Celebrating 60 at Casa Marina

My dad is turning 60 tomorrow and last night we kicked off his birthday celebration with homemade orange cake with orange buttercream icing.

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We were too impatient to wait for the cake to cool before we frosted it, so it looked pretty pathetic, but it tasted great!

My dad made sure to make a wish before blowing out his candles and opening his gift. He absolutely loved his present and I typed up a blog post all about it that I’ll be sure to publish first thing in the morning!

We spent the rest of the night enjoying each other’s company before bed.

Brunch at Casa Marina

This morning we took my dad out for a birthday brunch at Casa Marina, a restaurant located right on the beach in Jacksonville.

Casa Marina Jacksonville

Right when we walked in, we knew we were going to leave feeling absolutely stuffed.

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Check out the beautiful buffet!





With so many options to choose from, I didn’t know where to begin!

Casa Marina Brunch

Round one included eggs Benedict served on a fried green tomato, paella, shrimp, veggies, seafood salad and creamy grits. The paella was my favorite!

Round two included a Belgian waffle with fresh whipped cream and strawberries (Ryan’s fabulous recommendation), sliced sausage and a buttermilk biscuit with gravy.


I am normally not a huge biscuits and gravy fan, but my sister’s boyfriend raved about it and convinced all of us to give it a try. Great recommendation! It was delicious!


For dessert, I started with the most decadent chocolate mousse and got through about half of it before I turned my attention to the carrot cake, pecan pie and baklava in front of me.

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My eyes were bigger than my stomach and I ate about half of everything until a serious sugar coma set in.

We had a great time at brunch, celebrating my dad’s 60th birthday as a family!

Once we got back to my parents’ place, we hung out for a few hours before Ryan, Sadie and I said our goodbyes and hit the road for Ocala. It was a short trip, but well worth it to wish my dad a very happy birthday in person.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!


  1. says

    I’m literally DROOLING looking at all of that wonderful food! I think I would be overwhelmed haha ;). It seems like your dad had a wonderful birthday! I’m glad you could make it over to see him, he most have loved that :)


  2. says

    Brunch buffets make me so excited I have to take multiple plates at once to collect as much food as possible. Orange cake sounds pretty special! Pretty different than your standard chocolate or vanilla but I guess very appropriate for Florida?


  3. says

    Breakfast buffets get me every time! I totally understand your need to take a little of many desserts because I can’t pass up anything that sounds good. I AT LEAST need a taste of it! I’m glad you had a great weekend and Happy Birthday to your Dad!


  4. says

    OMG. That food. haha and 90 percent of the time I ice prematurely. (In retrospect, that’s an awkward way to phrase that, but I’m rolling with it.) Melty cakes are my specialty… unless I KNOW I have to take a picture of it. ;)


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