Monday, February 21, 2011




I know you're probably thinking what everyone else is thinking:

Is this girl's birthday over yet? 

Clearly you do not know me.

In all seriousness, I catch a lot of flack for celebrating my birthday all month long. Even my 92-year-old grandmother looked at me in confusion when I told her I was having a party this weekend. "Another one?" she asked, rather incredulously. "Didn't we just do that?"

Yes. Yes, we did.

But on Saturday night, I celebrated again, this time with the help of some of the most wonderful friends a girl could ask for.

And when all was said and done, it was all worth it: the planning. The money. The trips to Party City. The last-minute food decisions (we catered. because honestly? me cooking for 20 people would have been fun for no one).

I had begun to have some doubts over the last few days that a party would even be worth it. Because I started to realize: Grown-ups don't really throw themselves birthday parties.

But whose idea was that anyway?

Because I don't think celebrating has to be a kids-only thing.

And I had one of those moments on Saturday night.  When I looked at my friends laughing and talking so loudly that I couldn't even hear the music anymore. And I thought: This is what life is meant to look like. And I wish we had more moments like that. Wish that sometimes it didn't take so much effort and work to encourage conversation and slowness and fellowship and time-out-from-life-ness.

But sometimes, the good things take work.

And Saturday night was a good thing.

Growing up, my parents made a big deal out of my birthday. We're just a family that celebrates. And on Saturday morning before the party, when my mom and dad stopped by to check out my handiwork (that I'd completed with the help of a very patient husband and some very loving family members), dad told my mom something that I thought made it all worth it.

He said he was glad to see his daughter living out a legacy of celebration.

I know I can be a little bit ridiculous about party-planning and birthdays and holidays... But why not?

Why not be a little ridiculous?

Why not celebrate the milestones?

What's life without a little bit of celebration?

So, look, let's forget about being grown-ups sometimes. Because being grown-up is hard: bills and late nights and early mornings and jobs that make us stir-crazy and taxes and grocery shopping and being so tired you put your pajamas on at 6:00.

Let's take some time out of the schedule -- even if it takes some work -- to celebrate. Birthdays, new jobs, friendships, love, our favorite television shows or board games: Let's just celebrate.

Because in the midst of it all, I think we're supposed to have a little bit of fun.

Post-edit: My dress was a Valentine's Day gift from the hubs. It's from ModCloth and can be purchased here. The cake was the creation of my very talented friend, Julianne.


Staley Mc said...

Why not celebrate all month long? It looks like an awesome party!!

monster cakes said...

I love throwing child-like b-day parties! This is so cute! Mine is coming up in less than 2 weeks, but I'm debating how to throw one on a budget! Yikes.

Kelly Sauer said...

I have been following you for a while, and girl, I like your style. I would love to be like you when I grow up!

Sabrina said...

Your party looks like it was fantastic. I can just tell from the pictures:) Enjoy every bit of your 25th year friend!

Marli and Memory said...

Happy Birthday!

Four Flights said...

Oh Annie I couldn't have said it any better. Being a grown up IS hard work (and just wait till you have kids wink, wink)! I'm so happy you have a zest for life that you will go to all lengths to throw yourself a party like this, why the heck not?!? On Saturday, after a day packed with 2 toddler birthday parties, we were exhausted, yet we had plans for a date night that night. We told some friends we were supposed to be going out and they looked at us in mock horror. I said, "I have a sitter, I'm going out with my husband damn it!" And I did, and we had fun, and got home by 10:45 and went right to bed :)

Anonymous said...

My it okay to throw yourself a birthday party? 'Cause.....I'm thinkin that's what Katie and I are going to do for our 26th.....thoughts?

Anonymous said...

Oh, yay! I'm so glad your friends got to celebrate your fabulousness (and you, you completely deserve to be celebrated--every year!)! The party looks like it was all kinds of fun!

Anonymous said...

That looks like so much fun! Happy birthday!

Rachael said...

That's a good way to look at celebrating!
And life too.

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shah wharton said...

Celebrate them to death - when you reach a certain age you feel less needing to and less likely to. Do it now and enjoy. Looks great. Wish I'd done so - You know I've never had a birthday party - not even as a baby apparently, though I wouldn't have remembered anyway. My 18th and 12st came and went unacknowledged too. I am thinking that I'll do something for my 40th next year though. Take a leaf out of your fabulous book! Shah X Oh and happy birthday month!

Sugar Mama said...

I LOVE to celebrate and I force my husband and kids to participate even though they aren't really much into it. And that cake is gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

I love your dress! Do you mind saying where it's from. I'm fairly new to your blog but, I really enjoy it!

danielle @ take heart said...

i love this! SO fun!!