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Birthday Planning 101

How To Celebrate Your Birthday Like A Fashionista

How To Celebrate Your Birthday Like A Fashionista

Oh, the fashionista. Each morning, she primps and primes until ever look is flawless. She transforms department store buys into designer looks. She envies the life of Miranda Priestly though she lives more like Andy Sacs. The fashion forward diva’s style never disappoints.

With the fashionista Birthday Girl, not a resource is wasted when it’s spent looking perfect. When it comes to her special day, we must all dress to kill and be camera ready. Here are some ravished ideas for fashionista festivities.

Shopping– Of course shopping is a fashionista’s favorite thing to do. Adventure to a new plaza or mall for some retail therapy. Level up the experience by creating a mall scavenger hunt! Birthday Girl BOSS Tip: Visit a pop-up shop for exclusive retail from designers all over the world.

Photo-shoot– Ready for close-up? Scheduling a photo-shoot is a great way to commemorate the special day. Whether it be solo or in a group a photo-shoot gives an opportunity to see yourself in a new light.  

Runway show– If you’re like most of us, a mere $1,500 to get to NYFW is a bit out of budget to see exclusive designer clothing. Call the creatives for a little DIY designing! Collect some outdated clothes, and craft tools to turn the old into the new. Afterward, throw a fashion show (flashy lights, confetti, the whole nine) to show off the new creations.

Written By Alexis Fantroy

How To Create An Awesome Vision Board

How To Create An Awesome Vision Board

Bringing in a new year leaves room for improvements and upgrades. It’s time to set new goals and conquer new challenges. Vision boards are a collection of pictures are phrases aimed toward the future you want to work towards. Visualize accomplishments and adventures you would like to take into this next chapter of life.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to create an awesome vision board.

Supplies: Poster board, old magazines, glue, scissors, markers (optional)

 

Step 1: Identify your goals. What do you want out of this new chapter? Think about both the short term and long term. More importantly, believe that you can manifest whatever you desire.

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Step 2: Gather magazines and cut out pieces that represent the future and the journey. Be sure to be as specific as possible. Instead of just cutting out any old house, cut the one you would actually purchase today if you could. Instead of any old outfit, cut out the perfect outfit for you. And if you can not find it, then make it yourself! This is the moment to dream as wildly as possible, and feel your heart be drawn to these images daily.

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Step 3: Place pieces on the board that is visually stimulating. It could be a pathway, step by step progress or a general synopsis. But remember, the details matter the most. You are writing the upcoming scene in your life’s story, so make sure you are as detailed as possible. Close your eyes and imagine your idea of a perfect life/world/situation, then recreate that with the cut up pieces. This is where the vision board starts taking shape.

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Step 4: Glue pieces to the poster board. Dazzle it up with anything that represents the journey. Use old tickets, photos, and accessories to make the journey feel that much more real. Then, as time goes, you can start adding the items that were once a dream onto the board. Thus, your vision board become a living work of art representing your journey and struggle through this magnificent experience we call LIFE.

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Step 5: Post it where you can see it as a daily reminder of what to work towards. Set aside time each day to look through the fine details of your Vision board, and let it inspire you to conquer the world and whatever obstacle you might have in front of you. Remember, vision without action is merely a dream.

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Written By Lexi Fantroy

How To Plan The Perfect Sleepover

How To Plan The Perfect Sleepover

One of the major highlights of childhood was being invited to sleepovers. The excitement of being with our closest gal pals, gabbing into the late-night hours is a pinnacle moment in social upbringing. Who said we couldn’t put the Birthday Girl spin on this childhood tradition? Here is an easy step by step guide to throwing an adult sleepover.

Step 1 – Invites:

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Thanks to technology, this is the easiest part of the planning process. Pick a date around or on the special day. We recommend a late afternoon time to invite everyone over. This allots more time to decorate and prep those last-minute details. When inviting keep in mind, less is more. BG BOSS Tip: Use Facebook and text blasts as the invitations. Email blast tend to get ignored. Texting the info straight to guests’ phone with a link to the Facebook event ensures visibility and creates an RSVP list.

Step 2 – Theme and Décor:

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If there is a certain theme to be conveyed, brainstorm different décor ideas that will reflect what this birthday means to you. Creating a theme will assist in the other planning details of the party. Soundtrack is apart of the theme! Curate a playlist that keep the vibe in tuned with the theme. BG BOSS Tip: Use your theme to create a trans-formative experience. For example, if the theme is Tropical Paradise, design the home with pine straw, bamboo tikis and fruits to transport guests to an island in your home!

