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Chocolate + Gold Sparkling 30th Birthday {Party Inspiration}

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When I spotted this gorgeous 30th birthday party on Facebook recently, I fell in love! The guest of honor, Amber is a local Phoenix photographer and clearly she has some creative friends. Her fabulous friends, Katie and Paige hosted and styled the party. The beautiful photos were captured by photographers, Beka and Brandon Lowe.

From Amber: My husband Mike wanted to throw me a 30th birthday “re-do” party since on my actual 30th birthday, I was pregnant and due to have my son at any moment. He contacted a couple of my friends to help him pull off the surprise party of my life, and even one of my best friends from Minnesota flew in for it. I did not have a single clue this was being planned! I actually thought we were going out for “no kids” dinner night with friends…and when we showed up at Katie’s house, expecting to meet everyone and go downtown, I just about passed out from being so in shock that they had pulled off something like this…and it was for me! It was the best 30th birthday I could have asked for. It had all the details I would have planned for myself {lucky for me, they stalked my Pinterest boards for the decor ideas!} 

Gorgeous, right?

Thank you for sharing your special day with us, Amber!  

  1. Carrie ~ A Sweet Spot: Home

    December 30th, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    That cake is heavenly!! What great color choices…and pulling off a true surprise party is always remarkable! Well done!

  2. Jennifer - Evanssays, be sweet.

    December 30th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Absolutely stunning. Surprise, friends, and no kids sounds like a birthday trifecta to me.

  3. Melissa @ Best Friends For Frosting

    December 30th, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    First and foremost, that cake is absolutely amazing. I love the chocolate and gold frosting combination. What a classy way to ring in 30. It’s perfect. PS. The birthday girl is aging beautifully! I hope I look that good in 4 years when I ring in my 30th! 😉

  4. Kim

    December 30th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    I know! Isn’t she gorgeous?!

  5. Stella Lopez

    December 30th, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    these pictures are amazing! LOVE the cake! lucky girl!

  6. Nicki

    December 30th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Wow…LOVE that!

  7. andrea {tapestri}

    December 31st, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    This is RIDICULOUSLY gorgeous. I am totally in love with that cake and now I feel obligated to be a bit more inspired tonight… off to make party hats!!!

  8. Sandra

    December 31st, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    That cake is gorgeous!

  9. Nicole Bauer

    January 3rd, 2012 at 4:40 am

    First of all: you mean 20th birthday, right? 😀
    If I could expect a birthday decoration like this I wouldn’t be so upset that I’m turning 30. 🙂 Really beautiful, I love the party hat especially!

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  11. carol

    January 7th, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    This is lovely! Where can I find one of those numbered sticks for cakes?

  12. Ximena

    January 31st, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    SOOOO PRETTY!!! I LOVE IT! The colors, style and photography were beautiful and so inspiring for my up and coming 30th B-Day too!

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  14. mellissa

    October 18th, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Please tell me how you made the gold icing or where did you get it.

  15. Nancy

    November 4th, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Love the cake. Can you tell me how to make gold frosting? Want to replicate it this weekend.

  16. Uta

    September 2nd, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Oh this is so beautiful. Have been searching all over the internet for the Gold frosting. Would love to surprise my fiancé with a cake like that for his birthday in 2 weeks 🙂

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