For the first time in 5 years, I didn't have a wedding on Memorial Day weekend! I did have a few client meetings, but otherwise J and I were able to take advantage of "normal" kick-off to summer weekend plans. We readied our gardens for the season, did a little spring cleaning inside, and pulled off a great Red Sox themed surprise 60th birthday party for my father.
I was lucky to grow up summering on Lake Wentworth in Wolfeboro, NH. "The lakehouse" has seen many family gatherings, and today's was no exception. J and Dad golfed this morning (early! We left Portland at 5:30a to make the drive over for their 8a tee time) as part of our plan to get Dad out of the house so we could set up. When they returned for lunch, Dad was very surprised to see most of his family there to greet him wearing baseball party hats, and adorned with Sox temporary tattoos.
If you're thinking of hosting a Sox cook-out, here are our theme specific party ingredients (there was other food, too):
peanuts in the shell
Boston baked beans
Red Sox helmet ice cream cups
Hood Red Sox ice cream
Red Sox wine
Sox temporary tattoos
Sox mini bat (we all signed it)
blue glitter baseball garland
red and blue balloons
Sox plates, napkins, cups
Here is Dad, blindfolded, taking his best shot at the baseball pinata (note the fabulous baseball headband and glittery purple "60" necklace).
Happy Birthday, Dad!
Many thanks to those who are fighting for and those who have given their lives for our freedom, today and always.