Chris’ SURPRISE 30th Birthday Party

Chris’ birthday landed on a Sunday and we were traveling back to Atlanta that day from documenting a wedding in Florida. So I wanted to have a special celebration, and to be honest Chris made it very clear that he expected a LOT for his 30th! 🙂 He loves surprises and big celebrations. He always dotes over me and I knew this was one time I needed to really celebrate him and show him how much he is loved.

So while Chris had a day with some close guy friends (Jeff and Ryan took him to lunch, Six Flags and then to get a massage!), I was working away with my family and friends to get him his surprise party. The theme was Italian since he is half Italian. I had big white balloons, fabric banners, fresh herbs, stations to make homemade pizza, the famous honey water that every one loved, homemade tiramisu cupcakes and yummy homemade limoncello from our friend Josh. It was perfectly rounded out and I loved using this theme.

I have a huge thank you to send out to my family who worked so hard to help me pull this off. As well as to our amazing friends for showing up early to help and lending me items, Ben Vigil for taking pictures, and for everyone and cheering this man into his 30’s!

I love you babe and hope you truly felt celebrated and fully alive.

A few details. We are in love with our front porch. Which includes a swing and curtains to blow in the wind. I added mason jars and candles for the party.


These were the appetizers in the dining room looking from the kitchen and you can see the living room after that. You can note the fresh herbs and the organic old Italian theme.

More fun details in the back ground of this picture with the fabric tied together and the pizza bar in the foreground.



Ben grabbed this picture of me anxiously awaiting Chris!


They were on their way so all 50 of us went on the front porch to wait for his arrival.


A very confused Chris about to be surprised.


He has no problem with good expressions and excitement.



I love this picture, but loved the moment even more. It reminded me of our wedding. Running into each other’s arms and embracing with our friends and family watching. It was such a sweet moment to us.


Chris’ dad and some of our friends listening to Chris try to explain what he thought was going on.



My family who helped so much. Note the aprons my mom made for them to wear. The guys were good sports. 🙂


The tiramisu cupcakes!


The letterpress invitation to his party that went out to all the guests that Mirabel Press made.


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  • Emanuel - January 24, 2012 - 11:35 am

    Love all the pictures!!!! That party is just AMAZING, looks like a movie scene, really love all the details! I gonna celebrate my 30th party next month, could you please send me the card on the last photo?? I wanna use it!! Thanks a lot!

  • La Toya - November 3, 2009 - 7:47 pm

    Really enjoyed your blog. I am wanting to throw my husband a 30th surprise party. Any suggestions or ideas? Also, loved your invitation, who did you order them from?


  • ctorres - July 20, 2009 - 8:41 pm

    I have to just say how thrilled and in awe at my wife right now. She did a amazing job at making me feel special and honored for by big 3-0. Here is to many more healthy happy years!

  • jeramy - July 20, 2009 - 11:05 am

    looks like a fantastic day. happy birthday!

  • Aunt Judy - July 20, 2009 - 2:03 am

    Love love love this post. Looks like such a fun party and all the details are so well put together. Maybe when you get tired of the photgraphy business you can be professsional party planners. I so want to see your home someday! Looks fabulous!

  • Andrea Taylor - July 19, 2009 - 5:35 pm

    What a wonderful celebration. I love all the details your prepared for Chris, but most of all (and I know this will sound corny), I the love the affection and emotion these images show. What a wonderful family! … and of course, Congrats Chris.

  • Erica Skelton - July 19, 2009 - 3:08 pm

    Looks like a great suprise party! 🙂

  • Dawn Davis - July 19, 2009 - 1:50 pm

    What a fabulous party Katie. All the details were perfect! Looks like Chris was surprised…! You are both so sweet. Bob and I just adore you! xoxoxox ~ Dawn

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