Well, well, well. It’s been well over a month since I hit the big 3-0. I had grandiose plans of having this new blog all set-up and rolling before we hit the white sands, but it didn’t happen. And then it didn’t happen in October, and here it’s November, and I’m finally getting around to it.
Designing a new blog as a designer is a definite curse. You want it to be perfect, you want it to be “done”, but the truth is, it’s never gonna get there. So, I’m diving in and letting you back in on some of our life finds, trips, and struggles. If you want to read more about the reason behind this new venture, check out the About section of our blog.
Most of my non-business blogs at saltandpaperie.com were about my 30 Before 30 Adventures. We will get to a recap of those soon, but first… how it all got brought in!
Originally, I thought I wanted to spend my 30th in Disney World with my friends and family. Several staple folks weren’t going to be able to make the journey, and as it grew closer to time, I realized I wanted my next 30 years to start out on a much more chill note. So, we booked a beach house at my favorite place in the world—the Gulf. Friends and family piled in starting Wednesday, September 21 and the party began! What I expected to be a very chill, birthday weekend, was anything but! My friends and family spoiled me 100% of the time with surprises, monstrous dinners, treats galore and so much to be thankful for!
Here’s how it went down.
Wednesday, September 21 • Arrival Day! Everyone began arriving, with the exception of the Smiths and Swoffords. Custom birthday koozies designed by my friend Katie at Linen & Leaf were busted out around the pool! The only eating out night, we went to my favorite place Fisher’s!
Thursday, September 22 • My real birthday! Started out with a fantastic brunch, and then I was instructed to get a bag together for the day, because Rudy and I were leaving. I needed to bring whatever I wanted to wear for dinner with me too, because we’d be gone all day. I had no idea where we were going, or why we had to leave. But, sometimes you just have to go with it!
Rudy and I ended up in Pensacola, where we started off the Blue Angels Museum. We headed on to Pensacola where we had some lunch, shopped and then adventured on to Pensacola Beach to see the Margaritaville Hotel. By this point Rudy mentioned that we really just had to waste the afternoon because a lot of hubbub was happening at the house. (I had no idea just how much he meant!)
I failed to get any photos of the cute little place that was our last stop in Pensacola. Rudy surprised me with a blow-out at a local salon, so I would be looking extra fine for the evening ahead! After that we headed back to Gulf Shores, to get ready for the party!
They made me shut all the windows, and go up the stairs backwards to finish getting ready. Even worse, I had to walk back down the stairs with my eyes close once it was time! I look like I’m trying to receive a blessing from the Lord, and everyone thinks its soooooo funny.
So next is what I was being hid from. And we switch to professional photos, because Rudy and his parents surprised me with a professional photographer to capture the evening! A huge thank you to Mayci of Mayci Anastasia Photography for being there to capture this special night.
The stunning menus and place cards were also designed by Linen and Leaf, while the gorgeous macarons are from Hamley’s Bake Shoppe! That fancy cake? Publix, but decorated by my talented MIL.
After googling and gaggling over the table set-up, everyone took some family and group shots! Here are a few of my favorites.
And then the food. The food came out, and it just kept coming. Margaret and Ali had designed a menu around a matching of my favorite alcohol and my favorite foods. I honestly felt like it was my wedding day, totally remade. It was so, so good. All of it!
Then Mayci had to leave, and we were left with our own devices, literally. Just a few more iPhone photos of our fabulous dinner!
Friday, September 23 • 80s Day! We had originally said since my birthday was on a Thursday, we would make it 80s themed, for a #throwbackthirty party, but, my friends figured I’d rather not ring in my next 30 with hot pink and green on. Good call, friends, good call. But, since I had originally requested it… it was still happening! You have to have people that really love you to dress up in 80s gear for the day! A big thanks to Tales of a Peanut and Nogginhed Printing for the shirts, and hats of to Hamley’s for the stellar cookies, and Heather at Slice at a Time for the rad cupcakes! (It’s a miracle we didn’t all come back 100lbs heavier…)
Saturday, September 24 • Fiesta Day! Most of us spent the day on the beach on Saturday, soaking up the last little bit of summer (technically Fall!). But in the evening, another fabulous meal, and one that’s been a favorite or mine since way before Rudy and I were a “thing”. Rudy’s mom used to invite our high school group over and cook her famous chicken enchiladas for us! People would pile their plates high, and then hope for leftovers to take for lunch the next day!
Sunday, September 25 • Leaving Day, boo! We spent most of the morning trying to sort out who was going to take home all of the leftover food! It was out of control! We said our sad goodbyes, and headed North. Until next time, Sunglade!
As you can tell, this was a 30th birthday for the books! I will never forget being treated like absolute royalty for four full days! Thanks yous have been doled out, but it can’t be said enough. Thank you to Vicky, Rudy Sr., Kathy, Philip, Margaret, Ali, Justin, Giselle, Carl and of course, my love, Rudy, for making my life so sweet!
Dinner Photos | Mayci Anastasia Photography
Dinner Food | The Chef Next Door
Dinner Alcohol | Stem & Stein
Koozies, Menus, Place cards | Linen & Leaf
Cookies & Macarons | Hamley’s Bake Shoppe
Cupcakes | Slice at a Time
T-shirt design | Tales of a Peanut
T-shirt printing | Nogginhed
Venue | Sunglade, West Beach Gulf Shores