Traveling into another year. . .

Yup my friends, I celebrated my birthday yesterday and I am now traveling into another year.
When you get to be my age, you really don't care if you celebrate that you are getting older.
However, I must admit. . .it's better than the alternative.  :)
And how could I not be thrilled with this fabulous 'travel' themed party that my friends from craft group #1 threw for me?
 It was held in my friend, Joanne's garden and she was the brain behind all of this fabulousness.
It all started with some trays that she had that represented a few states.  They became our chargers.  Wish I would have thought to lift up the plates and snap a photo.  (wink)
There were eight ladies and she set a setting with a plate of the state where each of us were born.  This is mine for Utah.  Amy made the amazing state cookies.

A cute hankie was tucked into my glass and I got to take it home with me.

How clever is this?  She bought toy trucks at the thrift shop and used the wheels for napkin rings.  Love, love!!

She plans months ahead.  I'm sure it took her a while to find plates of all the states us gals were born.
Each setting had a map magnet of the initial of our first name, sun glasses for travel protection, and an arrow stating how many miles to the state where we were born.

 Little salt shakers were filled with flowers from Karen's garden.

Other hankies were tacked to pillows and placed under the pergola.

Even the chairs were embellished with paper airplanes and little matchbox cars.

Laura was going to throw these chippy cuties away so Joanne snagged them up and they are so fun on the table.

The meal was so yummy!  Burgers, beans, potato salad, fruit, and all topped off with root beer floats.

It was a fabulous evening and after we ate Brenda taught us how to make a crazy quilt pin cushion.

 Jackie made my gorgeous cake.  It had a raspberry and lemon filling inside.  Oh yum!!
The white chocolate are 'wings to fly'.  Jackie has a blog,
 Purple Chocolate Home and shares how she made this beauty.
And she really knew how to make me smile with this sparkler candle!


 Karen sent me home with this cute holder and beauties
from her garden.

Oh what a night!
Here we are being sassy in our cool shades.
(Laura, Joanne, Jackie, Natalie, Brenda, me, Karen, and Amy)
p.s. I just had to laugh.  I accidently typed jugs instead of hugs at first.  I wonder if it's because I am unintentionally poking out my
none others.  lol! 

I will be sharing with these fun parties:
The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday
Rose Chintz Cottage for No Place Like Home


Nikki G said...

WOW! What great friends you have! The themed decor is awesome! I am totally impressed. I have been collecting the souvenir plates. I am planning to make mosaic garden pavers out of them.
Happy Birthday! :) gwingal

Art and Sand said...

What a fun theme for a birthday party!

Happy Birthmonth!!! Stretch it out as long as you can.

Kim said...

Wow oh Wow!! You certainly have the best friends. Joanne did the most superb job in organising your birthday party! So many fabulous touches. What a fun party you all seem to have enjoyed. That cake is amazing...sounds utterly delicious. Happy Birthday to you, lovely Jann. Xx

Mimi said...

Jann, what an utterly fabulous idea for a party! And I agree...getting older is not cause for celebration, but for the alternative! I love this so much and as an ardent traveller, I suspect I'll borrow this idea very soon. Love, Mimi xxx

Lynn Bean said...

Jann! First of all happy birthday. This is just too cute. What creativity. You have a group of wonderful friends I would say that love you very much! Have a great birthday week.

Laurie said...

Well, Happy Birthday to you! And what great friends you have. I loved the theme and that your friend used the state hankies and plates. My mother has a huge collection of state plates from around the U.S. My father was a truck driver and would buy them for her on his work travels. Talk soon!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What a fun party! I love the theme! My friend Sue had a party where each of our place settings had a plate from the state we were born in and we got to take them home. It was fabulous! Good friends are the best!

Katie Mansfield said...

Happy Birthday. What fun. This may be the cutest party theme I have ever seen. Adorable.

xinex said...

Belated Happy Birthday, Jann. Beautiful celebration!...Christine

Linda W. said...

Happy birthday!! Your friend did a wonderful job on your party. What creative decorations. And that cake..! How lucky you are to have such great (and creative) friends to celebrate with.

Debra@CommonGround said...

what a fun and creative idea! I've always loved those cute "state plates"! Looks like you all had so much fun, Happy Birthday, Jann!

20 North Ora said...

Dear Jann - What a fantastic birthday party!! So much thought and preparation went into every little detail. What a great group of friends. How blessed you are!!


sandi s said...

