Tuesday Talent Show #77

I hope everyone’s week is off to a fantastic start!

I am in the process of planning my husband’s 30th BIRTHDAY party this week! Birthday’s are a BIG deal to me. I feel like everyone needs a day to be honored and celebrated.

I know some of you are thinking… “you guys are still SO young!” and some of you are thinking “30?! you’re SO old!” Okay probably very few if any are thinking 30 is old, but regardless I think it is a pretty big birthday to celebrate. Here is why:

1. He will no longer be in his 20s. Duh, right? Well it is a pretty big step. And I want to welcome it in style :)

2. Last year, he celebrated his birthday on a gurney. No lie. His birthday fell during the time we were living at the hospital for his GBS. Not very exciting and it wasn’t the best of times for him. This year he has completely made a 180 as far as health goes and I want to make it memorable in a good way :)

and 3. I have been waiting for an opportunity to host one of these parties….

I am planning a BIG Murder Mystery Dinner Party! Have you ever done one of those?! I hear they are pretty awesome! This is my first one (and I am hosting it) and I can’t wait! Question for you. I am putting the dinner menu together and can’t decide. Would you go with themed food? or the Birthday Boy’s favorites? I need opinions. Also, any advice for me as the hostess?!

Also, Have you entered to win a trip to the Duncan Hines Test Kitchen with me?! If not, go enter! It is going to be an absolute blast!

While you are thinking of your opinions/answers, lets begin the party shall we?!

Tuesday Talent Show Link Party at Chef in Training! It is held weekly and has some amazing link ups!


Here are some features from last week:


S’mores Brownies from The Boiled Noodle




Honey Wheat Bread {Outback Steakhouse Copy-Cat} from I Heart Eating




Kool-Aid Playdough from The 36th Avenue




Caramel Cheesecake Brownies from Confessions of a Baking Queen




Cannoli Crepes from Sensationally Seasonal




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  1. suzyhomemaker

    Thanks for hosting. I linked up my super easy crock pot chicken recipe that I had mentioned on another post. I really hope you try it because I think you will love it. It is number 11.

  2. Kate

    Thank you so much for featuring my honey wheat bread!! What a fun party idea! I'd go birthday boy favs. =)

  3. Sheryl

    Hi Nikki,
    Thanks for hosting and good luck with your party. I'm sure it will be a big hit or should I say bang! :) Happy Easter! ~Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain~

  4. KC @ The Real Thing with the Coake Family

    Thanks so much for hosting! We went to a murder mystery party for my Aunt and it was fun! We had themed food which went with the event, but I think whatever you think would be most special to your husband would be the best!
    Take care,

  5. Alyssa

    Thanks so much for hosting the party! Happy Birthday to your husband! I think that birthdays are big and should be celebrated. When I was in college my friend and I hosted a murder mystery party, it was so much fun! I think you should go with your husband's favorite dishes or you could do a combination of his favorites with the theme. I hope you have a great party!

  6. Trish - Mom On Timeout

    Birthdays are a big deal and I'm sure this birthday will be fantastic - has to be better than last year! Thanks so much for hosting Nikki!

  7. Jess

    Thanks for hosting! :)

    I'd love for you to join my Blog Hop! :)


    Don't forget to enter the giveaway!

  8. Lyuba@willcookforsmiles

    Wow...the BIG 3-0! I am a bit scared of mine :)
    The dinner mystery sounds like a fantastic idea! Good luck!
    Thank you for the party :)

  9. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Happy Bday to your hubs and so sweet of you to go to all the work to plan something amazing for him!

    As always, thanks for hosting this linkup party, Nikki!

  10. Diane

    Hi Nikki!

    Thank you for hosting! Blessings to you!

    1. Diane

      And...Happy Birthday to your husband!! My husband's birthday is Friday...also planning....but not a party...perhaps a long-awaited trip to Disneyland. :)

  11. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen

    Yay! Thanks for featuring my brownies! And for hosting such a fabulous party! And I bet the mystery will be great too! It's my boyfriends 30th in June! I can't believe it, and to me I am 23..turing 30 does sound old! Hope the party goes well :)

  12. Jen Nikolaus

    Hi Nikki! Thanks for hosting! I agree, a 30th Birthday is a big one. I love your murder mystery theme idea! And I think you should go with his favorite dishes! (which is probably going to be hard to narrow down with you as his wife/personal chef, lol!) I bet it's going to be the party of the century! Good luck! Post pics for all of us to see afterwards! Have a good one!

    Jen @ Yummy. Healthy. Easy.

  13. marilyn

    Hi. Love your site but I'm wondering if you can help me. I don't know how to get rid of that floating survey thing. I have had to just click on it and go to the site to get rid of it. I am not very computer literate. I do have my setting to get rid of popups but it isn't getting rid of this. Thanks.

