This weekend we celebrated a milestone birthday for my husband. It was a wonderful gathering of family and friends. There were oysters, barbecued ribs and cake. All of my husbands favorite foods.
I found green plaid paper plates and napkins which became the starting point of the decorations. On the table I used a scrap of left over plaid wool from this chair project as a base. The cake was the center piece with its flags of wool made from more wool scraps. Pots of fresh daffodils were set inside pedestal planters that I already had on hand. They were bought at Anthropologie for only $8.00 each last year and I see that they still sell them. I used mugs with my husband’s initials to hold the silverware.
The cake was inspired by this cake from Inspired by Charm.
(Inspired By Charm is full of inspiration, beautiful pictures and fresh ideas. It is what my blog wants to be when it grows up. So inspiring that I just used the word inspired FOUR times in two sentences. Treat yourself to a visit with Michael. You’ll see what I mean.)
My husband loves Boston Cream Pie which is actually a yellow cake with a custard filling and chocolate frosting. I made an easy version with boxed cake mix, vanilla instant pudding made according to the pie directions, and a double recipe of Giada de Laurentiis’ Chocolate Frosting.
As a thank you to our guests my husband made batches of his favorite barbecue rub and put it in tins with customized labels. It was a fun project and we enjoyed the process of coming up with the labels. You can find a similar recipe for rub here on the Food Network (one recipe made one container). We bought the tins from Specialty Bottle and the labels are from the Paper Source.