Mal’s 30th Birthday

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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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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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  1. 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! 🙂

  2. 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

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

  4. 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!

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

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

  7. 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 🙂

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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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  12. 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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