My Favorite Day of the Year

It’s My Birthday! 
I’m not gonna lie… today is my favorite day of the year. 
And, this year I love it even more because I have the most amazing little man cuddling with me all day long. It has been a banner year for me this year and I can’t see how the next year will top it.
And, of course… one of the reasons that today is my favorite day of the year is because it gives me a great reason to throw a party. I’m usually all about not hosting your own birthday/shower/any gift giving-type party BUT my friends and husband all know that allowing me to throw my own party is a gift in itself. I thought I’d show you some photos of parties past and a few from this year’s shin-dig. 
I’ll do a full {Real Party} post on it soon.

In 2008 (Our first year in Portland) we went to Urban Fondue for a fabulous birthday dinner.
We got a curtained off room and wonderful service. Everyone dressed up for the party and I made little buttons that said “Jenni is 25!” and “You’re a Gem!” as favors. 
Urban Fondue is attached to Bartini and they have AMAZING cocktails.

In 2009 we had a wine tasting party in our apartment. I covered the walls in drawings of empty picture frames, bookshelves, fireplace and more. Guests enjoyed fun appetizers that my brother-in-law helped me whip up throughout the party while tasting wines that paired with the food. Between courses they were able to take photos in the photo booth and draw in the empty picture frames on the walls. I bought picture frames and filled them with “Thank You” pictures so that guests would have a frame for the photos they took in the home-made photo booth. 
It ended up looking like a shrine to me…Ooops!

In 2010 we planned on a dinner out at Alexis Greek Restaurant. It was a smaller party with a few close friends and enjoyed a family style DELICIOUS meal. I made my dress for the party out of old table cloths and was super happy with the results. If I look tired in the pictures it is because I was 5 weeks pregnant…. we had just found out a couple of days before my party. Alexis has an amazing martini that I had been talking about for weeks… when I sat down and ordered a non-alcoholic beverage the whole table knew I was pregnant! After a year of trying to get pregnant this was absolutely the best birthday present I could  have possibly received!
This year we opted for a party at home again. We threw a Fancy Pants Party for friends to get dolled up and act silly. We had a bevy of appetizers and signature cocktails. There were party hats, mustaches and fake eyelashes all involved. It was so much fun! 
Thanks for visiting this little blog on my birthday!
Check back later today for a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! 
(and, no…I’m not pregnant again!)

Edit: I will be announcing my big announcement soon… I let the birthday fun get the best of me and need a little more time to put things together!

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Jenni is a freelance writer and media assistant based in Portland, OR. A Well Crafted Party is a blog about all the little things to celebrate in life. Follow Jenni or A Well Crafted Party with BlogLovin, RSS feed, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest.
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  1. Reply

    you have had such fun birthday parties!
    My parents went to Alexis Greek restaurant after their wedding 28 years ago, and they still go back every year. One of the owner’s died in a freak accident a few years back but they still have super good food because his brother is now running the place. We love it! Delicious!

    • Sam
    • December 13, 2011

    happy birthday! love all your birthday parties, and love love your outfit/head piece in the most recent one!

    • kira
    • December 12, 2011

    Happy Birthday, I’m excited to see the post on this years party!

  2. Reply

    I love your birthdays!

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