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Quick Birthday Party

We threw together a little party last minute for my birthday yesterday. It came together really easy with all the help from my friends. Liz made a big pot of Ina’s Chicken Tortilla Soup and my friend Michelle made me a beautiful cake and some cookies. (Thanks Liz and Michelle!) Then all I had to do was make sure the house was clean and get drinks.




I made a tablecloth from this Ikea fabric last week. I just got two yards and then hemmed the edge. The total cost ended up being $16. I also picked up some new serving dishes while I was in CB2. The plato platter was $10 and these modern serving bowls were $6/each. They looked modern and pretty.


  1. Happenstance

    January 18, 2010

    Happy Birthday! You know they say you start living in your 30's. And then it's 31 which to me is thirty-fun! Love your decorations too! Hope all your wishes come true:)

  2. stewart and james

    January 18, 2010

    Happy Birthday! Your party appears to have been lovely and adorable – just like you!

  3. Kaylen

    January 18, 2010

    That looks like so much fun!!

    Questions: what brand is the root beer/vanilla cream soda?

    And also – it may not be yours, but who made the cake plate?

    The tablecloth looks great!

  4. communikate.

    January 18, 2010

    I've been looking for a cake platter like that for ages?
    Do you mind if i ask where you got it?

    Also, happy birthday!! Looks gorgeous!

  5. mrs boo radley

    January 18, 2010

    Happy Happy! Cute party.

  6. Joslyn

    January 18, 2010

    yipee! so fantastic!

    love the tablecloth.

  7. Bryan and Sarah

    January 18, 2010

    Great Party! I love the tablecloth!

  8. Clouds

    January 18, 2010

    looks yummy! it's amazing the things one finds in ikea!!

  9. Devon

    January 18, 2010

    Happy birthday! Now that's a party–anything with Ina Garten food is yummy.

    Ikea fabric is turning out to be a great find in my book. I went last week and they actually had red and blue ticking and gingham for 8.99 a yard (59 inch width). Not bad, eh?

  10. Denise Laborde

    January 18, 2010

    So glad you had a party! Every year is worth celebrating :) You earned it!

  11. Rachel

    January 18, 2010

    Looks awesome! And there's no better way to celebrate than with a Wienhard's. :-)

  12. Marie Scott

    January 18, 2010

    Love your photos… you've inspired me to throw a party!

  13. High-Heeled Foot in the door

    January 18, 2010

    Happy Birthday! What wonderful friends to come together and bring the party to you!

    The table cloth looks great! Hope you had an amazing time!

  14. Janaan

    January 18, 2010

    Happy Birthday! Even when you throw a small party you do it with style!

  15. RM

    January 19, 2010

    I love a simple chocolate cake like that.
    And the straws look excellent with the striped table cloth.
    Happy Birthday.

  16. Kim

    January 19, 2010

    Happy Birthday!

  17. Searched And Found

    January 19, 2010

    You threw this party together fast? Wow! It's lovely! Great tablecloth and I love the colors. Not to mention, there's some tasty root beer in the back!

  18. Design Darling

    January 19, 2010

    great tablecloth idea! and happy birthday of course :)

  19. Caroline, No.

    January 19, 2010

    Happy Birthday! Looks brilliant, for a last minute do!

  20. m e l

    January 19, 2010

    Happy Birthday Jordan. Looks like a fun and simple party (my favorite kind). We celebrated my baby's first birthday that same day – must be a great day to be born!

  21. Joanna Goddard

    January 19, 2010

    happy birthday! i love the tablecloth!

  22. colleen @inspiredtoshare

    January 19, 2010

    Happy birthday! It looks like a fun, stylish affair. I love the green-striped tablecloth! xo

  23. Live the Home Life

    January 19, 2010

    The green & white table cloth is perfect! Happy Birthday!

    -Cara @ live the home life

  24. christine

    January 19, 2010

    Happy birthday from a big fan!

    That cake stand is adorable. xo

  25. Aron

    January 19, 2010

    Happy Birthday!
    I hope someone wore a pregnancy suit. I loved that idea, it made me laugh out loud.

  26. angie + matt

    January 20, 2010

    Happy 30th Birthday!!! Even last minute your parties are always amazing!

  27. Rachel@oneprettything.com

    January 20, 2010

    Happy, happy birthday! Here's to many more!

  28. L A M A R T I N É

    January 20, 2010

    :::HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!:::

  29. Michelle

    January 21, 2010

    pretty, I love stripes, happy bday.

  30. Melissa Blake

    January 21, 2010

    Hope you had a GREAT birthday!! xoxo Those treats look sooo yummy!

  31. lynne

    January 21, 2010

    Happy Birthday!! And hope all goes great with your impending delivery!

  32. christi

    January 25, 2010

    love the green stripe!! happy birthday!!

  33. Barbie

    February 17, 2010

    If anyone's reading, I'm soliciting advice. I loved this tablecloth as well, and for my SIL's bridal shower thought I'd copy it. Only it will be on 2 huge tables in the room. To avoid an overload of stripes I was thinking of doing 2 runners instead. Only, now that I just came home from Ikea with the fabric, I'm wondering if the stripes are too wide for a 13-14" runner. Any opinions?

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