Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Happy Birthday (adult style)

Last week I threw a surprise party for the hubby's birthday. In my mind it was just going to be a small affair--a few couples, kids playing in the yard, beers and barbecue. I invited all the hubby's best friends and wives thinking that most would be busy on a Wednesday night. Well, the hubby is a popular person! Almost everyone invited decided to come, and all-told, we had somewhere around 40 people here! Thankfully I had arranged with a friend to smoke a large pork butt, so I wasn't afraid about the meat feeding everyone. Here's what I added to that excellent smoked meat:
1. hotdogs and buns for the kids--I thought after smelling the smoked pork, most of the kids would opt for that, but I was wrong. The hotdogs went fast!
2. barbecue sauce choices--The hubby loves taste testing different kinds of barbecue sauces, so we had five or six different choices at the party.
3. chips and cheese dip--I know it is probably mostly just salt (and horrible for us!), but the hubby and I love Tostitos Monerey Jack Queso Dip. I served it with tortilla chips as a side. There is never any of that left after a party!
4. buns--nothing exciting here, just a yummy bread to pile all that barbecue on
5. baked beans--A friend made these and they were excellent!
6. cole slaw--My friends, barbecue is better with cole slaw! I've never been a sweet cole slaw kind of person. Here's what I put in mine for the party:

Cole Slaw for a Crowd
2 bags of shredded slaw with carrots
4 extra carrots, grated
1/2 cup mayonnaise +/-
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 cup chopped pickles
2 T sugar
salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients together and chill for at least an hour.

7. Cookie tray--I made chocolate drop cookies and my chocolate chip cookies in very tiny sizes. I did it because I was afraid the cheese cakes wouldn't turn out and I would need to feed all 40 people with just the cookies, but it worked out well because they were snacky instead of a huge commitment. Women had an easier time committing to a tiny cookie. : )
8. mini cheese cakes-- I wish I could show you a pic of these beauties, but blogger is being fussy about the pics today. You'll just have to head over to my Recipes and Food page on pinterest and take a look. About halfway down the page, you'll see where I got the idea, though I didn't add the baileys, just the cheeses and the confectioner's sugar (who knew cheese cake could be so easy??). I poured the cream cheese mixture on the "Soft Brown Sugar Cookies" just a little bit farther down the page. Yum! I placed a raspberry or strawberry on each one. They too were a party hit.
9. soda, water, and Capri Suns for the kids--it was a chilly evening, and we had the party on the patio, but the kids were still very thirsty! I'm glad I had so many drinks. I just bought everything bottled or canned so that I could ice it and not have to worry about cups.
10. beer--(and more beer) If anyone asked, "What can I bring?" to the party, I told them to bring their favorite kind(s) of beer. The hubby does not drink tons of beer at a time, but he loves to taste new kinds and figure out his current favorites. We had a lot of different choices at the party. Instead of wrapped gifts, he came away from the party with enough beer to last us a long time.

Can I just say that after the hubby's party last Wednesday and the boy's birthday party yesterday, I am slightly done with parties for a while! My legs are looking for a little rest! It seems that no matter how much I plan, the day of a party is completely full of party prep. It was all worth it, though. The hubby was surprised and everyone had lots of fun.
Happy partying!


  1. great party ideas! Thanks for hooking up with MMMmonday!

  2. It's not fair that kids have all the fun. Love your ideas for adult parties.

  3. I found you on today's Top Ten Tuesday! I love your blog and hope to get to know you more! I love finding a blogging sister in Christ!

  4. I havent had an adult bday party in years! I'm a new follower from the More the Merrier blog hop. Please come by mine, if you get a chance.

  5. You are making me hungry! Your next top ten should be kids birthday party foods. My daughter is turning 1 in December and I need help. :)

  6. can't wait to try the coleslaw recipe, looks easy
    and delish.
    kids never get enough hot dogs, always a fav.