Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Thirty. It's Just a Number. Right? RIGHT?

How about a post that should've happened two months ago but is just coming around now?

Hey, better late than never.

I turned the big ol' dirty thirty on October 10th while in Canada. The husband asked what I wanted to do for my 30th, and I told him I wanted a road trip. And that's what I got! I celebrated that evening with one of my blogger BFFs in Toronto as we dined at a Thai joint while trying to wrangle our littles. Correction, I was wrangling my little as she and her daughter sat there daintily eating their meal and being overall showoffs. My kid was the one screaming and wanting nothing to do with being in my arms. Or a highchair. Or in that restaurant.

But anyway. Details.

When I returned home, some friends threw me a surprise shindig. They know just the gal I am and knew I wouldn't want a big! huge! surprise! party! but one that included wine and chocolate with a fewer number of people.

Obviously. Champagne and chocolate for president. Like really.

I was picked up and taken to an undisclosed location (my friend Liz's house) by a few girlfriends and we proceeded to indulge the night away with a very creative Suburban Cupcake Tour.

You see, a couple years ago, I saw a Group.on for this cupcake tour downtown and was determined to make that happen. But, I wanted to do it on the cheap and get some girlfriends to head downtown with me and walk some of those fabulous bakeries and share cupcakes while walking off the calories and enjoying the gorgeous scenery that is downtown Chicago.

But, weather sucks and it never happened.

Instead, they made my dream a reality in the form of a suburban tour, with cupcakes from bakeries in our area! Right down to the voting papers, we got down to business eating cupcakes and sharing our favorites all while sipping on delicious vino and getting short massages in the other room by a local masseuse who came just for us. Royalty. It was my kind of birthday.
le menu
Rating the delicious cakes
Made by Jenny... these were yummy!
Local bakery with fun Halloween sprinkles
I think that one in front was the winner. White/Black cupcake. So divine.
It's possible that I visit this bakery a lot. It's possible.
Made by Kim... also amazing. She knows how to bake vegan-- just add more chocolate chips!
Super decadent
Oh happy day.
Some of the people... some of the cupcakes
Kim & Jenny had to leave before photos... but here is some of the crew.
I make it my personal duty to ruin at least one photo in a bunch... that's what happens when I'm forced to take too many!
Danielle will appreciate these last two photos.
I have no idea what they're doing.
You're welcome, Danielle. ;)
I was just minding my own business while showing off my socks (see left bottom). Still don't know what they were doing.
One of my friends above also turned 30 recently, and we took her to a new, fancy bowling, bocce, and cocktails joint in a nearby suburb. Same friends, different party.
Firepit after bowling
Creepster eyes while eating dessert

Happy Birthday to us!


Caroline said... [Reply to comment]

Umm, that is a BRILLIANT idea for a birthday. And now I want an effing cupcake. Or eight.

Also, I love the pink shirt you are wearing in the last two pics - where'd you get it?

Solange, Nik, Caitlin and Oliver said... [Reply to comment]

I want a cupcake. NOW. What a brilliant idea!!!!

Jenny said... [Reply to comment]

It was super fun, from baking to eating and hanging out! I've seen that bowling/bocce place while shopping - looks like fun!! Is it reasonable?

Brigitte said... [Reply to comment]

I love that idea for a party! and now I want a cupcake too :)

Renel said... [Reply to comment]

Awesome! Where did you find friends? I find it very difficult...espeically ones that will throw you a cupcake tour I said...AWESOME!
Im past SOME
but 25 was the hard one for me...ha funny now.