Brooke threw a surprise birthday party for Azure a few weeks ago ... you can see lots more pictures with creative ideas here. (ps - she's not only creative, but she totally knows how to make someone feel important!)
And then my sister-in-law threw together an amazing wedding reception for our niece. They have a very welcoming yard, AND she's a wedding cake maker!
Where do you get your inspiration for parties? I have to steal all mine - I don't have any original ideas, but I'm a pretty good copy-cat.