My birthdays generally involve two things. One is sitting around my house with my friends eating and talking. The other is sitting around my house with my family eating and talking. Two separate parties, lots of food, lots of love, but very chill.
My 21st birthday party was
a little less low-key, but so fun. Aaand now I want to tell you all about it.
My mom checked out a few locations while I was still in Chicago, and when we talked over menus and prices and spaces, we landed on The Barn at Rocky Fork Creek. It’s a fantastic Cameron Mitchell restaurant that we’ve been to with my grandparents. I invited a few of my high school friends and my whole family.
On Monday, I saw the space for the first time. It had tons of natural light, which ended up being really great with the whole spring forward thing. Perfect picture lighting, even in the evening. I also finished setting the menu.
Needless to say, the food was insane. The sauerkraut balls were unexpectedly amazing. I mean, who fries balls of sauerkraut and sausage? But you should, because it’s a great idea. I also had the house salad, scallops, and peanut butter pie.
I was (proudly) one of the very few people who actually finished the pie. It was enormous and definitely the kind of super-rich dessert you share on not-your-birthday.
I was about to hold off on ordering a drink for a bit, but then the waitress looked at me and said, “You need alcohol.” Okay then. So I had a Hemingway, which I preferred to the fruity specialty cocktail on the menu. I had a few sips of my mom’s, and while it tasted like really good passionfruit juice, I prefer my drinks a little less sweet.
Before we ate, my mom gave a champagne toast that made me rather teary. No pictures of that because I was a little distracted.
All throughout the night, I caught up with my friends, not having seen any of them since December, and took a lot of pictures.
My cousin, Mason, helped me with the presents.
He did a good job warning me which ones were heavy. 😉
I got candy, bracelets, pens, makeup, tons of chocolate, some adorable Kate Spade kitchen towels and oven mitts, and some really cute spoons from Sweet Mint Handmade that I’m sure you’ll be seeing around here. My people know me well.
We also took a lot of family pictures.
And then we called it a night and I slept for nearly 10 hours.
Now, I am not a big party person, which is why my gatherings are usually small and laid back. I wanted to do something a little different this year, though, and I’m so glad. This party ranks up with my graduation party as being one of the most fun events of my short 21-year life. I smiled a lot and felt so very loved.
How was your weekend?
Are you a party person or do you prefer smaller gatherings?