!

We closed the evening with some karaoke!! 
A lot of talent in this group!?!

So ends a day of celebration for our 3 special buddies! Every time they look at their paintings hanging in their room  of choice, they'll remember their special celebration!

Thanks Dude, for another fun-filled post.  Never realized how lucky I am to have you as my buddy.  Counting the minutes 'til April 26th.  Don't worry - I come equipped with my own blindfold and paintbrush.

Hope this Monday feels like a Friday!

Preppy Empty Nester
Preppy Empty Nester

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  1. I was thinking ARGO but Homeland is good-HAHAHA!! I love you guys you are the best ever!! Love the paintings as well!

  2. Such a fun group of friends. You are all blessed!

  3. What a fun day for the whole group. Happy Happy Happy Birthday to the three birthday girls- xo Diana

  4. What a wonderful birthday celebration ! Great ingenuity! How fun and memorable!

    Happy Monday to you Katie:)

  5. What fun! Praying that there is no snow tomorrow; my driveway is finally ice free. Happy Monday to you Katie! :) Dawn

    1. Dawn.. I hear you. Went out for a walk today and came back after 20 mins. Too darn cold!! Hopefully the storm is going to change direction. Stay warm!

  6. Dude you had me at BLINDFOLDS! They did look kidnapped......what a fabulous treat for your friends. Thanks for sharing.

  7. What fun!! I love the blindfold idea, how clever! And the barn meal...LOVE that! You have such creative and talented friends!

  8. Wow! What a party! I like the idea of doing a little art work and then heading to a barn for kick your heels up;) Looks like a fun group of friends Katie:) xxL

  9. Can I adopt Dude?? What a fun time for all. xo Laura


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