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One year on since my big 30th birthday blowout

October 2, 2020

With turning 31 in a couple of days and having lots of free time on holiday. I thought I’d put a blog together about my 30th last year. I’d been planning my 30th for such a long time, I knew I wanted it to be memorable, and that I wanted to celebrate with all my loved ones. I think I had about a month of celebrations overall, but if you can’t do that for a big birthday like your 30th, when can you?!

I started off the celebrations with a meal out with my work team, this is how I came into my desk on my last day of work before going off on annual leave. How cute! This makes me miss the office so much more. I haven’t been in except to collect some things since March now, and it’s looking like I won’t be back until after maternity leave now.

My work team got me some lovely gifts and all signed a card with some dollars in for America! It was lovely they had gone to so much effort.

I also went on a night out with my old work friends and had a family meal in Gusto, Heswall. I also planned a girlie sleepover at a Signature Living party suite in Liverpool, and a meal at Opera Grill gospel brunch in Chester for our friends.

Gospel brunch was amazing. They have a live gospel choir on whilst you eat, and it was so nice having such a big table of our friends to celebrate with. The choir sang happy birthday to me and a few other people and it was such a lovely memory to have.

As you’ll see below, the recurring theme throughout all my celebrations was everything pink!! I had a different pink dress for every occasion.

I’d actually been crying all morning before this meal, as it was the day Thomas Cook went into administration and we’d lost our flights to America for our dream road trip holiday. I remember forcing myself to stop crying so I could do my makeup for the meal, and cried as soon as we got into the taxi on the way home! Luckily we were able to re-book different flights, so we were still able to get away. But I really needed that meal that day, it really lifted my spirits.

For the girlie sleepover, I booked the James Bond Duplex Suite at the Signature Living Hotel on Stanley Street in Liverpool. It’s a party apartment that sleeps 14 people over 2 floors, has a kitchen and 2 huge bathrooms with jacuzzis. It was perfect for what I wanted.

I had the most amazing dress for this night, I’d bought it ages ago as it was just so me, I was obsessed!! It was from an online clothing boutique called Coco Boo Loves.

We started the night by going out for dinner at The Florist, Liverpool. I love going to The Florist as they do amazing food and cocktails, not to mention the venue is probably the most Instagrammable place in the whole of Merseyside!! We had a gorgeous meal and few drinks, got some amazing pics that I absolutely love, then headed back to the apartment for our PJ party.

We all ordered matching black personalised pyjamas from Jean Alice Robes, and I got pink ones to stand out – obviously. I love the Jean Alice brand so much, I get all my silk pjs from there and they’ve kindly given me a code that my followers can use to get discount off the products. Use code MRSE20 for 20% off full price orders.

Everything about the night was pink and flamingo themed, and I did almost everything myself.

I bought loads of pink and flamingo decorations from eBay and Amazon, and my big letter and ceiling balloons were done by Truly Sweet Candy. They’re a Liverpool based company who we used as one of our wedding suppliers and I couldn’t recommend them enough. Tracy is so lovely, I told her the theme I was going for and she made such an effort to theme the balloons around this. She came to the venue and set them all up for me, I was so happy with how they turned out.

I love doing a Pimp your Prosecco station, so had to have one at my 30th. I even got flamingo stirrers to match the theme! I made little flamingo themed party boxes for all the girls, filled with little treats for the night. Everything on the dessert table was pink, I did a pink sweet buffet and mini donut wall, and made the flamingo cake myself. I also ordered personalised sweet bags.

I had 3 cakes over the course of my birthday celebrations, perks of being a hobby baker! The first cake for my family meal was strawberries and cream themed, it was vanilla sponge with strawberry frosting.

The second cake for the meal at Opera Grill was pink gin, so I did raspberry sponge with gin and tonic flavour frosting, topped with lots of pink gin!

Then finally, for my girlie sleepover I did a flamingo themed cake with fresh roses, this was vanilla sponge with raspberry frosting.

I had such an amazing night with all my girls (and gbf!), we drank, ate, laughed and danced all night long to all my favourite songs that I’d put together on a playlist especially. It was the perfect way to bring my my UK celebrations to an end, and later that week we flew off our American road trip.

Our first stop was Vegas, and on our first full day there I turned 30. It was absolutely incredible to wake up on my 30th birthday in Las Vegas, it was a dream come true. Paul and I had the most gorgeous breakfast at Mon Ami Gabi at the Paris hotel, overlooking the Bellagio fountains. We then went and got some pink 30 balloons (of course!) and headed to the Vegas sign to get some pics. Of course I wore a tutu and a tee that said ‘Thirty AF’! Did you even go to Vegas if you didn’t get a pic with the sign?!

We hired a bed at the Garden of the Gods Neptune pool at Caesar’s Palace and it was so lovely to just relax in the sun and read all my lovely birthday messages. We stayed here all day drinking frose before we went back to the hotel room to get ready for our evening. Obviously I wore a bright pink bikini…

Paul had booked for us to have dinner at the Eiffel Tower restaurant, also at the Paris hotel and with the most incredible view of the Bellagio fountains at night. It was the most amazing meal I’ve ever had, and definitely the most romantic. Our table was semi circle shaped and meant that we both faced the floor to ceiling windows overlooking the strip. Having never been to Vegas before, it just felt so surreal and I felt so grateful to be there in that moment for my 30th birthday.

I had a gorgeous silk wrap dress for this night, with my amazing pink fluffy heels again.

To top off an absolutely unreal day, we went to watch Christina Aguilera at Planet Hollywood. I had loved Christina since I was a little girl, so to be able to see an idol of mine on my actual 30th birthday was a dream come true. I danced and sang my heart out until the very end, then we went straight to bed as we were SO jet lagged!! Paul actually fell fast sleep during Christina so you can tell how much he enjoyed it haha!!

A couple of days after my birthday, Paul had booked a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon as one of my birthday presents. I’d never been in a helicopter before and it was absolutely incredible. We flew over the Hoover Dam and landed in the middle of the canyon for a champagne picnic. It was the best birthday present I could have ever asked for, and it was amazing to make such special memories.

I’ll never forget my 30th birthday and all the memories I made celebrating. I’m so grateful for everyone who made an effort to make it so special. My birthday this year will be completely different, and every birthday from now on. But with my 30th being so memorable, I’m happy to have a chilled birthday for the next 9 years…until my 40th of course!

On my birthday this year you’ll find me sipping mocktails on the beach feeling very grateful. I didn’t truly appreciate being able to do all of these things at the time, but with COVID taking celebrations like I had away from everyone, I will always feel grateful that I was able to have an amazing 30th and the holiday of my dreams.

Love Mrs E

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