Sunday, August 7, 2011

party like it's 1999.

my little seester hit the big 3-0. the pressure was ON. you see, this girl throws a party like no other. she's thoughtful, she's creative, she's organized, she's the best-baker-in-the-universe. so the family put our party hats on and planned not one, but TWO fabulous parties...
round 1:
massive planning.
sweeger pants [brother] takes the train home from brooklyn to attend party.
gingy [sister] plans cross country move around party.
guests are invited.
lists are attended to.
groceries are bought, food prep begins.
call comes in: commander [guest of honor] has kidney stones.
cancel surprise birthday party.
throw "going away party" for gingy to eat all aforementioned food.
the next day mand came over to say goodbye to gings and upon seeing all the leftovers said, "i can't believe you guys had all my favorite food and i wasn't here!" i tried not to cry. ;)

round 2:

:: and she was totally surprised.
:: a party in the orchard.
:: edible gold stars on a tiffany blue cake.
:: in the beginning i had some difficulty trying to help my cohorts grasp my vision for the party. you see, i wanted the theme of the party to be... party! big balloons, lots of flowers, lots of color, etc. our gifts would be party related. i wanted everyone to make a garland or bunting to use to decorate and give as a gift for mand to throw future fabulous parties.
:: colorful paper straws and glass bottle drinks - all the cool kids have these at their parties, right?
:: taco dip just the way she likes it. so yummy.
:: rainbow fruit kabobs, amazing.
:: family.
:: flowers picked from moom's garden.
:: vintage table cloths from cait, who was an amazing help with the details.
:: i think she can see into my soul with those sparkling baby blues.
:: four words: aunt jan's cappuccino cheesecake.
:: sweeg popped the popcorn, which was grown by a local farmer, and it was so so yummy.
:: daddy-o made these amazing pallet benches for the movie.
:: fabs put her party face on and sweegs brings on the foods.
:: could we have a better setting for a party?? thanks mooms & pops!
:: the party girl. my babycakes.
:: yummy and adorable oreo pops made by cait.
:: babycakes with cousin cait and great-gramma and mimi.
:: love gram just peaking over! aj & uncle stu.
:: nursing my sweet beebs with a grand view.
:: the beautiful birthday girl. hope we made some of your wishes come true.
:: if you happened to notice the icing between the cakes is a bit darker, well, that's what happens when you ice a cake at 1am. your cake turns out neon blue rather than that perfect shade of tiffany blue you're aiming for.
:: my beloved cake. a lot of sweat & maybe a few tears went into that cake.
:: and then the cake ended up in the field surrounded by paparazzi. and mooms decided to eat her cake in the field. i found this hilarious.
:: a movie under the willow tree.
:: babycakes loves her auntie manda.
:: rainbow. aren't we clever.
:: aren't those big round balloons fantastic?
:: it was a perfect summer night for a party. gingy & andy skyped in from santa barbara! don't worry, gings doesn't have a robot face in real life.
:: fabs wondering when the movie's gonna start.
:: seven brides for seven brothers. j picked it out. [not.] at least mand has good taste in movies! one of our all time favs. seriously, who doesn't love barn -building men who dance in rainbow shirts.
:: mommy watching movie and baby watching mommy.
:: brother and sister.
:: and it was a very good night.

photos by my right-hand man


  1. L.O.V.E. the photos!! Words cannot even express what a great job you guys did. I am so sad I couldn't be there, but it sounds like Cait stepped in in a big way! This ought to be sent in to win the prize for best outdoor birthday party EVER! Where was my garland hung? I couldn't see it from any of the pictures - although I can imagine it blended in pretty well! Great job seester & co.

  2. awesome par-tay! you guys don't mess around. love those huge balloons! and what a great idea w/ the "drive in."

  3. love. love. love. everything was so perfect. i want to live in my party every was so dreamy! you threw the bestest party ever. {now i don't have to anymore ;) } i am blessed with the most amazing family. thanks for throwing me {two} parties! love you!

  4. what a great night! and ridiculously good photos. the mcgrath boys look extra happy in the group photo. ha!

  5. Mar...First I love everything about this. Secondly, where do you guys get those straws??? I know your sister had those for the baby shower and now I see them on here. I love them!

  6. I love all the color and especially the rainbow fruit kabobs! Great idea! I am totally going to steal it someday!

  7. What a gorgeous party! And fabulous photos! I need to bookmark this b/c I've always dreamed of throwing a gorgeous outdoor party. Wish I had the space like you do.

  8. Please tell me how you format your pictures to have two right next to each other!!! This and your pizza recipe will TOTALLY complete my life!