Published on January 13, 2017 | Last Updated on January 30, 2021
I’m so excited to finally share a recap from the sparkly 30th birthday brunch we hosted on New Years Eve with all of you! Since my birthday is on Christmas Day, I knew celebrating the weekend before would be too crazy between people leaving town and holiday parties so we decided to throw the party during the day on NYE which couldn’t be more fitting because of my lifelong love for all things sparkly. My friends Ashley and Jared of Sugar & Cloth graciously opened their studio to host the party for us. Their space is seriously a dream and I fully intend to shower her in gifts forever to repay for this huge favor!
Months of planning went into this and it definitely took a village between all my friends, family and creatives that helped along the way! Trent was super helpful behind the scenes with logistics but then he also let me run with the details to create the party of my dreams. It was overflowing with sparkles, yummy cocktails, delicious food and plenty of laughs! We asked everyone to bring a funny story to help “roast” me, I know some people would say I’m super brave to put myself in that position. My older sister, Allyson is definitely one of the funniest people ever and she kicked it off with a hilarious roast that had me in tears from laughing so hard! I’ll spare you the details but now 50 of my closest friends know some pretty ridiculous things about me!
The invitation I designed for my 30th birthday brunch set the color scheme for the whole party. I’m definitely not a graphic designer but knew I wanted holographic foil text but had NO clue how to make that happen. I called my friend, Ryann of Nine Zero Nine Creative franticly the week of Thanksgiving and she came to the rescue. She was able to take my design, prep it for the printer and handle all the logistics that legit make me want to poke my eyes out. So grateful for her!
We’re going to refer to this as the young and fancy wall 😉 ha! When my parents showed up to the party they immediately asked what YOUNGAF meant. Ek! It was easier to look my dad in the eyes and say it stands for YOUNG & FANCY than the alternative. But I have to say these balloons were one of my favorite details of the party! Last time I bought similar letter balloons for an event I also had to buy three small helium tanks from a party store to inflate them onsite. I knew for this party I would need to find a better alternative especially because the other tanks have to be disposed of in a special way making it a huge hassle. After a little research, I found Prime Helium – an affordable helium delivery service based here in Houston. They were so incredible to work with and I know dragging a heavy tank up and down a metal staircase wasn’t ideal but they were nothing but kind and positive. They offer three different sizes on the tanks so if you’re in Houston and want the big round balloons at your next party, I highly recommend checking them out!
The disco ball inspired backdrop was one of those projects you don’t anticipating taking as long as it did but I love how it turned out!
YAY! It’s Meredith’s 30th Birthday glass champagne flutes from Beaucoup with the DIY disco ball stirrer were perfect for our prosecco and grapefruit juice cocktails. And I knew it wouldn’t be a sparkly party without disco drinks from Packed Party! Their founder, Jordan and I met last summer in San Francisco and have kept in touch ever since. Between her company and mine, we were destined to become friends and I loved serving the signature brunch punch out of their disco drinks! Then guests got to take them home at the end of the party.
Wink by Erica knocked it out of the park with this cake inspired by the abstract brushstroke pattern on my invites. She carried the sparkly theme through with these two tone macarons dipped in gold shimmer. They were so pretty! I knew I wanted little edible chocolate bowls with berries to go along with the brunch theme and Erica created these amazing pink marbled bowls. They were a HUGE hit and I’m definitely going to have these at all my parties from now on.
The bartender served up a cranberry punch mixed with Reyka Vodka, grapefruit fruit and prosecco instead of traditional mimosas, craft beer, mini bottles of Ménage å Trois Prosecco and Topo Chico for the nondrinkers/my pregnant friends.
The servers passed around trays of fried chicken and donut hole skewers and little bottles of tatertots loaded with white queso, bacon and green onions. I may be biased but everything was SO good!
If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen my post about the taco cart but if not, here’s a little background. My mom searched and searched after Pinterest got the idea stuck in my head of having a taco push cart at my party. I even contemplated buying my own, fixing it up and becoming a taco girl but quickly realized the market for semi-homemade tacos served out of a super cute cart would be nonexistent in the Tex-Mex mecca. Long story short, my friend Daniela with Lamppost Prints came to the rescue and designed this amazing graphic that I cut out of foil vinyl then dressed up a rented hotdog cart. We served Tacos A Go Go out of it and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!
Ailee was such an amazing friend leading up and during the party! Not only did she capture all these beautiful photos but she listened and brainstormed with me for several weeks and even talked me off a ledge a couple times. 😉 She always throws the best parties and showers and I was so grateful to have her to bounce ideas off of!
HUGE THANKS to everyone who made these sparkly 30th birthday brunch ideas possible!
Photos by Ailee Petrovic | Location: Sugar & Cloth Studio | Helium for the balloons c/o Prime Helium | Cocktails c/o Reyka Vodka & Ménage å Trois Prosecco | Personalized glass champagne flutes, personalized napkins & cake plates c/o Beau-coup | Cake, macarons & marbled white chocolate fruit bowls: Wink by Erica | Disco ball tumblers: Packed Party | Sequin linens: House of Hough | Taco cart graphic designed by Lamppost Prints | Catering: Tacos A Go Go, chicken & donuts and tatertots (assembled by us) | Florals, balloon backdrop, styling, invitation design, disco call stirrers, taco cart makeover: Cake & Confetti | Invitation production by Nine Zero Nine Creative | Last but not least, shoutout to Corley of Spell Events for helping me coordinate the servers and she’s my go-to event advice expert!