Step 1:

Decorate.  Never underestimate the wonders of a dollar store.

Step 2: Ensure happiness of guests via the use of libation and baked goods

Cupcake lovers unite!
Vanilla cake with strawberry icing, lemon cake with vanilla icing, chocolate-chocolate cake

(These were not the only cakes though!)

Spiked lemonade.  This stuff with change your life, or possibly make you an alcoholic
To make: 1 bottle lemon flavored vodka, 1 container defrosted frozen lemonade concentrate, 1 2-liter bottle of lemon-lime seltzer

Jello shots.  Because deep down inside I’m still in college.

Step 3: Don multiple personalities

Emo starlett

My bestest friend and I have an ongoing joke about pretty much anything having to do with Prince.  So, as she helped me set up for the party, she gave me my birthday present: a raspberry beret.  I guess Etsy was out of Little Red Corvettes.

Princess of Pink

Pink cupcake, pink dress, pink tiara.  Too much?

Step 4: Do something to be proud of

When the party ended I had collected $75 for Ronald McDonald House Charities and I will match those donations for a grand total of $150.  Not a bad way to end 2010.

Step 5: Hobnob with the beautiful people

Group shot

I’m grateful everyday for my friends!

Step 6: Make a wish

I hope it comes true!

Step 7: Be totally overwhelmed by your friends generosity

Prior to my party I heard some dissent regarding my request for no no gifts.  Some friends chose to blatently ignore my request.  I can’t be mad, I am the luckiest person in the world to have such amazing people in my life.

First of all, I am now the owner of the biggest bag of Gummy Bears ever!
I will eat them when I play with my…

Brand new Wii!

This was a little overwhelming for me.  I literally opened the bag and burst into tears.   I can’t believe how ridiculously generous my friends are.  This may be the biggest gift I’ve ever received. I’m still a little in shock.  I woke up this morning called my mom and bust out into tears again.  I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned this, but I have a very hard time receiving gifts.  I am much more comfortable giving than receiving, I’m also super sappy–so, like I said, a gift this big was really overwhelming for me.

Something tells me 28 is going to be a very good year.  How could it not be, I’m surrounded by the people I love most in the world.

This was in fact a potluck, but I got so sidetracked by fun that I forgot to photograph the food!  Utter craziness, I know.