When I started planning my birthday celebration a month ago, I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do; all I knew was that I wasn’t excited to be turning 29, so I wanted to do something really awesome in order to make turning that dreaded age a bit more bearable. Normally, I like going out of town for my birthday because I love to travel, and a birthday is a good excuse to plan a weekend trip somewhere. However, since Chris and I are saving money to go to New York in September, that idea was out. Instead, I decided to do a staycation for my birthday: I would request Memorial Day weekend off from work (Fri-Mon) and plan a bunch of fun/relaxing things to do. Essentially, a vacation without the travel/hotel expenses. Here’s a recap of how I celebrated:
Friday Night: Dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
Chris was very generous and treated me to two fancy birthday dinners, the first one being at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. We ordered a four-course dinner complete with lobster mac n’ cheese, ribeye, and sweet potato casserole. Oh, and let’s not forget the birthday dessert: bread pudding. We feasted and were so stuffed afterward. I barely ate anything all day Friday and was STILL super stuffed by the end of dinner. It was a delicious dinner, though, and a great way to start my birthday weekend.
Saturday: Spa Day/Dinner at Ella Dining Room and Bar
One thing I knew I really wanted to do for my birthday was get pampered, so I scheduled a bunch of beauty appointments for Saturday afternoon. I genuinely needed to get my hair cut and colored, so I scheduled a hair appointment. I consider pedicures and facials to be luxuries that I’ll only treat myself to for special occasions, and since you only turn 29 once, I went ahead and booked myself a pedicure and facial, too.
By the time I was done with my afternoon of pampering, I was feeling ready for another night on the town, so I got dressed up and Chris took me out for birthday dinner number 2 at Ella Dining Room and Bar. I had always wanted to dine at Ella, so we figured my birthday would be the perfect excuse to do so. We weren’t disappointed, either. The food was fabulous!
Sunday: Afternoon Picnic with Friends/Dinner with Family
Chris and I got together with some of my close girlfriends and their men for a potluck picnic in McKinley Park. It was a super hot day in Sac, but luckily, we were able to hide under a shady tree while enjoying some sangria, hot dogs, and good conversation!
In the evening, Chris and I headed over to my dad’s house for a birthday celebration for me and my younger sister whose birthday is two days after mine. My dad cooked up a yummy dinner for us all consisting of hot dogs, corn on the cob, and grilled chicken. We ended the night with gifts and a mint chocolate chip ice cream cake from Baskin Robbins– my fave and a family tradition!
Monday: Shopping, Swimming, and Dinner at My MIL’s House
Since I received some birthday money from my dad, and there were some major Memorial Day sales happening at the mall, I decided to start out my actual birthday with some new clothes from The Limited. In the afternoon, Chris and I went swimming so we could escape the Sacramento heat for a bit. In the evening, we headed to his mom’s house where she hosted a birthday dinner for me. Not only did she cook dinner for me, but she made me a birthday dessert and decorated the house with birthday decorations. My mother-in-law is the best!
I have to admit, my birthday weekend was pretty amazing considering I didn’t travel anywhere like I usually do: I got to eat delicious food, get pampered, go shopping, and spend time with my loved ones. I felt very happy, loved, and celebrated throughout the weekend, which makes me think that 29 is not so bad after all. In fact, it’s off to a great start! I’m looking forward to making the last year of my twenties one to remember.
How was your Memorial Day Weekend?
What’s your favorite birthday memory?