birthday party ideas

My daughter’s birthday is in June and I am already planning her class party/parties. I was brainstorming on paper but I had to make a visual layout with links to where to find products because it helped me plan better. This will be her first class party and for the past few months she’s been attending school (only 3.5 months), I feel as though she’s been coming home with a goody bag every other week because of a classmate’s birthday party. Ah, the good ol’ days: when your class celebrated your birthday with you. I suppose it stops after kindergarten due to public school policies regarding equity or such. Anyway, after creating my collages, one thing was for certain–her goody bags will be awesome!

Idea #1: Purple (her favorite color and also this year’s “Color of the Year” by Pantone)


1.  candles // 2. metallic rhye plates (small) // 3. ube leche flan cupcake // 4. lilac cake stand // 5. purple flatware // 6. galactic napkin // 7. galactic cup // 8. “For You” favor bags // 9. glitter crayons // 10. star glasses // 11. grape flavored gummy bears // 12. honeycomb mini-balls garland // 13-14. balloons: quartz purple, purple chrome

Idea #2: Flowers


1. flower bouquet garland // 2. sugar cookies shaped like flowers // 3. flower grow kit // 4. burlap favor bag // 5. felt stickers // 6. Liberty of London cupcake kit // 7. gold tall candles // 8. spring flower assorted plates // 9. Magnolia Bakery’s vanilla buttercream cake or 10. Magnolia Bakery’s cupcakes

*note to self: make sugar cookies myself, other candle color might be better, check out Target’s dollar section for mini-plant kits (I bought a poppy in a flowerpot kit for $1 in the past)

Idea #3: Fruitfruit

1. pompom party hats // 2. neon citrus plates // 3. red cutlery // 4. confetti balloons // 5. Porto’s Strawberry Bavarian Mousse cake // 6. windowpane favor bag // 7. fruit party picks // 8. pineapple straws  // 9. Japanese fruit gummy candy from Kasugai // 10. fruit erasers

*note to self: need to prepare fruit platter, check out Daiso for gummies and erasers

Idea #4: Stars


1. vanilla cupcakes // 2. cupcake kit // 3. Mylar star balloons // 4. silver star party plates (small) // 5. star party cups (silver) // 6. silver napkins // 7. silver cutlery // 8. heart-star glassine bags // 9. Hershey’s Kisses // 10. cosmic temporary tattoos // 11. silver star magnets

Now to decide which theme to go for…

This is 34.

The night before my 34th birthday, I felt a bit haggard and gray.  I felt too lazy to go through the cream face mask routine that requires washing in 20 minutes, so I smothered my face with a sample cream from La Mer. The next day, my face was aglow like Christmas morning (haha!). It felt bouncy, firm, and hydrated. I didn’t even know my face was droopy until it felt bouncy. The truth is, my dry skin cannot be compared to other mortals; it is something of death itself. Every year I shed tons of dead skin off my face (and body) during winter months and have been searching for a product that would deliver its hydration promises. I have tried many creams from different brands (within $100), but none have delivered. That is, until this past year when I learned about oils. I’ve then layered my face with serums, creams, and oils every night. It has helped with the flakiness but not so much with helping me look less like a zombie. Chemo has made my zombie-ness significantly worse, draining every living color out of my hands, feet, and face, making them literally grey-brown. I came back to life the evening of the 3rd of January, the night I discovered crème de la Mer moisturizing cream, the miracle cream. I woke up looking less grey and convinced of the power of pricey skin care. How can I go back? Sigh. Alas, I am not rich. So. I will cherish every drop of that sample and continue with my old routine. And that’s okay. At least for my birthday, I felt/looked alive. This post is not sponsored. I know; I can be ridiculous.

This is thirty-four.

Some highlights: breakfast at Bottega Louie (one of my favorites), free birthday Starbucks drink, Santa Monica pier and the thrilling Ferris wheel (that is, watching my sister cling to the pole because of her fear of heights), free birthday Pink Berry frozen yogurt (went into the store at my daughter’s request and later surprised by the free offer), hanging out at the Hammer Museum to kill time before dinner (free entry, small but valuable collection, ping pong tables and discovering my mom’s table tennis talent), quaint Italian dinner at a random spot in Westwood (great parking spot on a busy street),  and delicious triple layer berry cake from Sweet Lady Jane.

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(Poor husband was working all day until late at night so he missed out on the fun. But we’ll have fun this coming Saturday at Cicada. Woohoo! Might as well celebrate my birthday all month! hehe)