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30th Birthday Celebration!

Three of my girlfriends from high school all turned 30 within a month and a half, so I had a mini celebration for them. Granted, they’re all now 33 but c’est la vie.

Courtney loves gin and tonics, so I made her lime flavored cupcakes with gin frosting and candied limes on top. In high school, Lori was packing for a trip to Guatemala and I came over to help her pack, bringing over her favorite Rite Aid ice cream- pineapple coconut. It still makes me think of her, so I made her pineapple cupcakes with coconut frosting. Erin loves coffee, so I made her caramel frappuccino cupcakes. It ended up just being me and three birthday ladies, but we managed to finish of A Lot of the cupcakes.

I choose pink, red and hearts for the decorations since my house was already decorated for Valentine’s Day. I made this fun window display with doilies, glitter and wax paper crayon hearts. It looked prettiest with the sun shining through.
A 30 and more hearts from paper from the dollar section at Target.
the birthday cupcakes
Caramel Frappuccino cupcake: chocolate mocha cake (chocolate cake mix with a tablespoon of instant coffee added) filled with coffee mousse and Trader Joes salted caramel sauce. Topped with coffee mousse buttercream (regular buttercream with a few tablespoons of the coffee mousse added) and Trader Joe’s chocolate/sugar/coffee bean grinder and heart sprinkles. I think we unanimously agreed that this was the best.
Gin and Tonic cupcake: lime cupcake with gin mascarpone frosting, topped with a candied lime and heart sprinkles.

And the individual picture of the Coconut Pineapple cupcake went missing: pineapple coconut cupcake with coconut buttercream frosting, topped with a little bit of pineapple and heart sprinkles

I used a silver sharpie to decorate some cheap paper cupcake toppers
friends for over half of our lives
I served Palomas with little tags so that we wouldn’t mix up our drinks.
my mom’s glasses with a pretty sugared lime slice and a ribbon with an initialed card stock heart

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