Guys, today is my twelve-year LA anniversary.
Just let that sink in for a minute. It’s a looooong time to live in one place. I have to admit: in that time, LA and I have had a rocky relationship. But recently? I realized that I’m kinda crazy in love with this stupid city.
This past weekend LA did make me question its love for me, however, when a large section of the 405 was closed for construction near the beachfront hotel where I was supposed to have my birthday party. (LA? Not one of your better moments in our relationship. Just saying…)
Despite weeks of planning, I found myself facing the possibility of my friends sitting in gridlock, cursing the day I was born instead of celebrating it. (#notcool)
So, I woke up at 4:30 am the day before the festivities and I called an audible on my party. I totally changed the play on the fly ‘cuz I wasn’t going to let some freeway construction cramp my style.
With less than 36 hours before my party was supposed to kick off, I cancelled my hotel room, sent an update to my Paperless Post invite, and completely re-envisioned my menu. I also made a Pinterest Board for a totally new event — at my own pool.
I went for a simple, preppy nautical theme. Here’s how it turned out.
I started with the “Little Lifesaver” invite from Paper + Cup on Paperless Post. Source
Then I stenciled a whole buncha boats, anchors, and lighthouses on everything with these stencils from my friend, Martha. (#loveher)
When this is your idea of keeping things simple, it’s probably time for an intervention. Just saying…
Here are the stenciled treat bags in action.
Gillian totally came through with this nautical themed bottle of Chandon. #perfection
After the poolside grilling festivities, the single people hit up a few bars in my neighborhood.
Obviously my J. Crew whale sweater and I had to keep up the whole nautical theme late night.
I know I still owe you the rest of the wrap up on Finnie’s Elephant Theme shower. Now that I think about it… LA closed the 405 the day of his Elephant shower too. I think LA hates my theme parties.
But Finnie doesn’t.
He partied so hard at my pool party that he fell asleep.
More on his shower later. I’m off to yoga.