Has a year really passed since we were celebrating her birthday with the Nancy Drew/Sleuthing theme? Yes, it certainly has! Thanks to my friend Carol and her two daughters who took a walking tour in downtown Chicago as chocolate tasters this past January, I knew this would be my sister's birthday theme for 2011. We always do themes, you know. First, the gifts. Do you know how fun it is to shop for gifts with chocolate in mind? I assure you it is quite pleasurable. Each gift was wrapped in either chocolate brown or marzipan pink paper. Cupcake tags were made to give a one verb clue such as "write" for notecards (above), "soothe" for chocolate brown spa bootees or "sniff" for chocolate chip scented tealight candles.
The ribbons on the gifts were actually hand-punched scallops on wrapping paper using a Martha Stewart punch. Here the birthday girl poses with all her loot. Now, it's time to head to the train station to go downtown for the tour....all aboard?
Seriously. Chocolate is one of the finest tastes known to humankind. And my sister is one of the finest sisters in the world. So, merge the two and it is sure to be a memorable recipe for celebrating Sis's 2011 birthday!
We took one of the options offered by Chicago Chocolate Tours starting in the State Street Macy's this past Monday. (Check it out at
http://www.chicagochocolatetours.com/ ). We had treats from 6 different chocolate shops as we walked in the loop area for about 2 1/2 hours on a very chilly day. It was bliss. Pure chocolate bliss.
It is Monday now and the real deal day of Diann's birthday. Please join me in wishing her the
most delicious year ever! Love ya, Sis!