Surprise Birthday in Pink & Gold!

November 10th, 2010

My birthday was last Friday and I seriously think it was the best I’ve ever had. It was one of those long birthday weekends with a celebration planned everyday. To top it all off, my dear friend Katie, threw the most amazing surprise birthday luncheon for me! I showed up expecting a simple lunch with her and her family only to find her home completely decorated and a few of my closest friends waiting to celebrate with me.

The decorations were beyond exquisite and I can’t begin to describe how amazing everything was. It was like walking into the best dream ever! Tulle… felt… glitter… I swear, that girl and I are cut from the same cloth!

To set the tone, she created two wreaths for the outside door reading “Happy Birthday”. Made up of a variety of felt pieces cut into floral shapes with small glittered birds peaking through. The entry way was decorated with pink tule around the banisters and a “Surprise” banner draped the front hall. Her living room had a canopy of tulle along with a cluster of pink pom poms hanging from the ceiling and the effect was amazing! Even the fireplace had it’s own dash of sparkle!


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The invitations were hand lettered by calligrapher Danae Blackburn Hernandez of I Dream of Letters with matching custom envelopes. She also made the place cards and tags for each of the favors.

The dinning table was the true show stopper! Decorated with coordinating table linens, vintage pink glassware, and gold cutlery; all of which Katie has collected over the years. Katie even asked my husband what my favorite meal was and made pasta Boscaiola for lunch. For desert, we had a white cake with lemon buttercream frosting!

I honestly can’t think of a better way I could have spent my 32nd birthday. It was, without a doubt, the nicest event thrown in my honor and I loved every minute of it. Katie thought of every last detail and it made for a very memorable and delightful lunch. Big kisses to Katie for such an amazing party and to Melissa and Erica for celebrating it with me. I will never ever forget it! xoxo

43 Responses to “Surprise Birthday in Pink & Gold!”

  1. Erin at Vale Design Says:

    You have wonderful friends! The whole event looks lovely!

  2. Erin Q. Says:

    That’s incredible!!! I love the colour palette!

    I would be so so so overwhelmed if someone put in all that effort in my honour!!!

  3. Anna Says:

    This is so very special! I LOVE the flames in the fireplace. I’m convinced that love really is in the details!

  4. clairek Says:

    Happy Birthday!!! What a true friend you have!! Everything was just perfect and beautiful!!!! Have a great day!!

  5. Kate {DomestiKatedLife} Says:

    Gorgeous! I love the flames in the fireplace, those are so cute… and those wreaths are fabulous, she should post a tutorial!

  6. anna Says:

    Wow, it’s all so lovely. I would definitely be overwhelmed if someone went to such efforts for me, what a great friend.

  7. kristin Says:

    Everything is so pretty! I love the flames in the fireplace and the wreaths and pompoms. I want to decorate like this for Christmas! You’re so lucky to have such a great friend!

  8. heather Says:

    So beautiful! Looks like your friend thought of every special little detail! What an incredible surprise!

  9. Angie P Says:

    how sweet! what a lovely surprise birthday party there. lucky you! :-P

  10. Brancoprata Says:

    AMAZING!!! Your friend did an excellent job! The party was an absolute dream… to the last detail!!
    Congratulations!!!

  11. Dawn Says:

    What fabulousness! You know you are loved…I’m hearing THE GOLDEN GIRLS’ theme song right now…

  12. Tanya Says:

    Um…WOW!!! Love it! I want that cake stand :)

  13. Truly Smitten Says:

    my jaw just dropped. You’ve got AMAZING friends!!!!!!

  14. Katie P. Says:

    Kathleen! You’re so nice, thank for such a sweet post. I have to agree with Dawn, I hope one day when we’re old we can live together and listen to the GOLDEN GIRLS’ theme song every day! Ha! xo, Katie

  15. Nicole Says:

    LOVE all the little details – down to the fireplace. You are a lucky girl! Congratulations on a lunch to remember.

  16. Project Gadabout Says:

    The fireplace is my favorite. It just gave me an Idea of what to do with mine! This looks like the best birthday every.

  17. Erin Says:

    First of all how much FUN to be loved on like that!!! Second, I LOVE those wreaths!!!!!!!!! Any chance of getting a tutorial?!?!??

