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Celebrations are what I live for… if you’ve read my Instagram bio you’d know I believe in month long birthdays too. Each year I go all out and have a themed birthday party. It’s something I look forward to and start thinking about months in advance. Now it has become a tradition where my friends even try to guess what the theme will be from year to year. We’ll see if after 30 I change my tune and no longer look forward to celebrating another year older…
This year’s theme was Cuban flair with my hashtag being #27AndHavanaGoodTime. Clever, right? Decorations included pineapples aplenty, lots of palm leaves and bright colors. I setup a mojito bar with this recipe and a cigar bar which included both faux (gum) cigars and real cigars, which let’s be honest were really for the boys to enjoy.
Usually I get an extravagant cake for the party but this year decided to tone down the actual cake and focus more on the adorable pineapple cake pops. Plus, the cake got jazzed up with some fun pineapple birthday candles. Speaking of pineapples, they were everywhere… including on the wall! Party hack: I think wall decal stickers (I get mine from Look Sugar) are a perfect party option as they are cheaper than a Photo Booth backdrop, go up in seconds and come off the walls without any residue. Instantly making any room feel festive!
Last but not least, the birthday girl’s look! Every girl should be pampered and feel beautiful for her special day so I always indulge in some pre-party beauty treatments. Since it’s the dead of winter and I’m a shade of ghostly pale come January 17th I always book a spray tan with my girl Marla of And So It Glows. She comes right to your home and takes your 50 shades darker. Next up, I visited Blown Away in Kennett Square. Their super talented stylist Jessica gave me a luxurious blowout and waves with a deep part for the retro Cuban ‘do I was after. Last up, Houpette for makeup. The store not only stocks some amazing lines but also has some super talented artist who helped me achieve a glowy bronzed look with a golden smokey eye and orangish-red bold lip.
With my birthday look and party decorations it was almost like we were in Cuba!
I’ll be honest, red is probably one of my least favorite colors. It’s just so harsh and in your face (says the girl with pink walls). Slowly, though, the color red is growing on me, especially in the summer. I love the idea of a a summer cookout with red checked linens, or full on Americana like this setting with stars and stripes.
This little setting is perfect for a summer lobster meal, or even a 4th of July picnic. And not to fast forward but it also would be an adorable political election setting. Just avoid the politics talk at dinner or you might end up eating alone!
While scrolling through Pinterest one night, I stumbled upon a set of flatware tied together with rope and I knew I had to recreate the look. For $2 at Hobby Lobby I think the rope totally pulled together the look. Those hydrangeas… what else says summer in the US of A?