Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Kenna's "Favorite Things" 33rd Birthday Party

Well hello! It's been a while- I missed you! For now, I will only tell you that our vacation to Cabo San Lucas was amazing. I plan to blog about it thoroughly later this week or next, as soon as I can fully wrap my head around everything that went on- the good and the bad (Tropical Storm Juliette!) Coming home has been a sobering reality for sure... I worked my waitress job Monday (Labor Day)- one of the busiest restaurant days of the year... and then I came home from that only to remember that a couple days before we left for Cabo, our dishwasher AND dryer both broke. So one day I was being incredibly pampered (gotta love the all-inclusive resorts!) and the next I was doing all the pampering! Let's just say it's been a rude wake-up call!

To put myself in a better mood I am sharing with you the pics from my birthday party this past July! It was just featured in the first issue of Carousel Magazine and now I'm going to be showing off all of the photos from the fantastic night we had... celebrating- ME!

As usual Christina of Moments Captured Photography nailed the photography and came through with some stunning photos of the night, there is nothing like professional photos to help you appreciate all of your hard work.

I gave my intern Kristin a crazy amount of new responsibility- she even got to have fun and design some of the mannequins! Another friend Devyn co-glittered the big canvas crown by hand along with Hannah. We had many late nights and a lot of fun together prepping for this party.


I decided to throw myself a party this year because that is exactly what I wanted for my birthday. I hadn't done anything since my 30th and I felt I was overdue for a celebration! I spend so much time on my kids/clients parties- I figured it was about time I have a little (as in big- duh!) party for myself...

I came up with the idea for a Favorite Things Party because as I started gathering ideas for decor I noticed it was indeed- all of my favorite things! Fashion mannequins, crowns, lots of black and white stripes, hints of gold and all shades of pink... I thought a Favorite Things theme would be a perfect fit- as in I'd show off all of mine! 

Amber from Party On! Designs helped me create a package that was PERFECT! I was really happy with how it pulled the entire look together with crowns, pink and black and white- all of the inspiration I sent her for the party.

I invited about 25 girlfriends to come and celebrate the night with me. I asked them to dress in either pink, gold, black & white OR black and white stripes and every guest came through and looked amazing! We had a blast as we posed for photos with our awesome props by Dweedle Dee Designs, sipped (pink!) champagne in custom made wine glasses by Vinyl Eloquence, dined on amazing desserts by Hannah's Cookies and Treats (including her own "Pink Confetti Popcorn" recipe) and danced the night away to all my favorite jams!

I asked a few amazing vendors to collaborate on my party with me and I received some WOW-factor items that helped me take the party to the next level... I was definitely working with the Dream Team who got my vision 100%. 

It was a birthday to remember and I'm so happy I did it. Enjoy the photos.

xo Party or Die xo

Vendor Credits:

Photography: Moments Captured Photography

Party Printables/Graphics, Gold Popcorn Boxes, Black & White Striped Donut Bags, &  Paper Straws: Party On! Designs 

Desserts: Hannah's Cookies and Treats

Custom made "Happy 33rd Birthday" banner, "Kenna" banner (on black trunk), "33" in pink frame and "K" napkin weight: Table Top Treats

My Fascinator, Pom Pom Wand (photo prop) and Pom Pom Garland (on black trunk): Cupcake Wishes and Birthday Dreams 

Cotton Candy Favors with "K" Graphics: Soiree Event Design

Custom "Kenna's 33" Wine Glasses: Vinyl Eloquence 

Photo Booth Props (sequin glasses, lips, Popsicles) : Dweedle Dee Designs

Glittery Gold Crown Cupcake/Popcorn Toppers: Hues Studio 

Black and White Striped Lantern: Z Gallerie

Striped Plates/ Beverage Napkins: Oriental Trading Company

Jumbo Gold Gumballs: Oriental Trading Company

Striped Favor Boxes: Michael's Crafts

Bistro String Lights: Target (garden section)

Black/White Ruffled Curtain Panels: Target

Pink Glitter Crown Favors: Target (kid's party isle)

Rug: Ikea





  1. Replies
    1. Thank you Elena, I would have loved to have had you at it!

  2. Soooo nice seeing everything come together!!!!

    1. I am still so honored that you got my style as well as you did, without even a phone call! I will forever cherish my fascinator!

  3. Everything turned out beautifully Kenna!! Looked like one fab party for one fab girl!

    1. Thank you! I hope you can use the images of your gorgeous banners for something.

  4. Love it! But particularly love that cake topper!

    1. Thank you so much- I made the cake toppers myself so that means a lot! Your news party is one of my all time faves!

  5. You are so great with details, even the tiny little things. Like double cupcake liners, the frames, rhinestones on every little piece. So much work, but that is what sets you apart!

    1. Thank you for everything you did for me with this party- I know I am not easy to work with, with all of my last minute requests! A lot of those awesome details are courtesy of Hannah (like the double liners) I was too busy bejeweling everything ;)

  6. Absolutely fabulous! Everything is so coordinated it looks like you got everything in one place. Just amazing!

    1. Thank you Talia! I will always be grateful for your amazing wine glasses and how much they added to the party!


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