30th Birthday Party

On Saturday, my husband Travis threw a wonderful party for me for my 30th birthday. We rented the Heaven Suite at the Blackstone Hotel, and holy cow is that place amazing!

Before the party got started, my friend Justin Edmonds shot a few portraits of me. Documentation of what 30 looks like.

I wore a Lela Rose dress rented from Rent the Runway, and added a sparkly belt from Anthropologie that I bought last fall.

Friends arrived, and we had dinner at the tapas restaurant downstairs, Mercat a la Planxa. Delicious! Then we moved to the suite for cake and drinks, and a few more joined us. My friend Cindy baked a pistachio cake frosted with chocolate ganache, and my husband bought a chocolate cake with raspberry filling from Sugar Fixe. You can never have too much tasty cake. I didn’t take many photos of the actual party. I was having too much fun and forgot my phone in my purse. That’s the sign of a good party, right? It really was a blast.

But I have to show you guys this suite. I took some photos after guests left and the next morning.

First, look at that view! We overlooked Lake Michigan and the Museum Campus. The flowers were a present to myself from Pistil and Vine, my new favorite florist. I gave Meg, the owner, a few inspiration photos and a picture of the suite, and let her loose. Isn’t the bouquet she crafted stunning?

There were skylights in the main living space and in the bedroom. The dining space was furnished with a red lacquer table and red silk-screened chairs.

The sitting area by the TV featured a red fabric wall, and there was plenty of space for lounging on a purple plush couch on the opposite side of the room.

The bed was giant and incredibly comfortable. And the powder room was like none other. That wallpaper!

It was an incredible birthday party, and I didn’t want to leave the Heaven Suite. (I’ll have to save up for another staycation at the Blackstone.) And thank you to all who came and made it a night I won’t forget!


  1. Katie* says:

    Thanks for sharing! I’m sorry I couldn’t make it down.

  2. Maggie says:

    You look stunning. I love this whole idea, from the fancy dress, the portraits, the cake (pistachio? raspberry filling? DROOL), the gorgeous suite.You know how to do birthdays right. So wish I could’ve been there to celebrate with you!! But still very glad to hear that it was such a good time.

  3. Maggie says:

    Oh, and I’d be interested to hear about your experience with Rent the Runway!

    • jacqueline says:

      It worked out pretty well. They send two sizes of dresses, which helps when you are stressing about which size to pick. But you do need to know what looks good on your body pretty well. It’s not a good service for people who don’t know what is flattering on them based on silhouette. I liked my dress a lot, and thought I picked well for my shape, but the fabric was a little flimsy. That’s not Rent the Runway’s fault of course, but not as high of quality as I thought I was getting. I thought the whole process was pretty nice, and I’d do it again.

  4. Lizzie says:

    OMG this looks like the best birthday party ever … it definitely suits you, you’re so classy. :)

  5. Kayla Newland says:

    Wow! Looks amazing! My brother did good…on the party and finding such a gorgeous lady! So wish we could have been there. Glad you had a great time. :)

  6. Kristin says:

    Looks amazing! Happy birthday!

  7. miss alix says:

    Wow what a lovely suite. Love the dress too. Happy belated birthday!

  8. Marianne Ewan says:

    Beautiful party! Love the flowers!!! You will remember this birthday forever!! Congrats!!!

  9. Lizzie says:

    How incredibly lovely! It surely was a party you’ll always remember.

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