Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Birthday Beach Weekend and Reba!!

Birthdays are a time to celebrate and while I love a low key dinner with family and friends every now and then, I also love to go all out and plan for a trip. This was a mini staycation as we frequent Clearwater Beach for dinner and beach days throughout the year since it's only about 20 minutes from us but staying there is the best of both worlds. We're locals that can live like a tourist for a few days.

Now, I always want to give a party favor and putting these together was so fun! I got to pick out the perfect combo for each of my friends and sister and they loved them, of course! I found a beach towel for each of the girls at various stores but TJ Maxx has some real winners, the cute water bottles came from Walmart and threw in some Birthday Cake Chapstick and spray sunscreen.

Friday night I had it all planned out that we'd do dinner at South Beach Frenchy's (we usually go to Rockaway on the beach, Dunedin Causeway Outpost or Saltwater which I lovingly refer to as the back road Frenchy's) since none of us had ever eaten at that location. While we were there the girls learned about the Frenchy's passport where you get a specialty drink at each of the 4 Frenchy's on Clearwater Beach and at the end you get a commemorative tank top with champion on it, yes please. Since they were each up for it and I had been wanting to do it we decided to complete it Friday night and what a way to start the weekend!!

We finished around 10:00 and ended up back in the room early, because we're old, duh.

Saturday, I wanted to try out a donut shop The Donut Experiment where you get to create your own. They were fresh, but just ok, you only get to choose one frosting and one topping...I've had better, just not always fresh. I've also had Mini Doughnut Factory since then and it's going to be hard to top that!

Saturday during the day was beach time. It was a super cold weekend for us and the temperature on the sand was at least 10 degrees cooler in the shade so we all kept our cover ups on and sat partially in the sun to stay warm, lol.

Saturday evening I had reservations at Marina Cantina that I wanted the family and friends to try out. I had booked us on the roof since that's what the tourists do and boy was it cold. They had heaters and blankets so it wasn't too bad, but still. Come on Florida, what's with the weather?!

Sunday we dropped off my friend that had a trek back to Jacksonville and three of us headed down to Indian Rocks Beach for P.J.'s Oyster Bar but sadly they were closed on Monday so we tried out Lulu's Oyster bar where P.J.'s used to be and while it was good, Kim said it wasn't as good as she remembered P.J.'s being.

Sunday night was all about Reba at the Strawberry festival. We had great seats and I couldn't believe I was finally seeing Reba in person. I have loved her music and watched every episode of her TV show, so I'm glad I got to check her off the list. Apparently my family can't go to the Strawberry Festival without also getting a strawberry shortcake. me, I'm usually there for the music, lol!

I returned to work and had birthday cake, breakfast and just a lot of fanfare as we have a few March birthdays in our department, so all was fun and games for a couple weeks, lol.

All in all, it was one of my favorite Birthday celebrations so far!

How do you do Birthdays?


  1. WOW... you did it up just right! Good for you. Way to celebrate with friends & yummy food! & of course, REBA!

  2. What a fun weekend!!! I love the towels and water bottles, I remember seeing them and wishing I would have grabbed some. All your food looks yummy and Reba AND a strawberry festival? Sign me right up!

  3. Looks like the perfect birthday weekend, and how fun are those favors! Cannot wait to get to the beach in a few weeks <3
    Green Fashionista

  4. Fabulous birthday celebration! All of the food and drink looks delicious and I love the little gifts you did.


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