Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Happy Birthday Anita!!!

Dear friend, Anita (mypapercraftworld), is celebrating her birthday today! If you don't know her, then let me share a few tidbits about her. It's absolutely true, she's as sweet and kind in person as she is on her blog and in the wonderful comments she leaves for us. She's a tiny bit of a thing, but strong; she can tackle old mansions in a single bound, and holds up under pressure. Smart? Oh yeah... Courageous? That too. Soft spoken and gentle as well. Did I mention funny?...She's got a great sense of humor and I spent hours laughing with her this past October! Anita is a treasure in every sense of the word. I almost forgot...she's an extraordinary card maker, as I'm sure you all know. And if you haven't seen her work, stop right now. Click on her link and check out all her amazing cards. Then come back because we've got a party going on!

Party?....Did Someone Say Party?!!! 
Oh yeah...that was me, wasn't it? It wouldn't be Anita's birthday without a little celebration.

LET THE FESTIVITIES COMMENCE!!  

I think we need a few party decorations....

Moonrise Kingdom 1st birthday | Johnna Holmgren Photography | 100 Layer Cakelet

50 Out of this world dessert table ideas to inspire you! #weddingchicks http://www.weddingchicks.com/dessert-table-bonanza/


Tiffany's blue ombre balloons | See the full shoot on http://www.jeanspencerphoto.com/blog/..... photography by Jean Spencer

Of course it wouldn't be a party without some party snacks

Velvety smooth scallops with beautifully caramelized crust and topped with honey dijon avocado sauce are simple, yet elegant appetizer. ~Sweet and Savory by Shinee

Pear slices with goat cheese, cranberries and pistachio. Could skip the cranberries and pistachio please.

Mini Tomato and Mozzarella Tarts | Easy Finger Food Recipes #DIYReady www.diyready.com

Individual Beef Wellington appetizers

Cheese board.  This could be my dinner every night.

And we definitely need a few drinky-poohs...

Lavender Martini - the perfect balance of rustic and elegant..   Written by Andrea J Bartholomew on The Framed Table

lavender lemonade - love lavender :)

catering, signature cocktails, cocktail, cocktails, drink, drinks, food, hour, lace, lavendar, lavender, lilac, lovely, purple, reception, summer, winter, champagne, lavende

Vintage Eiffel Tower Wine Glass from HOME WET BAR.  Engraving is an option!


Catholic Teaching - The wine is converted into Jesus' blood which we choose to receive to honor Him.  I like this image because the pouring of the wine flows into a heart.  It's telling us that Jesus loves us and through that love we are prepared to receive His holy blood.

And some sweet treats...mmmm....

Double Chocolate Berry Mini Cakes we ❤ this!  moncheribridals.com #weddingdesserts

Hummingbird Cake - my grandma used to make this for every family reunion! I need to make it soon!

Chocolate Walnut Torte

chocolate ombre cake, with mascarpone goat cheese filling, and caramel fig walnut top.

And a birthday cake or two...

Geometric Patterns  |  translating trends into cake designs | by Erica OBrien for TheCakeBlog.com


Kids Birthday Party Ideas, Maternity Photography, Kids Crafts, Modern Nursery Decor, Family Blog | 100 Layer Cakelet

Oh, but we're not done yet!!

Moving on to the "presents"....
Since Anita is restoring what in my world is a fantastic French Chateau, I think she might need a little help. Pretty sure only the first worker knows what he's doing....The last two, well, I couldn't resist!

He works harder than most construction workers I've seen.

firemen are so HOT !  HM & Hunter   our archives !   HM69 Best Male Diaries     our story blog !

Could this be Sheila's boyfriend, Goober? If so, I guess we can see now why she puts up with his idiosyncrasies. Good thing he's looking up so as not to notice a black cat has just walked under his ladder. He's very superstitious.


A blue stove for her kitchen (or is it called a "cooker?")

O'Brien Harris: Modern French kitchen with La Cornue Chateau Range paired with white wood paneled ...

