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!