My brother E. hates parties, birthdays and other social occasions..Or so he claims. But I couldn't let his 50th go by without some type of celebration so I hatched a plan to surprise him with a small party at his house.
I lured him there with promises of homemade food and we he came home he found some friends waiting, along with Tuna-Noodle Casserole (a childhood favorite), Buffalo Bundt Meatloaf, Mashed potatoes, Romaine and Cucumber Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette and Cheesecake. I prepared everything, except the salad and mashed potatoes, at home and carted it, via granny cart and train, to his house. I stacked everything up, with the brilliant idea of leaving the frozen cheesecake at the bottom. It held up surprisingly well, considering and I only had to piece a small part of it back together.
Izzy reconnected with his old friend M., whom we haven't seen for months which made his day and they played together while I prepared things inside. Izzy, like the cheesecake, managed to hold up pretty well throughout the evening, even though we didn't get home until 10:30.
My brother (despite a few grumbles) didn't seem too disturbed by the whole affair which was a relief and the guests all seemed pleased. With the half-century birthday down, we are all looking forward to Grandpa's 100th...