- 12-pack cooler
- Insulated tumbler
- $10 coffee gift card
- Super-size aspirin
- 21 mini shots
- Multi-flavored Beergaritas (these were a nice cooler filler & they weighed it down nicely)
- Fill & Sip noodle (how fun is this?!)
For Olivia's 21st birthday last weekend, my sisters and I wanted to put together a fun gift. I searched Pinterest, and it turns out, there's a lot of ways to put alcohol in cute containers :) However, I'm all about functional gifts. My mom has a new theory that she only gives consumable gifts for her parents and friends, because no one needs to collect more "stuff." While this is definitely applicable to my grandparents, it also has its place where 21 is concerned...or all gifts, for that matter. I've realized everything my parents sort now is a product of stuff they collected in their earlier years, and as an avid organizer, I'm determined to keep that to a minimum in my own life!
Don't get me wrong - this was still your stereotypical 21st birthday gift! However, I decided to pull its contents together in a fun beach cooler for Olivia. Cute baskets are always fun, but what do you do with them later? The cooler solved that problem, and we had fun putting this gift together! I meant to get a picture of its contents, but I failed you where that's concerned. Instead, here's a handy list!
Happy Tuesday! I'm very relaxed to be recapping my weekend from my couch with a lasting Internet signal - I don't know how you're always more tired after vacation. I vowed I wasn't going to try to blog about my weekend until I was back, and a shady Internet signal made me glad I'd decided that early on.
We celebrated the 4th of July, my parents' 40th anniversary, and my youngest sister's 21st birthday at the lake this weekend. We ranged all weekend from a group of 15 to 60, but we had an awesome time! As you can see, we started the trip with necessary nail art :)
We spent the fourth relaxing around the pool (and swim-up bar) after we all rolled into town with too many bags and coolers Thursday night. Since we all got to town at different times, we went out for dinner Thursday night at a lake favorite, and we started Friday ready to celebrate! Friday night, we sat on our deck and we were able to see all the fireworks around the lake - it was so pretty. Also, firework-watching with a two-year-old is more fun when there's no noise!
Saturday we lounged around the pool, toodled around town, and went for an afternoon boat ride with my cousin and his wife before heading home to finish cooking up my ribs (recipe to come later!). We ate an early-ish dinner before we headed to a concert in the park. It was a great night for lakeside music, and we, of course, had to last to midnight for our new twenty-one-year-old! Side-note: I realized this weekend how different 21 was then compared to now...I felt older than I think I should've! However, we found a bar with swings instead of stools around the bar, and I think it had to be a pretty fun place to turn 21!
Sunday was the big birthday party, which we celebrated on a party barge! It was a really warm day, but a slow ride around the lake was the perfect breeze for everyone.
We were all dragging as we packed cars Monday morning, but it's a weekend we won't forget. It was so fun to spend the weekend with all my favorite people!
PS - Stay tuned this week for great summer recipes...they're all officially family-approved!
I love the 4th of July, and I look forward to it most of the summer! I got my patriotic decorations out in early June, because the whole summer is pretty 'Murica around here :)
Each year on the fourth, a small town near my hometown pulls out the stops and has a parade, fireworks, and a small-town celebration that's pretty USA. However, each year we leave the parade and try to figure out what we're doing the rest of the day. Last year, my dad and I decided during the parade that we would travel this year, and make our plans before noon on the fourth! My youngest sister will turn 21 this weekend, and my parents just celebrated their 40th anniversary. To celebrate all the good things in life, the whole family is headed to the lake for a weekend of food, fun, friends and family.
I'll have recipes to share next week, but I've been doing laundry and prepping food around here! We're each taking a day to cook for the group, and I'm making ribs for Saturday night. (There's also breakfast peaches there and Jell-O shots....because...well, America.) I have a few snacks prepped, and all my breakfast fruit cleaned and ready to toss in a salad. I started the ribs Tuesday, and they're a recipe that takes several steps. I'm getting them far enough that they'll just need warmed up on the grill before we serve them.
I've also been in my classroom this week, and my major accomplishments were semi-organizing books, and peeling off many tiny Velcro strips... There's still plenty to be done, but I'm excited about what I've accomplished so far - I get so excited every time I'm there!
I'll be off the blogging grid for the long weekend, but I hope you have an excellent 4th, and I can't wait to share recaps and recipes!
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