I hosted a small birthday party for my sister who turned 30 July 25th. Anyone with a sister probably knows how priceless the bond is. I love her beyond words and it’s been an honor to be given a life-long best friend (thanks Mom). Especially one of her caliber. She’s kind, caring, and patient; truly beautiful inside and out; which is why the theme of the party was “Phenomenally 30”. Planning events is a large portion of my 9-5, so while I’m well aware of the headaches all the details bring. I enjoy the process and more importantly, the outcome. I decided on this party a few short weeks before her actual birthday and partnered with a few of her friends to coordinate everything. Once the theme and venue were set in place, I ran around finding all the decor. Then went on to secure a DJ, pick out the food and decide on the designated cocktails. I got nearly everything I needed from Target, Michael’s, Party City, Etsy and the dollar store (I’m not rich, OK?!). I was able to get catered food from Whole Foods, who surprisingly had an extensive menu to choose from.
I’m not sure which is more difficult; the coordination of every tiny detail, or setting up the day of. I left home at noon for an event that didn’t start until eight. It took me easily a dozen trips to unload everything out of my car and I spent 30 minutes stacking golden Oreos perfectly on a cake tray for the dessert table. In the end, it was well worth it. All the guests had a great time, my sister felt the love and I felt the pleasure of a job well done. Not to mention, learning how to finally spell phenomenally without a spellcheck because I used it so much. Hosting is tough! From conception to execution, ensuring everything’s set up accordingly, making sure your guests have enough to drink and trying to squeeze in a bit of enjoyment yourself – it’s an exhausting title.
I’m thinking about creating an event checklist to help those of you who may be wanting to put together a party to ensure you don’t miss any details. Let me know if that would be useful!
Shop Some of the “Phenomenally 30” Decor: