Saugatuck, Mi

Who: Me and my crew. My friends, my sister surprised me by flying in from Philly, Ali flew in from New York, Jessica came in from Texas, my parents, and of course Mark- who put it all together because he loves me and I won the husband lottery.

What: We rented a house for 40th birthday and it was so adorable, crafty, farm to table beautiful, you could just PUKE. Seriously, it was like living in a Kinfolk magazine photo shoot. There was handmade yarn garland, hammocks, flower crowns, farm fresh eggs, adorable wildflower arrangements, lakeside sunsets and a bonfire Stevie Nicks singalong. My parents came and it didn't even feel weird getting drunk in front of them. BECAUSE I AM 40 and I AM A GROWN UP NOW. It was the best. It's tough for me to hand over the reigns in terms of Party Planning. It's MY THING. But I am so glad I did.

Why: My 40th Birthday

When: Early May, 2016

Where: Saugatuck Mi- The cutest little town you ever did see. On Lake Michigan, about 2.5 hours outside of Chicago. I highly recommend it. Go there, buy farm fresh eggs on the side of the road, build a bonfire and get dinner at Salt of the Earth (which is technically in Fennville).

 

Wildflower Bouquets. Right away when I got there my girlfriends and sister were out in a field picking flowers and putting them in everything. There is nothing like watching your friends drunkenly pick flowers on your birthday. Seriously, you should try it.

Wildflower Bouquets. Right away when I got there my girlfriends and sister were out in a field picking flowers and putting them in everything. There is nothing like watching your friends drunkenly pick flowers on your birthday. Seriously, you should try it.

My sister Anna surprised me by flying in from Philly, and she had packed yards and yards of handmade yarn garland that she had tediously strung in different hotels rooms all over the US, since her job has her traveling constantly. How sweet is that!? I brought it home and hung it over my bed.  

My sister Anna surprised me by flying in from Philly, and she had packed yards and yards of handmade yarn garland that she had tediously strung in different hotels rooms all over the US, since her job has her traveling constantly. How sweet is that!? I brought it home and hung it over my bed.

 

Jessica not only made flower crowns for everyone, but took all the pics. She is amazing.

Jessica not only made flower crowns for everyone, but took all the pics. She is amazing.

This is 40. That is vodka. I think I am officially too old to skip eye make-up.

This is 40. That is vodka. I think I am officially too old to skip eye make-up.

My happy place.

My happy place.

I made Mark wear his hat back words, because A) He looks cute, and B) It makes kissing easier. I love this picture because my dad is clearly telling a story that Mark thinks is HILARIOUS, and my dad is eating it up. Mark is wearing a shirt that says "4 out of 5 Great Lakes prefer Michigan".

I made Mark wear his hat back words, because A) He looks cute, and B) It makes kissing easier. I love this picture because my dad is clearly telling a story that Mark thinks is HILARIOUS, and my dad is eating it up. Mark is wearing a shirt that says "4 out of 5 Great Lakes prefer Michigan".

Robyn showed up late because she is a mom and she had to stop and get snacks for eveybody.

Robyn showed up late because she is a mom and she had to stop and get snacks for eveybody.

JG playing in the grass.

JG playing in the grass.

Ali always looks cool. She is from New York CITY.

Ali always looks cool. She is from New York CITY.

Cupcakes from Southport Grocer in lieu of a birthday cake. These people KNOW me.

Cupcakes from Southport Grocer in lieu of a birthday cake. These people KNOW me.

My seester.

My seester.

Daredevils.

Daredevils.

Jessica teaching Yoga on the beach to a bunch of people whose sobriety is questionable.

Jessica teaching Yoga on the beach to a bunch of people whose sobriety is questionable.

This is the look of a perfectly happy person whose sister is doing ridiculous dance moves just off camera.

This is the look of a perfectly happy person whose sister is doing ridiculous dance moves just off camera.