10.07.2012

THE ONE WHERE BRANDON THROWS ME A BIRTHDAY PARTY


on friday night brandon holbrook threw me a little birthday party. 

i love my friends here in new york. they mean so much me. when brandon dimmed the lights and they all sang happy birthday i just looked around at all their faces and got all emotional.

here are some photos from the party, taken by the one and only ms becca baust, who, well, i'll just say it: becca baust, you complete me.


p.s. 
the invitation brandon emailed to our friends. i died.



62 comments :

  1. what an awesome birthday invitation! hooray for you!!

    and your son - so wiggly! i almost hate to say it, but... it's like he's a boy. (as in, no longer a baby?)

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  2. No wonder you love fall -- it's your birthday! Looks like a great time! P.S. 30 is way better than 20 :).

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  3. your hubby is so sweet :) This is such a cute little party! Happy birthday!! October is a good birthday month :)

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  4. HAPPY (late) BIRTHDAY!! That invitation is great. GREAT!

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  5. Happy happy birthday, Natalie! (However, may I just say that I don't think I will be able to live through the weekend without your Forever 21 slideshow? Is that shallow?)

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  6. That invitation is so awesome.

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  7. I hope someone got you a eucalyptus candle to make your apartment smell mossy.

    (and best invitations known to mankind)

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  8. ok, so the last picture before the invitation, seriously i'm dying over it. so great.
    also, love the invite, one of my favorite movies ever.
    happy birthday pretty lady!

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  9. Hope you had a wonderful Birthday! Because this looks like the best themed Birthday bash of all time. AND I love the invitations. Laughed the whole time. :)

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  10. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!!!!

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  11. This is THE perfect birthday party. PERFECT. Did I ever tell you I was so obsessed with You've Got Mail that I cut my hair like that, bought clothes like that, and my confirmation name is Margaret, not because I wanted St. Margaret to guide me but because I thought Meg Ryan was the bee's knees?!
    Thirty is going to be THE year. I'll be joining you in a few months. I can feel it. Good things are going to happen. They have to! I need them to. Really.
    Now let me go pull out another dozen gray hairs.

    Happy belated, Natalie. You brighten my days.

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  12. your husband is the best. and happy birthday lady! c:

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  13. i can't even tell you how great that invitation is... complete with an actual bouquet of sharpened pencils? your husband is a keeper. hope you had a great birthday!

    lauren
    http://laurennolte.blogspot.com

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  14. Your party looks just so sweet and fun! You look very pretty, I love your hair :)

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  15. I love finding others who appreciate Rainbow Chip Frosting. People always mistakenly remember me as a funfetti-lover. Funfetti is great and all, but it is just not the same as Rainbow Chip!

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  16. that is the best invitation ever! he is so thoughtful!

    Nicole @ I am a Honeybee

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  17. How is it that all of your friends have really great hair?

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  18. what a great party with delicious food! happy birthday natalie!

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  19. That Brandon......he's amazing. I can't decide if I liked the pencils or the invitations more!

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  20. Hahaha love that last photo of your son! Too cute!

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  21. kudos to brandon. the invitation is print worthy, and suddenly i have a craving for a freshly sharpened pencil (and the smell too!)

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  22. That invitation is SOOOO cute! Also, I love your wall of picture.

    Happy Birthday Natalie!

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  23. hah that's awesome!! happy birthday!!

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  24. Wah! This makes me miss NY. Wish I were there for this! I miss all you people!

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  25. Bagels AND pizza?? My type of party.

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  26. happy birthday again! as your elder (i am 31, you know), i'd like to say that 30 was one of the very best years of my life! welcome to the club! xoxo

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  27. that invitation is the best!

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  28. The party looks amazing. And as another elder of yours -- I'm 32 -- the third decade is what you make it so don't be glum; enjoy it! Love the invitation because I love everything Meg Ryan, pixie cuts and Meg Ryan. Do you have the soundtrack to that movie? It's fantabulous. One question: Where did you get those spiders on the walls?

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  29. This is the most perfect thing I've seen in a long time. Happy Birthday!

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  30. Is that a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils? I watched You've Got Mail this weekend and it totally made me think of you. Guess you had your does of it too and celebrating this weekend in the best way possible! Happy Birthday to you!

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  31. I seriously just died at that invite. What an AMAZING husband. I bet that meant so much to you. Happy birthday!

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  32. This is wonderful! That is my favorite movie!!! I'm so jealous! Can I ask where you got your Home Sweet Home map??? Love it.

