A Gatsby Affair

I’m finally getting around to posting my 30th Birthday Bash from this past summer. I wanted a real Gatsby affair, but on a budget. My friends Jen & John deserve the most credit for letting me borrow their gorgeous home to host the event. Jen also spent countless hours helping me plan and set up. She is the most selfless and generous person I’ve ever met and I am so lucky to know her. My other friend Deana spent hours helping us set up and introduced me to Jody who served at the event. Thank you, ladies!!!

Visit my birthday bash Pinterest board to see where I got most of of my inspiration.

It was a dreamy evening and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to enter my thirties!

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Frames – Dollar store
Cocktail tables – Rented from local party story (only $11 per table!)
Lace cocktail table covers – Christmas Tree Shops
Gatsby quotes – Printables from Pinterest
Cocktail recipes – Pinterest
Glassware and feathers – AC Moore
Typewriter – HomeGoods


Crouton cups – My Pinterest board
Cake – My incredibly talented friend Jen made it herself. She got many ideas from Pinterest.
Cookies – Idea from my Pinterest board and my sister-in-law made and decorated them. She made adorable wedding dress cookies for my bridal shower and she never fails to add some beautiful cookies to any party.

Set the mood with these 1920-esque covers! So fun!

One of my favorite elements at the party was a blow up movie screen projecting the Baz Luhrmann remake of Gatsby in the background.

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Thank you to all my amazing friends for getting all dolled up to celebrate with me! ❀ I’m the luckiest gal. And how!



Post Script:
β€œIn his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.” ~F. Scott Fitzgeradl, The Great Gatsby


Dress: Adrianna Papell from Bloomingdale’s
Hair and Makeup: Lords & Ladies Salon (Perkiomenville, PA)
Stationary: VistaPrint Twenties Flat Invitations
Jewelry: Gatsby Replica Bracelet/Ring Set
Headband: Francesca’s and Amie Noelle Designs for the flower and tulle blusher


Merry Quiche-mas!

There was one day of the school year I looked forward to almost as much as the first and last days–and that was our school’s annual Quiche Breakfast!! Kitty, our cafeteria manager at the time, would make a large spread of various types of quiche as a celebration before the holiday break. The staff would come in early to enjoy her amazing creations. Sadly, when Kitty passed away several years ago, the tradition ended. Going off to break without this tradition for the past few years just didn’t sit well with me.

So, amidst planning my own annual Ugly Sweater Party, wrapping up my school work, and shopping for Christmas–I decided to pitch an idea to my colleagues that we conjure the Spirit of Christmas Past and host our own “Merry Quiche-mas” in Kitty’s honor.

I was overwhelmed with how positive the response was to my idea and I am so grateful to work with such kind people.

If you’re thinking to yourself that quiche is way too challenging and that’s why you’ve never attempted to make one before, well, stop that crazy internal-talk and TRY IT! It’s SOOO easy and they are so yummy!! If you want to try to your own, some recipes are posted at the bottom of the various types my friends contributed to our quiche feast.

If you want to host your own, feel free to steal my printable here!






 We pulled it off, Kitty!! πŸ™‚ Here’s to you!

 A few recipes to get you started…

  1. Bacon and Cheddar Quiche
  2. Ham & Jarlsberg Quiche
  3. Chorizo and Goat Cheese Quiche
  4. Mozzarella, Basil, & Tomato Quiche
  5. Cowboy Quiche
  6. Asparagus, Bacon, & Onion Quiche
  7. Mushroom Quiche
  8. Spinach Quiche
  9. Mini Quiche Bites
  10. Crustless Quiche



Post Script:
Food brings people together on many different levels. It’s nourishment of the soul and body; it’s truly love.” ~Giada De Laurentiis