Saturday night was the kick-off with Valerie's birthday celebration dinner at Maureen's house. Maureen was the hostess with the mostest ~ even had champagne with raspberries!! We didn't sit down for dinner until almost 8:30 and then between the eight of us, we talked and talked, and laughed until I looked at my watch and almost had a heart attack because it was midnight already and we still had a 45 minute drive home!
It was so much fun and I can't wait to host Teresa's birthday sometime in the spring (her birthday is actually already passed, but we wanted to spread the dinners out - Maureen's is July and mine is October ~ yes, I'm the young'un of the group) It's going to be hard to top Maureen's lovely dinner, but I'm already thinking about a menu ~ SO fun!!
Anyway, in light of the economy, instead of buying Val a gift, I used my plethora of scrapbooking supplies and made her 10 notecards that she could use throughout the year. I was inspired by Jennifer McGuire's CK magazine column in which she makes the cutest tags. I had a lot of fun creating each unique card and want to do it again soon.
Here's a little sample of my favorites: