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Monday, August 13, 2012

ryan's birthday celebration, clam bake style.

when i asked ryan what he wanted to do for his birthday party this year, without hesitation he said that he wanted a clam bake.  then, when i asked him what type of cake he would like, without missing a beat he said that he wanted an ice cream cake.  (pretty impressive for someone who is usually very indecisive!)

this weekend we celebrated ryan's birthday with our families, clam bake style.  we had clams, shrimp, lobster, kielbasi, potatoes, corn on the cob, coleslaw, homemade pickles, and iced tea.  really, it was the perfect summer party menu . . . and, it was so easy to make because everything just cooks in one giant pot!

for dessert, i made ryan a homemade ice cream cake . . . a layer of homemade chocolate ice cream and a layer of homemade vanilla ice cream with chocolate fudge and cookie crumbs in the middle, all covered in frozen whipped cream.  oh, it was heavenly!  (i also made leko his very own little ice cream cake too with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.)

we had such a good time celebrating ryan's birthday this weekend with our families.  i can hardly believe that tomorrow ryan turns 28!

hope everyone had a great weekend too!
love, laurie


Mama said...

Absolutely a wonderful party idea. I felt transcended to a beach setting and I think I actually heard the waves crashing, seagulls chirping, and smelled the sea air. For such an elaborate feast, it truly did not take a lot of prep or cooking. One big pot with great results. And of course, great table-scape.
I want the pickle recipe.

Happy Birthday Ryan!

Life Happens said...

Wow, what a delish bday!! I think I want the same thing for my bday next year!! It all looks so good.

Happy birthday Ryan!

Mom H. said...

We had a great time and everything tasted yummy. Happy Birthday Ryan!

Anonymous said...

Everything looks so good! I've never had/been to a clam bake but I think it might be on my list of to-dos now. And ice cream cake is my favorite! :)