Happy Fourth of July and Surprise!

Happy Independence Day, and Happy Birthday America!  My husband wanted to invite a bunch of our friends over for the 4th of July weekend to cookout.  It was our first big shindig in the new house.  I finally got to use a lot of my wedding gifts!
Pink lemonade clearly needs some mixing…..but these little chalkboard signs were so cute!
Soooo since we were having everyone over anyway, I decided to hijack his gathering and throw a surprise birthday in for him too.
I let everyone know and we had a cake for him.  His birthday isn’t until mid July so he was surprised!  I made my own hockey cake toppers….and the colors were black and gold!
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As usual, I had to throw my touch on the party decor.  I had some red, white, and blue tableware, and tossed in some patriotic items from around our home.  (A 48 star wool flag from an estate sale in PA.)
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We had grilled hamburgers, brats, and chicken, corn, and I made ribs in the oven.  Our sides were fruit salad, potato salad, pasta salad, and roasted vegetables.  For dessert you can see I made a hockey brownie, store bought cookies, and the cake and ice cream.  See my corningware in action?
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My husband was really surprised and a little embarrassed because of the outpouring of generosity.
It was a nice evening, and I can’t wait for the next one!
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