Kes and I love to entertain. One of the things we’ve looked forward to most throughout this whole Dreamhouse journey has been finally being able to invite our family and friends into our home. So when my father-in-law turned 70 a few weeks ago, we took the opportunity to host a small gathering of family to celebrate.

Today’s post is the first in a ‘Year of Feasting’ blog series we’re participating in along with 11 other bloggers. We were invited by Danyelle of Life is a Party, to join her as she makes more of an effort to connect in-person with family and friends throughout the year.  Each of us will be playing host to our loved ones and then sharing our real-life parties for each season. For Spring, we were fortunate to partner with Giant Tiger who generously provided a gift card for us to pick up some of the decor and food items we used to help pull things together. Be sure to check out everyone’s amazing Spring parties at the bottom of this post. Maybe you’ll even be inspired to host a party or two of your own!

We planned Kes’ Dad’s 70th birthday party together with my mother-in-law which helped take a lot of the pressure off. She provided pretty much all of the food for dinner so Kes and I literally just had to provide the decor & the space.

I made this fun oversized garland to hang above the dessert table after being inspired by Colleen over at Lemon Thistle. I was actually surprised at how easy it was and it turned out so much better than I expected (it may or may not still be hanging there 2 weeks later)!

Oversized party garland - Year of Feasting

Blue silver & white party decor - Year of Feasting

I picked up these pillar candles which were a great addition to the tables. I had also initially planned to use clear glass vases for the floral centre pieces, but once I started putting everything together the dining table needed more color.  At the last minute I decided the cups that came with my punch dispenser could do double duty as vases and they worked out perfectly!

70th Birthday Party table setting - Year of feasting

I was pleasantly surprised to find that Giant Tiger boasts a large grocery selection.  I was especially happy to find that they had  one of my favourite guilty pleasure sodas.

And of course what party would be complete without cocktails?

Making cocktails - Year of feasting

Kes is typically the resident bartender in our house. He gets a kick out of making special drinks for our guests – and he’s definitely not shy about having one or two himself – even if the other men in the room would rather just have a beer.  Yea…He’s fancy like that. LOL!

Cocktails: Year of Feasting - Simple Birthday Party Celebration

Life is often so busy that times where we get come together and sit down to have a meal as a family can seem so few and far between.  I guess that’s part of what makes gatherings like this so special.

Celebrating 70 Years - Year of Feasting Simple Birthday Party

Everyone really enjoyed having a reason to get together….and in this case we had 70 pretty good reasons. 🙂

The aftermath: Year of Feasting - Simple 70th Birthday Celebration


Now be sure to check out all these amazing Spring Feasts and get inspired to have your own #yearoffeasting






  • March 30, 2017

    What a wonderful feast! 70 years is such a reason to party! I’m so glad you can host everyone in your beautiful home! I love that Kes is the bartender, one for you two for me… haha At least that’s how it works around here. I’m going to have to try my hand at that banner this summer maybe, it looks amazing!

  • March 30, 2017

    Your party looks like lots of fun. I love your pretty oversized garland oner the table, it looks great. I sometimes have trouble taking down the pretty decorations after a party too, they’re just to awesome to say goodbye to sometimes, lol.

  • April 1, 2017

    Happy birthday to your father-in-law! So nice that he got to celebrate with his wonderful family in such beautiful surroundings.
    My husband is mostly a beer drinker, but he makes a good mixed cocktail for me… I’m an “old fashioned” aficionado myself.

  • April 2, 2017

    That oversized garland is awesome and I am all in for the fancy drinks! I hope your FIL enjoyed his party!

  • April 3, 2017

    Wow – what a fun and beautiful party you threw! That buffet looks delicious, and all your decorations – particularly that amazing garland – make it so festive.

  • April 3, 2017

    We celebrated both my parents’ 70th birthdays at our home last summer too, pretty great reason to celebrate! Wow I would have loved to make a garland like that! What a statement piece! I wouldn’t take it down either 🙂

  • March 29, 2018

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