Step 3 – Food and Refreshments:

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Playing off the theme will assist in the menu options. Be conscious of giving options for different dietary restrictions. Since the sleepover is an evening to morning event, construct a menu that is versatile. Pinwheels, salads or a charcuterie board for nibbles are always a hit. Have both red and white wine options to appease every palate. Coordinate with one specific dinner choice gives them options for the evening. Not a cook? Order catering or gourmet pizza! In the morning create a breakfast bar or go out to brunch! Need beverage options? Check out our article on some great cocktails for the birthday girl here!

Step 4 – Activities:

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No sleepover is complete without games! Creating vision boards is a great way to bond with the crew. This activity consists of cutting out images from magazines and placing them on a board in a way that envisions what you want out of your future. Break out the Twister boards, Pinterest some drinking games, get creative! If you want to stir up some controversy, Cards Against Humanity is the one of the hottest games to play! We must warn you though, it is not for the easily offended!

Step 5 – Enjoy yourself:

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As the guests roll in and the festivities commence it is important to be present in the moment. If all else fails, refer to our article on being Childish here. This day is all about YOU!

Written By Lexi Fantroy

6 Unique Decor Ideas For The Birthday Girl

6 Unique Decor Ideas For The Birthday Girl

Going to your standard big box party store and picking things off the shelf is played out. Customizing decor can be a fun and crafty way to put the ante on the next birthday party. Take these few decoration tips to put a personal spin on the next party for your Birthday Girl!

 

Confetti balloons

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Instead of deciding whether to decorate the room with balloons or confetti, you get the best of both worlds with Confetti Balloons! You can do it yourself by putting confetti in a deflated balloon, and then blowing up said balloon. OR, you can purchase it premade to save yourself some time and hassle. The Birthday Girl is sure to feel like a rock star when the balloons are popped, and she is showered in Confetti.

 

Photo Wall

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Create a memorable experience for guests to post on social media. Turn your drab white wall into something your friends will clamor to take pictures in front of. And you, as the Birthday Girl, will get to soak in all that love from your friends and family.  BG BOSS Tip: Create your own hashtag to create a gallery of the evening so that you wont have to go around and ask everyone to send you the awesome pictures they took.

 

Centerpieces

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Centerpieces adds an extra kick on the table décor. You can turn a regular table into an eye catching wonder for that the Birthday Girl and her guests will love.  They can also be used for table placement or seating arrangements. You can place food, desserts, drinks, and everything in between around the centerpiece to make it standout that much more.

Candy Bar

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The one thing a Birthday Girl really looks forward to on her birthday is some sweets and candies. Instead of just laying them on on the table looking regular, you can create an amazing Candy Bar for your party and guests. You can stuff it full of the Birthday Girl’s favorites, as well as a few curve balls that she will not see coming. It is a super easy and fun way to add a little color to the whole event.

 

Pairing Party Favors

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This party favor is a small trinket that will receive big recognition, and put a very big smile on the Birthday Girl’s face. What you need: Mini alcohol bottles, cans of soda, ribbon or tape to keep them together. Pair common mixers like Jack + Coke, Tequila + Sprite or Vodka + Cranberry to send your guest with a party take home. BG BOSS Tip: Recycle 6 pack containers or boxes for easy storage and display!

 

Signature wall

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This ideal is versatile and can be done in a number of ways. Using wooden letters that spell the BG’s name and colorful markers, guest can sign their names and place well wishes as a keepsake of the day. BG BOSS Tip: Use construction paper on a wall for guests to plug themselves for networking purposes.

5 Unique Desserts For The Birthday Girl

5 Unique Desserts For The Birthday Girl

Thoughts of cake parallel with birthday tradition. Bright and beautiful in the center of the table. The glow of the candles illuminating the faces of loved ones. Rising chorus of song as the anticipated blow darkens the room. One wish. The knife exposes the inner layers, beautifully crafted. Memories of fluffy, moist textures lying softly on your palate. The smooth sweetness of frosting layering the taste buds.

Birthday cake is a most necessary annual staple. We could write about the different types, but this is not that article. Here at Birthday Girl, we like to mix things up! The BG babe is all but ordinary and should dine as such.

 

Here are some 5 unique desserts for the birthday girl!

