A Surprise 30th Birthday Party

Hey hey guys! Happy Monday to you all. Did everyone have a great weekend? Watch some football? Eats crap tons of food while watching said football game? Don’t worry…you’re not alone!

So our weekend was pretty darn spectacular. Friday night Jay and I were out for the evening for his company party. It was at The Comedy Works (a local comedy club) and included some pretty delicious food, good drinks, and some pretty decent comedians (minus the last one…oh my god. SO awful. So awkward.).

Saturday afternoon we attended Lucas’s pal Sophie’s 1st birthday party and then that evening, we left the little man at home with my in-laws and headed out to celebrate my birthday!

Now all along, I knew there was something happening but Jay wouldn’t give me too many details. All I knew was that friends were coming and that it was going to be at Sarah and Jeff’s house. Well that afternoon, Jay told me that we were going to have to stop down at B-Rad’s Bistro to pick up some food platters because “Sarah wasn’t feeling well” and couldn’t make it down during the afternoon. Okay, no biggie.

But once we arrived, I quickly discovered that the party wasn’t at Sarah’s…it was at B-Rad’s!


So many of our closest friends made it out to celebrate with me and I spent the whole night feeling just so grateful for all of these wonderful people I have in my life.

If you’ve been reading for any amount of time, then most of these faces are probably going to look familiar to you…


Like me bestie, Heather, who’s due with baby #2 in just six weeks(!!)…


And my college girls and their men…


And the fam…


Of course mom and dad couldn’t miss a party! They’re bigger party animals than I am. Winking smile


And when I say family, I also need to include Scott, since we basically named him an honorary member quite a few years ago. He’s like “the second brother I never had.”


Jay did such an amazing job at planning this party. I really was SO impressed! There was the craziest, most delicious spread of food, plenty of drinks (I was lovin’ me some champagne, I’ll tell ya!), super cute decorations (purple = favorite color, black = OLD, and gold = golden birthday), and THE most delicious cake.


For those of you who are local, the cake came from Piece of Cake in East Greenbush and I cannot say enough good things about her. The cake was a triple layer almond cake, filled with a caramel cream, and topped with buttercream frosting. Umm, yeah. Insane!!


It really was such a great night and was definitely the perfect way to welcome in my 30’s.

Sunday was probably the laziest day on record. Yes, I was feeling slightly “tired” upon waking that morning, but the day just seemed to keep on flying by and before I knew it, it was 3:45 and I was still in my PJ’s. Hey, oh well. We all need a lazy day every now and then, right?


This morning, we had Lucas’s 6 month well check appointment which went really well! (I posted this pic on Instagram shortly before we left…he was asking me if we could just skip the shots all together).

Little man is up to about 17.5 pounds and 27.5 inches long. He got half of his vaccinations today and took ‘em like a champ (we’ll head back next week for the other two – we’ve split them every time so far and – knock on wood – he’s handled them all with no problems) and is now napping away.

Here’s to hoping that he’s in an okay mood for the rest of today! But, regardless, I’ll be here to give him lots of snuggles. Smile


  1. says

    What a fabulous surprise! So happy to see you had an amazing time at your party. Jay did wonderful. You definitely deserved a nice break and LOTS of champagne 😉

  2. says

    Looks like so much fun! And I have ALWAYS wanted a surprise birthday party. Always! Peter has already told me never to count on one because he for sure isn’t a party planner. Oh, well. Haha!

  3. Nicole says

    Wooohoo!! What a fun birthday – to be surrounded by family and friends is the best! So glad you were treated so well for your special day! You’ve got a great group of people who love you! :) :)

  4. Sue says

    Happy Belated Birthday!!! It looks like you had a great time. And melt my heart. That picture of Lucas is adorable!!! Have a great day.


  5. Erin says

    I was at that show too on Friday night! I totally agree with you on the last comedian, soooo awkward! I spent a lot of the time cringing every time he dropped an f bomb or flicked off the audience. I mean, he had some good material but his delivery was awful! Anyway, glad you had a fun Bday weekend. Happy 30th!

    • Courtney says

      Oh no kidding, really?!? Were you upstairs or downstairs at the private party? But yes, seriously…totally with you on the flicking off the audience, right?! That man just seemed to hate his life haha!

  6. says

    That’s so great you had a surprise party! You must have felt so loved. My poor husband planned a surprise party for my 30th last year and we had a snowstorm that day that closed all roads (except for essential personnel). They didn’t lift the ban until later that night, so my parents and one friend made it over. Wasn’t the first time I’ve had a party cancelled due to snow.

    Your son is SO adorable!
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