    Thanks for all your posts!

  18. Jaime Says:

    Wow! What a great birthday celebration! Do you think we could get a tutorial on those wreaths? I LOVE them!

  19. Trude Says:

    OMG it’s all so gorgeous! What an amazing thing to do! So glad you had a lovely birthday. :)

  20. Tanya Says:

    #1 – Does your friend adopt new friends? (insert puppy dog eyes)

    #2 – Ohhhh to be 32 again!

    #3 – The fact that you have amazing, loving friends is a testament to the type of friend you are to them.

    Happy Birthday to one of the classiest women I know — via computer!

  21. Camille @ STYLE NOTES Says:

    What sweet & talented friends you have! So many gorgeous, unforgettable touches… Happy Belated Kathleen!

  22. Victoria Says:

    Oh my… I love this… seriously love it!

  23. Tara Says:

    happy belated birthday…i especially love the sparkly fireplace!

  24. Amy Says:

    This is unbelievable: it’s all so pretty. You are so loved!

    ▲ WOLF WHISTLE ▲

  25. Ashly Says:

    I am obsessed with those wreaths and would LOVE it if you could post a tutorial for them!!!

  26. Jennifer R Says:

    At work right now and my co teacher and I are loving the entire party!! The table cloth, the monogrammed beer, the wreaths, a wreath tutorial, PLEASE! Lucky girl to have a friend like this. ~JR

  27. Jennifer R Says:

    At work right now and my co teacher and I are loving the entire party!! The table cloth, the monogrammed beer, the wreaths, a wreath tutorial, PLEASE! Lucky girl to have a friend like this. Happy Birthday ~JR

  28. Twiggs Says:

    hello! i have had your blog on mt blogroll on my blog and sometimes i just stay too much time away… i loved your party! i have my birthday coming up in december and this could be a perfect way to celebrate my 30th anniversary! thank you for sharing and happy belated birthday! take care, twiggs

  29. Whitney @ Whisker Graphics Says:

    Wow! She did an outstanding job on everything! The fireplace is genius, the wreaths are inventive, the invites are gorgeous, the tablescape is stunning. Well done. Well done.

    Happy Birthday to you!

  30. Erin Says:

    Wow! What gorgeous colors! Happy Belated birthday!

  31. Padgett Says:

    wow! that is the most amazing birthday surprise – I am so impressed with the attention to detail and the fun colors she used – lucky girl!

  32. Jess [tenpenny splendid] Says:

    I think my favorite part is that beautiful flower table cloth! Though the whole setting is stunning.

  33. Gloria Says:

    Love every bit of this – especially the roaring fire in the fireplace :)

  34. autumn Says:

    wow. this is absolutely gorgeous! what a blessing to not only be so talented yourself, but to have friends with oodles of talent and GREAT taste. i can see why this was the best bday ever.
    :)

  35. Splenderosa Says:

    Totally splendid birthday decor for a girl of any age. I love ! Happy belated birthday, Kathleen. xx’s

  36. Paula Says:

    I’m so inspired by the level of thought to every detail! It seems that not one thing was forgotten! Fantastic work to your friend! Congratulations on your birthday! Thank you for sharing with us your simply gorgeous surprise birthday

  37. senja Says:

    oh, the color combinations are amazing. so lovely ideas.

    ~senja

  38. annie Says:

    Wow…what a friend to have! All those wonderful details. How exciting to walk up to the door to see those beautiful birthday wreaths and the table setting was magnificent. The colors are gorgeous. No detail was left behind…I could go on and on…

  39. Nisha Says:

    What a sweet friend you have, the colours are just gorgeous. The wreath looks great!

  40. emily Says:

    What a perfectly lovely party! Happy 32nd – same as me – it’s a good age, yes?

  41. Cindy Says:

    Major props to your friend for pulling off such an amazing surprise party! She seriously went all out w/ all the details. My favorite touch is the glittery flames in the fireplace. Who would’ve thought of that?? Awesome.

  42. amanda Says:

    Wreath tutorial please!!! They are AMAZING!!

  43. Fiona Cobbin Says:

    Hi there, the multi-colour wreath is just fabulous. How do I makenit?