I LOVED THIS NIGHT
this year i imagined my birthday party to be good food, a small group of close friends, tequila and a lot of laughter. other than the fact that we rented that limo last minute and went on a photo booth tour…it was pretty much exactly that.
i hosted the party at heirloom LA. they have a cozy salon where people could come in, sit, stand, dance…whatever they wanted to do. it was such a treat to have their lovely waiters pass around tiny delicious appetizers, cocktails, beer & wine the whole evening.
we served wine & champagne from one hope wine…they give back half of their profits to various charities which i thought was really cool. each bottle comes with a bracelet on top with the cause printed on it. there was plenty to go around!
the flowers were from my favorite shop in silver lake, clementine floral works! teri put together some perfect arrangements for the party…she definitely knows my go-to colors! we had smaller vessels spread around the room randomly and a couple of larger centerpieces on pink turn tables! i wanted to keep the decor very simple (well, besides the 20 birthday crowns of course) with all of that rustic wood, i thought i would just let the colorful flowers stand out. you have to stop by clementine if you’re in the area, they make parties so much better.
the menu that heirloom LA put together was out of this world. here’s a look at what we ate…
i love attending parties with pass-around appetizers…they feel so much more relaxed to me…everyone just walks around and chats and is intrigued when a new plate of food comes around. also, this scenario is non-committal in case you aren’t thrilled with who you are sitting next to at dinner.
we had a bunch of appetizer options and each one was better than the next. don’t they have such wonderful presentation?
bonnie’s photos of the food are unreal. i could never make food look like that! my favorite dish of the night was this tuna tataki with tomato ceviche below…
after we finished up our photo booth shenanigans we greeted more friends at the party and just spent some time catching up with each other. a lot of my friends are freelance and travel a ton, so i was so thrilled that almost everyone was in town and could make it out that night.
crowns for all!
i love this picture of arian. that guy puts me in such a good mood.
i decided the week before to have this party, and i am so glad i did. it felt overwhelming to plan it, but i just kept it super simple and it ended up being one of my better birthday parties. and it’s all about the music too! the flashdance put together a swingin list of songs to keep the party going.
looking through these photos just make me so happy. so much love in one room.
and tequila too.
at the end, my friend cassie said a few sweet words about our friendship. this gal is amazing, and i loved how bonnie captured the moment perfectly. what a night! see all of the photos over here on my facebook!