8.04.2010

Turning 30: An Inspiration Board


This month I turn 30. I am rather quite excited. I always thought 30 sounded so grown up so maybe just maybe this will be the year I finally feel like one. I am not one to have a party for myself although I love to throw one for others, but I thought this year should be different. This year I shall have a birthday party of my very own. I am going to have my close knit friends that I have known since college. Although I am thinking a backyard soiree I am also thinking everyone must dress up. A little glitz and glamor is always fun in my book. I am thinking a pretty dress and a grownup version of a crown. You know I love a pretty heel, but flats may be more practical in my yard. As for decor I am thinking a la sunday suppers, a few balloons, and a yummy cake topped with the most perfect bunting. For my gift my Mr. is painting our kitchen cabinets so to continue on with that theme I would love for every friend to bring their favorite recipe to add to a pretty recipe box that would take center stage in my lovely kitchen. Oh, and not to forget party favors, maybe a lovely linen flower from Emersonmade could be worn during and even after the party. A pretty touch I think it would add.

53 comments:

Gracie said...

You are going to have the most fabulous 30th birthday. From the planning stages I can tell it's going to be beautiful. A backyard soiree sounds absolutely perfect! Especially with a touch of glitz and glam. x

Sarah Tucker said...

that sounds like a great party!!

xixixi

The Rigoloso's said...

love it all! i think 30 deserves a special party all it's own! good for you.

Catherine said...

I'm excited about turning 30, too. for some reason I will feel I have arrived! :) Love all these items! Especially the recipe idea. I'm always wanting new recipes. happy birthday!

Melissa said...

I love being 30-- it does feel "grown up"-- and I think it just keeps getting better (but at 33, I don't know how I'll feel at 40! I love watching all your party ideas evolve!

Heather said...

Happy Happy Happy 30th Year!!!
XXOO

Design Esquire said...

That is a fun party plan! You'll love 30!

Maria said...

sounds perfect. I love the idea of bringing recipes they can be so personal! can't wait to see teh newly painted cabinets, its gonna look great.

Brooke @ Blueprint Bliss said...

Sounds like a perfect party to celebrate your special day!

Brooklyn said...

Girl, you have got to get out of my head! I turn 30 in October and me and hubby have our 10 year anniversary, so celebrations are in order! I was planning to do an inspiration board too, so don't think I am copying when it happens. :)
HAPPY early BIRTHDAY princess!! It sounds like a fun one!

Staley Mc said...

I definitely think this looks like the ingredients for a great 30th birthday!

The Buzz said...

I think having any excuse to throw yourself a party is great - and at 30, you'll have so many more to look forward to!

Tammy@InStitches said...

Happy Birthday fellow Leo !

Melissa @ Veranda Interiors said...

Oh, the big 3-0, I will be turning 30 this year too (for the 3rd time)!! Hope your day is wonderful and filled with tons of laughter!

Aimee@ the Functional Space said...

The 30s are the best! That looks like one fantastic party. Love the bunting!

Melissa said...

Sounds perfect! I love the idea of dressing up even though the party is at your house. Its your birthday so your rules! I too was excited to turn 30 so glad I am not the only one.

la la Lovely said...

Perfection! What a fun party. You always find the best things.. love those balloons & the bunting and all of it!
Enjoy your whole birthday month!
xTrina

the red bungalow said...

Oh sounds amazing. I used to be scared of 30, but not at 26 I think 30 sounds like a wonderful age. It sounds empowering, and like you've done something with your life. :)

I really love the idea of a backyard affair so everyone can dress up a little bit. :) Have fun!

Bre @ http://theredbungalow.blogspot.com

Bron @ Baby Space said...

Gorgeous - I love these ideas! 30 does sound grown up. I passed through that doorway a couple of years ago think for the most part it's better on this side. I look forward to photos!

sarah, flourish design + style said...

I just bought a new dress that would be perfect.. can I please come ;) Seriously though, I love the inspiration, am SO excited for you that you're getting your cupboards painted, I know how much you want that!!! An outdoor dress- up fete sounds perfect, and those flats, oh my! xx

LindsB said...

I think a grown up crown sounds perfect! Everyone should have their own party at some point and I think 30 is the perfect time to have one!

Full House said...

Did you know that it is a proven fact that most woman are most beautiful @ the age of thirty...I swear I just read that somewhere:-)

Thos balloons are SO cute.

Love you inspirations.

