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Monday, August 19, 2013

A Favorite 45 Birthday Party~ It Will Spin You Right Round.

It had been far too long since I had seen all my wonderful friends. Where does the time go? I knew before the summer was out and I was back in school that I wanted to host a gathering. Why not have all my favorites on my 45th? I sent out handcrafted invitations a few weeks ago.

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Thinking of 45 my thoughts immediately traveled back to my youth and my grand collection of records. Everyone was amazed I still had so many of them.

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At each place setting I used a 33 record topped with a blue plate, black and white polka dotted napkin and a personalized nametag that doubled as a place card. (Details will follow on Wednesday.)

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The table was topped with musical confetti and darling vintage nut cups given to me by my friend Jenny.

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Jenny knows how to do vintage fabulously.

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The table centerpieces were cupcake towers. Can you guess how they were made?

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Speaking of vintage, my BFF Tracy and I have now celebrated 37 birthdays together. She drove all the way from California to attend. I sure love her!

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I was so happy that everyone else was SO happy!

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Sweet Guy got a seat by one of his favorites~ Miss Meri.

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Jamie and her sister Rita were all smiles.

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Oh these great gals, Marty and Liz,  are my favorites and I know many of you feel the same way.

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Tracy and my favorite next door neighbor Phyllis.

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My favorite friends Kristina and Marci. Oh these girls are sweet souls!

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Then there are my favorite favorites. My kids. They spin me right round.

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A favorite group picture. Top row~ left to right.

Phyllis, Jamie, Liz, Marty, Meri, J.M. Marci and Jenny.

Bottom row~left to right.

Ceekay, Kristina, me, and Tracy.

I am truly blessed. I cannot tell you how much I value and treasure each of these lovely ladies.

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Two of the Fashionista’s friends, Liz and Tania,  joined in the fun.

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The venue was Mary Coyle’s ice cream parlor, a Phoenix landmark for over 60 years. They create 16% butterfat ice cream the old fashioned way.

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I ordered a creation called “The Hill” for each of the tables. It was four pounds of deliciousness.

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But it was no match for my friends on a really hot summer day.

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Each guest received a sweet treat to take home.


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Of course I can’t end a party post without a few out takes.

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A fun bunch for sure!

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Of course we had to have a photo bomb by Sweet Guy.


Dear readers you all are my adorable favorites, thank you so very much for sharing this day!

Detailed tutorials can be found on this post HERE.


Linking to:

Between Naps On The Porch , A Stroll Thru Life, Not Just A HousewifeA Bowl Full of Lemons, We Are That Family, The 36th Avenue, Craftberry Bush, Stonegable The Shabby Creek Cottage, Jennifer Rizzo, No Minimalist Here, Country Cottage, The Shabby Nest, Someday Crafts, Imparting Grace, My Romantic Home, Common Ground , The Charm of Home, Tatertots and Jello


Rita C. said...

What fun! And so great to see both your kids and the other bloggers with you! Jenny's outfit was the bomb!

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

LAURA! How adorable! Your never miss a detail when it's time to party!
I am so honored to be the first to "virtually" arrive to this amazing celebration! May this be the best 45 that you will have spinned thus far!
Happy Birthday!

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Whoops! Looks like Rita C. beat me to the door! LOL

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

So sorry I missed it ... but my Mama needed me :( It looks like it was a BLAST!! LOVING all the photos!!!!

chris mckinley said...

Happy Birthday!! Looks like you celebrated in style!!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Happy Birthday! What a wonderful gathering of friends and family-looks like you had a great day!

Denise said...

Happy Birthday, Laura!! I love this post; you really are blessed with so many sweet and faithful friends! You still look so young, and your darling son and daughter look so attractive. :)

These are great party ideas -- I'm glad you shared with us. I hope you have a wonderful day and a wonderful year!!!


Denise at Forest Manor

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh this was so much fun, I had a ball, I hope tomorrow is the best ever. Can't wait to see you again on Friday. Hugs, Marty

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh that is so wonderful Laura!
Cutest decor, so many lovely gals that I know too.
You all look like your having a fabulous time!
Hugs friend,

Jane said...

Happy, Happy Birthday, Laura! Looks like it was a really fun celebration!
xo Jane

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

now thats a perfect party~! just look at all those adorable gal pals.

Happy Birthday~!

Vicki said...

What a fun party! Congrats to you on your birthday and on such a special celebration with so many of your favorites!

Vel Criste said...

Belated Happy Birthday Laura!!!! What a fun and super cute party! CHEERS!!!!

Linda said...

Happy Birthday, Laura! How fun and fabulous is this?! Love all of the photos. :D

I'll be the big '50' next year but I don't even have many friends, so I doubt we'll have anything big. I told my husband that I'm okay just going away to Hawaii for my Birthday.... we'll see.

Love and blessings always,

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Gee, you sure are YOUNG!!!!!! I do remember when I was 45.......mANY years ago. This looks like you all had a blast. Thatw as so nice of you to invite so many and I recognized some fellow bloggers:) The ice cream looked SOOOOOOOOO good. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, dear Laura!!!

Debbie said...

This is the CUTEST idea I have ever seen. Not just saying that to be nice, either. I just love it!!

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

Happy Birthday! What fun - I love the great gatherings you put together!


You are so young! What an AWESOME party!!! Lots of friends and fun! Just perfect!!!

Mimi said...

Enjoy your special day tomorrow!!!
it sure was a fun party and thank you for the invite!!!!
I look forward to many more birthday celebrations with you!!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Happy birthday!

I saw a lady dressed just like your friend at a vintage store this weekend.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Ok. I asked my spouse and he says that's the women we saw at SS. And it totally went by me that the party was at Mary Coyle's. Clever decor!

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

WOW! WHat a great party! I LOVE your theme for birthday 45. You are too clever girl. I have a darling DIL that just turned 40 this year and I'll keep this in mind for her next party. Great pics!

Hugs, Edie Marie

Calypso In The Country said...

Happy Birthday to you! It looks like you had a fabulous celebration!
Cheers! - Shelley

Auntie Em said...

Happy Belated Birthday wishes!!! What a wonderful way to celebrate your day. I love the 45s and LPs for accessories for your settings. They made a great cupcake holder. Those ice cream hills were perfect (16%...what a delightful treat)
Thanks for sharing the pics of your lovely day! :)

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

You do know how to throw a party! Looks like a great time was had by all! Happy birthday!

Karen Albert said...

Dear Laura,

You look fabulous at 45!! A great theme party and how fun!! I love your group of friends that came from far and wide and wish I could have been there! You deserve all of the love and friendship in the world!

Love and Hugs,
2013 Artists Series

Liz Hockamier said...

HoW Much Fun did WE have!? TONS!
Thank you so much for a lovely cool afternoon!
Hope your day was wonderful!


Kelley said...

ACK! I LOVE IT! HaPpY BiRtHdAy! What a blast!

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Lady Dorothy said...

How fun! A belated very happy birthday!

Tea in Texas said...

Fun and Friends is the perfect combination. The 45's is a perfect theme for a party. I like how you used the 33's as the chargers. You certainly had many wonderful idea using this theme! have a great Labor Day!


tablescapesbybev said...

How wonderful! Love all the details...looks amazing.

Sherry Thecharmofhome said...

Happy birthday Laura! Looks like a fun time!