I Survived Turning Thirty

Turning thirty was awesome. Probably because it started with a party. Most things should start with a party. Ending with one is a good option too. This party was the celebration of entering a new decade and closing the chapter of the previous one. I’d call that a two for one deal.

It was like the quinceañera I never had. TH called it my treintañera.


Inexpensive, plain IKEA pillows I used to draw 30s on.

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Invites created for me by Miss Vmac.

New favorite flower – coxcomb.



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The gold tablecloth reminded me of the confetti at the bottom of the invite.

Big paper flowers in trees brought in a whimsical touch.


Different seating areas were meant to create the lounge feel I was going for.

Say hi to Casper the friendly sofa.


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Flamingos in bow ties on the lawn greeted you upon entering.

Specialty drink – The Pink Flamingo. It’s really a pink mojito. Stole this recipe from the wedding we went to a few weeks ago and changed the name.

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Birthday cake in three of my favorite flavors – coconut, bubble gum and pink champagne.

Let me know if you ever come across a hot Cheetos, or redbull flavored cake.

I think it all looked prettier at night when the trees were lit up in pink and candles and bar glowed.


TH, sporting a pink belt, gave a speech.

 Then there was a bit of dancing and jumping with the makeshift jump rope my friend Dee made out of glow sticks.


Huge thanks to everyone who was able to attend. You sure made this lady feel special.

Happy Monday!

  1. May 14, 2012

    What a great kickoff to the best decade of our lives, Babe. Awesome birthday, wonderful design features and a helluva party. Love you.

  2. May 14, 2012

    What a freaking gorgeous party! I’ll take one of those cocktails right now please!

  3. May 14, 2012

    Can’t. Get. Enough. And sh*t…my 30th wasn’t near as fab as yours, lady!!!! Divine design, as always!

  4. May 14, 2012

    Great party! Loved the lighting in the evening. Had a great time. Happy birthday love!

  5. Nice set up. I love outdoor sofas and striped one is the bomb diggity. You make me want to step up my party planning game. (Right now I’m on like party planning with training wheels phase.)

    PS- if you find a cheetos cake, will you share with me?

  6. May 14, 2012

    HELLO!!!! Best party set up and description ever!!!! Bravo you do 30 well, heck you make 30 look damn good. I love your backyard, honestly, you need to be a event designer, this looks incredible!! Happy Birthday lovah!!!

  7. May 14, 2012

    oh so I MUST know, where did you get the gold confetti styled table cloth???? I neeed need neeeed for my launch party.

  8. May 14, 2012

    Max said it was the best party he has ever attended!

  9. aww looks awesome! and once again i lol’ed at the red bull cake idea. you throw a heckuva party from the looks of it!

  10. May 14, 2012

    Happy Birthday…looks like a great party and a fun time had by all!! Dying to know about the gold “confetti” tablecloth…it’s wonderful!

    • May 15, 2012

      I just rented the gold confetti tablecloths from a rental company near by. They had the silver one on display and I just asked if they had it in gold. Luckily they did. I thought it was pretty fun.

  11. May 14, 2012

    I would turn 30 on the reg if that’s what my party looked like. I can’t even believe how amazingly cute and young and fresh you are! Happy birthday my dearest!

  12. May 14, 2012

    Happy Birthday! You did an amazing job with the decor, and it looks like a TON of fun! Congrats on 30- so exciting.

    P.S. the comment from TH was super cute! 🙂

  13. May 14, 2012

    TH cracks me up! This looks entirely too pretty and mature for someone leaving their 20’s. You are indeed 30.

  14. May 14, 2012

    Happy belated birthday! It looks like you had a fabulous party to celebrate! I love the decor and your birthday cake sounds pretty rad.

  15. OMG, you are so freaking ridiculous!!!!!!!!!! I love every bit of it!!!! So glad you had a great soiree for the third decade!!! 🙂

  16. May 14, 2012

    Wow! Great job on the design/decorations! It’s absolutely beautiful. Happy 30th!

  17. May 15, 2012

    Can we please talk about it? I’m sending this link to my husband. He tends to drop the ball on my birthdays even though for the entire 6 months before I remind him everyday how much I love my birthday. Why are you so fabulous? How do you find the time?!?!

  18. Happy belated! Your party looks absolutely AMAZING!

  19. Looks like one heck of a good time! Happy birthday!

  20. May 15, 2012

    Cheers to you and cheers to mother effing 30! It only gets better from here, despite the sagging and what not. It looks like you throw an awesome party and the bow tie flamingos were genius. Happy belated birthday Irene!!!

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