Friday, August 3, 2012

I Turned 30... and celebrated 368 days later.

Last year I wanted to celebrate my 30th birthday like a rock star-  tight pants, excessive booze, party bus and maybe a trashed hotel room.

Those plans were smashed when a month before I found out I was all kinds of pregnant.

So I decided I wanted a 30th birthday do-over.  However, I knew with my bestie getting married in July, and a bambino on my hip, I was not going to have the time or energy to plan any of this myself.  I turned to Shannon from Bottle Pop Party Company and asked her to plan everything from soup to nuts.  I believe my exact phrase was " I just want to show up and get drunk".

When it came to a theme I am pretty sure I gave her the most vague description of super girly with touches of pink and gold.  From that my friends, she spun perfection.

                           


To begin with, Shannon created an invitation



For the record 123 Bottle Pop Place is not my address, and don't act like you didn't think about Google Mapping that.  Nice try, stalkasaurus.

The food was set up in the kitchen.  Since it was an afternoon bash, we set up sandwiches and pasta salad.  These weren't just any sandwiches- oh no my friends.  We went highfalutin with smoked turkey and gouda, mozzarella and tomato and chicken salad on a croissant.  Because everyone knows everything tastes better on a croissant.

(most pictures taken from Shannigans)

                    



The desk in the kitchen was turned into a drink station with Sangria and pink lemonade



Yes, those are gold dots stamped on the bottles.  Seriously, this girl is into details.

Guests were welcomed to take home gold-stamp bags of pink salt water taffy.  Noms.

                                   

The rest of the party was held in our backyard.  Did you guys know I have a backyard?  I do.  It's huge and there is nothing out there but holes and lone tree.  But Shannon made it look awesome.

Pink lemonade cupcakes were set up outside on DIY cake stands with gold liners.

                                     

                                     

The weather was a perfect 80 degrees and not a cloud in the sky.  Two tents were set up for guests to sit and chat or dine alfresco.  The tables were covered with pink linens with Kate Spade sayings and a single pink carnation.

It's true, I am a fantastic dancer.


A photo booth with props was availible for everyone to take a second and act a little silly

Meg assists with taking someone picture


  
my nieces and nephew


me with my two besties, Jamie and Connie

Even my dad got in on the props



There were horse shoe pits for the adults



and toys outside for Hunter's future in-laws the kids



Around 5:00 pm the party started to fizzle out, and friends of ours who were not able to make it during the day showed up with more beer, hamburgers and fire crackers for round two.

When the sun went down, we busted out the fire pit the previous owners left behind.  We drank beer, and roasted marshmallows.

                     

It was the best birthday I could have ever asked for.

                     

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank all of my friends and family who showed up to share this day with me.  A very special thanks to Shannon for all your hard work to make this day special for me.  There are no words to describe how much I appreciate all you did.

Always & Forever,
  ME

6 comments:

kp said...

Shannon pretty much rocks at the party planning. For reals. BUt it looks like a spectacular soiree.

BUT, INQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW...were you able to just show up and get drunk? None of your pictures allude to the latter part of your request...

:)

LizzieBeth said...

KP-- I don't know how it happened, but I got the perfect amount of tipsy without being an asshole, or having a hang over.

I should mark that day because it will probably never happen again, haha

LB

Mary said...

Girl, color me jealous because I am a Kate Spade ADDICT! It's perfection, happy anniversary of your 25th birthday!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

I totally googled that address. Darn. I was planning to drive by tonight.

Looks like an awesome party and time was had by all. You totally deserve it. And Shannon rocks.

Amanda said...

yeah, shannon looks to be the best person to throw a party. ever. in the history of party planning.

she blows phyllis, angela and pam outta the water.

what a fun day for you...on your 30th birthday anniversary.

Lynett said...

Love this idea! Love the decor! Love everything! You definitely deserved a do-over and so happy your got it! You look fabulous by the way!