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Party In Review

My thirtieth birthday was a smashing success. We got all dolled up and made it quite an affair. I wore this Cynthia Steffe dress, although I found mine on a greater sale. A bib necklace which was a gift from a dear friend and my favorite seychelle heels. Ellie wore a former flower girl dress and thought she had to carry around flowers, makes sense. KJ wore a rather dapper suit and made sure everyone new how handsome he was.

The wreath was laced with fresh herbs from my garden and made for a rather pleasant smell when you walked in the door.

We had the most wonderful coconut cake topped with a bunting from kiki la ru. There was also my very favorite strawberry pie that my dearest friend made, but they were not out yet. The two topiary's along with too other arrangements were a surprise from my Mister. They are simply stunning and so perfectly me. He did well, really well.

If you know me you also know I love to use real plates, napkins, and silverware. It does make for a lengthy clean up, but so well worth it in my opinion. The dishes to the left used to be my grandmothers and the others are from our wedding registry. I believe in using what you love so we also use these on a daily basis.

I set up the drinks in the dining room with an assortment of soda's. The gray and white striped straws I found on etsy.

Here are the other arrangement's from my Mr. Aren't they just gorgeous?

We had lights set up from Ellie's party and we loved them so much we decided to keep them up year round. The two pots are filled with mint from my garden and have since moved there way into the house. No one actually sat outside because of the heat, but I thought it was pretty anyways.

Now these are my girlfriends that I have had since college. Some older and some younger, but I will not reveal who is who. Oh, the husbands did come along, but my home is small so a group pic is simply out of the question.

My husband played chef and we had filets with his most amazing twice baked potaotes. Here are a few more details of the night.

The night would not have been so perfect if it weren't for this man. I am ecstatic to grow old with him. And yes, he had the cutest bow tie to wear, but we couldn't figure out how to tie it. Oh well, I am sure he will wear it another day. I simply adore him.

Reader Comments (77)

LOVE it all. The details are just perfect! xx- Brooke

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke @ Blueprint Bliss

how wonderful & so very lovely!

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Rigoloso's

You're the most radiant birthday girl in all of Alabama, I'm sure!

Your party looks like it was so much fun. And your wonderful husband did such a great job helping out!

Wishing you a most fantastic 30th year, Paula!

xo Dawn

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercountry girl

A beautiful party Paula - happy 30th birthday to you!

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjulie

Looks absolutely perfect. Hope this is your best year yet!

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMs. Bright

that looks like a fab party for one fab girl.
the flowers are gorgeous.
happy birthday Paula.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterthe cinnamon post

Happy birthday! Looks like a fabulous party!

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary

You have so inspired me to do a dress up party at home! I know I write this a lot, but you are the cutest...and your family...and your gorgeous home & style.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulie Holloway

What a memorable party! Your husband is so sweet - he executed all the little (and big) details perfectly. What a fun night!

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDesign Esquire

looks just wonderful. i can only hope to such a perfect celebration one day. you have much to be proud of!

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterashley maureen

Seems like you had excellent time! Everything looked really beautiful. Congratulations!!

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermonika@lifemadesimple

I love so many things about these photos! happy birthday!

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie Sabbe

LOVE this! happy birthday and kudos to your man for making it so lovely. and seriously lovely it looked. bunting atop a coconut cake?! yes please.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBridget

Paula, Happy Birthday!! I can barely even remember 30!! You look fabulous as do your children and adorable husband. He should get a gold star for his forehead for such a great job!!!

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbluehydrangea

looks so wonderful and you are just glowing in every picture! I laughed out loud when you said Ellie carried flowers around ... I mean, totally appropriate, right?

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Looks like an amazing birthday party - love all the details - you looked like you were on cloud nine which is exactly how you should feel on your birthday. Those flowers your hubby got you are gorgeous!

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHello Lover...

Thirty never looked so good, Paula! Your happiness is palapable. Truly. What a blessing your family is, especially your wonderful Mr.!

Hope this year only continues to get better!


August 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternkp

What a great party! There's nothing better than sharing a special day with family and friends. Maybe I'll shoot for a fabulous 40 party - I've got 3 years to plan. Happy 30th!

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMy Interior Life

So much fun!! And I love you even more for using real plates, LOL!

awww a lovely lovely party Paula! I adore all the details. You make it look too easy.:)

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercoolkids

Love the dress up party idea! And I, like you, believe in using real plates and silverware. Lovely details, and again, happy birthday Paula!

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristine

love the thirty sign, the cake decoration, the straws...happy birthday!

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersimply blythe

Lovely party...even lovlier birthday girl! My favorite
part would have to be the
flowers from your hubby...
they are great! Especially
love the topiaries! Glad you
had a wonderful birthday

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSusie (So Blessed)

Um WOW. Wow. Truly classy and stunning.

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTanya (a Taste of T)

Paula! ( I have been dying to see this post :)

You are stunning, and so is your family. I adore that you made it a formal affair. Love the decorations you chose, such detail, so fabulous. It looks wonderful and I hope you enjoyed every minute of it!! Welcome to the thirty's ;) xx

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