Julie Holloway said...

I am so inspired by that post--I love it! You better have that party! And my favorite quote about turning 30, from T. S. Eliot, "I spit on the grave of my '20s" Isn't that great? We become more of who we are supposed to be in our '30s...I am so much more comfortable in my skin now. It is great!

emma said...

Sounds like the beginnings of a beautiful birthday party. I hope you post photos of the event!

Pink Wallpaper said...

i love your party balloons :) i think your soiree will be amazing (especially after seeing ellie's).

Pink Wallpaper said...

i love your party balloons :) i think your soiree will be amazing (especially after seeing ellie's).

Anna said...

I'm loving my thirties for all the same reasons you mention.

Your party sounds divine! Yipee!

Jill said...

This party sounds fantastic! I love hearing how others celebrate the big 3-0.
My Thirty Days of Turning Thirty (30dot30) last month was a blast, but didn't include a fun party like yours will!

Enjoy!
And Happy Birthday!

Sarah said...

the thirties have been great for me....much happiness on your big birthday! love all of the yumminess on your board.

Sarah said...

the thirties have been great for me....much happiness on your big birthday! love all of the yumminess on your board.

Joslyn said...

your inspiration board is fantastic! happy early birthday lady. 30's are fantastic...i have to say ;-)

tammy said...

awesome. 30 is not far for me, either! you make it look fabulous.

coolkids said...

I am sure your party will be perfect. Love Love that dress and it would look pefect on you! Thirties are not bad.;)

Kristen said...

I too was eager to turn 30. And I threw a little soiree for friends and family--a brunch--and it still makes me smile thinking about it.

FROM THE RIGHT BANK said...

It sounds like it's going to be one stylish party! I love that your hubby is painting the kitchen as a gift. :) Can't wait to see that!

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

It sounds perfect! Love every detail you have thought out.
Happy Birthday! I'm over 30 and I still don't feel grown up, but I think that is a good thing.
Londen
xo

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Colette's Cottage said...

Love the inspiration board- get it ALL for your party! And enjoy your 30's, they ROCK!!

Jasmin said...

Sounds like your birthday will be AMAZING! Simple touches with a bit of glitz for an outdoor summer party? How fun! I know what you mean about throwing yourself a party, I love throwing them for others but felt a little weird throwing one for myself on my 25th. Well, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Wahzat Gayle said...

30 is a huge age. You have to have a great event. Giggle I will be 40 soi I had an event LOL with lots of balloons and lights I am such a kid... those balloons are fabulous though and those flats. i could never pull off that dress so I would leave it alone. Happy that you are planning a party. Enjoy it you just laid in bed for weeks you deserve to celebrate.

Heather said...

Happy Birthday party! I think it's a fantastic idea!
Here's another idea...what about asking all your readers for a recipe for your new recipe box as a b-day gift...I bet you'd get a lot of fun surprises!

Estelle said...

Oh, it all sounds so lovely and festive. Live it up, girl. Enjoy every moment of the planning and the partying. You deserve a fabulous celebration. 30 is a terrific milestone. Enjoy!

simply seleta said...

Well what a chic birthday girl you are! I love it all!!! Happy Happy Birthday. You're going to L O V E your 30's. They're the best! xoxo

beki said...

Definitely go for the party! I think the last party I had was when I turned 30. Seriously, my 30's have been the BEST. I turned 35 a few months ago, and they have been the best years yet. Enjoy!!

CaraBella said...

So lovely!! I've got my birthday inspiration board (the first anyway ;) ) all ready to go -- and I've still got a little more than a year, hee! I love everything you've got going on -- although I won't lie, I love a crown/tiara in any form or age ;) Cheers to a fabulous party this month!

:: Lavender's Green :: said...

This sounds fantastic! I can't wait to see the final result - I bet you're going to have a blast :)

x Jasmine

errnnn said...

I've been reading your blog for just over a year now and it's one of my favorites. I am also turning the big 3-0 this month, on the 22nd. I would have loved to have a "Garden Party" but it's way too hot in FL in August. My guests would melt. I opted for a cocktail party (indoors). I wanted to make
these invites
but of course anything to do with Martha takes a long time, so we just stuck with the simple cut-out martini glass. I'm on the search for a fun, glamorous cocktail dress. I hope I can find one in the next week! I hope you have a wonderful birthday party!

designstiles said...

The recipe box is delicious. Pun quasi intended. : )

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