How To Plan A Birthday Party {Adult style}…

We {insert: society} can get engrossed with planning children’s birthday parties.  So much so that we tend to forget all about our birthday {or friends, spouse, parents, etc}.  Well, I think we all secretly love our birthdays.  It is no secret that I absolutely LOVE my birthday. 🙂

I hope this post inspires you to plan your own birthday shindig or just as fabulous of one for your friends or spouse.  😉


  • Mail invitations.  Yes – MAIL THEM! 🙂  I love receiving cute invitations in the mail!  We are a little too techie these days.  Lets take it back old school style with snail mail!
  • Add a childhood photo of the guest of honor to the invitation.  This might take some secret digging if you are planning for someone other than yourself.  
  • Ask guests to RSVP (duh)….with a song that reminds them of the person you will be toasting.  
    • Example: If said party was for me, all my friends would reply with “______”.  Go ahead ladies, leave it in the replies.  Lets see if Im right! 😉
    • The songs will become the party playlist. 
  • Have a cake made or catered for the event.  Not a sheet cake people! Go to a local bakery and find out what their specialty is.  
  • Serve a signature cocktail.  My personal faves: sangria and/or champagne.  Find out if there is a special drink that your guest of honor prefers.  Make that! 
    • Set up a cocktail area.  No Solo cups!  This is adult style, not cheap.  😉 
  • Add some flowers and balloons.  Keep it simple with a color scheme.  Blue, Yellow, Cream.    Pink, Black, White.   Turquoise, Coral, Cream.  You get what Im sayin…
  • Say cheese.  Photo booths are SO much fun!  Either (A) hire a local photographer or (B) set up a booth on your own.  I prefer the photographer route. 🙂
    • If you do it yourself… Gather a few playful props, tri-pod, camera, and lightweight bedspread or sheet to use as a backdrop.  
    • Two photographers that I :
  • Serve some delicious food.  I like “shower style” food.  It looks pretty and (if done right) is very yummy!
  • Gifts:  Im a fan of leaving the gifts at the store, and gift a “fun time”.  Memories are worth far more than any sweater or gift card. 🙂 
  • Have a good time! 🙂  
Drop a line with your fave party ideas!
Until next time…

Birthday Dessert…Disaster?

My birthday is in a few days, and I tend to celebrate all week long.  Those that know me best come to expect “Its my Birthday Week” proclamations!  It usually turns into “Birthday Month”, then “Birthday Quarter”…but I digress.  Ill say a big thank you to my parents for always making me feel special on my birthday.  Maybe that is why 29 years later, Im still celebrating as if I was turning the big {insert age}.

I love desserts, and my birthday, and baking.  So I decided to kick my birthday week off with a little birthday dessert surprise.  I am a newly addicted Pinterest follower (if you dont know what this is, then you are missing out!), and found some great recipes I wanted to try.  Some even claiming to be “skinny” dessert recipes.  Even better!

Well here is a recap of what happened:

Birthday Dessert Surprise — Skinny Funfetti Cupcakes (recipe)

Start out with minimal ingredients — I like that — means it is cheap to make!

Beat the soda & cake mix together.  Easy enough, except when the beater started humming, Raymond came running over.  He wanted a taste.

….and so did Cody….

Bake at 350 degrees & wait for your yumminess…Okay…patiently waiting…

The timer goes off and out they come, except something is wrong.  The big ones immediately fall in the center (never a good sign), and they have a much different consistently than I thought – spongey and …? Im at a loss for words.

I piped the icing on the cupcakes, went to take a shower, and came back to find them half eaten.  Raymond is a dessert thief — he is like a puppy — never leave unattended and unsupervised!  So no more pictures as they were destroyed by the dessert monster, and no more skinny cupcakes for me.  Ill stick to the full fat kind next time.

Wonder what my next birthday dessert surprise will be?

Do you love your birthday as much as I do?  What are your favorite birthday desserts?