Happy Birthday!!! It looks like it was great fun with a wonderful group of friends. Hugs,

Rose L said...

What a great party and happy birthday. It sounds like you all had fun! Such great friends. I will be spending my 65th birthday (July 24th) in rehabilitation after my total knee replacement surgery Weds.

Cheryl said...

Happy belated Birthday Jann! Looks so fun!! What a great day with friends!

Cindy McTigue said...

Happy Birthday and what a fun way to celebrate with the girls. I love every touch but the napkins and the arrangements just blew me away. You with the sparkler candle cake stole the show.

Got your post but now I need it to go to a new address.

How long do you take that will take, LOL


Connie said...

Jann, you are certainly blessed with an amazing and caring friend. This had to take a long time to plan and find all of the state souvenirs. What a wonderful party . . . you are loved:)
Happy Birthday!
Connie :)

living from glory to glory said...

Dear Dear Jann, Happy Birthday and what a darling theme for your party! Your friend did an amazing job! Really, how cute and original was that!
You have a great group of girlfriends, and you all look so cute!
Roxy xo

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

What an amazing party - wow wow wow - that's Pinterest heaven to be sure!

I laughed out loud at your "hugs/jugs" comment, bwuahahaha.

Guess what - I will remember your birthday now because of a brand-new and very special loved one being born the day before you. : - )



BarberryLane Designs said...

What a great party and great friends. Happy Birthday...and who can count past taking your shoes off anyway, FUN STUFF! Sandi

Deborah Cline said...


Happy birthday my blogging friend!


Rita C. said...

Jann, Happy Birthday, dear one! What an absolutely wonderfully creative birthday party theme! How lucky you are to have your friend do all this, and to be able to share with your friends! I am so impressed with all the many details, I can't even decide which one I like the best. I just got two vintage hankies in June with the states on them - West Virginia and California. Wouldn't it be cool to have one for each state you traveled? Btw, I will be traveling through Utah sometime in August - not sure when, but hope to hit a few highlights in the SLC area (and not sure where else in UT). So looking forward to it. I'm going to see how many blog buddies' paths I may cross!

Bernideen said...

Dear Jann:
Such a wonderful group of friends and what fun as they "made it happen" for your birthday. Darling theme and cake!

Bernideen said...

Also - yes - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!~

Creations By Cindy said...

LOL! JUGS! Love it! Happy Birthday sweet Jann! It looks as though you had a wonderful celebration with your friends. How sweet of them to throw you such a great party! I know that you enjoyed every moment of it too! Many blessings for your birthday and praying for lots of good years ahead for you my friend. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Jacqueline said...

Too Funny! I don't think you are sticking the jugs out at all!
Wonderful evening. Joanne is amazing with her creative travel idea. Glad I could be a part of wishing you the happiest birthday and ensuing year!

Lady of the Manor said...

Happy birthday, dear lady! I saw this post on another lady's blog and thought it looked SO fun! Know you had a great birthday celebration!!

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Happy Birthday! Yum on the cake and wonderful on the floral centerpiece.

Sarah said...

You girls certainly are creative. I love your themed parties. Fun to see all these details. I know I've wished you a Happy Birthday, but wishing it again.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a fabulously fun and creative party, Jann! A big Happy Birthday to you! What wonderful ideas and details there are. I just know that you all had a blast; especially the Birthday Girl! Thanks for sharing all the fun with us.


kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

You girls have more fun, Jann, and what a fabulous theme for your special day! I'd like to wish you a most Happy Birthday for a wonderful year ahead.
You made me laugh at the "jugs"! You're too cute for words!

Ruth W said...

Happy Birthday! And a wonderful journey forward! Love the cake!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Happy belated birthday, Jann!! I loved the travel theme of your party. Jacquie makes the most spectacular cakes!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Happy Birthday to YOU!! What a fun party with so much love and time put into the theme. That cake looks delish! It's not so bad having birthdays when you get to celebrate with great friends.

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Pat Cantwell said...

Amazing Birthday Party theme, dear friend!
I adore how you"Ladies" go all out in celebration for your birthday's!
May the year ahead hold special memories and exciting travels!
Take us along on all your adventures, please!

Doreen said...

Well, Happy Birthday, Jann! What a lovely party! How do I get initiated in this select "Craft Group #1"? Looks like a great group of fabulous women.

oops, I mean, Hugs,


Jeanie said...

Beautiful, belated birthday wishes, dear Jann. And many more!

(Lovely photos in this post!)