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Any guesses as to her favorite flower?
The dessert table: cannoli cake & a variety of fresh-baked cookies (LA’s favorites!)
Shock and awe.
The party co-hosts and the birthday girl.
A look back at the past 40 years.
Happy Birthday, LeeAnn!
In order to stay within budget, we did a lot of DiY projects for the decorations, many of which I will be sharing with you over the next couple of weeks.
Here are a few other ways in which we kept the party budget under control:
- Rather than have the party catered, we did our own cooking and baking, and enlisted the help of some mutual friends. The menu was Italian, a tribute to LeeAnn’s heritage, which worked out well with the fact that it just happens to be Italian Days at Publix right now. Let me tell you, the thought of preparing Italian food for a bunch of Italians was a little nerve-wracking, but Dawn, Jimmy, & Melissa, who prepared all of the main dishes, did an awesome job and came through with flying colors. (Thanks again!)
- For all those amazing daisies we shopped around and found the best price at–where else–Publix. The in-store florist found us a great deal, and I even used a coupon, making them an even better deal.
- We “shopped” our own homes for vases, candleholders, & tablecloths that would work with our theme. I also “shopped” my stockpile for much of the food, liquor, & mixers.