Your birthday party was such
an epic smash! – Mike
I heard that earlier today, and I loved it so much I had to quote it. In reality, Saturday night was definitely tops. Last year was fantastic, but something about this night, being out in the heart of my beloved City of Angels, surrounded by 30+ of my friends and family…well it is going to be hard to put into words…so thank goodness for photos! Sidenote? As you know I fail at taking pictures in bad light situations, and combined with the fact my lens was acting up…my pictures came out a bit blurry. I decided to just make all but one in Black and White in NX2…
The day started off early for me, as I made my way over to Magnolia Bakery to pick up my order. As my friends know, eating a Magnolia cupcake was on my list, so when they finally opened in LA I was all over it. I knew that since it was my birthday I wanted a really special cake…so after debating for a few days and passing on Urth Caffe (which was the original plan) I thought, you know what? Its my special day and I want a lovely cake! So I called two days prior and placed an order for my special red velvet cake, 24 of the famous egg carton mini cupcakes, and a big bowl of their famous banana pudding. Last year, I got Sprinkle’s cupcakes as party favors, but this year I wanted to step it up, and Magnolia was the perfect bakery for that.
I don’t even know how the idea of picking Wurstkuche as the location of my birthday dinner came about, but I also don’t remember there ever being another place on my radar. I definitely knew that I wanted it to be in LA though. I made the reservation a little less than a month ago and requested the private room off to the side. There are a couple of small steps and its closed off enough to give the appearance of a private room, but still open enough to where there is enough breathing room. It was perfect!
Of course, the day before I started to get a little nervous. I didn’t know if everyone would get along because there would be people from some of my different worlds present. Would it be awkward? Would people be bored? Luckily my boyz knew just what to say to make me feel a little more confident about my birthday plans!
We’re all gonna get along fine…there’s food involved! – Mariano
There’s a time, a place, and a purpose. Who needs more? – Daniel
Wurstkuche is a gourmet sausagefest, amiright? Well, I always get the bratwurst and keep it simple, but some of my friends were a little more adventurous. Mariano (chef extraordinaire) ordered snake and gator. Of course, he offered to let me try but I graciously passed…nothxbai.
Here is David acting as waiter for our side of the room…
I didn’t manage to get photos of everyone, which makes me a little sadface, but at the same time, allowed me to really enjoy the time spent among my friends. That…and also I left my camera by Jason and Daniel for most of the night…
Here’s some of the left side crew! Including Turner, Scott Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. DavidRo, Adrienne, Sara, Mariano, Shawna and Carrie and Brian who are hidden behind the Wilsons. This is such a great picture that captures what I mean by so many of my worlds (in regards to friends) colliding that night.
Of course! What’s a party without Mr. and Mrs. ScottE and Bree!
Here, from left to right, Mr. and Mrs. Scott Wilson, Mike D., Jeff, Mike Cruz, Daniel and Jason. I love this picture of the SCV political boyz on the left and my two favorite musicians on the right. Worlds colliding some more!
Everyone really seemed to like the food which of course is a success! Although soon came time for dessert! The question was where to set up the cake and dessert! Yeekai totally saved the day by suggesting moving one of the tables towards the front of the room! Genius!
As I was unpacking the cake, D offered to help (such a gentleman). I asked if he could grab the banana pudding that Wustkuche had let me store in their fridge, that would be great! He thought I was joking! Who jokes about Magnolia’s famous Banana Pudding?!?! Although, I do joke about Vegan cake…
The egg carton mini’s are famous at Magnolia and I thought they would be perfect for my guests. I love cupcakes and it was nice to be able to share something from my list with them. Here is a photo that RE took of me getting ready to blow out the candles. I absolutely adore this photo. It should be noted that Scott Jackson had the honor of lighting the candles on my cake!
Overall, the night was amazing and one that I will always remember. It was such a surreal feeling to see all of these people from different aspects of my life, interacting and getting along so well. I want to think EVERYONE for coming and making my birthday dinner so special.
Guest List – From Left to Right
Scott Jackson – who I randomly met on New Years day after traveling all day. His taste in music is legendary, by the way! So happy we’ve managed to keep in touch for so long!
Mr. & Mrs. DavidRo and Adrienne – super fun people that I met through Scott Jackson!
Shawna – the BFF
Carrie and Brian – the smartest most loyal people you will ever meet. I love you guys!
Turner – didn’t even bat an eyelash at the Hello Kitty treat bags!
Mariano – who I met at the Anthony Bourdain concert in Bako, thanks to our mutual friend Mike M.
Sara Moffett – the sweetest and most generous person I have met recently. Seriously. Its like we’ve known each other FOREVER!
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Wilson – did you all know Jeff has a brother? Trivia.
Jeff Wilson – Mr. SCV! So happy he made it out! You are awesome Jeff! Top 40 for sure!
Mike D. – D’uh!
Mike Cruz – if you want entertainment…this is your guy!
Daniel (D) – Maximus. Yes, he totally passed the friend test.
Jason McKay – who rushed over and totally made it in time!
Mr. and Mrs. ScottE – seriously, the hippest kids around!
Bree – the coolest 18 year old around who doesn’t mind hanging out with a bunch of us old people!
Greg, Kendra and the kids – it doesn’t matter what we are doing, they are always down to hang!
Yeekai + guest – it was so nice to see them in a different setting! Thanks for coming out!
RE and Jeffrey – thanks for everything!
William – total surprise to see him show up! Really. It meant so much! Aww!
Aleks and Nate – despite having so much to do that day, they still came out and met up with us!
Afterparty: Chinatown Summer Nights!
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