Affogato

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An affogato is an Italian dessert that combines a scoop of gelato doused with a shot of espresso. The combination of the cool gelato and the warmth from espresso makes for a delicious end to an evening meal. BG BOSS Tip: Make it a nightcap! Try with a shot of Amaretto instead of espresso.

Nutella Brownies

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Nutella Brownies are a new twist on a traditional dessert. Hazelnut and chocolate flavors in a warm, dense cake make a great replacement from birthday cake. If Gluten is something you’re afraid of, fret not! They’re several recipes that can be found online without the Gluten in it.

 

Boba Tea

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Boba Tea originated in Taiwan with black tea, milk and blended fruits. There are prepared with various flavors with tapioca pearls at the bottom. The tea has recently taken the US by storm, and it’s made a lot of people either love or hate those little black Boba Balls. This is something that would be perfect for the adventurous Birthday Girl who loves to try new foods.

 

Mango Pie

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If cheesecake and key lime pie had a love child, mango pie would be it! The tropical flavors in this delectable dessert make for a wonderful birthday sweet treat. The difference in texture is sure to throw your taste buds into a wild frenzy of excitement. Each bite will taste better than the last, and the Birthday Girl will surly want seconds of this delicious dessert. Throw a candle on this dish during the birthday song for a creative remix.

 

Strawberry Margarita Cupcakes

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Ok, we couldn’t leave all cakes behind without a BG twist. Strawberry Margarita Cupcakes combines all the female favorites! With fresh fruit and a delicious bottom, this dessert is sure to drive the birthday girl wild. Don’t just take our word for it, check out an awesome video tutorial on how to make this amazing dessert and try it for your self:

Written by Lexi Fantroy

@iNc_Triniity

How To Celebrate The Bohemian Birthday Girl

How To Celebrate The Bohemian Birthday Girl

The modern-day hippies have made a mark for themselves in the digital native era. Women are connecting to their ancestral background and reconnecting to their universal power. Mystical matrons usually don’t require the fancy, high-end glam of the normal girl. It is best to celebrate the bohemian Birthday Girl with gifts and experiences that will stimulate their greater purpose and evolution. Here are some ideas to display gratitude for the goddess on her special day.

  1. Get Dirty (nature trails, planting/gardening, etc.)

What better way to get grounded than to dig into the soil? Take the Birthday Girl with the green thumb to Home Depot or Lowe’s, grab tools and seeds and get to work! Spend the day connecting with Mother Earth; nourishing the land. Top it off with some fresh (spiked) lemonade for a refreshing mist in the day.

  1. Physical Restoration

Another great way to bring in the new chapter is by pampering. Catering to the body for rejuvenation can bring just the right element to a birthday. Ancient practices like acupuncture, Reiki and hot yoga have proven to purify the body and mind.

  1. Create and Craft

Crafts are always a great way to show appreciation for loved ones. Find a good DIY project and create something that will last a lifetime. Dream-catchers, bath bombs and candles are easy DIY activities that you can do solo and give as a gift or create together

  1. Visit a mystic

The world is full of powerful mystics connected to the spiritual realms. Keep an open mind and delve into the spirit with reiki healers, tarot card or palm readers. These experiences can be (third) eye opening and therapeutic. BG BOSS Tip: Do research on healers. Not everyone posing as a mystic is as Zen as they claim. Check reviews and reputation before scheduling any appointments.

  1. Retreat

Whether you’re in need of healing, urging for uplift or just want to be in a peaceful place, there is a retreat made for the cause. Retreat from the hustle of everyday life to make new connections and get quality RnR.

Written By: Lexi Fantroy

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Let’s Get Childish

Let’s Get Childish

Aging. One should never ask a woman about it. Cosmetic companies won’t let you forget it’s happening, and Facebook brings back the haunting memories as reminders. There are two methods of approach; to run from it or relish in it.

When that special time of year is approaching, reflections of the past years can send emotions into a stir. Adulthood brings perspective of how good it was to be young. Childhood memories of the ignorant bliss. Those celebrations filled with balloons, friends and cake seemed so joyous; so simple. So why not bring it back? Oh, to be a kid again!

Let’s Get Childish

As an adult, being called childish is rarely a compliment. After a certain age it is told one should act their age and not their shoe size. What if, on the special day we did just that? Let the sole of the shoes determine how childish you want to get. Renting a bounce house is a sure way to get guest loosened up. Activities like pillow sack races, 4Square, hide-and-seek are all-inclusive games to tap into the inner youth.

