My 2nd Birthday Party

So, this past weekend I decided to celebrate my birthday a second time, but only with my favorite girlfriends here in NYC.  We all went to Tolache on the Upper East Side & had a blast! The food at  this restaurant is DELICIOUS, so if you've never been.... I suggest you try.  On a nice day, ask to sit outside in the back. 

It was one of the most memorable parties I've ever had. Why? because each girl talked about a close friend or a wonderful memory they had & shared it with everyone. I love how open and honest each girl was... I brought each girl a gift - and on the hot pink wrapping paper I randomly wrote compliments such as "I love your hair", "You are beautiful just the way you are" & more! They loved them - yay!  My friend Anne Marie said, "this is the only birthday party I've received gifts!" - Well, that's me. I love to give to others, it makes my day. Even if it was MY birthday.

So, turning 41 is interesting, I can't say it feels great, but at least I'm healthy, wiser, more secure with myself as a woman and a wife....& soon hopefully as a mother.

Can you guess what my B-day wish was?

The cake we bought at Tu Lu's Gluten-free bakery here in NYC -it's an amazing gluten -free , dairy free bakery. The cakes are delicious! We ended up having them sprinkle hot pink sprinkles, then we added the edible flowers ourselves. Saw this idea on Pinterest somewhere, wish I could recall where!?

.....& for the gold splatter balloons, well, this was a project I saw on DIY Studio & decided to try it for my party! It was a hit, and they looked fantastic! Go here for the how-to instructions!

These are the gifts with the compliments I brought for each girl! neat huh?

-images by jen ramos

Sorry for some of the bad quality pics, some were taken with my iphone! 



  1. Happy Belated birthday! <3 That cake looks delicious!

    Maggie A

  2. Thanks Maggie! It was, even though some people don't think
    Gluten free is all that good, Tu Lu's does a great job keeping the cake relatively moist. ;)


  4. I had so much fun, it was great to celebrate with you and all those amazing ladies! xo

  5. Happy belated birthday! You look smashing! And being 42 myself (can´t reeeally identify with that though:) I agree with you that you are more secure and comfort in your body and mind. The beauty of getting older:) Caroline

  6. Happy second birthday!

  7. Jen! That is the most perfect skirt/crop combo I've seen yet! You look fantastic! Do you mind sharing where they're from? Happy birthday!

  8. Looks like a wonderful time was had! The forties are awesome... Just saying. :)

  9. Love those DIY balloons Jen :) Such a sweet touch with the handwritten gifts to the girls and glad everyone had a great time.

  10. awwwwwww, I LOVED that celebration! xoxoxoxox

  11. Looks like fun! Happy birthday!

  12. i like your balloon look great too.

  13. Happy Birthday!!! I have been looking for class lace up pumps for a while!! What brand are yours? :)


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