I honestly throw some pretty infamous parties. Whether it’s painting along to Bob Ross whilst celebrating the birthday of one of Henry VIII’s wives (see: Painting Leaves and Anne of Cleaves) or drinking hot cider and making candles in the most hygge way, I know my way around party themes and good execution. One of my best friends, Allison, offered to let me have my 21st birthday party at her apartment so I could celebrate with my friends from school and it was SO GOOD. Rachel’s 21st: A Lisa Frank Original was a huge success and here’s how I did it!
In any creative venture, Pinterest is your ultimate pal. I used Pinterest posts to get ideas on my outfit, the cake, decorations, drinks, etc. I used my personal Pinterest board dedicated to Lisa Frank.
My outfit was a rather complicated affair. I ended up buying three separate tops for one occasion because I just can’t settle. I wanted to look fab, sparkly and bright but also sexy because duh, it’s my 21st birthday. The second top I ordered was a jumpsuit from Nasty Gal but since it didn’t come in in time, I ended up getting a $5 crop top from Charlotte Russe. My skirt was from Target. The original top I bought was from Forever21, as were my earrings and choker. I made the crown myself! I loosely followed this YouTube tutorial but obviously used way much more glitter and opted for no flowers. My crown was very much the highlight of my outfit, even if I did end up stabbing my guests in the face with it a lot (so sorry guys).
As for decorations, unicorns, rainbows and brightly colored cutlery were a must. I shopped at Party City, Target, Walmart and Ollie’s to get all my goods. I got Lisa Frank stickers so people could personalize their cups and that was a fun little perk! My backdrop consisted of lots of streamers and banners and turned out pretty good if I say so myself. I also purchased a vintage Lisa Frank party game from eBay! You: Pin the tail on the donkey. Me: Pin the shades on Hollywood Bear.
My favorite part of the entire night wasn’t exactly Lisa Frank themed–it was a honey roast! Months ago I had planned to throw “Rachel’s Roast” and do a Comedy Central celebrity-style roast wherein my friends would roast me and my bad life decisions and tendencies to be overdramatic and ridiculous. However, after my mental health took a nose dive last semester AND going through a really bad breakup, I needed some uplifting things to be said about me. And omg! I have never felt my heart swell up so big than when I was surrounded by friends I’ve made in college telling me what they love about me. I highly suggest throwing yourself a honey roast at your next birthday party because if you’re like me, you have poor self-worth and need to be reminded time to time why you should still stick around. I have the best friends in the entire world and could not be more grateful for everyone who came to celebrate my birthday with me a little early. I ended up writing what everyone said in my journal, but for now, I am just going to keep those sweet sentiments to myself because they’re about me and for me!
And that’s about it, I think? The party was super enjoyable and I’m glad everyone was able to make it! Here are some photos of the people who made this Lisa Frank night super special!