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  33. Is it bad that the inner nerd in me got seriously excited when I saw that he use proper citation on the invites?

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  34. You got yerself a good husband! But I'm sure you already know that! Looks like a lovely party. :)

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  35. you have got a good husband there :)

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  36. Okay, the BEST part of this all is the invitation. I die.

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  37. Hooray for LIbras and turning 30! I just turned 30 myself on the 3rd. It's a weird shift for me, but it feels good having both a sweet husband and sweet son(s in my case) to give you great cuddles whether you are a happenin' 20 something, or now their 30 year old mom. Happy birthday!

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  38. SO Sweet! That last picture. Love it. Quite frankly I can't wait until I am thirty. Thirty, flirty, and thriving baby!!! Plus, if I look as good as you, then they are sure to be the golden years!

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  39. What a great birthday treat! All the goodies look delicious! Hope your thirties are the best ever!

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  40. I tell you what, I had a seriously difficult time turning 30. Questioned all sorts of things about myself and my life...who I was, what I do, what I've done, what I haven't. Kind of really messed up my self-image and all. But I worked through it, and guess what? My 30's have been my best years of my life!!! You, my friend, are in for a serious treat because being thirty-something is totally awesome....and I'm not even kidding! :) (I myself, am sneaking up on the big...ahem...four-oh next summer. Yikes.) BTW, how completely darling is your husband for coming up with the whole You've Got Mail birthday theme??? Love it!

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  41. how sweet! and what an awesome invite! too clever!

    hope it was a good one :)

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  42. as i was reading this, i have louis armstrong "la vie en rose" on.. and although it wasnt a paris theme, the music played so perfectly well.. (:

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  43. wow Natalie, it has been a real pleasure to visit your blog. Beautiful photos, beautiful party. Don't worry family and childs help us to remain forever young!!

    xoxo Lelli, italian family

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  44. OHMIGOSH, what an awesome spread!! How thoughtful of Brandon :) Happy late
    birthday, Natalie!

    xo

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  45. you are the cutest. happiest of birthdays to you natalie!! looks like the perfect party & crowd :) xoxo

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  46. Props to the husband for the creative invite! Your birthday looked so cute!! Hope you had a wonderful birthday!! Xoxo

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  47. This is perfection... For some reason I felt like tearing up at how thoughtful and well done it all was! Also, you MUST tell us where your pants are from; serious coveting going on over here.

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  48. oh my word. that killed me. seriously amazing work, brandon. :) gives me a little hope that someday I'll find some guy who loves me as much as you are loved and admired. happy late birthday to you beautiful lady...thank you for always sharing the little bits and pieces. "The odd thing about this form of communication is that you're more likely to talk about nothing than something. But I just want to say that all this nothing has meant more to me than so many somethings." ;)

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  49. It looks like it was a blast! "You've Got Mail" is sooo one of my all time favorite movies! I have to see it at least twice a year . . . or more. Happy Birthday!

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  50. I cannot believe he made that invitation! Serious props to the Holbs. I cannot get over it. Seriously, I just cannot get over it.

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  51. That invitation is awesome!!

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  52. 1) I want to dive head first into that food table and then slip into the most delicious carb coma of all time. and 2) cutest. invite. ever. I die. "bouquets of sharpened pencils." Happy birthday, Natalie!

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  53. So cute! You have a fabulous husband (and super cute little boy!) Your gray shirt is perfection, may I ask where you got it?

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  54. This is seriously the best think ive ever seen!

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  55. Okay I don't know if you will actually see this comment but I have to ask, is the guy in the blue shirt sitting on you couch named Dean? Cause he sure looks like my brothers old room mate who used to eat Sunday dinner with my family every week.
    Also the party looks perfect. You got a great husband. I love the invitation.

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  56. Happy Birthday, Natalie! Welcome to the 30's club! ;)

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  57. oooooh my gosh the invitation is killing me! that brandon pieced that together! a keeper forever! and your daddy long leg memory is killing me. hahahha.

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  58. Oh gosh, that invitation he created for your birthday is beyond words! And what lovely pictures! Yay to being one year older. You rocked it, girl!
    xo TJ

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  59. what a great invitation! Your party looks lovely!

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  60. I must know more info about this legendary cake!! Please?! (With a cherry on top?)

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  61. This invitation is simply amazing !!! Gosh I love that movie so much!
    Cheers from Paris :-)

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