Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Surprise Birthday Weekend

After what my husband planned for my 60th in June, I knew I needed to plan something equally as special for his.  He is a low key kind of guy when in comes to birthdays, but you have to celebrate life’s big occasions and I knew all he would really want was to have our family together here in Florida - so that’s what I did.

He had no idea our daughters, son in law and Melissa’s boyfriend were flying in and his reaction was priceless when they rang the doorbell and he answered.  It took a lot of planning and secrets to pull it off, but we did it and it was so worth it.

Friday afternoon was spent at Siesta Key beach, then pitchers of margaritas at The Hub in Siesta Key Village, home to shower and then dinner at Sharky's in Venice.  There was live music and it’s always the perfect, relaxing spot to take visitors from the north on their first night in Florida.

Saturday morning started bright and early with a trip to the Farmer’s Market with Megan for fresh gulf shrimp and then home to serve brunch and Bloody Mary’s before the main event of the day.  I booked a Tiki Bar Hop on a boat and it was so much fun.  We cruised the Intercoastal Waterway from Venice to Sarasota, stopping at three bars ( Pop’s, Evie’s and Marina Jack’s ) along the way.  It was a beautiful, sunny day, but comfortable on the water and we even had a visit from a pod of dolphins, right next to the boat.  My husband loved it and it was so fun to just all be together on the water.

That night, after a day in the sun, we were happy to stay home and watch our Spartans win big in football.  I had put together a big spread of football watching food and we celebrated the birthday boy with a chocolate ice cream cake and key lime pie.

The next morning we were up early for golf and my husband was thrilled to be on the golf course again with his daughters.  After our round, we headed to a favorite spot on the water for lunch and one more round of pina coladas, then a few hours at the pool before it was time to head to the airport.

It was a weekend to remember and I’m not sure I will ever attempt to surprise my husband like that again, but I’m very glad this one made him so happy.

Happy Birthday (today) to my hubby!


  1. What a lovely suprise for him! You are quite the party planner! Glad it turned out to e an awesome few days of celebration!

    1. I love planning things, but the surprise aspect may not be something I do again. So nerve racking!

  2. Oh. My. Gawd!!!!!!! WHAT a perfect surprise!!! All your babies back together with mama bear and papa bear!!! And everyone of you look so dingle dangle happy....happy cake day pops!!
    Marina Jacks was one of our fave spots when we anchored Blew Bayou in Sarasota!
    Your family is just lovely ��

  3. Talk about a fabulous surprise! That is just the best, just the VERY best! Oh, you all had to be in seventh heaven. The photos are great. Happiest!

  4. I'm so glad you had a WONDERFUL surprise birthday gift! How fun! You deserve it!

    1. My birthday was the Key West trip in June - this surprise weekend was in celebration of the hubby. But I had fun too, so bonus lol

  5. Wow, what a fantastic surprise! The whole weekend sounds just perfect and you all look very happy x

  6. OH HOW FUN! I don't like to be surprised but love to surprise others! You sure pulled a good one! Have a blessed weekend dear friend, HUGS!


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