Scenes from My Midsummer Night's Birthday Celebration

Monday, July 16, 2012

Holymoly I’m sooooo glad that’s over!
Between crazy work deadlines, blogging, and daily domestic responsibilities, I managed to carve out a mere 2 days to transform my backyard into a birthday bash fit for a party of 30+ peeps. Sometimes the best ideas come when you’ve got the shortest amount of time to execute them.

One tried-and-true tip: 
Utilize everything you've already got in the home and maybe tweak a thing or two. It's called "upcycling" y'all and here’s how you do it: 

From last week's outdoor posts: Set a large mirror against a wall to maximize the scale of the space. Here, I used an old sliding mirror closet door and flipped it on its side to create this glowing vignette. The mirror reflects the overhead string lights as well as backyard matter where you look, there's instant ambience with very little effort!

Spray paint boring old white plastic benches a bright, bold color to offset the concrete floors and stucco walls. I already had some existing orange fabric and knew I wanted a contrasting hue to make the space really pop. Home Depot carries these babies for $4 a can and YES, they adhere to plastic like a dream!


Outdoor fabric fashioned into a DIY table runner...Love mixing prints like damask and animal for a look that's traditional with a touch of the exotic.

Utilize plants that are growing in your yard to style a table. I found these gorgeous full succulents that pick up the greens in the runner as well! Like it was designed that it when that happens, don't you? Also mixing metals in any grouping is the modern way to accessorize. Be it in dress, design, or decor, don't just pair gold with gold, silver with silver. Matchy-matchy went out with 80's power suits honey...Trust! 


For this vignette I ransacked my studio and grabbed whatever would work outside. A pair of indoor ottomans for extra seating...some tealights and votives for added warmth and glow...and of course hand-picked hydrangeas from my yard for some additional pops of color.

Visited my local thrift store and totally scored on this slightly used (really, almost brand-new) peacock chair for $30! A birthday present to myself :D Isn't she a beaut?! Can't wait to spray paint her a neon pink color and adorn the heck outta that high back! Will DIY a future post of course :D


{Birthday ensemble: Thrifted maxi-dress from Crossroads trading, vintage tribal necklace from the Long Beach Flea (notice the mixed metals), yellow neon sandals from Target}


I purchased an outdoor canopy from Big Lots to create this setting. Removed the cheapy canopy top, strung a myriad of lights on the frame, and draped the corners with gauzy fabric to soften up the look. Instant party in a box! I should really start packaging this design :D


My gorgeous eatable birthday bouquet from the talented Taylor of Taylor Cake Creations fame! Yup, that's ALL cupcakes you see here! She's sooooo amazingly skilled, we're very lucky to call her one of our own! Thanks soooooo much for this booboo, too bad I went down for the count before I could taste it! Arggghhh!


Of course the obligatory birthday toast! Love my peeps!


After a long hard day of planning and prepping, it's nice to just kick up your pedicured feet and unwind with a cocktail...or two ;D It IS my birthday after all...

Just wanted to thank all my Skittle-wittles for joining me in the JK All Day Birthday celebration, my boys for keeping the spirit alive, and of course my boo for making sure everything went off without a hitch!

Such a bomb-diggity birthday bash, but so glad it's DUNZO! 
I'm pooped y'all and that was just the beginning! 

Happy Monday y'all!
Cheers to the start of an amazing new week!


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  1. the place looks fabulous! and so do you!

  2. Happy birthday!
    What a great idea with that sliding door mirror! The whole set up looks amazing.

  3. Happy Birthday!!!

    Thanks for coming by and commenting :)Beautiful pictures
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  4. Not only do you look amazing, your space does too. You definitely make it look very easy.

  5. So many amazing things in this post! First of all, your dress. You look absolutely, ridiculously, amazing! Only a birthday girl could look that good! Secondly, that peacock chair is amazing. And what a great deal! I'm so glad things went well. Everything looks so incredible.

  6. Your dress is absolutely gorgeous!!! Everything just looks so lovely!!


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  7. What a beautiful dress. Hugs your body in all the right places.

    You are right. A large mirror makes space look more grand.

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  8. The place looks absolutely amazing! I can't believe your pulled this together in a couple of days. You must be a very good friend :)

    xoxo Alison

  9. You look gorgeous. I like this oriental style.

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  10. Love your dress and necklace combo!

    xoxo, Elle

  11. beautiful photos, you look divine in that dress

  12. I love your style is luxurious, warm and inspiring. So I follow you!

  13. Beautiful! Love the dress

    Kiss kiss.*Jo

  14. Wow! Your backyard transformation is amazing, I love all the little details, especially your cake!

  15. Happy birthday! Looks like a fantastic party and I love your dress!

  16. i absolutely love it!

  17. happy birthday! LOVE LOVE your ideas xo

  18. You are so creative - who would have thought to use an old sliding closet door?! The whole setup is gorgeous!

  19. happy birthday! looks like a amazing time
    so beautiful! i love it!
    great blog, keep it on :)
    xoxo P.P.

