When I turned 30, my family threw me an elaborately plotted surprise party that involved my husband taking me to get a new tattoo and then having to stall me for a couple hours while my mom, sister, brother-in-law and kids were at our house getting things ready...
So, when my little sister had her turn at the big 3-0, I had big plans. However, she was very adamant that she did NOT want a surprise party - and there went all my plans out the window! Instead, she wanted all the young adults ("young" being a relative term here, meaning anyone between the ages of 28 and 38 in our family) to go out for drinks the night before and then have a family cookout the day of her birthday. To which I acquiesced, because, after all, it was her birthday (I'm such a good sister, aren't I?!).
However, me being me, I wanted to make it a little bit fancy... I had read this post from Sugar & Cloth, that I thought was really cute, and I fell in love with pink flamingos just a little bit. I kept coming back to those flamingos, and this pink-and-gold flamingo & pineapple party was born!
And while we didn't do much other than make food and eat it while the kids all played outside, everything turned out really nice!
So much fun! And now, run out and buy yourself some flamingos and pineapples (ERRRRRBODY has them right now) and have a party of your own!
P.S.- those pink flamingos have become a permanent summer fixture in my yard!