Sunday, May 11, 2008

Linzy's Birthday Party

Saturday we had a party at the house to celebrate Linzy's 30th birthday. There was a pretty good turnout, and everyone seemed to have a good time.

After several years of having our spring/summer parties rained on, we finally wised up and went with a meal other then grill-fare. That turned out to be a fortuitous decision since it sprinkled all day long.

Instead of the usual hamburgers and brats, we went with Famous Dave's pulled pork for sandwiches, coleslaw, corn muffins, bakes beans, chips, fresh fruit skewers (made by my Mom) and fresh veggies. The food went over extremely well. In particular the chopped pork was tender and super-tasty and the corn muffins were a huge hit (at least two people were separately talking about where to stash one for a snack later).

For the birthday cake I got Linzy a Wuollet's Strawberry Souffle cake, which was fantastic. The cake was two layers of white cake with a middle layer of thick Bavarian cream and strawberry pieces, all covered in a light white whipped frosting. It was easily one of the best cakes I've ever had, and well worth the extra time spent driving up to Minneapolis to pick it up.

Otherwise it was a pretty normal party, with a wide variety of friends hanging out and catching up, and some video games thrown in for good measure. Hopefully everyone had a good time.

Wes, Gerard and my parents talking.

Thirty fresh fruit skewers turned out to be a mountain (but they were awesome so over one per person were eaten).

You know you are good friends with someone when you feel comfortable leaning over a half-story drop with their brand-new dSLR camera without any sort of neck/wrist strap, to take a funny picture. On the other hand, I wasn't the slightest bit worried, so that's how well Dan knows me.

Linzy lighting her cake. She forbid me from putting all 30 candles on it.

Linzy and Mom (taken by Dad).

After dinner, a bunch of people ended up playing the Wii games Gerard brought over. Here, Jim, Shawn, Allison and Paul are trying out Mario Kart Wii.

Jim was at a disadvantage playing with the only controller without the wheel shell, and I was amused by the body language he was using to try and make up for that.

Pippen was not amused that people were hogging the couch and, more specifically, her pillow.

Gerard setting a world-record in Mario vs. Sonic Olympics Long Jump.

In order to run for the approach you had to alternate the Wii controller and the nunchuck up and down as fast as possible. Bonus points are given for the best grimace.

Linzy and I (taken by Allison)

A bunch of additional pictures are here: Linzy's 30th Birthday Party album.


Brenden said...

Thanks for making the one picture focused on me so flattering. :)

Allison and I had a great time. Thanks again for another wonderful Eck party.

Robin said...

We are SO sorry we missed it -- it turned out that we couldn't change our plans (that we made before the evites came out) as our other friends' schedule was incredibly complicated. We'll have to plan something soon to catch up!

Happy Birthday Linzy!

Steve Eck said...

Brenden, The picture shows off your massive biceps, I thought you'd appreciate it!

Robin, We missed you at the party, but understood completely. It was my fault for getting the invitations out late.

McBrideFarm said...

Looks like it was a lot of fun! Happy birthday to Linzy. :)