Sometimes your birthdays are magical and they fall on a Saturday and everyone you know is free and your favorite restaurant can take your large party, and then other times your birthday falls on a weekday and people have work and have work week obligations. Here are some ideas for making that weekday birthday just as special as if landed on the weekend.

It was my wonderful friend Alexandra’s birthday yesterday so I wanted to put something special but laid back to match her personality.  We invited her close friends over and snacked on her favorite treats including cheeses, cruditee and homemade ice cream with chocolate meringues.

 

Put together a cheese platter with seasonal fruits and crunchy crackers.  Arrange all the food on platters and leave out on a coffee table for everyone to serve themselves.  I put out a big green salad and made sure to leave the salad dressing in a large creamer so guests could dress the salad themselves.  Since all the guests had busy work week schedules and were arriving at different times it made it so the salad did not get soggy.

 

 

I set up a serve yourself bar with lots of beer, wine, champagne, cocktail supplies, and plenty of non alcoholic options.  The bar was set up right before the entry way to the patio where the party took place.

Fresh Flowers always make the atmosphere seem more special.  Even if its just the flowers from your yard and the bougainvillea that perfectly falls from your neighbors fence allowing you to cut it.

 

We made special “Alexandra” cocktails with Titos Vodka and Sparkling Fruit Juice.  Garnish with a grapefruit wedge and it taste great and could not possibly be any easier.

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