Sunday, September 11, 2011

My 25th Birthday

I'm back! And slowly trying to catch up on everything I want to accomplish with this blog and my Etsy shop.

As I said in my last post, I've been busy with other hobbies and projects. One of them was planning my 25th birthday party. I've always wanted to have a really put-together, Martha-Stewart-like party (who am I kidding? I wish all my parties were like that!). I love coming up with themes and color schemes, choosing coordinated foods and decorations, and thinking of every detail. Maybe I'll consider a career as a party planner in the future.

I figured 25 is enough of a milestone to justify a big bash, though I didn't want to get too ambitious, since it was my first time hosting such an event. I wanted to keep it casual and comfortable, too. If it were a more formal event, I would've sent invitations, as I had so much fun making the invitations for our wedding (I also made our wedding favors). Eventually I'd like to get into floral arranging so I can make centerpieces too.

I'm happy to report that my first event was a success! The decorations came out perfect - exactly as I imagined them, the food was delicious, and everyone had fun. What more could you want out of a party?

Here are some pictures:

(To view the full size pic, right click and select "view image")

DIY sign, very easy to make! Tell me if you want instructions.
L to R: napkins, silverware, plates, veggies & dip, chips & dip
L to R: chips & dip, potato salad, empanadas, coleslaw, & burger toppings
Here's a hint about the theme. :)
I pretty much love anything lemon.
Lemon cupcakes with lemon cream cheese frosting, topped with lemon candies
L to R: coleslaw, burger toppings, lemon ricotta cookies, lemon cupcakes
Drinks table and bar. The wine glasses have different patterns.
 Homemade lemonade
Other drinks
Festive wine glasses
Another view of the bar
Polka dot napkins
Blowing out the candles
Lemon wedge jello shots
I love my friends! Even the gift wrapping matched the party. :)
My niece enjoyed all the tissue paper. Isn't she cute?

And finally, the birthday girl - me!

Hope all of you had memorable summers too!


  1. Hi Michelle. I couldn't find an email for you to answer your question about the powdered sugar in my no-bake cookie recipe. I have a kitchen scale and I measured 1 pound but the bags I buy are 2 pound bags so if you don't have a kitchen scale you could just pour the powdered sugar into similar bowls and judge by eye. A couple tabelspoons off won't make much difference. You will love these cookies. I promise!

    Happy 25th birthday! Your party looked beautiful and Martha would have felt right at home! Everything looked so pretty. I like the idea of the jello shots in the lemon. So clever! I also like the way you used the pretty little plate to secure the napkins. Isn't party planning so much fun!!! I think I would have had some major fun at that party!

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