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A 50th Birthday in “the Sticks”

Cheers to 50 years!
Cheers to 50 years!

Fahnestock State Park in Mahopac, NY was the absolutely perfect location and setting for our bestie Tom’s 5oth Birthday Party. My friend Tamara and I have joked for all the years we have been friends that I am the city mouse and she is the country mouse (who insists on living in “the sticks”). We had so much fun setting up this party for Tom even further up “in the sticks”. A beautiful day and love filled celebration followed…

What a gorgeous location!
What a gorgeous location!
SDB 50th bday outdoors_squirrel and choc chip cookie platter
Baked fresh the morning of, I plated up these mini squirrel cookies with my salted dark chocolate chip cookies for the ultimate cookie party platter! (love this quirky little squirrel cutter from IKEA)
Tamara mixed up her world famous G.O.R.P. (good old fashioned raisins and peanuts). We have been enjoying this snack mix at parties for years!
Tamara mixed up her world famous G.O.R.P. (good old fashioned raisins and peanuts). We have been enjoying this snack mix at parties for years!
For the centerpieces, Tamara filled mason jars with vintage photos of Tom and nature related materials.
For the centerpieces, Tamara filled mason jars (you might call them Ball jars) with vintage photos of Tom and nature related materials.
She topped the jar tops with adorable faux bugs and closed them to keep everything secure.
She glued adorable faux bugs to the jar tops and closed them to keep everything secure.
Sparkling Sangria
For refreshments, we made my fave recipe for Sparkling Sangria but substituted grapefruit for the lemon and lime. (get the recipe here)
I loved the way the festive Sangria jar looked next to these real deal Igloo coolers (one filled with water and the other filled with Tom's sister's fresh squeezed lemonade)
I loved the way the festive Sangria jar looked next to these real deal campsite coolers (one filled with water and the other filled with Tom’s sister’s fresh squeezed lemonade)
KF and I designed this custom party logo for Tom and Tamara had it put onto these amazing mason jar glasses which everyone got to take home. The squirrel is a long standing reference to life in the "sticks" and the leiderhosen is our fave reference to Tom's Austrian heritage.
KF and I designed this custom party logo for Tom and Tamara secretly had it designed onto these amazing mason jar glasses which everyone got to take home. The squirrel is a long standing reference to life in the “sticks” and the lederhosen he is wearing is our very fave reference to Tom’s Austrian heritage.

 

 

Tam's app game has always been strong... antipasto on sticks (pun not intended but amazing) were a huge hit!
Tam’s app game has always been strong… antipasto on sticks (pun not intended but amazing) were a huge hit! The ravi on the stick reaction was major!
We added a sign with Tom's BDAY hashtag and a bowl of pins for people to wear when they visited the food truck for lunch.
We added a sign with Tom’s Bday hashtag and a bowl of squirrel logo pins for people to wear when they visited the food truck for lunch. 
Above the snack table we rested a chalkboard sign we drew up the night before featuring fun facts about the year Tom was born
Above the snack table we rested a chalkboard sign we drew up the night before featuring fun facts about the year Tom was born
Tom looking out onto the lake just before the party started
Tom looking out onto the lake just before the party started
Extra large jenga was a huge party hit.
Giant Jenga was a huge party hit… 
... as was grabbing lunch at the food truck!
… as was grabbing lunch at the food truck- Greg’s Good Eats! Photo credit: Tamara Dilworth
Guests were also encouraged to check out the amazing park and landscape.
Guests were also encouraged to check out the amazing park and landscape.
Real live moss!
Real live moss! (maybe not the best shoe choice for this… ;))
I was really hoping for a Kermit the frog sighting!
I was really hoping for a Kermit the frog sighting!  
Time to set up the dessert table! Photo Credit: Nicole Boglivi
Time to set up the dessert table! Photo Credit: Nicole Boglivi

 

CHEERS to 50 years!
CHEERS to 50 years!
Amazing! Photo Credit: Hunter Jones
Amazing! Photo Credit: Hunter Jones  
Amazing candle blowout! Happy Birthday Tom! Here's to another 50 years of amazing friendship, fun adventures and big laughs! All good things always! Xo
Amazing candle blowout! Happy Birthday Tom! Here’s to another 50 years of amazing friendship, fun adventures and big laughs! Lots of love and all good things always! Xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DFiori

DFiori

Sweet Dani B is my small business and my mantra is Life Is Sweet! Both my business and life center around celebrating life’s occasions and making those occasions amazing. We design one-of-a-kind cookies, invitations, paper goods and pull them all together to deliver fabulous parties and events.

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