After some time decorating we were finally ready for guests to arrive:
I also used Ellen's "lifts and lofts" idea -- place different shaped objects under a second table cloth -- to create a food table with some depth:
And here's Albert's birthday cake. I was so excited about this new idea that I found on the back of a Betty Crocker cupcake box, and it turned out very cute -- colorful and easy to share. However, right singing Happy Birthday, we had a miscommunication (read: Lauren did not communicate to others) and Albert told two of our friends to eat the top cupcake. So this cake is perfect only in memory and in pictures:
We spent a while decorating. Here's a picture of the mantle:
It was a crowded party, with about 40 total folks, and mixed Albert's friends from work, Will's friends from work, our friends from Strongbadia, and my friends all together. At its height there was almost no place to sit:
Altogether a great time. You can view Albert's complete pictures here on his Smugmug.