Birthday Dinner #2

When I first met our friends the Cooks and learned that Christopher has the same birthday as I do, I won't lie...I was probably a little put out.  I mean, there was an understood rule that March 15 was supposed to be all about me! me! me!  And when it came to birthdays, I didn't really wanna share. But as it turns out, Chris's wife, Allison, is really creative and likes to go all out on birthdays.  And since we're pretty good friends and I share a birthday with her husband, I, by default, get to benefit from all the goodies and celebrations she plans for Chris.  We're a few years into this whole shared birthday thing now and guys?  I'm not complaining anymore.  Sharing a birthday with Christopher is AWESOME!  Maybe even one of the best things that ever happened to me.

For proof, you can read about how last year's birthday dinner turned into a Bowling Surprise Party for me (and Chris too, I guess...) and about this year's Birthday Dinner #1 that Allison cooked up for us at her house.  As if that weren't enough, this year's Birthday Dinner #2 was all planned by Allison too!  I guess technically Doc taking me out to dinner on my actual birthday was really birthday dinner #2, but I didn't take pictures at it.  So dinner last Saturday night (on St. Patrick's Day) officially gets the Birthday Dinner #2 title and for once, I'm actually beating Allison to the punch and writing about it first.  Blogging victory!

Since Chris turned the big 3-0 this year, this was supposed to be a big dinner celebration with all of our in-town friends.  But because of St. Patty's Day and the way Spring Break vacations fell, our group size dwindled down to just 8 of us.  But we still had a great time!

In attendance were the Earls,

the Solomons,

me and Doc,

and of course, the Birthday Boy and Party Planner Extraordinaire.

I didn't realize the party was on St. Patrick's Day until about an hour before we were supposed to be there.  I was feeling the luck of the Irish when I A) found a green shirt in my closet and B) the scoop of said green shirt mimicked my ridiculous tank top sunburn line from our beach vacay.  It's the little things, you know?

When we arrived at the restaurant, this fun little pack of M&Ms was waiting for me at my seat, and there were lots more scattered on the table.  They're customized Happy Birthday M&Ms and half of them said Chris is 30 and the other half that I am 29.

Out of the corner of my eye, I spied this display of push pop cupcakes.  I rushed through my meal since I knew those were on the horizon!

The ribbons on the push pops matched the wrapping paper and the flags on the age labels coordinated with the M&M packages.  These details were not lost on me!

And ooooh wee, were the cupcakes tasty!  They were all homemade chocolate cake and icing, but half had a layer of caramel in the middle and the other half had a layer of cherries.  Yummo!

For anyone confused, you just pushed the cupcake up like you would a push pop.

Doc took down a whole cupcake in one bite at our wedding, so it didn't surprise me at all when he did it again with this.  The boy's got mad skills.

He makes me so proud. :)

That's where my pictures from this birthday dinner stop.  Chris and I did get to open more birthday gifts before relocating.  Since the weather was so nice, we spent the rest of the night sitting out on a patio people-watching (one of my favorite pasttimes, and St. Patt's Day did not disappoint). 

I've got pictures to download from my last birthday party of the year.  Hopefully I'll get to do that tonight!