Friday, January 11, 2019


Five days before Christmas I celebrated my 30th birthday!  I don't mind having my birthday right in the heart of the holiday season - it makes that week all the more special.  (Although one year I wouldn't be opposed to doing a pool party half birthday instead of a December birthday celebration!)

I had such a wonderful day - we kept it very low key and scrapped our original day plans to enjoy more relaxing - dropped off all the food from our Christmas party to the food bank, went to my favorite Mexican restaurant for lunch and a few errands then Christmas movies and naps on the couch! We met my family for dinner at one of my favorite restaurants that night and had a wonderful dinner and time.

After dinner everyone came back over for presents and cake... and a little bit of playing with Tatum. After all that we got cozy on the couch by the Christmas trees for another movie.  What a wonderful day!

The next evening as I was finishing up baking cookies and we were deciding what to do for dinner Derek told me to go get ready and my parents were coming out to celebrate that he wanted us to go out for dinner to celebrate my birthday! I suspected something was up as we'd just been out in the city two nights before.

He'd planned such a nice surprise party with a bunch of our couple friends at a private room in one of my favorite restaurants.  He and one of our good friends picked the menu family style based on all of my favorites and we all had the best time.  I felt so special!


  1. Looks like you had a lot of fun celebrations for your 30th!! Love all of your cakes!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  2. aw the best birthday! I love a surprise party - especially when its so well thought out and sweet like that one. happy belated my friend!
    xoxo cheshire kat

  3. Would love to hear what was on your wishlist for your birthday!

  4. Both of your cakes were GORGEOUS! And I love all your celebrations - a low key day, ending with family sounds perfect, as does the surprise party Derek put together. Just so sweet!

  5. What a wonderful birthday! Both of your cakes were soooo pretty! And unique! Happy happy Dirty 30!

  6. Happy 30th! Love your outfits and the cakes. So pretty! Sounds like you got spoiled by family and friends.

  7. Happy belated birthday. Both of the cakes are pretty. That was nice of Derek to throw you a party with friends.