Tuesday, April 12, 2016

A Surprise Brunch Retirement Party

Last Thursday, I hosted a surprise party to celebrate my friend’s retirement. I planned a light brunch, which was perfect because it wasn’t too early but it also didn’t interfere with Little Miss Sunshine’s afternoon nap.

Party planning is so much fun. I love shopping for party supplies and decorations, trying to get good deals, and finding a theme to work with.

I wanted this party to be bright and cheerful with a springtime feel. While a retirement is the end of a career, it’s also the beginning of freedom.

The guest of honor thought she was coming over to my place for coffee and had no idea what I had planned. She was so surprised!

I filled a tiered cupcake stand with mini breakfast bakery items—cinnamon rolls, donut holes, bagels, and muffins.

There was a yogurt bar with vanilla Greek yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and granola. This isn’t pictured, but I also made a ham and potato casserole. It was all delicious!

Guests had a choice of water or orange mango juice—and coffee, of course. The drinks were served in Frappuccino bottles which I had removed the labels on—these were being reused from Little Miss Sunshine’s first birthday party.

I found the tray in the Target Dollar Spot. All of the decorations are from Target, including the colored straws. The bucket below is from the Dollar Spot too!

The party went well! I just had a small group of women and it was just the right size.

Now I’m planning Little Miss Sunshine’s 2nd birthday party!

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