30th Birthday Brunch

1.22.2012

 
This weekend we celebrated my 30th with a brunch at our house. We debated throwing a big party or going on a weekend trip, but nothing sounded right. (Why is it that we feel compelled to do this on milestone birthdays? Like if you don't, then reaching that point is somehow less significant. Am I alone on this?)

Last week, we started planning a small brunch with close friends. Not a lot of fuss. The only requirement was good food. My friend Anna, who's actually a baker by profession, agreed to be our "chef" and cook for us at the house. It was pure bliss not to have to stress about the food while still entertaining our friends. 


French toast shooters and quiche
Skillet potatoes and onions with fried eggs
Shrimp and cheese grits; these were my favorite.

The "birthday cake" was crepes with sweet custard and pears.
  

My adorable goddaughter, Gianna, who after seeing my baby picture said, "Aww, Heather. You's were kinda' cute when you were a little baby! " Would you look at the posing abilities of this kid? No prompting necessary.
This really is a family picture... While grazing on all the left over food after most people had left, Molly, Tanya, and I talked about how "old" it made us to think that we met ten years ago. It doesn't seem that long ago that we were making Ramen noodles in the dorms and feeling like life hadn't even started yet. It's always risky when you invest yourself in people. (I think most of my 20's was spent grappling with that concept.) The older I get, the more I value these "investments"; they didn't just happen overnight. I'm pretty excited to see what the next decade has in store for our friendships and our families. Oh...and even when he's making a Zoolander face, this guy's pretty great too.
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32 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday! That looks like such a lovely party! Your food looks yummy and everyone looks so happy! You are gorgeous, by the way!

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  2. WOW! I wish I could grab some of those yummies out of my screen. It looked wonderful! what a great way to celebrate.

    Happy Birthday!
    Kim at www.plumberrypie.blogspot.com

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  3. happy birthday! looks like a fun time- you are stunning and i LOOOOVE your dress/tunic!

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  4. Happy Birthday! The food looks fabulous!

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  5. So funny! And what a GREAT 30th birthday. That food looks wonderful. Happy Birthday!

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  6. I LOVE the idea of a birthday brunch! It is after all the best meal of the day (in my opinion).
    Happy 30th!!!
    Tan
    squirrellyminds.com

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  7. can I just say that you ladies look lovely for 30. seriously. all three of you have aged so gracefully and each of you is looking mighty fine and skinny!

    those french toast shooters are adorable and a great idea and those potatoes and eggs..YUM

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  8. happy 3-0! the thirties have been the best decade yet for me. love your tunic--you're beautiful. and i love the idea of a brunch. looks like you met the good food requirement for your party.

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  9. Happy Birthday! Looks like you had a great day! Good food and being surrounded by friends and family is the best!! ...now I'll take one of those Mimosa's ; )

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  10. What a wonderful way to bring in your 30's! Happy belated birthday! wishing you lots of great moments this year.

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  11. Love your blog...Happy Birthday!

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  12. I hope you had a wonderful wonderful birthday! It looks like it was great!! I wish you another great year & continued success! xo

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  13. great freaking idea! and give it up for babies born in 82! what what! happy birthday and as usual beautiful ideas at your beautiful brunch

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  14. Heather, you are an amazing talented woman and I absolutely love seeing your amazing 30th birthday party. I hope this is your best year ever! =)

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  15. What a great way to celebrate your 30th! Such lovely pics. Congrats!

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  16. Thanks so much, ladies! Reading your comments today felt like another little party with all my blog friends:)

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  17. Happy birthday, Heather! The parties you host always look so fabulous! The menu looked so delicious too!

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  18. Happy Birthday!! You look like you had a wonderful celebration! What a unique idea to have a birthday brunch!

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  19. happy birthday! i just stumbled on your blog via pinterest. so happy i did b/c we seem to have much in common. especially the way you like to entertain. i wish i had just celebrated by 30th bday. i'm officially closer to 40 now! so nice to meet you!! tessa

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  20. Happy Birthday!! You're brunch was so lovely and a great idea. It sounds like the perfect way to recap and celebrate a milestone birthday. Lucky you to have a chef as a friend who created such a beautiful meal. Hope it was a really special day for you!

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  21. Happy 30th! This was such a sweet post, and yes I agree about the milestone birthdays. All I did for mine was a pancake breakfast and a massage-cause I was 38 weeks pregnant! :) I still turned 30 just like everyone else does who has a crazy insane go of it, and had fun making my own memories. It looks like you did the same. Lovely menu!

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  22. Look at that feast!!! GORGEOUS! Hope you had the most wonderful birthday!!

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  23. This looks lovely - and you are a radiant 30-year-old! :) I turn 30 next month and very undecided on how to celebrate - thanks for the inspiration.

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  24. Lovely posts,you look like you had a great 30th :)

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  25. Happy happy birthday! Love the zoolander face! LOL Looks like a wonderful day!

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  26. PS--do you have the aioli recipe? I had some at a restaurant and loved it and haven't found the recipe...

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  27. @Labbie1-aioli is basically just mayo flavored with garlic. Some might add other ingredients too, but the basic recipe. You can add a touch of tomatoe paste or even wasabi to kick things up a bit.

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  28. what a great idea! Do you have the recipe for the skillet potatoes with eggs?

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  29. I think it was just garlic, onions, and potatoes seasoned with salt and pepper cooked on the stove top with olive oil until browned. Then chives were added. Eggs were cracked in top and the dish was put in the oven for the eggs to "fry".

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  30. Thanks that sounds delicious!

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  31. Happy 30th, Heather! Looks like you all had a wonderful time! Your friend did an AMAZING job with the food... had me drooling at each pic hehe. Would she ever consider sharing her recipes?? :)

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