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Speakeasy Party

Above is my favorite picture of the night from my dad’s 80th Birthday Party. Marissa with her Papa, so cute. It was taken after the majority of the guests had left and a few of us were sitting around relaxing and reflecting on the day. I am still cleaning up, two days later, but I wanted to get up some pictures and the menu. Most of the recipes are already posted here on the blog and by clicking on their names, you’ll be taken to the post containing the actual recipe.

1931 Speakeasy Party Menu

Black and White Pizzettas
Mini Waldorf Croissants
Tomato Soup Shooters
Grilled Cheese Bites
Beef Tenderloin-Parsley Toasts
Blue Cheese Mushrooms
Individual Four-Cheese Mac and Cheese
Crudités with Caesar Dip
Pepperoncini Peppers Stuffed with Smoked Salmon

Linda’s Rojo Sangria
The Margarita
Full Bar

Grasshopper Tartletts
Sidecar Strawberry Shortcakes
Gene’s Photo Cake (from Honey Moon Sweets)
Sloane’s Photo Cake (from Fry’s Bakery at Tatum and Shea)

It was a gorgeous, cool, but windy day.  I usually gladly welcome a breeze, but this was a bit too breezy… so much so, that we only had our retro feather and plume centerpieces on the tables for about 3 minutes, before it became obvious that the wind would either knock them over or carry them away… inside they went.

The entrance into the Speakeasy was made extra classy with the addition of a 1947 Cadillac Fleetwood Limousine that Sloane was able to borrow from a friend for the day. It was especially cool to have there because 1947 was the year that our dad turned 16 and got his driver’s license, not that he drove this beauty, but still…

When guests sent in their RSVP, they received a password, this is where they gave their secret password to our bouncer, Connor, who granted them access to the party.

We had three rounds of “Happy Birthday” to sing.  First to Sloane, whose birthday was that day. Then to my dad’s brother, Uncle Leonard, who turned 90 the next day. Finally to the birthday boy, our dad, Eugene Robert Otter.  Above from left to right: Sloane, me, Dad, my brother Dennis, Connor, and Marissa.

The beautiful and delicious cake from Honey Moon Sweets.

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1 Lisa { 05.02.11 at 2:43 PM }

I saw the car arrive and thought “how fun!!!”–glad you enjoyed the night and I am sure your Dad was beyond happy!

2 Grandma H. { 05.02.11 at 2:55 PM }

I loved the pictures. Tell Gene he looked especially natty, and if the picture was taken after the party he looks like he behaved himself. Thank you for calling last night, & I forgot to wish Dave & you a Happy Anniversary. Card on the way. Love, Mom

3 sloane hansen { 05.02.11 at 7:19 PM }

You did an amazing job sis!

4 Marissa { 05.02.11 at 8:51 PM }

So much fun!

5 Linda Hopkins { 05.02.11 at 9:35 PM }

An Amazing job, with your amazing help, Sloane! xoxox

6 Patti Pullen { 05.03.11 at 6:29 AM }

Linda, it looks like you pulled off an amazing party for your dad. Im sure one he will never forget! Thanks for sharing the pictures. So much fun. I hope you have scheduled a couple of “rest” days this week. XOXO

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8 Ronnie Jaap { 05.03.11 at 2:53 PM }

Looks like quite the event, but wouldn’t expect anything less from Amazing Linda! Ronnie

9 Colleen Calhoun { 05.04.11 at 3:15 PM }

Amazing event, you really went all out. How happy and proud your dad must have been. Another job well done by you and yours!!!!! Hugs , Colleen

10 Linda Hopkins { 05.04.11 at 3:35 PM }

Thank you Colleen, so nice of you to come check out my blog and to leave such a sweet comment. 🙂 xoxo

11 Teresa Pfaff { 05.05.11 at 9:09 AM }

How Awesome! Looks like you guys did an amazing job – duh – I Knew it would be spectacular. Dad – Gpa Otter – Gene – looks so good, happy and proud. We all wish we could have been there with you. Thank you for making his 80th so grand and memorable. We Love You Guys!

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