Happy Birthday Matt!

Today is Matt’s birthday! And since we love birthdays we chose to celebrate all.weekend.long. It was awesome.

The first {and most important} detail of the birthday celebration? CAKE! This year I went all out on a homemade layered sprinkle cake.

And since it was Matt’s birthday, I let him pick the cake filling. Of all the flavors, he chose black cherry?? That boy never ceases to surprise me.

I have a detailed layered birthday cake tutorial post coming this week, so stay tuned! In the meantime, you should also check out the Fresh Strawberry Coconut Cake I baked for Matt last year {here}!

For his birthday breakfast, I made Matt’s favorite maple burst pancakes, bacon, sausage and fresh fruit topped with sprinkles and coconut.

As you probably have already figured out, we love to spoil each other with gifts and this year was no exception. Of course I couldn’t wait until his actual birthday, so I let Matt open 1-2 presents each day leading up to his birthday.

Side note: After I wrapped his gifts I went back to last year’s {birthday post} and saw I wrapped the gifts the exact same way. I guess my craft paper & jute obsession hasn’t worn off yet.

{A few of Matt’s gifts: new flip-flops, monogrammed double old fashioned glasses and monogrammed leather catch-all}

After we opened gifts and had a few cocktails then headed to the McNinch House for dinner. This romantic little restaurant has been on our Charlotte restaurant bucket list for years and Matt’s birthday was the perfect excuse to finally go!

 Isn’t this place simply stunning?!

{The chandelier over our dinner table}

And check out this handsome guy…

When we sat down for dinner we were informed that a special bourbon drink had been purchased by our good friends for Matt. How sweet is that?! It was the perfect surprise to kick off 7 courses of food!

Yes, I said SEVEN courses. The dinner was fabulous. We had sorbet between courses to “cleanse the pallet” and everything. It was so delicious and romantic. Out of 14 plates of food, I was well behaved and only took a few pictures.

And since they delivered the courses very slowly we had the opportunity to enjoy a few too many martinis and glasses of bubbly. It was perfect.

At the end of dinner they delivered a rose to me {and the bill to Matt, ha}!

Happy Birthday, Matt! I can’t imagine life without you. Cheers to 33! I love you!


  1. Pamela
    July 8, 2013 / 12:57 pm

    The breakfast looks SO good!! Oh wow! Beautiful restaurant!!

  2. Caitlin
    July 8, 2013 / 12:58 pm

    Ha ha ha about the bill and rose to you!! Made me crack up!Love that color dress you wore to dinner and that cake looks SO yummy! 🙂 Happy Birthday, Matt!

  3. Mariel C.
    July 8, 2013 / 1:02 pm

    Looks like a perfect birthday weekend! We celebrated Connor's last night (his is tomorrow) with a big dinner in.

  4. Sara
    July 8, 2013 / 1:26 pm

    Looks like such a fun weekend. I can't wait for your sprinkle cake tutorial. I am a firm believer that sprinkles make everything better.

  5. Pris
    July 8, 2013 / 1:30 pm

    That looks like a fantastic birthday weekend! I'm looking forward to the sprinkle cake tutorial!

  6. Annie
    July 8, 2013 / 1:36 pm

    The cake is so pretty! Love that you all went there. We've always wanted to try it after many years of walking past it when we lived uptown. Fancy schmancy!

  7. Rachel Silski
    July 8, 2013 / 1:41 pm

    I can't wait for that cake recipe! My husband turns 30 this year and I wanna make him something special. Also..that looks like a wonderful place to eat! Happy Birthday to Matt!

  8. Christina
    July 8, 2013 / 2:12 pm

    The cake looks amazing!!! Now I want a purple house like that restaurant. So pretty. I laughed at "they delivered a rose to me {and the bill to Matt" –haha!

  9. DeAnna Stephens
    July 8, 2013 / 2:20 pm

    I've always wanted to go to McNinch too but have heard mixed reviews. Love your cake!!!

  10. Laura | Our Life in the Queen City
    July 8, 2013 / 2:27 pm

    haha what a perfect weekend! happy birthday, matt! these old men better be thankful they have us young gals to take care of them 😉

  11. Nichole
    July 8, 2013 / 2:28 pm

    That restaurant is adorable! Love the cake, too.

  12. Elisabeth
    July 8, 2013 / 2:33 pm

    Omgosh that restaurant is absolutely charming. Jealous we don't have anything like that in my city.

  13. Stormy
    July 8, 2013 / 3:00 pm

    It looks like a wonderful time! That restaurant is simply charming! And that cake & pancakes…you're driving my preggo self crazy with those photos! Yum!

  14. SHAYNA
    July 8, 2013 / 3:10 pm

    Sounds like the perfect birthday celebration!!! Happy belated birthday to your husband!

  15. Linda Jenkins
    July 8, 2013 / 4:44 pm

    What a lucky husband! Your pics are beautiful. I'd love to make that cake for my twins' birthday this year.

  16. Wifessionals
    July 8, 2013 / 4:50 pm

    How fun!!! I can't wait for the cake tutorial!!!

  17. Laura {happily ever} Parker
    July 8, 2013 / 7:40 pm

    Awe this is so sweet! Looks like an awesome birthday celebration. That house is to die for!

  18. Brianne Bracco
    July 8, 2013 / 7:41 pm

    Dinner looked amazing! As well that yummy cake! Happy Birthday to your hubby!

  19. Jacque Pinol
    July 8, 2013 / 8:55 pm

    Love that cake!!!!!! It's so cute! Mamaplusmini.blogspot.com

  20. Ashley {Whole Foods New Body}
    July 8, 2013 / 11:02 pm

    I have always wanted to go to the McNinch house!! I live near Charlotte also! It looks like the perfect date night restaurant!! What an awesome birthday celebration!

  21. Samara
    July 8, 2013 / 11:53 pm

    The cake was so adorable;loved seeing it pop up on my Instagram feed! Love the monogrammed glass!Yes, that restaurant IS beautiful and I thoroughly enjoy seeing other people have cocktails right now since I can't!! Wah. 🙂 Cheers to bubbly!!! 🙂 Samara

  22. Cheryl Enlow
    July 9, 2013 / 12:09 am

    Oh my goodness I love that cake!! Looks like you guys had a lot of fun! 🙂

  23. Rebecca Woodcock
    July 11, 2013 / 7:31 pm

    Oh my goodness–SO thankful for this post! My fiance's birthday is next week and other than a new electric razor I had no idea what to get him. He is very easy to please and doesn't want or ask for many things. The monogrammed leather catch-all is the perfect idea. He is constantly laying his wallet, keys, phone, even little notes everywhere. Hopefully this will train him to keep them all in one place. And monogrammed–honestly, could not get any better!XOXO,Rebeccawww.DarlingCashmere.blogspot.com

  24. Lauren {at} Life.Love.Lauren
    July 14, 2013 / 10:39 pm

    You did a great job as always!!

  25. Sunita Chaudhar
    January 7, 2014 / 8:13 am

    oooohhh… This gift flowers looks awesome!!!Lovely !This looks absolutely fresh..Very Nice post. I use to do buy online send flowers as its time saving.very informative post about gift flowers.thanks for sharing this.

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