Tables covered in bright colors - turquoise, yellow and green with orange napkins, yellow cups and Gerbera daisies in hot colors.
Games in the yard for young and old.
I love the way that a game can provide the common denominator that helps bring people together. My college friend re-discovering that she knows a former co-worker of Mitchell's. Or, our Hispanic neighbors patiently letting my boss practice his college Spanish on them. Sadly, his joke didn't make it in translation. Mitchell's tennis partner and his friend from South Africa discovering a common interest, and extended family meeting a wide variety of our friends, two children and a puppy.
Dinner of pulled pork (from his favorite BBQ restaurant), baked beans (my step-mom's best recipe) and coleslaw followed by a homemade pineapple upside down cake for the birthday boy. All favorites chosen by the honoree.[Don't you love that word. I think I have never used it before!] but many came anyway - mostly drinkable and readable - so he will have many reminders of a fun day and evening.