That one time I threw Nick a surprise 30th birthday party…

2 Sep

I have known Nick since he was 23 years old. Since that time, I have been teasing him constantly about his age (only since he was older than me by 5 years) and have told him more times than I can count, “Babe, you’re almost 30!” Needless to say, this birthday felt like a HUGE deal to me. And it is. So it must be.

I started thinking about his 30th birthday party a year ago. I didn’t put anything into action then but I wanted to have an idea for making it special. About two months ago I sent out an email to a bunch of people who have influenced his life in the past and present asking them to celebrate with me and to keep a certain date free on their calendars because I wanted everyone to make some noise over this day! BUT  I wanted it to be a surprise party. Like, a legit, everyone is hiding and then pops out and screams *surprise* really loudly. That was my dream. I wanted Nick to be shocked speechless. I wrote to about 200 people. Literally no one messed up and told.  NO ONE! I am still shocked about that! If you knew how hard it is to keep secrets from Nick, you would be so impressed.

I had so many people who helped me do all the last-minute prep this week with baking, cutting, shopping, decorating, babysitting, lying (!!!!), distracting, planning, etc. Lisa, Dan, Elisabeth, Randy, John, Heidi, Abby and Bryan. You guys rock. I am overwhelmed with the love I feel from our community. I loved how everything turned out and Nick was so surprised. He had no idea. He actually thought we were going on a triple date to Seattle with the Sheets’ and the Quick’s for his birthday!

I want to cry every time I watch this. Nick is so loved! Babe, I hope you realize how amazing you are. We all love you so much!

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I asked everyone to contribute to his tattoo fund instead of bringing gifts. I was so pumped about this.

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We had Carne Asada tacos! Nick’s favorite. So yummy.

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I made the Pioneer Woman’s chocolate sheet cake. Holy crap, it was so good!

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Courtney, on the left, thought there would be a famous person at the party since it is Nick’s party.  :) And that’s why I love her.

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 And this is why I love her.

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LISA! I could not have done this without you. Thank you!!!! And thank you for letting all of us trash your house til 1am! I love you, girl.

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Singing Happy Birthday. Nick dubbed it the worst and loudest rendition of happy birthday he’s ever heard. success.

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You can’t really tell from this pic, but the smoking area was a HIT. Hookah, pipes, cigars, the works. I think there were over 20 people in this corner the whole night.

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I love this birthday boy. I hope you really know. Thank you for being you. It’s what makes us love you even more and why celebrating you was the easiest and most natural thing to do.

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One Response to “That one time I threw Nick a surprise 30th birthday party…”

  1. Breanna September 3, 2013 at 4:30 am #

    Yay!!! So glad it got recorded. It made me cry too!

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