The Next 30 Years

There is too much to say about this event that I have been planning for the last two weeks.  It kind of ended up having a life of its own after I got started.  It was just supposed to be a surprise 30th birthday party for my sweet Jamie.  It kind of grew and morphed into a small wedding reception/ ward party!

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It was so much fun to plan and execute such a large party!  This was to be Bella’s birthday party in the first chapter of New Moon.  I took what I read and put a few twists on things so that we could make it a dinner party (with actual food).


There were 10 tables with 7 chairs at each.  68 people ended up RSVPing that they would come celebrate with us!


278 white, pink, and silver balloons were strategically placed all over the room.  It helped make it look like we were at a different venue besides the overflow of the chapel.


There were 48 lanterns strung across the ceiling of the room that were different shades of pink and different sizes.  A man in my ward was awesome to wire little battery operated candles into the lanterns so that we could turn them on and they would flicker when the house lights were turned off.  It was such a beautiful effect!



Like I said earlier, this party was the “Bella Birthday Party” from New Moon.  Jamie’s a huge fan and we thought it would be a fun theme.  These are the silver wrapped gifts that Bella got her paper cut while opening.  We opted for bags because we could just slip people’s presents into them as they arrived.

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And what is a Bella party without Edward?!?!  He was the first thing that she saw when she came through the door!  I was able to get this great 6 foot cut out of him just a day or two before our big bash.  We positioned him so that he stood guard over the buffet table where we served fettuccine noodles with a choice of marinara or alfredo sauce; meatballs, chicken breast, and italian sausage; caesar salad; french bread; water and this great sherbet/ 7-up mixed drink.   But I’m telling you, Edward was the perfect icing on the cake! 😀

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Speaking of ICING….  we had this AMAAAZING birthday cake.  Tried to get it to look as much like the cake in the movie.  We sacrificed a third tier so that the price would better fit the budget and we added roses to match the other roses all over the rest of the room.

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To add some extra soft lighting, we took tulle and bunched up tons of icicle lights!  It gave a great effect, I only wish we hadn’t run out of lights because we could have used a few more here and there.

We had over 19 dozen roses scattered all over the place.  They were decorating the cake, each table had a centerpiece with a dozen and a half roses, we scattered petals over each table and the food areas.

And to top it all off, there were 82 votive candle holders (including candles) with different colored tissue paper to add a little colored light to the room.

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I was so pleased that Jamie was surprised!  It took a lot of work and I was SURE that she would find out some way or another.  Chuch was such a great sport in letting me run his life for a couple of weeks.  I’m sure it wasn’t easy for him.


I think the best thing that we could have given her that night was her sister, Heather.  We sent out an invitation and Heather was able to come down from St. George and be here to celebrate Jamie’s big 30 with us!

I’m so glad that I was able to do this for Jamie!  It wasn’t nearly as stressful as I thought it would be.  It’s refreshing to know that I can handle something like this and not completely fall apart as a mother and wife.  Jamie, I hope that your next 30 years are as wonderful as your first 30!  You are an amazing mother, wife, and friend!  Thank you for all that you have taught me and continue to teach me every day.  You are a wonderful big sister!!!  Happy Birthday!!!


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