Curate a party playlist of songs that were wrong for us then, but awesome now! Use the playlist to start an old school dance battle. Want to pre-teen things up a bit? Break out those Von Dutch trucker hats and halter tops! Throw a viewing party of teen flicks like Scary Movie, 10 Things I Hate about You and Clueless. Grab single friends for games like Spin the Bottle and 7-Minutes in Heaven. Consent is now a thing we understand but never makes it less awkward.

Birthday Girl’s don’t watch their calories on their special day! Stack the snack bar with sugary, carb-filled treats. Candy, chips, sandwiches and of course CAKE and ICE CREAM (don’t forget the sprinkles). In addition to sodas add, CapriSuns or other juice boxes as refreshments. Pouch frozen margaritas can also be served for balance of the theme. For my health nuts, there are still ways to stuff the face guilt free. Ants on a log (peanut butter and raisins on celery sticks), chessy broccoli, sweet and salty trail mix are also yummy treats to enjoy. Kombucha and skinny margs are a great way to keep the calorie count low.

BG Boss Tips:

  • Create invitations that highlight the theme. Colorful balloons meet martini glasses. Sexy men dressed as animals. Be creative!
  • Compile a list of favorite childhood games (Uno, Twister, double dutch, etc.). See how you can make them into ‘grownup’ games.
  • Go heavy on the color. Don’t be afraid to play in an obnoxious rainbow color scheme.
  • Make an arts n crafts table where everyone can make the Birthday Girl a personalized birthday card.

 

Just because the clock keeps ticking doesn’t mean we can’t pretend. Turn back the hands of time in honor of the youth taken for granted. Party like its 1999 for old time’s sake. Toss aside the heels and throw on those beat up Keds or Converse. It is important to remember that time is infinite. You’re as young as you feel. Be rejuvenated by being juvenile.

Written By Lexi Fantroy

Birthday Girl Cocktails

Birthday Girl Cocktails

Everybody loves a boozy Birthday Girl! Luscious libations are always the move for birthday celebrations. Here are some easy cocktails to mix up with the crew!

Vodka – Most popular liquor of choice. This simple cocktail is a twist on vodka-cran mix. (BG BOSS Tips: Titos vodka is gluten free!)

Cocktail: The Redhead

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Ingredients: 2 ounces of Vodka + 1.5 oz Ginger ale + 1 ounces of cranberry

Garnish: Lime

Directions: Place ice in glass. Pour and stir together vodka and cranberry. Top with Ginger ale. Place lime wheel or wedge on the side of the glass. Squeeze the lime in for extra flavor.

 

Gin – An acquired taste for the botanical babe. Show off with this delectable sweet treat.

Cocktail: Fresh Passion

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Ingredients: 1.5oz Gin + 1 Passion fruit (or 2oz passion fruit juice) + 10 mint leaves + 1/4oz honey

Garish: Mint leaf

Directions: Remove flesh from passion fruit. Place chunks of passion fruit and mint leaves into shaker (or tall cup). Muddle together fruit and mint. Add gin, honey and ice in shaker. Shake well and drain into a glass. Garnish with a floating mint leaf.

 

Tequila – What’s a party without tequila! She’s more than just margaritas. (BG BOSS Tip: Tequila comes in Blanco (white), Oro (gold), Añejo and Reposado. Find which flavor fit you to customize the taste.)

Cocktail: Mexican Mule

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Ingredients: 1.5oz Tequila, 2oz Ginger Beer (we suggest Gosling’s or Barritt’s), 0.5 oz lime juice

Garnish: Lime wedge, jalapeño slice, stem of cilantro (optional)

Directions: In a copper mug, pour tequila and lime juice. Top with Ginger beer, lightly stir. Garnish with lime, jalapeno and cilantro.

 

Whiskey – Women who like whiskey are a special breed. They aren’t afraid of robust flavors or a little hair chest (figuratively speaking of course)!

Cocktail: Silver 75

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Ingredients: 1.5oz Whiskey (BG Boss Tip: Buffalo Trace Whiskey works best for this drink), 0.5oz lemon juice, 0.5 simple syrup, top with sparkling white wine to taste.

Garish: Lemon peel and Cherry

Directions: Mix whiskey, lemon juice and simple syrup into cocktail shaker. Lightly shake and strain into glass (no ice). Top with sparkling white wine. Garish with cherry and lemon peel in drink.