An Eighteenth Century bench for all the guests to relax upon

Monumental French Chateau Radius Bench ca.1830's | From a unique collection of antique and modern benches at http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/seating/benches/

A canopy fit for the Queen

Luxury can be in modern, vintage, or even eclectic spaces. Luxury projects can include bedrooms, living rooms, dining spaces, kitchens, outdoors and even bathrooms. See some decor tips, here: http://www.pinterest.com/homedsgnideas/

Some jewelry to adorn the birthday girl

Silver Circle Necklace- Silver Circle Pendant- Handmade Sterling Silver Necklace- Modern Artisan Pendant  "Circle Cluster Necklace"

Bird Necklace, Silver Lariat Leaf Branch Necklace, Bird Jewelry, Teal bird necklace, Bridesmaid Necklace, Birthday Gift, Mother's Jewelry on Etsy, $28.00

Transformation of the Pigeoneirre into a craft house. This style looks neat and tidy...

20 Beautiful Home Offices | Bright Bold and Beautiful http://www.brightboldbeautiful.com/2013/01/01/20-beautiful-home-offices/

But I think this one is more lightfilled, and reminds me of the shape of her soon to be craft house!

Home Office Landing area

A couple of necklaces for Sundays...

Silver Faith Necklace

Blessed Hand-Stamped Domed Locket Necklace, Sterling Silver    Wear this necklace to remind you of the many blessings in your life.

And just one more thing...Anita works really, really hard. I mean REALLY hard. She NEEDS this next present. Seriously needs it after a long day:

Bath floors: Chatham,  a waterjet stone mosaic by New Ravenna through Renaissance Tile & Bath.

Can you just picture beautifully warmed water with bubbles, some candles and a full wineglass on that windowsill? A little music in the background, a bath pillow, and a good book... perfection achieved! Miss Anita sooooo deserves this! The line forms to the left; we'll all get a turn....no pushing....

I also made a little card for her. Something I thought she'd like:





So my dear friend, Anita. Happy Birthday to you. I'm wishing you only extra special wonderful things for this coming year; delightful things, happy things, and things that make you smile. Hope you have a nice celebration, and since I won't be there in person, you'll have to imagine me standing around your birthday cake singing. God's richest blessings on your birthday and always. You're pretty special, you know? Sure would be fun celebrating this day at the Lake House, wouldn't it?! Someday... Happy birthday dear, sweet friend. Bisous, bisous. xoxo





24 comments:

Ardyth Percy-Robb said...

As usual, you are hosting a wonderful party and everyone will have an amazing time! Love the blue fireworks - full of fizz and fun! Anita will love it!

~amy~ said...

I wanna go to the parties you throw...LOL.
What a super fun post...love the special guest...haha.
What a great birthday card...love all the blues!

Lynn said...

What a fabulous birthday party Anita! Love all of the festivities! Fabulous card for her too.

Becca Cruger said...

I was definitely partying along with you! Especially when I got to the ahem* workers... I'm referring to the dog, of course! :D

Your blue blue and blue card has so much going for it! It's definitely got such a festive feel. Off to pop over to say Happy Birthday to Anita!

I Card Everyone said...

What dog? Oh. I thought that was me drooling! Love your party for Anita... and those guys are much better looking than the turkeys that attended my party. Snacks look much yummier, too! Love your party, Bev, love Anita, too...
=] Michele

Marybeth said...

You throw the best birthday parties,Bev! What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful person! Love your card too!
Lenten blessing to you as well Bev. Just cam home from church this morning.

Susanne Vargas said...

Bev, you always host the most amazing and thoughtful parties! And your card is so sweet and perfect for Anita!
And now I'll get in line for another piece or two or three of dessert...

Darnell J Knauss said...

I can just picture you singing to Anita, Bevie, and my word, you certainly made your card for her sing! Anita will love it and your beautifully written tribute to her! You described her brilliantly!! And the party? Please. I'm so hungry right now, and thirsty, and ... It's perfect!! Hugs, Darnell (PS Isn't it also monochrome, so it would work in the CASology challenge?)

