Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Cheeseburgers In Paradise

My OLDER brother turned 40 this year. My siblings and I planned a Surprise Party for him with a Jimmy Buffett theme, it was "A Pirate Looks at 40." The menu was simple Cheeseburgers in Paradise, Fries, Pickles and Cold Draft Beer. The dessert was fun and fabulous.

We had seen the idea in many places, one of course being Bakerella. What we did was make cupcakes with brownies in the middle as the Cheeseburgers and sugar cookies as the Fries. They were easy and fun to make. Let me make one disclaimer, I was the assistant, my sister did 99% of the work and she as always does a fabulous job.

The cupcakes and the brownies.

Putting the burgers on the bun.

Dressing them with the fixin's.

Topped off with a Sesame Seed bun.

Burgers and Fries.

The Big Kahuna Himself. Happy Birthday Cliff!

The absolute best part of the party was the fact that we really did surprise him. That was a joint effort all around. My sister in law did a great job keeping a secret and getting him there on time. The other nice thing was all the guest had a great time and some even said it was the best Birthday Party they had been to.


  1. Those are amazing! I might have to steal that idea for a certain toddler's birthday next year...

  2. okay, now that is awesome!!! those "burgers" are so convinving..yum! love it that you pulled off a surprise, too.

  3. It looked like a BLAST! You guys did a GREAT job!!

  4. wow those are awesome!
    Many birthday wishes for your brother!

  5. I'm so glad you got around to posting these, Cara. They are AWESOME! I'm definitely going to have to try to these with Emily. She would love them.

  6. I saw these shots on your flickr page. You guys totally went overboard. Love, love, love it!!

  7. That is just the coolest!!!! Wow!

  8. You guys are so crafty! Love this!

  9. Well, I am just impressed all over the place. That is the coolest idea (and execution) ever! And I can't help but giggle at your brothers ever so satisfied grin. Looks like he approved of the surprise. :)

  10. What great planning and an awesome surprise! Those turned out great. I'm totally in awe. I bet that was the best party. :)

  11. These are absolutely fantastic!! Awesome job, I'm sure he LOVED it :)

  12. ADORABLE! The fact that you made this awesome party a surprise is just a bonus...those cupcakes and that cake is amazing -- you two should go into business!

  13. Okay, these are amazing. Each 'burger' looks absolutely perfect!