I had an ugly Christmas sweater party to celebrate my 28th birthday!
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As y’all know, I turned 28-years-old on Friday. Birthdays are a great reminder of how many people really care about you. I started my day at work where they decorated my desk with happy birthday signs, confetti and streamers, and they even got me a lovely gift. That night, my boyfriend picked me up from the office so we could go to his work Christmas party. I spent the night having casual conversations with people I didn’t realize were super extra important and pretending that the 400 people at the party were there to celebrate my birthday. I made my boyfriend take pictures with me even though he hates posed pictures (welcome to life with a blogger, babe).
I didn’t really celebrate my birthday until Saturday, and I had so much fun getting my favorite local people together to commemorate my survival of another year. So many awesome things (and people) came together to make it all happen. Shout-out to all of my friends and my parents who I borrowed things from and even bigger shout-out to my boyfriend for making the most incredible eggnog, putting everything together and just overall being a saint.
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It’s not a Christmas party without Christmas cookies! My friend, Claire, makes the most delicious and beautiful cookies, and I ordered a cookie making kit from her to use at the party. It came with a dozen cookies with three different designs of my choice, three bags of icing and various sprinkles. We had a blast decorating them and even more fun eating them. I’ve ordered from Mama Mia’s Cookies for various parties, including this going away party.
Game nights are my favorite, so of course I had to incorporate it into my birthday party. I had friends bring over their favorite games, and we played quite a few throughout the night. My friend, Todd, brought over a game called Secret Hitler. I didn’t play because I was too busy decorating Christmas cookies when the rules were explained, but when I finally tuned in, I had a blast watching everyone argue and turn against each other. I had never heard of the game, but it was definitely a hit.
I made a version of Drunk Jenga, and we played quite a few rounds of that. Luckily, I didn’t knock over the tower at any point, but I did lose several games of rock, paper, scissors. #bottomsup
I can’t even describe to you how much I love karaoke, and I love it even more when it involved Christmas songs. I bought two of these wireless Bluetooth mics, setup my projector, and we went to town singing some karaoke. My boyfriend and I did a duet for two songs – “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and, the crowd-pleaser, “Kiss Me Thru the Phone” by Soulja Boy. I also couldn’t resist doing a little bit of Tay, and then my boyfriend couldn’t resist doing a bit of Kanye. I know. It’s the gray cloud hanging over our relationship.
Lots of other songs were sang by my uber talented friends, including songs by Nicki Minaj, Lil Dicky and so many others, including a rendition of “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from Mulan.
Adult Hot Chocolate Bar & Eggnog
This was probably what I was most excited for. At work, we usually have hot chocolate bars for fall and winter parties, and I thought it would be even more awesome to have an adult version. I adapted a Crock-Pot hot chocolate recipe to make it mostly dairy-free (mixing alcohol and dairy isn’t always fun) then I put out options for toppings, including marshmallows, chocolate chips, cocoa powder, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, caramel syrup, cinnamon candies, crushed peppermints and pirouette wafers. For alcohol choices, I provided peppermint schnapps, Rum Chata (this was my first time having Rum Chata, and it was gone by the end of the night), Irish cream and Amaretto. It was so fun mixing together different drinks, and the hot chocolate was gone way before the end of the party.
My boyfriend also made his delicious eggnog, which is my favorite. I’ve had it every time he’s made it, and this batch was the best. It was so tasty.
Photobooths make an appearance at about 90% of the parties I plan, as you’ve seen at Friendsgiving and Mardi Gras. I love photobooths because it gives me a reason to remember to take pictures throughout the night. I used to be so good about making sure I took photos, but I’ve been less married to my phone and more focused on living in the moment, which is great except when it comes to blogging and wanting to share and remember those parts of my life.
We had a lot of fun with the Christmas props, and lots of people came dressed in ugly Christmas sweaters, so with the tree used as the background, the photos turned out so festive.
How did you celebrate your birthday this year?