Friday, April 11, 2014


I've alluded to it here before, but in my group of friends, birthdays are a very big deal. No birthday is a small birthday, and ones with 0's on the end should not be treated as scary but as a reason for an even bigger party. For example, on my Golden Birthday, they repainted my friend Mike's house gold, and reupholstered his couches in gold lamé:

Then one year, we reconstructed a to-scale working model of the Family Feud set, and surveyed 100 people on several rounds of questions for an authentic playing experience:  

A few years after that, we secretly petitioned every single person on Mike's city block while he was at work to complete a city permit to shut down the street for his surprise party:

(Okay, I stole this image from NY Mag, but it looked almost exactly like this, we were just too busy getting drunk and playing wiffle ball to take pictures.)

So this year, when our friend Rebecca (who you might remember from her party last year) said she wanted low-key, we had no idea what to do with ourselves. These people have tried to rent camels before. We agreed to her wishes, but wanted to give it a little something extra, because birthdays are important and wonderful. 

It is impossible to think of Rebecca without thinking of her fabulous curly brown hair, which has become somewhat of a trademark for her. She has enviably perfect curls, yes, but at some point in party planning this evolved into "When Rebecca shows up for a healthy dinner party, we should all casually be wearing wigs that look like her hair." And so an order for ten "Synthetic Adult Seductress" wigs was placed. (How that didn't set off a fraud alert probably speaks a bit to the spending habits of the purchaser...)

We all dressed as different iterations of Rebecca (Black Tie Rebecca, Grad School Rebecca, Hungover Sunday Rebecca, Yoga Class Rebecca, etc etc) so that when she walked in, it was a total mindfuck of Rebecca Making Dinner, Rebecca Setting the Table, Rebecca Casually Lounging on the Couch Talking to Rebecca. No, it doesn't make any sense, but it was very fun, and that's all that matters.

For the table setting, I just got a cut of 4 yards of 90" wide muslin from Joann and rolled a $1 roll of Target wrapping paper down the middle for a bright but disposable runner. For dinner, Lake House Rebecca made a feast of fish tacos, steak tacos, a million slaws and toppings, guacamole, salsa. Chambray Rebecca made some margaritas and Black Tie Rebecca (me!) made bought a Bang Bang Pie for dessert. 

All the Rebecca's casually interacting with each other slayed me. 

And all of the wigs, pre-party, scared the shit out of me.

Anyways, that's all, I just love birthdays and wanted to share a few of the weird ways we celebrate them around here.


PS: Thank you all for your kind words on the last post! I think Kim nailed it when she said it's "an exciting time to be your best self". I know all that change might sound overwhelming or stressful, but it was change that was ready to happen so it mostly just feels exciting. Haha it kept me away from blogging for a while, but not for mental health reasons as much as like, oh fuck life is happening really quickly lemme do that for a minute. And its awesome.


  1. Omg. I WISH I had birthday parties as elaborate as shutting down a city block. That is seriously amazing.
    My 22nd is on the May 5th, just sayin' ;)

  2. This is amazing. I love it. I get it. (What does that say about me?!) What a wonderful group of friends!

  3. Hmmmm, a Bang Bang Pie, you say? Intriguing.

  4. Oh my gosh, this is amazing! These parties all sound incredibly. I love that even a low-key birthday dinner resulted in everyone wearing matching wigs. Too funny!

    Becca | Ladyface Blog

  5. This post was just JOYFUL. Smiles all around :)

  6. I'm with you...birthdays are to be celebrated! Sure beats the alternative. So glad to see you posting again. You have been missed.


  7. I think I want to be friends with you and your friends!


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