First of all- Team Steamie is now both officially in their 30s. Steve’s been there for a few *coughfivecough* years already- but it was my turn to enter the 4th decade.
Since it’s somewhat of a milestone birthday- we wanted to have a proper celebration. I wanted to keep it simple & have a fun dinner party at our house with friends. I had a vision of a super LOOOOONG table & twinkle lights. And that’s about all the input I gave. Steve took my suggestions and ran with it. I had NO idea how much effort he put into planning- and was so blown away by all the fun details he put together for me.
Before I get into the recap of the festivites- let’s just point out that I felt SO special by the end of the night. I got to see nearly all my favorite friends in one place, there were a million personal touches and I could tell that Steve (with the help of his awesome parents & my fab friends) put a lot of work into the party, and it just felt great. Warm fuzzies all around! 🙂
OK- now for the pictures. Since Steve arranged for a party to be photographed by his former staff member-Tamara- we have lots of fun photos of the event- and I didn’t even have to get out my camera!
Details: I’ll just give you the tour as if you were walking into the party.
First up- find your “button”. Steve sneakily crafted up personalized buttons with each party guests name & a corresponding “Pantone” color. Mine was “B-Day Gray”! Love it!
Then each guest could fill out a raffle ticket with “one word to describe Jamie”!
Up next was the photo wall! Everyone got to pose with the Pantone color chip as a backdrop. Cheese!
Then guests were free to enjoy the party decor & food. Audrey had photoshopped a “Jamie Timeline” with littlephotos & notes about some of my favorite things and adventures. Some of my faves were- back to the future & the magic carpet ride!
Steve had cut out about a million Vespas! Meep meep! These were sewn together by his mom & hung up as party garland! Loved it!
Keeping with the Pantone color chip theme were the yummy cookies & carrot cake cupcakes!
Outside there was a bar (complete with friendly bartender) featuring the “Jamitini”- and it was mighty tasty!
Also outside was my actual birthday request – the LOooooooNG table & twinkly lights. Steve & his dad worked our all the details on constructing the frame to hold up the canopy of lights. Once the sun went down- it was magical!
Also out back- the food! Yummy taco cart kept us all well fed!
Everyone mixed & mingled. It was a great way to celebrate my 30th year. I even got some out of town guests- Robb & Molly made it all the way from Tahoe. & some little guests- the petite Jevers’ kept us all entertained.
The giant Pantone color chip cake was extra tasty- & we enjoyed it under the twinkly lights.
I got to read out all the one word descriptions of me- most of which were perfect & hysterical. Then I selected the raffle winner. The prize? A mini vespa of course!
After the cake- there was one last surprise! Steve is obviously really great at thoughtful surprises. I sat with my eyes closed in the living room while steve revealed my b-day gift! He (and his dad) refurbished a vintage Scwhinn bike- compete with a fabulously bold paint job & custom installation of a mailbox on the back! Yay! We had seen a photo of something similar way back in the spring and I saved it as a hopeful “to-do” project. They made it for me. Such a fun gift!
Spoiling me even further- inside the mailbox was a card revealing more presents- annual passes to the San Diego zoo & wild animal park, Annual passes to Disneyland & lunch at Club 33! If this is what it’s like to be 30- sign me up!
As people said their goodbyes J,J & A stayed late enough for a champagne toast at midnight- officially ringing in my birthday.
The following day we met up with my cousin Amanda & paddled around the Newport harbor- soaking in the sun & feeling the burn in our muscles!
Again- how could I ever thank Steve enough for all this fabulousness? I suppose I have plenty of years ahead to treat him to great things too!
Thank you to all my friends & family for an awesome birthday season!