• Mal’s 30th Birthday

    May 24, 2012

    Hooray! Mal’s (first) birthday celebration was a success! It started with 30 beers, which he drank all at once. Not surprisingly, he got sick, so we ended up in the emergency room to get his stomach pumped.

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    Ok, that’s a total lie. None of that happened, except the part about me giving him 30 beers.

    Good beer is one of Mal’s favorite things in life, so I bought him 30 bottles for his birthday and attached (pug) tags to them with reasons why I love him.

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    The reasons were a mix of serious:

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    And not-so-serious:

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    It was a little cheesy, but Mal really liked it.

    I also bought/made him a ridiculous birthday card:

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    Please note the pug tail:

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    Eat, drink, and be Murphy!

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    I think Mal is still laughing about it.

    And then there were birthday presents. Inside the bag was a fancy new watch.

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    And inside the round container was White Chocolate, Cranberry, Oatmeal Cookies. Mal was psyched about both gifts.

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    We had a little time to kill before dinner, so we enjoyed a couple of beers outside in our backyard.

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    Dinner

    For dinner, we headed to one of Mal’s favorite restaurants: The Fat Cat.

    We started with bread and a black bean dipping sauce. I’m not sure what was in the dipping sauce (besides black beans), but it sort of had a kick to it. It was really good.

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    For my entrée, I ordered the Fat Cat Turkey Sandwich, which came with turkey, cranberry chutney, bacon, and cornbread stuffing on sourdough bread. It was pretty good, but it needed more turkey or smaller slices of bread because every bite I took was a mouthful of bread. I also drank a glass of wine with dinner.

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    Happy birthday, Mal!

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    Ryane May 24, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Happy Belated to Mal! That was a great idea with the 30 beers! So cute!

    Funny side note: my last name is Murray and I’ve received that same card ohhhhhhh 12 times maybe? And it’s been given around the family multiple times too! I liked your tweak on it! :)

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    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More May 24, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Looks like a great birthday! What a cute idea with the 30 beers too!

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    Alyssa May 24, 2012 at 11:32 am

    That’s such an awesome idea with the 30 beers & reasons why you love him! But I think the best thing was the card lmao

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    erika May 24, 2012 at 11:39 am

    I am so stealing this for my husband for father’s day – how many beers do I need to spell Dad? ha!

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    Shana May 24, 2012 at 11:56 am

    GENIUS idea with the beer! I am so stealing this for my hubby’s next birthday!

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    Ash Bear May 24, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Hmm, I may steal this idea for Bo’s birthday this year!! So fun!

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    Meg May 24, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    What a cute idea! Happy belated BDay to Mal!!!! Love that picture of you two!

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    Madison Fai May 24, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Amazing gift idea! How creative!

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    Nicole May 24, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    I literally did this exact same thing three weeks ago for my husband’s 26th birthday! For his, I did labels stuck on the beers instead of tags and I hid them around the house and made them find them all. His present is almost gone already!

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    Chase May 24, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Happy 30th Mal!

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    Jennifer May 24, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    That is a great idea about writing such positive things on each beer.

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    Wendy Irene May 24, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I love the creativity you put into that birthday card Tina! Lol!

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    Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See May 24, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Love the 30-beer gift! Poop and fart jokes…always good ;)

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    Tina May 24, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Haha! Yes indeed!

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    erica May 24, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    love the tags especially w/the different murphy pics at the top! and i love the card & your alterations :)

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    Erica @ For the Sake of Cake May 24, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Love the birthday card you “made.” So cute!

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    Sabrina @ Nutritiously Sweet May 24, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Wow that was an awesome thing with the beers! I really like that idea. Very personalized and thoughtful. Glad he enjoyed :)

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    Nataliya @irunforicecream May 24, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    I’m totally stealing the beers and cookies idea! You guys are so adorable!

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    Kathy D May 24, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    The 30 reasons why I love you idea is pretty great. I would be jello if someone did that for me!

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    Joann H May 24, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    I’ve had the turkey sandwich at Fat Cat, and agree too much bread, not a highlight menu item…

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    Tina May 24, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Agreed. I was sort of bummed about it.

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    Jeanelle @ Glocal Girl May 25, 2012 at 3:26 am

    How sweet! What a great birthday! The beer arrangement was a sweet idea.

    It’s my boyfriend’s 26th birthday on Sunday and we are spending it cruising the canals of Amsterdam… drinking beer and having snacks! I really miss the US but times like these make me appreciate living in Europe :)

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    Beka May 25, 2012 at 11:59 am

    You are so creative! That [30 beers] is the most awesome birthday gift ever! My SO is a big craft beer fan as well. The birthday card is hilarious.

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    Katie @ A Full Plate May 25, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Oh my god that beer idea is so cute and unique! I just might have to steal it when my guy’s bday comes around.

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    Jenni May 25, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    LOL I gave my husband that same card for his last bday!! Except w/o Murphy’s cute face which obviously made it better :-) Great bday gift idea!

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    Tina May 25, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Haha! :)

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    Betsy @ A Dancer In The Kitchen June 1, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    I know this an older post but I have to tell you that my husband would get along so well with you husband!! He loves good beer and he’s turning 30 in a week! I love reading your blog because you guys sound just like us with your love of food, dogs, and beer too!

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    Valerie October 2, 2013 at 11:12 am

    how funny is it that I was searching for 30th birthday ideas, and it linked me to your blog. and I already read your blog!

    stealing this idea for my husband’s birthday on friday :) thank you!

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