so today i found the cutest paper to wrap mandy’s birthday present in, black with white polka dots, and used pink grosgrain ribbon to make a pretty little bow.

and i tried a chocolate cake recipe from, i wish I could remember the name of it! I think it’s something like “Too Much Chocolate Cake.” it’s baking right now and it smells wonderful… i hope it turns out as tasty as the batter was! It was soooo moist!

We got a white tablecloth, we bought a set of the salad bowls that go with my plates and got napkins and cute little fake flowers to make into napkin rings, and water goblets to go with the wine glasses i just bought. it’s kind of funny, i got the water goblets at dollar tree (who would have thought) and they had 3 different kinds–kind of upscale for them! We found these cool metal “fake silver” serving trays there too! They’re cute and they still look okay, I don’t think anyone would ever outright suspect dollar tree for them!

the menu is

spinach and bacon salad
twice baked potatoes
roasted asparagus with cracked pepper
chocolate chocolate cake
strawberries in vanilla ice cream