Did I ever tell you that my birthday and Hayden’s birthday are one week apart? Hers come before mine, so for the past 3 years, I’ve gotten so consumed about planning her birthday that I tend to forget my own. In a way, I’m ok with that. I’ve always been a bit of a party-pooper when it comes to my own birthday. And last weekend, when I turned 35, I wasn’t going to do anything at all, especially after throwing Hayden this big birthday bash.
My husband, George, was a little disappointed to hear that. He said sometimes your birthday is not just about yourself, it’s about letting other people who loves you to celebrate with you. How would you feel if Hayden and Hadley didn’t want to celebrate their birthdays with you? Ok… I guess he has a point. I would feel really hurt. So last weekend, I did something I’ve never done before, I threw myself a birthday tea party!
I invited my mom and my sisters over for tea and cake. I have to say, it felt really good to put something together like this for everyone to enjoy! It’s true, it’s not just about yourself sometimes.
For my tea party, I pulled together a few of my favorite things: 1 // My new and favorite set of elegant china from Noritake. I love the colorful and whimsical design of their Carnivale collection, especially with the gold details! I decided to mix and match the china, which made it look even more fun and eye-catching! Enter promo code SWEET15 for a 15% off on all of the merchandise 2 // Artisan sugar from Chambre de Sucre. They come in the most beautiful shapes and colors and so suitable for parties! You can’t find anything like this in the market right now. They are based in Japan but just became available in the U.S. through their online store. 3 // Dahlias are my favorite blooms at the moment and luckily Whole Foods had some nice ones available. 4 // My favorite tea from Bellocq (I’m headed to NYC again next week and I might just have to make a stop into their store. I love their tea and packaging!)
I’m so thankful to have my sisters and my mom in my life. Even though we all live really close together, I don’t spend enough quality time with them. It’s been hard, especially now that I have my own family. However, I cannot express enough gratitude for them because they are the ones who enable me to run my blog and do what I do. They babysit my girls at last minute requests and give them so much love and attention! If I didn’t have their help, I wouldn’t have been able to do it all. So, throwing this little tea party for them and sharing them with you on my blog makes me really happy.
My birthday couldn’t have been more delightful! I’m so glad what George said resonated with me (he’s another one I’m super thankful for!) I honestly didn’t think how important it was for my family to be spending the day with me, but after this afternoon, it totally made sense. So yes, even at 35, you still learn something new about life.
Thank you so much to Noritake for kindly sponsoring this post! All opinions expressed here are my own. Noritake offers a fine line of elegant and casual dinnerware, crystal and giftware. I will be sharing two more of my favorite sets in the coming months. In the mean time, be sure to head over and see if you spot any favorites! Noritake is offering 15% off on all merchandise with promo code SWEET15. They will be perfect for entertaining and the holiday season to come!
Photos by George.