Marin’s Surprise Birthday Party: The Album

Marin's Surprise 40th Birthday Party

three musketeers

Guess what I’m doing right now? If you guessed lying on a beach listening to the surf, adjacent to a sangria and an assistant who’s editing all my photos, *BINGO* you just read my wishful thinking. Delete all but the last four words, is more like it. I’m on my third editing project this week and I have a wedding on Saturday, so I doubt I’ll come up for air until next week month. In the meantime, I’m going to post an album that’s 99% finished and set aside for now, with lots of photos to look at (currently 105 if you have the guest pass, 61 if you don’t).

I’ve included some of my favourite pics here, starting with the one up top, which includes Marin’s oldest friend in Toronto — a momentous occasion since it’s going back something like 20 years, from the university days.

Marin's Surprise 40th Birthday Party

this is what surprised looks like

Marin's Surprise 40th Birthday Party

you can never have too much cake!

Buying these number balloons was one of the best ideas I had for decorating the party room, along with splurging for helium. Did you know that helium prices are *pun alert* on the rise? Despite the cost, the number balloons made such great props, and they’re reusable! Can you believe my original plan to make the pinata was to papier-mache these? I had to completely give up that idea since they were just TOO BIG.

Marin's Surprise 40th Birthday Party

Marin's Surprise 40th Birthday PartyMarin's Surprise 40th Birthday Party

Marin's Surprise 40th Birthday PartyMarin's Surprise 40th Birthday Party

Marin's Surprise 40th Birthday Party

There was, however, one partygoer who wasn’t particularly impressed with the balloons:

Marin's Surprise 40th Birthday Party

I give it another six months and he’ll be chasing after them.

As per usual, the album is best viewed as a full-screen slideshow (the only way to see all the photos; you’ll need a guest pass if you’re not in my Flickr list), or as thumbnails, or view a selection in the smaller slideshow below: