Fall Backyard Birthday and Burlap Banner Giveaway

We celebrated my husband's birthday last month.  We were blessed by some beautiful October weather and were able to have one last backyard hoorah before winter.  The only thing I did not realize was how dark it got early into the evening...barbecuing hamburgers in the dark is a little tricky!

I hung up my new beautiful burlap banner from Emilie M. Paper.  We also tried hanging up our outdoor movie equipment in a different location which added some background John Mayer in concert enjoyment.

Since I tend to naturally lean towards feminine things, I tried to add some fun details that were a bit more masculine...like eating off of our cafeteria tray plates {from Target which we bought for the Super Bowl one year}.  And layering some Ikea runners in red and blue...as compared to the usual pink.

We ate fairly simple but still delicious...hamburgers, baked beans, coleslaw, fruit, and strawberry lemonade...thanks to a husband who doesn't care for much fuss...he felt special just having a party.

And our outdoor lights provided perfect ambiance for the night...it was such a treat to eat in such a romantic setting!

I really love putting our tables together to make one large table...provides much more intimate conversation that everyone gets to be a part of...

We are so blessed by wonderful friends. 

My sweet birthday boy...

And because what great birthday party does not have party favors? 


One of you lucky lucky's is going to win your own custom burlap banner...yes, I said custom.  You pick out the word {up to 12 letters}!

Comment below sharing what your favorite birthday traditions are.  And be sure to check out Emily M. Paper's Etsy shop...lots of burlap love and other handmade paper goodies.