#happybirthday

#happybirthday - The Perpetual Hostess

This past weekend I had the pleasure of celebrating my birthday with a number of family and friends.  It was such a special night and I was so happy to have so many people I love in the same place.  There are two things I will always remember about this party:

1.  I am one blessed girl.  So many people took time out of their weekend to celebrate with me and I am so very grateful.  Friends from every phase of my life here in Northern Virginia, including neighbors, church friends, work friends, family and others, came to hang out and it was awesome.  I felt so loved.

2.  Emily of Emily Hill Events is the bomb.com.  All the fun details you see below were designed and/or executed by her, and on top of that,  she was an amazing help during the actual party, plating food, serving drinks, cleaning up, and treating my friends as her own.  If you’re throwing a party of any kind and you live in the DC/MD/VA area, drop her a note.  She’s your girl!

One of my favorite details of the party were the script cutouts Emily made based on this project and the corresponding free printable templates provided by Style Me Pretty Living.  These can be used for ANY party and turned out amazing.  The #happybirthday sign above was hand created by Emily and was the anchor for what turned out to be a classy, yet fun, party.

Little Eats - Birthday Sign - The Perpetual Hostess

Birthday Food - The Perpetual Hostess

We kept the food simple, serving quesadillas and crab cakes from Whole Foods and an assortment of appetizers from the freezer aisle of Trader Joe’s and Harris Teeter.  It made prep a piece of cake and allowed us to spend more time on the fun, decorative details.

Little Treats Sign - Birthday Party - The Perpetual Hostess

Little Treats - Birthday Desserts - The Perpetual Hostess

The desserts were simple and sweet.  I made chocolate pudding, stirred in some Cool Whip and topped it with Cacao Nibs and Raspberries, put out frozen eclairs from the grocery store and made No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake Mini Tarts from the Kitchen Treaty.  It was all super easy and super delicious.

Pop Rocks Favors - The Perpetual Hostess

And what is a party without ridiculously fun favors?  These glass vials filled with Pop Rocks were the hit of the night and EVERYONE took one home…even the guys who I thought might be too cool to take home a hot pink gift.  I was wrong.  They loved it.  Apparently everyone loves a blast from the past!

All in all, it was a night to remember and I was thrilled that everything turned out so well.  My original Winter Birthday Party Inspiration was the perfect jumping off point for what morphed into a party that was truly ‘me’.  Another big thanks to Emily for her awesome ideas and for making my ideas come to life!

Have you ever thrown your own birthday party?  What theme would you choose if all your friends could be in one place for an evening?

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