As much as I love to throw parties, I usually don’t celebrate my own birthday unless it’s a low key brunch or happy hour with my closet friends and family. However, since I’m turning the big 3-5 this year, I thought that deserved a little more than some half priced sushi in yoga pants.
Like any normal person, I created a birthday party vision board, ordered some glitter lined envelopes and got to work on what I called a “garden glam” 35th birthday party. The party took place on the most beautiful Sunday morning in the semi-private dining space at one of my favorite resorts in town, Mountain Shadows. I LOVE this property and not only for the breathtaking views, but the rooms, staff, and festive activity calendar are always wonderful. We dined on light breakfast fare (printed on gold glitter menus and served on custom placemats of course) and sipped “Mandy Mimosas” while taking in the gorgeous mountain side setting.
After brunch, guests were treated to a cupcake decorating workshop with the freakishly talented and oh-so-adorable Nicole of Layla Bean Cakery. I learned about Layla Bean through my friends at Pinspiration where Nicole offers cake and cupcake decorating classes in addition to providing sweets for any occasion you can dream of- literally she can do ANYTHING. Nicole enlisted Shop Lucky Four to style the cupcake table which by looking through these pictures, you can see was beyond incredible. She was very hands on and walked us through every step to create the impressive edible sugar geode cupcakes you see in all the pics and each guest took a set home to impress their hubby/kids/dogs/etc. Side note: surprisingly, these were super easy to make even after a few mimosas!
From the acrylic name “seating cards”, glittered hat box centerpieces, and personalized cupcake kits to the sugared lip scrub and designer chocolate truffle favors, this was certainly a birthday to remember! Turning 35 isn’t so bad when you have friends and gatherings like this.
I’m linking all the products and vendors I used below because they are some of the BEST in their field and you should know all about them!
Floral AZ Flower Fix Instagram: @AZFlowerFix
Design ShopLuckyFour Instagram: @shopluckyfour
Cupcakes Layla Bean Cakery Instagram @laylabeancakery
My Makeup The Sparkle Bar
Photography Gabi Marie Photography
Glitter Envelopes SEEDInvites
Foil Napkins OhSoFancyParty
Chocolate Favors XO Confections
Lip Scrub Favors PureBlissBodyConf
My Dress BCBG
Acrylic Name Plates FranJohnsonHouse