Half Birthday Brunch

1/17/11 arrived on Monday, bringing yet another palindromic date of 2011, MLK Jr. Day, and my half-birthday! All good things: like most Hannahs, I love palindromes; Martin Luther King, in addition to being an all-around stand up guy, was a fellow Boston University alumnus; and who doesn't love a half-birthday to give you a reason to celebrate in the dead of post-Christmas winter.

After creating and sending my letterpress-inspired invitations, I considered designing coordinating place cards and/or menus. But after a weekend full of baking, volunteering, and Black Swan, I figured I would just let the food speak for itself. And snow makes me lazy.

Yes, I even included vegetables. Baby spinach salad with dried cranberries, feta, and almond slivers.

Spinach and cheddar quiche with sauteed onions and garlic.

Yummy lemon scones, baked by my friend Kase and transported all the way from NYC.

Simple fruit salad.

And to top it off, chocolate pound cake topped with powdered sugar. Thank you, Martha Stewart, for figuring out how to fit 9 eggs and 4 sticks of butter into one dessert.

Love my place settings? Me too! My family gave them to me for Christmas. Find more at www.FrenchBull.com.

And yes, of course there were celebratory drinks. We had champagne cocktails with a choice of cran-raspberry or blueberry-pomegranate juice. Divine.

I encourage everyone else to find a reason to celebrate. If it's not your real birthday or half-birthday, consider an un-birthday party.