A Quaran-Tiki Birthday

Why Bother?

Because the world is a pretty dismal place right now, so why not bring a bit of elaborate fun to our 600-square foot downtown Baltimore apartment?

And also, because it was nice to pretend like everything was normal just for a morning. We both aren’t big birthday people, but he appreciates commitment to a theme and I have an insane need to smother people with my hostessing skills.


Must Haves:

  • Festive tableware – tiki mugs instead of water glasses, paper umbrellas instead of name cards, and cute-but-crummy monstera napkins (“napkins” is far too generous of a term for those sheets of non-absorbant tissue paper)
  • Blue and silver balloons and garlands, complemented by a giant shark
  • A birthday cake shaped like a giant coconut drink to ensure high levels of whimsy

Brunch for Two:

On the Menu

  • Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon
  • Sautéed asparagus
  • Fruit Salad
  • Rum cake from Grand Cayman
  • Bellinis

I would like to take a moment to pat myself on the back for this cake. Granted, it was made with a box mix and pre-made frosting, but the presentation is exquisite.


The Decor:

I’ve always wanted to build a balloon garland (big dreamer over here…) but always found a way to talk myself out of it. Thankfully, in our current sit-around-inside-all-day society, I was able to do a lot of research ahead of time to make sure I was fully equipped with the best practices available. There was a bit of a mixup with the supplies I ordered (aka an empty box was shipped to my apartment) so the trusty balloon pump I expected to receive never arrived and it was too late to hunt one down in another store. SO all of the balloons were blown up by yours truly. Once I stopped seeing black spots and my O2 levels returned to normal, it was safe to say it turned out pretty darn well and was very easy to assemble!

The transformation from the balloon garland is like ~day & night~

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