Party time!

Not only is it Birthday Week (the big 2-6 is next Sunday!) but I'm also in the midst of planning my end-of-the-job/entrepreneurship party for June 11th. For which I have saved the above image as inspiration. I'm loving the streamer idea but think I might change up the colors a bit. We're looking for inexpensive with big impact (that's the name of the game around these parts!)

For Birthday Weekend, I'm not doing a party, but Ryan and I will be hitting up some of my favorite things in Seattle (and if I work up the energy, we'll take the camera!). Not only do I want to visit some of my off-the-beaten-path faves, but it will be fun to play tourist and swing by the Seattle Art Museum and get flowers at Pike Place. My birthday also happens to be the annual Cheese Festival (couldn't have timed that better) so we'll also be munching on some yummy local cheeses.

But back to party planning. Any favorite hors d'ouevres stand-bys you want to share? We've asked guests to bring a bottle of bubbly but we'll be taking care of nibbles. I'm tired of having to heat things during the evening. Besides hiring someone to be bringing out warm appetizers all evening (tempting...), what room-temperature-make-ahead treats do you recommend?

I'll have kind of a loose party-theme going on this week so be sure to check back for my favorite digital invitations, what to wear to your next bash, and more!

Photo from Martha Stewart Weddings, seen on Oh Happy Day.