Archive | April, 2012

Quarter Century

17 Apr

Anyone who knows me also knows that my birthday is without a doubt my favorite day of the year. Maybe it is the only child in me or maybe I really do crave attention, but a day dedicated to celebrating you, come on what’s not to love? My birthday parties always involved spectacular themes, meticulous planning and a to-die-for gift bag – and we’re talking single digit birthdays. In college I started thinking, why celebrate one day when you can celebrate all weekend? And if we’re going that far, why stop at the weekend? (I also tend to live a “go big or go home” lifestyle)

Enter the “birthweek”.

I recently came across this post from “1000 Awesome Things”, which breaks down the various elements and necessary celebrations that take place throughout your “birthweek”. Having just celebrated my Quarter Century “birthweek”, I couldn’t help but compare:

1. “The Wild Party” {check, check, and check} – The party started Friday Night with a surprise FAW planned by my BFF (note, I have never had a surprise party thrown for me, was completely surprised and apparently even more gullible than I thought) My celebration continued into a Saturday of sangria in the sun which was then followed by a jello-shot Easter Egg hunt, Sunday brunch at El Vitral with loads of champagne and an insanely fun day at the ballpark.

Gloria - a birthday box of wine.

2. “Bestie’s Dinner” {check} – A fabulous evening (on my actual birthday) spent with my favorite San Diego gals at one of our local loves, Enoteca. We go for the BYOB/no corkage fee but stay for the insanely delicious pasta and Italian “Happy Birthday” serenade.

3. “The Office Party” {check} – My overly fabulous co-workers threw me an Afternoon Birthday Tea Party. Seeing as we work for a beautiful wedding magazine the table was set and styled to the nines.

Our Tea Party!

4. “The 1 on 1” {check} – This is supposed to be for that “friend” no one else can stand, however I don’t have any of those. I reserve this for the time spent with my roommate, partner in crime and BFF. We got our nails done, did some shopping and enjoyed a delicious dinner together.

This may seem excessive to some but that doesn’t bother me. You only turn 25 once, and then you turn 26, 27, 28… and I think that’s a cause for celebration. Happy Birthday!


Easter Brunch, for dinner

13 Apr

We mixed things up and ate at our coffee table

Out of all of the Holidays there are to celebrate I have to be honest, Easter is not my favorite. Don’t get me wrong, I love pastel colors and cheesy potatoes, but growing up it was never really my cup of tea. The Easter Bunny at our country club gave me the creeps and searching for a dozen dyed eggs when you are an only child is more a form of punishment than a fun game. It also typically falls on or around my birthday, and I am not interested in being upstaged by a over-grown rabbit. However, when my roommate suggested we host an egg-dying party I decided to put my ill feelings aside and pull out the pink china.


Pinterest inspired asparagus vase of roses

I cooked a delicious ham in the crock pot (it was my first crock potting experience and I can promise there will be more to come!) I modified this recipe a little bit, using apple juice instead of pineapple juice and I added a shot or 2 of brandy. My mom always uses brandy when she makes ham, so I thought it was necessary. We also enjoyed some cheesy p’s, or as my California-raised friends refer to them “scalloped potatoes”, some yummy bread and coconut chocolate chip cookies (with no butter!).

Dye, glitter and sequence!

After dinner, it was onto the main event – egg dying. Once it was made clear I would not have to search for these eggs post dying and that there was glitter at my disposal, I was more into it.  When you add good friends and a few glasses of wine to the mix, I have to admit the whole Easter-thing is starting to look better in my eyes.  Especially since the Easter Bunny didn’t make an appearance.