This coming Thursday my husband Paul turns 50, and I wanted to celebrate with our friends–and surprise him at the same time. I thought he might expect something the weekend after his birthday, so I planned a bash for the weekend before. It worked. He had no idea that our dinner at the Pine Lake Trout Club with another couple was really the scene of a big party for him.
We had some bad weather move into the area late that afternoon, which kept some folks from getting there, but we ended up with about 50 or so yelling “Surprise!” when we walked into the room. The club cabin, decorated with white lights and tucked into deep pine woods next to a bubbling stream and icy pond, warmed by a stone fireplace, was just beautiful–the perfect setting for a guy who grew up in Erie, PA and loves the snow.
Our friend Daneta made an amazing birthday cake depicting Paul’s Mapex snare drum, and it was as delicious as it was beautiful! Paul’s childhood friend Joe gave a heartfelt toast. My best friend Cami put together a slide show of over a hundred photos of family and friends from over the years. Neighbor Sheree’s son Corey was our DJ, and it wasn’t long before everyone was up and dancing the night away!
And what would a party thrown by The Brewer’s Daughter be without some fine craft beer? Mike at Chuck’s Fine Wines in Chagrin Falls put together a wonderful assortment of brew that included choices from Great Lakes, Mendocino Brewing Company (had to have some of Jack’s Red Tail Ale), Flying Dog, Dogfish Head, and Sierra Nevada. The bartender told me our guests really enjoyed the selection.
So as Paul begins his next half century trip around the sun with well-wishes from friends and loved ones, I’m thrilled to say I’ll be there for the rest of the journey with the Journeyman Cook.