Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Dear Dad, this one's for you...

A little late on this post since dad's birthday was a wee bit ago, nonetheless, I found it to be most appropriate to blog about since we're on point with father's day coming up. Those who know me personally know very well my obsession with a few things, people in particular include my nephew and father. Both drive me crazy and both bring me great joy. With that said, I'd like to share this event from my own family scrapbook with all of you.

With a castaway theme inspired by "The Old Man and the Sea", I used elements such as sand and seashells to play with the brown and blue nautical color scheme.

For food we created dishes such as ceviche, shrimp enchilado, black bean with corn salsa and chicken mango chutney to tie-in with the tropical, beachy vibe. As with the decor, I used subtle touches of old world map serving trays as well as boxes wrapped in map paper too. As for the adorable paper boat idea, well that I can't take credit for since it came from Mrs. Crafty herself, Martha Stewart.

And then there were desserts...a little overboard with these (no pun intended). Some were homemade, others store bought, overall it was a rather large selection of sweets ironically served on a diabetic man's birthday.

Being that the birthday boy is a BIG chocolate lover we went with not one, but two chocolate cakes and creamy chocolate mousse. For those who were not fans of the dark indulgence there were mini key lime pies (courtesy of my sis-in-law and photographer) lightly chocolate dipped cookies sprinkled with coconut shavings, fresh fruit, rice pudding and warm cappuccinos, all which helped keep a nice sugar buzz throughout the night.

It was a lovely evening for all but I think for him and myself it was far more than just another birthday gathering. Because as big (old) as I am, I am still daddy's little girl. While growing up it was his belly I slept on and his shoulder I tugged, pulled and cried on. From his stories and life experiences to the memories we've shared as a father/daughter duo, I've learned he is everything I've ever wanted to be. He is my reason for living and loving all I know, so for him I celebrate it all.

I hope this serves a little inspiration in planning a special day for all the daddies in your life too.

Happy Father's Day, Papi.

Photo Credit - Sasha de Almagro Photography

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