My lovely friend Karen turned 40 this year, and her husband asked me and a couple of our friends to help him give her a surprise party. When he mentioned that he was ordering Cuban food, our minds instantly went to Havana themed party, and since Karen is Cuban, it just seemed all the more appropriate!
We kept our table settings simple with cigar boxes, fedoras, palm fronds and flowers in coffee can vases. The cigar boxes were found at the local smoke shop for $1 a box. The shopkeeper thought it was bizarre that we wanted to boxes and not the cigars!
We scoured the community for palm branches and asked our neighbors if they wouldn't mind us taking some cuttings. No palm tree was safe!
As well as being a very talented photographer, our friend Jacque put these flower arrangements together.
Some pineapples, wooden skewers, your neighbor's palm fronds and voila, the perfect centerpiece for a tropical party!
There were so many inquiries about where the food came from that I am adding a link to Rumba's Cafe.
|Rumba's Cafe in Whittier|
We asked our friends to come decked out in their Cuban garb.
Here is my inspiration photo for my outfit.
|Karen and Jacque|
Happy Birthday Karen! We love you!