Another year wiser…maybe

Events     |    April 18th, 2016

Yet another birthday has come and gone and with it the reminder that I’m running out of time to complete that whole 30 before 30 goals list I should have already started. To be continued…

flower crown and cake

This year I celebrated my actual birthday with my entire family at my cousin Josh’s wedding in New Braunfels, Texas. Definitely a memorable weekend! However, a week later, my (other) cousin Taylor and his wife Victoria hosted a belated birthday dinner in my honor at their lovely home.

paper invites

Words and photos hardly do the evening justice. In front of Victoria and Taylor’s home is a large grassy lot where a house burned down years ago. As such, they have ample outdoor space for entertaining. As we drove up, I could see cushions and a low table covered in twinkling candles and flowers, while overhead they had strung lights for after dark.


Our friends said they drove by the house and thought ‘Wow, they’re going to have an amazing dinner party,’ before realizing that it was the very one they were invited to!


Table and cushions

When I arrived, Victoria presented me with the loveliest flower crown, which she hand assembled. With pink and purple carnations and a touch of dark blue thistle, it was a perfect complement to my entire ensemble. Someone seems to know me very well…

flower crown

birthday hostess

But of course, what good is a flower crown if it doesn’t match the cake? Oh, the cake. A delicate vanilla sponge was surrounded by the dense sweetness of a vanilla bean buttercream. Absolute heaven.

naked cake


Victoria also made the most amazing Marrakech White Sangria with a recipe from the West Elm Blog. It had grapes, figs, fresh mint, edible rosebuds and a touch of St. Germain. For dinner we had an Italian feast with homemade pesto pasta, strawberry salad and plenty of wine.


Italian Feast

uncle dan

Dinner party

The entire evening was absolutely incredible and left me feeling like the brightest star in the night sky. I am so thankful to have such a fun, supportive and talented family. Thank you again to Taylor and Victoria for all your hard work throwing me such a magical birthday dinner. Love you both so much!

Thank you V & T!

Thank you V & T!

Puppy party crasher

Puppy party crasher

Blowing out the birthday candle

Blowing out the birthday candle

Lovely flowers from Tad and Danny

Lovely flowers from Tad and Danny



Flower Queen

Here’s to another year of growth, joy and new experiences.

2 Comments on Another year wiser…maybe

  • On April 19, 2016 Danie said:

    Wow it looks like you guys had a great time! Happy Birthday:)

  • On April 22, 2016 Roseann said:

    Wow, what a splendid affair! After all you do to make other people feel special, I’m so glad you were celebrated in such a thoughtful way. The party looks amazing. That cake!!! I hope this year is one for the record books. I love you!

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