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The past couple of years, I’ve gone all out and hosted my birthday at my home (see my tea party and picnic), but this year I decided to do things differently. While I love entertaining, there’s no denying that it is a ton of work and I wanted to take things a little easier this year. The best part? Even though I didn’t go all out and host a fête at home, I still had one of the best birthdays ever.

Since my actual birthday fell on a Wednesday, my boyfriend and I celebrated it by going to dinner at the stunning Tartine Manufactory. This place was everything I could have asked for and more. I mean, just look at the photos!

That Friday, we took the day off work, packed the car, and headed to Napa County. While we had originally planned to spend the entire day in Yountville–a quaint little town in the North Bay–we ended up making our way to St. Helena and Calistoga, too. Just driving from town to town is breathtaking, let alone walking around each neighborhood and breathing in the fresh, warm air. Needless to say, it was a really good day.

I ended my birthday weekend with a brunch at Serpentine, surrounded by my closest friends. It was such a lovely morning filled with lots of mimosas, conversation, and celebration.

Tea Party Birthday

First ImageAs you may have caught on from my Instagram posts, and from yesterday’s birthday recap, I rang in my 24th with a tea party at my apartment surrounded by my closest Bay Area friends. I wanted my apartment to feel like a tea party wonderland and started an entire Pinterest board to collect all of my inspiration. The party required a lot of prep, so if you’re looking for an easy breezy get together, you may want to opt for a potluck picnic situation. But, for me, this is the kind of work that I love so I enjoyed every minute of it. Making to-do lists on to-do lists, vintage shopping for embellished tea cups, stocking up on every last item I needed, and styling my apartment to perfection … yep, that’s what I love.

Here’s a look into my tea party wonderland:

IMG_4130IMG_4133IMG_4140IMG_4137IMG_4147IMG_4151 IMG_4148IMG_4142 IMG_4149   IMG_4145 IMG_4153 IMG_4161 IMG_4139 IMG_4160IMG_4180Since my apartment is fairly small, I wanted to find a way to arrange everything in a way that didn’t feel cramped or claustrophobic. After a few trials, I ended up moving my dining chairs to one wall so the table could be a place where all of the food and garnishes lived and people could walk all the way around it to get what they wanted. On the bar cart, I placed items like forks, spoons, plates, and cups, as to not crowd the table. Add in multiple bouquets of pink flowers and we were in business!

IMG_4164For all you foodies, this is the menu I served:

Mini sandwiches: pb&j, cucumber & cream cheese, and prosciutto, brie, and apple slices // Macarons // Mini pies // Shortbread cookies // Chocolate almond biscotti // Strawberries and raspberries // Nonpareils // White chocolate raisins // All different kinds of tea // Lemonade // White wine // Rosé.

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Birthday

I’m one of those people who just loves the idea of my birthday and looks forward to it for weeks in advance. This year, I was particularly excited because I spent the day before my birthday pampering myself — think: blow dry, mani, pedi, etc. I would highly recommend doing this on your birthday! Then, on the actual day, I invited my closest Bay Area friends over to my apartment for tea, light bites, and tons of sweets. I’ll be doing a whole post on the details of the tea party later this week, but in the meantime, here are the highlights from my birthday day.

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Beautiful table setting. Stay tuned for more details later this week!

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My home is now a flower shop and I’m perfectly ok with it.

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Cutest little chocolate cake – yum!

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Wishing for another 364 days just like this one.

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Admiring the stunning bar at Foreign Cinema.

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Cheers to a great year ahead!

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Pretty twinkly lights in the back patio.

IMG_5666Decisions, decisions . . . Everything sounded so good!

P.S. For a look into how I spent my birthday last year, check out this post.