I recently turned 30. I am not very happy about it, mostly because I can't believe my 20's went by so fast, I am still in shock that I am actually 30 years old. I mean, I don't even feel 30 (if there is, in fact, a feeling associated with turning a certain age) It must be a good thing though I suppose, to not actually feel 30. At any rate I was, and am still, not really mentally prepared to be 30... but it happend, time to suck it up and accept it I guess. So here we are. Hello 30...!?
Long before the "big" day arrived I figured that if I have to turn 30 I might as well make it a fun celebratory event instead of wallowing in self pitty. So I made the decision to make my own cake(s) I also made the decision to keep things super simple because making cakes isn't always unicorns and glitter... wait who am I kidding, it totally is! Seriously though it can sometimes be hard, so I just decided to make it easy on myself, keep it simple yo!
For starters I decided to do a dessert bar, and went with a yellow, grey and white color scheme. I love yellow, and grey together. Of course I needed certain decorative items to go along with the color scheme, so I went, where else, but Etsy in search of custom handmade and vintage finds.
During the planning process I had a lot of ideas. Cookies, giant jars filled with multiple flavors of French macarons, a table full of mini cakes in different flavors, cupcakes, brownies... the list goes on.
But in the end, like I said before, I decided to keep it simple.
I made two cakes: the first being a two layer vanilla bean cake with vanilla bean frosting (does it get more simple than that? I think not) the second was a toss up, I couldn't decide on a flavor so I held a contest on my facebook page and had all of my fans decide. The winning cake ended up being carrot cake, and I was totally fine with that. I don't mean to toot my own horn (actually yes, yes I do) but my carrot cake is pretty rad! Really, it is. It is the most requested cake flavor I get, hands down. Plus I really like carrot cake. Done and done. For this one I decided on a two tiered cake with my signature maple cinnamon cream cheese frosting (with just a hint of whiskey) and then I put some real yellow flowers on it. Done and done.
I also decided to make popsicles; a kid-friendly version and one with booze. Last I wanted one more, super simple dessert that would be easy to snack on, or "grab-and-go", so what better than cookies? I made one of my newer creations; zucchini orange shortbread cookies. They are the perfect summer cookie I think.
I had planned on getting a whole slew of giant outdoor games to play to keep people entertained (as if I am not entertaining enough!) Such as: giant inflatable bowling, life-size Jenga, Giant card games of various sorts, etc. I ordered the inflatable bowling online. It arrived and was about an inch larger than normal bowling pins... hardly "giant-sized", in retrospect I should have read the reviews. It's safe to say I returned that immediately. Bummer.
The life-size Jenga was over $300, and since I figured I wouldn't use it enough after the party to make it worth it, I decided to forgo that purchase.
I also ordered a jumbo-sized deck of playing cards, which arrived two days after my party took place, but they are actually giant sized, so I'm keeping them for future games of "asshole", slap-jack and the like. Because of the dissapointment re: the giant outdoor games I decided on a good old fashioned game of kickball.
My amazing boyfriend and his parents participated... wait, who am I kidding... they KICKED ASS in handling the majority of the food prep. The man-friend and his Dad cooked all the burgers, dogs and chicken for everyone and his Mom made the most amazing potato salad in the history of potato salads. I am fortunate to have had their help and am SO grateful!
I ended up having the party at the park down the street from my house due to the excessive number of people that RSVP'd (yeah, I know... I'm kind of a big deal) also, there was no way in hell we could play kickball in my backyard...
Looking back I regret not making actual paper invitations, or even an electronic one, I was lazy and just sent everyone a facebook invite. Mental note for next time.
Thanks to everyone that helped out, (you know who you are) and supported me in this life acheivement goal of being a functioning human being for 30 solid years. Or whatever.
Okay, 30 ain't so bad...
The carrot cake.this shop on etsy, I also ordered a super cute white cake stand from the same shop, but I ended up making the cakes bigger than planned, so I didn't get to use it. It'll be perfect for some mini cakes down the road though!
I got this AMAZING yellow vintage coleman cooler from this lovely shop also on etsy. I kept all the popsicles in it. It was absolutely perfect and that thing was a huge hit!
Kid friendly coconut popsicles with chunks of mango, strawberries and blueberries. These were surprizingly delicious. I could have eaten 10 of them. Oh wait, I probably did.
Boozy pops. Watermelon juice, mint and tequila. These were super yummy also, perhaps a tad too boozy though (yes, I realize what I just said here) only for the simple fact that they melted quickly.. because of all the booze.
Some of the party supplies. My cute, "eat cake" sign! yellow plates & napkins there are also some gray polka-dot napkins there too, but they're kind of hiding. Grey and white striped paper straws and very tall white birthday candles all purchased (except the sign) from good-ole Targeeet.