Here at the Findley Farmhouse we like to do it up for special occasions. It's a tradition that I got from my mom. She always made birthdays and holidays into something that made you feel like nothing else in the world mattered and that you were the most special thing since sliced bread. I recently wrote about it in an Apartment Therapy post that should be coming out this week.
What I took from my mom was the love of creating a surprise experience for your loved ones. I just get so excited to orchestrate a day or weekend filled with adventures based solely on the other's interests. Back when Matt and I were first together, he used to be able to guess some of the things I would do. That was so annoying, but it has kept me on my toes throughout the years. After almost eighteen years now, I really have to pull out all the stops to make each experience unique and memorable. I just love to see his face filled with wonder and anticipation as his special custom adventure unfolds before him.
On birthdays and anniversaries we usually celebrate the day of the event with a nice dinner and then plan a surprise trip for that following weekend (we take turns being the surpriser for anniversaries). This year was a big one since Matt was turning 40. Instead of going away like is customary, I decided to turn back the clock a few months to before we became parents, get a babysitter, and fill the days and nights with new and old things that we loved to do in our city. It began with a guest tasting event at one of our favorite bars showcasing Portland's BaseCamp Brewery. Since good food and beer is where our happiness lies, this year's experience was based on a happy palette with a lot of bar and restaurant hopping and a ferris wheel and cake making thrown in for good measure.
The staycation ended up being the best decision, and the birthday celebration turned out to be a glowing success. With a birthday party celebration in the works to end out this significant life occasion, I think someone will be sufficiently spoiled and will be beginning the second half of their life off on the left foot.
Here is map of where the weekend took us.
Images: alysha fndley