A Pink Backyard Birthday

I recently celebrated my birthday in our typical backyard birthday fashion.  We celebrated with family with nothing too fancy but still much attention to details.  I went with a pink theme this year even though I shared the celebration with my 17 year old male cousin.  I used to put pink Barbie jackets on him when he was little so I am sure he is used to my pink ways by now.

The party was on a Saturday evening so I spent most of the day prepping and fluffing.  I put these pink balloons out around 9:00 am because I was so giddy.  I then excitedly went inside the house to tell my husband to look outside.  Being able to decorate our new white picket fence was about one of the most exciting things to do for the first time.  

I replaced the balloons at least two times because they kept popping.  It didn't matter because I had plenty of balloons and happiness over my decorated fence.  Running out to replace them was an excuse to be in awe of them yet again.

To go along with the pink theme, I punched out lots of pink and white circles to scatter around the table.

I also made a whole bunch of paper flags to adorn cute little cupcakes.

Grey paper straws I found online for a super dooper great deal came in the mail THAT day. 

Sugar free lemonade is how I roll.  It's my party and I can still indulge guilt free if I want to.

I love Mexican food and I love easy so we had a taco bar.  Simple and delicious says happy birthday to me.  I personally don't choose to slave over fancy meals on my birthday.  I save that for other people's birthdays.

Who doesn't love tacos?

We also set up a fun little DIY photo booth that I shared about earlier this week.  Check out the post for all the details and all the funny photos!

It's not a birthday without cake!  To continue with the Mexican menu, I made spice cake cupcakes with butterscotch chips, homemade churros, and topped it all off with vanilla ice cream.

Right as it was time to blow out the candles after singing Happy Birthday, the wind blew out the candles.  I apparently found the irony hilarious.

But we gave it a second chance.  

Homemade churros are bomb-digity.  It's basically just fried dough covered in cinnamon sugar.  I will link to the recipe again because it is that delicious. 

I was really proud about my gift to my cousin.  Rolled up money in a chocolate candy box.  There was still some chocolate in it but somebody had to eat some of it to make room for the money!

And somehow the baby always ends up naked by the end of the party.  It's just that much fun at Auntie's.

And because I am a big kid at heart we set up our projector in the backyard so we could play Just Dance.  We haven't had many outdoor movie nights this summer so it was nice to put the projector to some good use.

We even got some glow sticks out.  

As the night came to an end, the ambiance only got better.  A splendid birthday party had by all.