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  20. I like the colors of the textures and the flower design, great cake, lovely sandals!

    Happy birthday to you ;)

  21. Aaaaww, looks like you all had a wonderful time! I love the ambience you got going on in the party.

  22. Great look and beautiful scenario!

  23. Your friends seem to throw the best parties! Everything looks so lovely. I love your yellow nail polish.

  24. I love your "upcycling" tip! thanks for sharing. I've always loved interior design~ kind of thinking about pursuing it maybe but i studied business lol ><

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  25. Gorgeous!!!!!!! Love that dress :)


  26. Happy birthday! you look fantastic and you did a great job preparing for the party, everything looks amazing! thanks for stopping by my blog sweetie, have a great week.

    Bee happy x
    Have a delicious day!

  27. Happy birthday!
    It might have been crazy but it came out looking fabulous!
    In love with your dress!
    Keep up the amazing work!

    Xoxo Lil

  28. Happy birthday, it all looked incredible. And i love the yellow sandals.

  29. lovely photos:)xx

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  30. Love the pink and yellow colour fusion

  31. Happy birthday!
    Looooove the photos and your outfit.
    And your puppy is so freaking cute, lol.
    It looks like everyone had fun :)


  32. Photos are so beautiful! great sandals and lovely dog ♥
    Kisses :*

  33. what a beautiful setting! Everything looked beautiful and so much fun! Congrats!

  34. OMG you're beautiful ! A queen !
    Have you got a tatoo ?

  35. Lovely blog!! I like it so much!
    You're a designer isn't? I'm an architect and now I decide to study fashion shaushuahsuahs!!
    Thanks for visiting my blog! Let's follow each other?

    Kisses, Rebeca

  36. You created an amazing setting! Love the lighting, esp. the torches, and the seating is fab! Well done, doll!

  37. You look beautiful! Happy belated birthday darling. The yard looks fantastic! Great job :)

    xo Marie

  38. Wow - I'm so impressed with all your effort and the outcome was so eyecatching - fab !



  39. I'm late but HAPPY BIRTHDAY! xo xo xo

    Your hair absolutely amazing! Great dress, great shoes!! Everything is fabulous!

    Take care!

  40. happy belated! btw - i LOL'ed when you said matchy matchy went out with 80s power suits. HAAA

  41. In love with your dress and nailpolish... maybe we can follow each other on GFC,what do you think??
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  42. Your outfit is so gorgeous! It really looks pretty on you. I love the color.
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  43. happy birthday!!! :D
    love the photos~ and you look amazing!!!

  44. happy birthday beautiful woman

  45. Happy Birthday! And your dress is gorgeous :) I really like the print of it.

  46. I love maxi dresses! They're so easy to wear and so comfy and free. Thanks so much for your sweet comment :)

  47. I can't believe that peacock chair was only $30! What a steal! It looks so great in these photos - I want one now!

    And that mirror idea is SO smart. This looks like it was such a fun (and beautiful) party - hope you had a fantastic birthday!

  48. lovely

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  49. You was beautiful!

  50. wonderful post :)))
    would you like to follow each other?

    xx BBella

  51. your dress is so lovely. and the idea of using the mirror is just awesome, gotta try that sometimes!


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  52. such a beautiful set up :) I am loving that dress on you too :)

  53. You are just gorgeous! I love the dress on you and your nails are so fun. Great DIY tips too. Thank you so much for stopping by, I'd love for us to follow each other and keep in touch! :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  54. Sexy sexy SEXY! And beautiful!!!
    Great tips - thanks for sharing dear!
    Thank you so much for stopping by my l'il blog and leaving a sweet and thoughtful comment! Nice to know that someone actually READS mu posts haha! ;) It really means a lot my dear!
    And last but not least


    Huge hugs!

  55. Love it all. You look great and the peacock chair is too fab.

    The Aestate

  56. Everything looks just perfect!! Happy Birthday to you,I love your blog and your style.Kisses from

  57. So creative! Everything looks great! Thanks for the comment, I'm now a bloglovin follower. Love your blog!

  58. happy birthday love!!

    you looked pretty in that maxi

    thanks for the sweet sweet reply..



  59. I love your necklace! Nice to find an Australian blogger (recently moved to Perth, I'm from Holland ;)) Nice blog.

  60. everything is perfect!!love your hair and the dress:) of course im following:*kisses:*

  61. Thank you this is very nice!
    I love you pics and your style !

    xo !

  62. Oh no you didn't.....Julie that is SO FAB. For realz. I hope you had a marvelous birthday and an even better year. XO

  63. You are so Creative! I am amazed at how you are able to use your resources and create such a magical setting! Happy Belated Birthday! love LOVE LOVE your dress so cute! Love and Shine CourtStar


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