Deepti said...

Your party would be the best in town :) Love to visit your blog when you are throwing a party and what a sweet card :) just the way Anita would like it :D

Bobby said...

What a fabulous party and tribute to Anita, Bev. That triangle decorated cake looks like a card she'd make. Love your fizz bang card.

Anita in France said...

My dear, sweet friend, Bev ... to say I'm smiling all over my face after reading your beautiful post would be a serious understatement ... this smile will be here for oh, at least a decade! You've thrown me the most amazing party ... with every little detail given so much attention! Glorious decorations, perfect party food, the lavender adorned drinkie pooh's, Eiffel Tower glass, heart poured wine, walnut confections, stylish birthday cakes ... and those presents ... wow! The project manager would be handy, those hunks looks as though they could do a bit of lifting and carrying (me, for example!), the home fittings are fabulously stylish, the jewellery is simply beautiful (including the Sunday necklaces!), and I love your take on the pigeonniere! Oh, and the bath ... yes please ... hot water and bubbles, chilled wine ... sigh! Then there's your delicious star scattered, beautifully blue hued card ... it's simply and CASiliciously wonderful! So much sighing and gasping going on here ... you can probably hear it all the way over there! If I could get across the Atlantic in a single bound, I'd be there right now to give you a GREAT BIG HUG! Thank you, thank you, thank you, for such a special party, my lovely friend ... you are a true joy! Bisous, Bisous, Anita :)

Kim Heggins said...

Miss Bev....you truly give the best parties on the planet! What a fun time I had a wee bit of a concern, I did not see any bubbles for that wonderful bath??? Love it all from start to finish. And your card is just so sweet. Love all the sparkle and in such pretty shades of blue. Love it all!

lostinpaper said...

Oh man, I'm so definitely coming to this party!! Was there a card somewhere there? I was so busy looking a just a couple of those photos just a little too long lol.

PiecesByEmily said...

You're throwing such an awesome party. Love all the eye candies :)

Kristie Goulet said...

Bev, you throw the most amazing parties! So much fun! LOVE your card! xoxo

Kara Lynne said...

What a wonderful birthday party!! Gorgeous, sparkling card for Anita!

Geri said...

Party planner extraordinaire! Yep - that's my pal! Not one wee detail overlooked! Love the project manager and his ummmm....assistants! You've totally captured everything we know that Anita loves! Including the colors of your beautiful, star studded card! LOVE the pearl dot!

Thanks for hosting such a wonderful party! A lovely lunch was served and a good time was had by all!

shirley-bee said...

Wow, what a party! Love all the detail, especially the Eiffel Tower glass, oh, and the workers ;)
Love all the starbursts on your card!

donna mikasa said...

You REALLY know how to throw a party! I was holding my breath until I got to the "help"! And that bath...sigh! Your card is perfectly festive, too, with all the blue sparkle! So.much.fun!

Nora N. said...

I am sorry I missed this party! It looked like fun. Love your pretty card that you created. Blue and sparkle-two of my favorite things!!!

cm said...

Once again, your prove yourself the Queen of Birthday Celebrations, and the special touches selected for our darling Anita are PERFECT! I laughed out loud at her comment about the 'burly' lads! Love x love your parties, just as I love x love YOU!
Hugs~c

Brenda said...

You throw an amazing party Bev!! And how lucky that you got to met Anita in person, she is an amazing person in all ways, and I haven't met er in person. And gosh, I love her cards, they are always amazing! Thanks for making Anita's birthday amazing Bev. And it sounds like Anita's home is going to be amazing too, I really hope she gets that tub scene in real life. A good soak in the tub with a good read and glass of wine is what every woman needs after a long hard days work! Hugs, Brenda

Tracey McNeely said...

Fantastic party Bev, you are such a sweetheart! Love your card as I know Anita will too!

Joyce said...

Wow, what a fantastic party. How did I almost miss this one? Fabulous food and decor, and men, too! Must rush out and wish Anita a happy birthday. Love her card, and I'm sure she will love it too.