Favorite birthday party DIYs and recounting birthdays past

fun birthday party diys

fun birthday party diys

It’s my birthday! I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite birthday DIYs from the Lars archives to celebrate this national holiday (hey, it’s my birthday and I’ll be be navel-gazing if I want to). In fairness, I think everyone’s birthday deserves to be a national holiday, so here’s how to make someone feel like they are the best in all the land:

Clockwise from top left: DIY balloon centerpiece  |  DIY birthday crown  |  DIY balloon wall  |  Colorblock tissue paper garlands  |  DIY faux birthday cake  |  DIY birthday cake chandelier  |  Pancake cake!  |  DIY balloon arch

And long time readers might recall a little tradition I have for my birthday. Let me explain.

For a number of years I found myself in either another country or at least another state on my birthday since 2001. That’s what happens when you’re in you’re 20s and your birthday is in the summer. SO, I’ve been trying to keep it up. Trying being the operative word. Turns out, it becomes a bit harder to up and leave as an adult with deadlines and such. This year I tried to go to Paris. Again, but there’s a lot going on right now so it wasn’t super feasible right now. SO, I thought, “what’s nearby and has a lot to do and is the closest thing to Europe that I can get?”


Vegas has never been by city of choice. We grew up going because it was a stop between Orange County, where I’m from, and Utah, a common destination for a Mormon. And when I was a kid I had a not great experience in a hotel. But that’s a story for another day.

BUT, I figured that Vegas has the nearest international art collections as I was familiar with the Bellagio museum and Guggenheim as a BYU art student, and it apparently now has good restaurants.

Turns out! The Bellagio art museum is closed until July and the Guggenheim closed its doors in 2008.


So, we’re staying for a night, seeing a show, and hopefully something great…Any other recommendations???

Per tradition, my birthday list:

June 11, 2015: Las Vegas, NV

June 11,2014: Salt Lake City, UT (a stretch I know, but I did make an effort to at least travel out of the county)

June 11,2013: Provo, UT

June 11, 2012: Roskilde, Denmark
June 11, 2011: Namje, Nepal
June 11, 2010: Copenhagen, Denmark
June 11, 2009: Berlin, Germany
June 11, 2008: NY, NY
June 11, 2007: Washington, DC.
June 11, 2006: Kensington, MD.
June 11, 2005: San Clemente, CA.
June 11, 2004: Curitiba, Brazil.
June 11, 2003: Dana Point, CA.
June 11, 2002: Venice, Italy.

Tell me what to do in Vegas??? And how do YOU celebrate your birthdays?? Any special traditions?



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