Jan and Les provided dessert for our "Pre-birthday Party". Brad, the chocolate lover, was thrilled with his double chocolate creation (ALL the guys picked this choice.).
I was just as happy with my pretty white cake, bursting with berries and an almond marzipan topping.
The gift portion of the evening was outrageous! Our friends are much too generous, and have great taste! We were SHOWERED with an array of perfect presents. Brad received Italian wine, an Italy travel video, and a joke book about sex over 50. I received a necklace, a book on wire beading, Tuscany scene note cards, and a beautiful painted box with scenes of Tuscany on all sides. Both of us were given a lovely gift certificate to one of our favorite Italian restaurants in the area. Our friends certainly "get it" that we love Italy! It will be an amazing trip in 2008 to have all of us there together and drinking some great vino!
Thank you Fiona, Steve, Jan, Les, Sue, and Russ for a wonderful birthday celebration!