  14. Liz Fourez

    Hey Nikki! Thanks so much for the great party! Have a Happy Easter : )


  15. Tieghan

    Happy B-day to your husband! You are one nice wife! Have a great party and thanks for the party!

  16. Christie - Food Done Light

    Thanks for hosting. So excited for you. We did a murder mystery party years ago for a Halloween party. It was the best party ever! It really is dependent on how much your guests will get into it. We did go theme food but I strongly suggest you have food that can be ready before hand. That way if need to be you can help keep the murder mystery going and kind of show your guests the way to do it. Go over the top! It will be a blast. I cannot wait to read about it.

  17. Diane Balch

    Hi Nikki,
    I am sharing some important info about a blogging event: Food Bloggers Against Hunger. I hope you'll help spread the word. Thanks.

  18. Jo and Sue

    Thank you for hosting another great party this week!
    I held a themed murder mystery dinner party and we went with themed food. My guests dressed for their parts and, I think, having the themed food just added to the ambience of the party. They are so much fun! I hope you and your husband have a great time!

  19. Krista @ joyfulhealthyeats

    Thanks for hosting another great party Nikki! So fun that you are doing a murder mystery dinner. If it was me throwing the party I would do my husbands favorite foods, after all it's his day right?

  20. Ruthie

    Thanks for hosting this fun party! Come link up your latest and greatest with me on Saturdays! Happy Easter!!
    xoxo ~Ruthie

  21. Jennifer S

    I have hosted 3 of those murder mystery dinners and my advice is to be as organized as possible before guests arrive! You will be so much less stressed if you have everything for the game ready. Also don't worry if the game doesn't go off exactly as it is supposed to, sometimes the funniest things happen that way. Have fun!

  22. Jenna @ www.sensationallyseasonal.com

    Hi Nikki! Thanks for featuring my cannoli crepes! This made my day (I'm kind of a newbie to this blogging stuff- so this definitely made me do a happy dance)! The 30th is a biggie! My hub's had his last year and oh my, figuring out how we were going to celebrate was a challenge. It ended up involving an epic 30 scoop ice cream sundae. I LOVE your idea for a murder mystery party. I would absolutely do themed food because it's so much fun, unless your hubby has a favorite. Then that might have to overrule. Happy birthday to him!

  23. Jenn

    Thanks so much for including my S'Mores Brownies!! As a newbie in the blog world, it truly is an honor to be on your site!!
    Hope you all enjoy them as much as my fam does!

  24. Heather

    Thanks for the link party! I also host one on my blog called Good Tastes Tuesday every week! Would love for you to come over any time and link any of your recipes up! Here is a direct link: http://www.golden-reflections.com/2013/03/good-tastes-tuesday-link-party-pasta.html Thanks! ~ Heather

  25. Jeni {Bakerette.com}

    Holy crap! THIRTY? My daughter just turned 30 last Friday. You are making me feel old girlfriend! :) I love the idea of a theme, but I also think if you're holding it because of your husband's birthday, then I would go with his favorites. But perhaps some of those favorites could fit under the theme? Maybe do a smattering of both? Thanks for hosting this linky party! I'll be back soon.

  26. Gloria @ Simply Gloria

    Nikki, thanks for hosting a amazing party! I linked up some Peanut Butter Buttermilk Pancakes for all the PB Lovers! (#315) Can't wait to check out all the other links to see what everyone's been up to!

  27. mindy

    I say go with the themed meal. It's just going to make the whole event more memorable! You can always cook his favorite foods, and I'm sure you do, so why not keep the whole party theme going!?!

    We host a mystery dinner every year for a large group of people. You'll have a blast! Can't wait to hear how it turns out. =)

  28. Sarah @ Alderberry Hill

    Thanks for hosting week after week, I am glad to be joining in again... have a great day!

  29. Kimberley

    Murder Mysteries are always lots of fun, I have done a couple and they are a BLAST! I vote that you make your hubby's fav foods that day......he will LOVE you for it :)

  30. Gretchen

    Hope your husband has a great birthday. I think whatever you serve it will be fantastic..

  31. kristy @ gastronomical sovereignty

    dude! so excited for you both! i'm sure you'll be a great hostess! only advice: don't let people's drinks go dry. always refill them or grab them another when you see their drink is getting low. it's a small thing, but makes people feel valued and important. not to mention drunk.

    this week i've linked up the healthiest of all recipes: caramelized onion duck fat baked poutine. yeah. that won't make you fat at all..... (but it all home made!)...

    also, i've got my linky party - The Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up - up and running. Everyone is welcome, I hope to see you there!

  32. Katie B. of HousewifeHowTos.com

    Thank you for hosting, Nikki! If you haven't already done so, please come join my How-To Tuesday link party. It would be great to have you join!