Sunday, December 7, 2014

A Tangled Party

A few weekends ago, Eliot and I hosted my 30th birthday party.  It was a blast!!!  I invited a few of my girlfriends over to celebrate.  Last year, we celebrated my birthday by having a small gathering at our house and by going to see Catching Fire.  We had such a good time, that we decided to do it again this year!  (You can read more about my birthday party last year here.)

This year, I insisted on having a themed party.  Since it was my 30th, I wanted to make it special.  I've tossed around ideas for a while, but I finally settled on a Tangled theme. I thought it was appropriate since Rapunzel celebrates her birthday by having the "best day ever" when she leaves her tower.

I went shopping with my parents a few weekends ago to get party supplies.  I didn't realize the party store didn't sell Tangled themed items, but luckily I'd found some cups this summer at Toys R Us and I had those.  We did find a Tangled tablecloth.  After that, we went with  pink and lavender plates, napkins and silverware.  I had a few other ideas for decorations that I'd been hoarding away until it was time for the party.

I wanted something fun to give my friends as party favors.  I asked Eliot to make me pink and lavender Mickey soaps! He used sweet pea scent and they smell amazing! Then, I sent him the logo for my 30th birthday that I designed and he used it for the toppers!  Unfortunately, we forgot to hand them out at the end of the day.  (Don't worry- we're going to make sure they get them!)

I got up early to prepare the food and start with the decorations.  I made the cupcakes and then Katie helped me by frosting them.  I prepared the veggie platter, cheese, pepperonis and crackers and my aunt's shrimp dip.  The dip is addictive!

After the food was done, I started in on the decorating.  I got the supplies out and then prepared the grass mats we'd bought for the centerpiece, the lanterns I've had for a few months now and our LED tea lights.  I hung a few of the lanterns from the chandelier.  I decorated with the other lanterns on the sideboard.  Pascal hung out by the lights.  I arranged the centerpiece and the place settings.  Then, I added the glitter candles to the grass since they were too glittery for the cupcakes.  I added a few "magical" sun flowers to the grass mats.  Finally, I put a few pink and lavender streamers over the chandelier.

My friends are amazing and they all got me wonderful gifts.  I love all of them!  My friends know me so well!  I even got a few Disney birthday cards!  (Bonus points!)  I may or may not have squealed like a little girl when I opened the Tangled themed Rapunzel birthday card from Kathleen that had some Anna and Elsa stickers in it. (Double bonus points!!!)  In my defense, they were stickers I've never seen before and I was really excited!  After catching up, the six of us girls headed over to the movie theater.  I was so pumped up; I think I skipped into the theater.

Mockingjay was amazing.  It didn't disappoint.  In fact, the movie was better than I pictured it, and I had high hopes.  The acting was fantastic and it was really moving.  I absolutely love the Hunger Games books and I've devoured the series a few times over the past year and a half.  Mockingjay Part 1 was hauntingly beautiful.  The girls and I loved it, although we were a little depressed leaving the theater.  It's certainly not a happy, uplifting movie, but if you've read the books you already know that.  I'm sad we have to wait a year to see Part 2; but, I know it'll be worth it!  Plus, now we know what we're doing for my birthday next year!  In the meantime, I'm sure we'll all continue to have "The Hanging Tree" stuck in our heads on repeat.

After leaving the movie theater, we came home to meet up with Eliot and BJ.  The boys had "bromance" time and played video games like last year.  We finally dragged them away from their Mario game so we could all go out to dinner at Ruby Tuesday's.  We had a great time catching up and enjoying each other's company.  Later, we returned to our house to enjoy the cupcakes I'd made.  We had another round of laughter before everyone headed home.  I went to bed shortly after, and fell asleep immediately.

All in all, it was a fun celebration and I had a great time going out with our friends. I'm excited to see what 30 has in store for me!  °o°


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    1. Thank you! I had a lot of fun with it. I think I need a princess party every year... haha! ;-)