John’s Birthday Party Spread & My Party Must-Haves

We had a huge bash two weekends ago for John’s birthday and I wanted to share the menu!

First things first, party staples. I believe that all good party spreads should have the following:

  • Flowers – Pretties up the tablescape and makes any occasion feel really special.
  • A cute tablecloth – I custom sewed three for our living room tables but any will do. It adds to the party atmosphere and prevents messes.
  • Disposable plates and cutlery – We recycle these so it’s not totally wasteful but I really believe disposables are a party must, who want to do all those dishes otherwise?
  • Pickies (my family always called them that) – In addition to real food I think it’s a must to put out stuff like M&Ms, crackers, goldfish, cheese (see below), etc. for folks to graze on.
  • A fun, and separate, beverage area (see below) – I like having a variety of cold drinks, apart from the food, for people to choose from.

On to the menu! I made and served the following for John’s birthday party:


I found those adorable owls on my Pinterest travels and thought they would make adorable labels for the party spread. Why not take on a craft project in addition to all the cooking and baking I did!?

Below is our requisite beverage area stocked with cold water, beer, mead, root beer, a church key, and plenty of cups. Also, see cheese in the background.


What are your party must haves??

Author: Domestocrat

I'm a lady who enjoys photography, football, cooking, long drives with the windows down, This American Life, kettlecorn, hot yoga, pop punk, my nephews, my cat Reggie, and my home: Boston.

10 thoughts

  1. Looks delicious! My party must haves is a lot of glasses! I’m always amazed how many people will set their drink down and get another one without finishing. It’s fine, but I always make sure I have plenty of glass ware!

  2. The owls stole the show for me!!! I am a huge fan of drinks tags… either wine rings or writing names or something funny on red plastic cups. Otherwise the night ends with way too many half full beers :)

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