Friday, November 15, 2013

Autumn Boxed-Dinner Soup Picnic birthday celebration PART ONE


Okay! I'll try not to confuse you all too much.  Here goes...  This year our oldest son turned 13 with a donut celebration!  LAST year, on his 12th birthday I threw him a book party at a vintage used bookstore, followed by a fall dinner picnic outside.  I NEVER posted any of those pictures.  Sometimes I do that.  Yep. Even though I share millions,  I still have files of pictures that I don't share because time slips away. However, I REALLY wanted to make a goal to share these photos because it was such a fun party with treasured moments!

A YEAR later, I'm sharing Cameron's 12th birthday celebration in photos and story.  He is our book lover, and October is an appropriate cuddle-up and read month,  so this was the ideal party theme.

Vintage Bookstore Birthday with a Fall Picnic

Part ONE:
the picnic

Cameron's 12th birthday last October, 2012, was spent with our family five and my parents and brother.  Cameron enjoys the personal interaction of close family.  I surprised our book lover with a small celebration at a used bookstore.  Afterwards, I hosted a boxed soup dinner picnic at a park for his birthday meal.  

We chose a tree-filled park where crunched, colored leaves took over the grass,

and where sprawling branches boasted of big colors.

Because if we were going to do fall,
we had to do it right.  ;)

Let's picnic!

For table decor, I tossed our fall plaid blanket over the picnic table for a tablecloth.  I used book-printed tissue for embellishments around snacks and candles to follow the book theme. 

The picnic dinner was just before sunset, so I added a lot of candles.

Dinner is ready!

Rows of boxes with soup and rolls,
 ready to warm up hungry tummies.

This was an easy picnic to prep because I ordered every single thing from Spoons Bistro and Bakery.  This restaurant is a favorite of mine!

Digging in to our boxed dinners
taking advantage of fall days outside with cozy sweaters and hot soup.

My amazing parents with Titus

Oh wait, let's do a hug picture too!

The candle's glow around our table
 competes with the brilliant glow of fall leaves...
but both win.

The hum of dinner chat slows as we spoon every last drop of soup.  

The boys run off to play for a few more short minutes as the moon replaces the sun.

Then we clear off our picnic and head home.

We're thankful for the gift of celebrating life
and thankful for these moments:
fall moments
family moments
blessed moments of abundance.

Check back next week for PART TWO of this 12th Birthday Celebration at the Vintage Used Bookstore.

Sneak peek of next week:

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Jenny said...


That can't be your Mom. She looks so young!

Congratulations to your handsome fella! He is a heart breaker!

And, you.


If you weren't so wonderful I'd have to eat my heart out with jealousy that you're so ridiculously talented!

Loved this idea.

My name is Rita said...

This is awesome! Such a great idea, some hot soup on a cold day. I will have to borrow this idea. If you get a chance, please link up to my link party:

Maria said...

What a fabulous picnic idea! Love the brown boxes, how fun!!!!

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