 

Brandy– A rare find for the drinking BG. This punch gives a different take on this underrated spirits.

Cocktail: Peachy Punch

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Ingredients: 2 cups of frozen peaches (lightly thawed), ½ cup of Brandy, 1/3 cup honey, ½ sliced lemon, 1 bottle white wine (dry), ½ cup soda water.

Garnish: Peaches floating in punch bowl

Directions: Mix all ingredients but soda water into punch bowl. Give a light stir. Top with soda water and serve over ice.

 

Enjoy these cocktails no matter what liquor preference. Make bigger portions for the party or keep it tasteful with a personal. Cocktails are made for the boozy Birthday Girl!

Written by: Lexi Fantroy

How To Cheer Up The Birthday Girl

How To Cheer Up The Birthday Girl

It’s the bestie’s birthday! Arrangements have been made. The crew has been summoned. The party is about to commence without a hitch. Pulling up to the BG’s house for some pre-gaming action is in order. The Birthday Girl bestie can always sense when there’s an eerie vibe in the air. As the crew comes through for some pre-litation libations there seems to be no signs of celebration in sight. Enter the Birthday Girl, bonnet on, bathrobe, big t-shirt and (wait for it) sweats. The dreadful birthday blues has struck.

It’s Her party. She can cry if she wants to.

Lesley Gore had it right. A cringe worthy tale of a birthday gone bad. If the Birthday Girl is down in the dumps, it’s only right to try to cheer her up. Treat the bawling BG to a rejuvenating spa day to lift her spirits. Sometimes a medi-pedi or facial is the perfect remedy for sadness.

Misery loves company. Sometimes the best support is just to be present. With a serious case of birthday blues, jump into some jammies, light some essential oils or candles and sulk with the bluesy babe. Cake and ice cream served in bed with the besties is a subtle way to raise spirits.

Typically, birthdays are filled with awesome plans that reflect the celebration. When the Birthday Girl is hit with the birthday blues it is important to be receptive to what may be troubling them. In times where the fretful fortitude is unwarranted, it is still up to those closest to recognize and empathize. Birthday blues can be an opportunity to uplift and empower. Remind her of the goddess she is and reaffirm the strength within. When the fog clears and the mascara is washed, the Birthday Girl will be grateful she has friends that were by her side through the birthday blues.

Written by Lexi Fantroy

How To Celebrate Your Birthday On A Workday

How To Celebrate Your Birthday On A Workday

Working on your birthday is never ideal. Yet when the paperwork is piling up and the proposal is on a deadline, priorities must be set. No worries! There are plenty of ways you can still celebrate your birthday through a busy day.

Before Work – Dress it up!

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Put on an outfit that makes you feel fab. Today is the day to shine brighter than usual. When you look good, you feel good. If your job requires uniform, grab an ‘It’s my birthday’ pin to notify the public of this special day. Birthday Girl BOSS Tip– Tie a single balloon to the back of your desk chair to dazzle up the workspace.

In the Meeting – Add a little floral to the penmanship

Before the meeting, listen to a motivating soundtrack that’ll have you walking in, head held high.


Tape a flower, a pin or sticker onto your stationary in the highly anticipated meeting with the team. Having even a little razzle dazzle will be sure to lift your spirits through the lecture.

Lunchtime – Call in the Co-Womans

Set aside time in the day to have a good lunch with the girls. Set up the work hour to grab a quick bite at a place of your choosing. Can’t catch a break? Order an amazing bite to be delivered to your desk.

Mid-day drag – Celebrate for a cause

Facebook has given users the opportunity to dedicate birthdays to a cause. Do some research and find a cause that is meaningful to the next chapter. Facebook will generate a donation post for collection. Birthday Girl BOSS Tip: Donating to different organizations can turn into a profitable return on your taxes.

Leaving work/ After work – HAPPY HOUR

Ask the co-worker crew, text the real-world friends and meet up for happy hour! It is time to unwind and truly bask in the day dedicated to being numero uno! Make sure to grab a toast to YOU!  Taco Tuesday’s or Wine down Wednesdays are a dime a dozen.

No Birthday Girl wants to work on her special day. Changing small elements throughout the day change the perspective on an unfavorable situation. Finding gems in every situation create appreciation for the little things. All around people will acknowledge the change in glow. Business is always business. Today, is personal.

Written by Lexi Fantroy

@iNc_Triniity