Babes Who Brunch

As most of you know, I recently bought a home, but I even more recently celebrated a birthday!  I thought what better way to celebrate my birthday and showcase my new home than to have my closest girlfriends over for a birthday brunch. 

I used Pic Monkey Photo Editor's (https://www.picmonkey.com/) to design and create invitations.  I enjoy using Pic Monkey because I find it easy and now they offer templates to help you.  

 Yes, I know I'm old!  But some day Taylor Swift will write a song about 'feeling 33' and how fabulously amazing it is!  Or at least that is what I tell myself. :0) 

Yes, I know I'm old!  But some day Taylor Swift will write a song about 'feeling 33' and how fabulously amazing it is!  Or at least that is what I tell myself. :0) 

Being surrounded by my closest girlfriends and being able to show them my new home was the greatest gift I could ask for, but this wasn't my first rodeo!  I have the most caring friends in the whole world who shower me with love! I knew they wouldn't come to brunch empty handed so, I asked that a donation be made to the SPCA.  My heart is so full from my friends generosity.  Heidi and I say a big THANK YOU xoxo.  

 Heidi was adopted from the SPCA on April 14th, 2016.  We can't thank the team at the SPCA enough for everything they did for our Heidi. #AdoptDontShop

Heidi was adopted from the SPCA on April 14th, 2016.  We can't thank the team at the SPCA enough for everything they did for our Heidi. #AdoptDontShop

 Grab a Little.  Grab a Bunch.  You've got room, it's a Birthday Brunch! Thank you David's Tea for the delicious teas! 

Grab a Little.  Grab a Bunch.  You've got room, it's a Birthday Brunch! Thank you David's Tea for the delicious teas! 

 Birthday Dress obviously from BTHB!  Cloud Blue Moccasins from Soft Moc ( www.softmoc.com )

Birthday Dress obviously from BTHB!  Cloud Blue Moccasins from Soft Moc (www.softmoc.com)

 I forgot to take a big group picture.  I used Picasa 3 to put together this photo collage.  A few Ladies sneaked out without getting a photo, but I forgive you!  :0) 

I forgot to take a big group picture.  I used Picasa 3 to put together this photo collage.  A few Ladies sneaked out without getting a photo, but I forgive you!  :0) 

I always do a signature photo wall at my party's.  I was busy all week prior to the brunch, so I decided to do a simple photo wall.  I bought the Gold Doorway Curtains at Party City and used them as the backdrop instead of hanging them in a doorway.  Each curtain was $9.99 and they are reusable.  Balloons were also from Party City.  

I'd like to share a little advice I learned from hosting a brunch of this size.

  •  You are not superwoman, and do not have to do everything! Don't be shy to ask your friends to help. If I had my time back I would designate a few friends duties; photographer, tour guide of my new house, bartender, appetizer chef.  I had so many offers from my friends to help, and being stubborn I refused.  Thank you to those who didn't listen to me and took on duties, you know me well! 
  • Hosting a brunch is very different from hosting a downtown pre-drink!  In the sense that it isn't BYOB and you can't put down one bowl of chips and call it a day.  You need to have an assortment of drinks and an assortment of food.  I found the best places to get finger foods in large quantity for an affordable price was Costco.   Walmart had the best selection and price for juice and pop.  
  • You might not get to spend time with everyone, and that is okay! I honestly was unsure if my friends had fun at the brunch (silly, I know). I think I was unsure because as discussed above I was busy hosting and missed out on sitting down and spending time with some of my girlfriends.  I beat myself up and felt horrible that I didn't get to spend time with everyone.  I snapped out of it because the reality was my friends understood I was busy hosting, and way to be vain, maybe they didn't want to talk to me the whole time anyway. :0)  

It was so wonderful hosting an event that my friends who are new moms felt comfortable bringing their little ones to.  I took a moment during the brunch to soak in the beautiful site of my friends being amazing moms as well as them conversing with soon-to-be moms.  

So much love for all my babes who brunch!