Entertaining

When I turned the big 3-0!

August 6, 2012

There you go, I said it. I just revealed my age…or so it seems! The title tells you The Spoiled Mummy has turned 30…but when did I actually turn 30??  Now, that will have to remain a secret…at least for now! 🙂

So yes I turned the big 3-0! And with almost everyone I know, turning a decade older is something more special than turning a year older. With this in mind, I was convinced that I can throw myself a bigger birthday party than usual! 🙂

I LOVE to entertain. I LOVE it when I am able to gather friends and family over some good food, good wine, for some good conversation. It doesn’t matter how big or small the party is, or whether it is at my own home or somebody else’s, or in a restaurant or at another venue… I just love having people get together, relax and forget about their daily stresses for a while and just simply bask in the presence of family and friends to have some good fun. BUT… I don’t really love the stress that goes before it! I am a perfectionist at heart – if I may say that – so I do actually stress over the littlest of things! And contrary to what most people think, this is the way I relax…when I am actually stressing about the whole planning! 🙂

So when it was time to celebrate this major milestone in my life, I decided to host an intimate dinner at our home.  I wanted to welcome this new decade in my life with positivity and lots of cheerfulness and love, love, love! 🙂

The buffet table – Margarita Fores and her team of chefs catered the night’s delicious food.

We set out a few tables and decorated them to the nines…

This is when I learned that I actually love fixing table settings and centerpieces 🙂

I chose the burnt Orange / Autumn hue as the main color for the dinner party, as my birthday fell exactly on Thanksgiving Day.

A lot of pumpkins, twigs, and oranges were also scattered around the tables.

A little touch of pink was added to the table centerpieces, to give credit to the birthday celebrant’s favorite color 🙂 Thank goodness, those pink flowers on orange background still came out somehow “coordinated”! 🙂

Mood lighting as provided by these candles helped set the good mood…it definitely made our dinner more relaxed and romantic 🙂

Aside from having good food, nice table setting and great mood lighting, appropriate music is also very important in intimate dinner parties. For me, the background music (or noise – whichever way you look at it) captures the totality of any event. And since I nor the Hubby don’t know how to sing nor play a musical instrument,  and have no plans of learning :), we decided to just leave it to the experts… and for that special day, Vince Lahorra, one of our finest saxophonists, serenaded us with his smooth tunes.

 Aside from having the usual Thanksgiving Day menu of Roasted Turkey and Pumpkin Pie, I took that opportunity to give thanks to family and friends who have helped me in more ways than one. To me, it was more than just a birthday party… that night was really more about giving gratitude to the people around me and most especially to the One up there for spoiling me. 🙂

 When I turned 30, I remember feeling younger and more energetic than ever! 30 is indeed the new 20! I wasn’t only older, but I knew I was wiser too.  I had reached a whole new level of maturity: I had a heightened self-awareness, I had a better understanding of other people, and I had a higher consciousness of the circumstances that surrounded me – both the good and the not so good that sometimes posed a challenge in my life.

I must say,  this was also the time when I felt a deeper contentment for all that God had blessed me with. I was more secure than ever, knowing that I had everything I needed and that all that truly mattered to me – my family and friends – were with me.

I always thank God for giving me the Hubby and the kids…they are my true passions. They are my life, my joy, and my reason for being. I have always believed that they were given to me for a deeper purpose, and I can only call myself blessed, SPOILED even…to have been entrusted with such precious gifts. The One up there is the ultimate spoiler, I tell you! 🙂

And as it turned out, my birthday was not just about turning 30; it was truly a celebration of the beautiful, sweet life that I have been blessed with, and the life with my family that I am still looking forward to!

What are you most grateful for?

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11 Comments

  • Reply Anajg August 6, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Beautiful decorations, my favorite color combinations, (the colors of the sunrise were my colors for my wedding!) and love and admire your constant faith and devotion to Him, how inspiring! Think I’m getting addicted to your blog… 😉

    • Reply TheSpoiledMummy August 7, 2012 at 1:38 am

      Thanks Ana! I’m nothing without Him, so He alone deserves all the credit. 🙂

  • Reply Eliza Drilon-Luna August 7, 2012 at 1:42 am

    Im turning 30 in two months Grace. Huhuhu 🙁 Thanks for sharing your 30th Birthday Celebration 🙂

    • Reply TheSpoiledMummy August 7, 2012 at 2:11 am

      30 is a great new decade to be in…and remember 30 is the new 20 now! 🙂

  • Reply Buding Aquino-Dee August 7, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Wonderful blog post and fabulous birthday party, Spoiled Mummy! Continue living your life to the full 🙂 I’m looking forward to more thoughtful, inspiring, visually stimulating and drool worthy stories from you. All the best!

  • Reply Raquel August 7, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Beautiful celebration. I also love your daughter’s first bday party featured on heart 2 heart.

    • Reply TheSpoiledMummy August 8, 2012 at 1:46 am

      Thank you for visiting my blog! Hope to see you here again!

      • Reply Lissa Sheker February 18, 2013 at 10:42 am

        I love the positivity in all your blogs specially the giving thanks to the Almighty. Very inspiring!

  • Reply mapet estrella May 29, 2013 at 5:53 am

    wow! you have such a truly blessed life any woman wants to have. I like it that you credit everything to God for all that you have.You are very inspiring

  • Reply Angela March 20, 2014 at 4:47 am

    Dear Grace,
    I admire how you remember Him with all the blessings in your life. Sometimes, with challenges in my life, I wonder if He is really there. Your attitude of gratitude has inspired me to rediscover my faith and become more prayerful.
    Thank you.

    • Reply TheSpoiledMummy March 21, 2014 at 2:56 am

      Thank you, Angela for your words of encouragement. It is always inspiring to hear kind words like these. Just always be thankful, no matter what circumstances you may find yourself in. Gratitude is the sincerest form of appreciation to Him who has given us everything.

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