The Gift of Friendship and a Kickass Drink


As you all know by now, this week marks my seventeenth anniversary of my thirtieth birthday. To celebrate, I'm inviting all my friends to hang out and enjoy the party!

I love getting gifts. It's true, I really do, but there's something I love more than getting them and that's giving them. This party, while on the surface is meant to celebrate my *cough* many years of life, is also my way of giving back. Get to know some of these great people who have touched my life in more ways than I can count. If you've never been to their blog, check them out and you won't be disappointed.

Enough of the mush, it's time to party!

First up, I want to introduce you to a new friend I made on Twitter ~ his name is Brian B. Baker and he's super cool. He'll be manning the bar for us this week and guess what? I asked him yesterday if he could make a drink just for my birthday celebration and he said yes! Just like that, this super fab guy came up with the White Chocolate Truffle. Ooooh, yum! Doesn't that look delish? Here's how you make it:

White Chocolate Truffle

  • 1 Oz. Jack Daniels (I'm liking this already)
  • 1 Oz. Frangelico
  • 2 Oz. White Creme de Cacao
  • 3 Oz. Cream

Shake and strain into a martini glass that's been laced with chocolate syrup. Super easy, super yum! Thanks Brian for getting us all in the mood to party. Follow Brian on Twitter ~ @BB_Baker and then go check out his blog.

Come on in! Grab a drink, mingle, get some nibbles. We've got some of my favorite Sprinkles Cupcakes. Since they're virtual, no calories! August McLaughlin and Kate MacNicol will like that.

Barbara McDowell is spinning the tunes, that is, when she's not out on the dance floor!

I see Jenny Hansen and Natalie Hartford are having a debate about the best Mundies. I'm partial to the elephant ones, myself. How about you?

HOLD the phone! We have a party crasher in our midst! Looks like Natalie's Hubby came to the party and he dressed for the occasion. Let's just say we'll all be calling him, Mr. Sparkles by the end of the night. πŸ˜‰

Myndi Shafer is here and since she's about twenty months pregnant, she'll be the key keeper. Hand 'em over folks. We'll not have any drunken posting during our party!

I need to thank Jillian Dodd, Jennifer Tanner, and Marcia Richards for the amazing decorations. These ladies know how to throw together a party. Mwuah!

Oooh, look there's Susie Lindau and Coleen Patrick. They're talking with Elena Aitken about, of all things, Leprechauns and extreme sports. These women are wild and tons of fun!

We've got a special treat for you.Β Piper Bayard has agreed to do a little belly dancing for us. That is, if her partner Holmes will allow it. He's super secret, that Holmes. Has anyone actually seen him? Yeah, me either. I betΒ Donna Newton has. Let's ask her!

Over by the bar, I see Carrie Spencer, the crazy cat lady, chatting with Amy Shojai. What deviousness are they're up to? Probably something having to do with animals taking over the world.

Oooh, looks like Amber West and Tiffany A. White are having a Β throw down over the best TV Drama. Hey ladies, it's Castle. Problem solved. πŸ™‚

Debra Kristi is hanging out with Rebekah Loper, Angela Wallace, Marcy Kennedy, and Lissa Clouser. I wonder what they're talking about. Probably immortals and fantastical elements. We'll head over there in a minute. Oh, cool! Kate Wood is joining them. She can add her vast knowledge of the Celts to the discussion.

I hear laughter and that can mean only one thing ~ Gayle Carline is in the house!

This party is hopping, but there are still a few folks who haven't arrived yet. Oh, wait! I see Patricia Sands came with Ali Dent and Angela Orlowski-Peart. Those ladies are always dressed impeccably and are full of grace in all they do. I hope Patricia brought some of the brie she got on her trip to France. Yum, bread and cheese. Really, besides cupcakes, what more do we need?

Apparently a lot more. Bridgette Booth and Diana Murdock are loading the tables with tons of food. Kalochies, anyone? Thanks ladies! Hey, make sure you ask Diana about the awesome tattoo she got. If only I was that cool when I was younger…She's totally my favorite badass chick.

What's with all the guys hanging out in the corner? I see you, Gene Lempp, MJ Monaghan, David Walker, and Fabio Bueno! Get out there and chat with the ladies. They don't bite. I think.

Nancy J. Nicholson just sailed in on her way back from the Caribbean and look, she stopped by Australia to pick up Naomi Bulger. It's an international crowd here, today!

I just overheard Leanne Shirtliffe telling Steena Holmes and Ginger Calem the naughtiest joke. I think I'm blushing! I'll tell you later, when all the guests have gone home and there aren't any little ones around…

Uh, oh. Looks like Callene Rapp roped Marion Spicher into watching Full Metal Jousting with her. I wonder who Marion wants to win? My money's on Rope. Yes, that really is his name. Looks like Louise Behiel is getting on the action. Who knew she was a jousting fan!

Out on the dance floor, Virginia Ripple is busting a move to Barbara's awesome tunes. I see Sara from Stories and Sweet Potatoes has joined her. Those ladies can rock! Wait, is that, yes, I think it is!Β Nicole Basaraba and Ingrid SchaffenburgΒ managed to get Emma Meade out there, too!

Kristy K. James and Traci Bell prefer to hang out on the comfy couch enjoying their drinks, but did you see those score cards? They're rating the dancers. Awesome idea, ladies! I think they only have the number 10, because that's what everyone's gotten so far.

Lena CorazonΒ showed up with her favorite Hugh Jackman movie. I mean, movies. HJ Marathon!!

What an amazing party! I hope you got a chance to make some new friends today. Check out their blogs, follow them on Twitter, friend them on Facebook, whatever it takes to keep this party going.

Much love, my friends.


76 thoughts on “The Gift of Friendship and a Kickass Drink”

  1. Natalie Hartford's HubbyNatalie Hartford's Hubby

    Look there is Natalie’s Hubby – looking through the window with binoculars all the way from Hubby’s Corner because his invitation OBVIOUSLY fell behind the desk! πŸ™

    • Jenny HansenJenny Hansen

      Mr. Sparkles is not in any corner!! He’s swinging it on the dance floor with Barbara, Lena and I. Hello-o-o?!

      • Natalie Hartford's HubbyNatalie Hartford's Hubby

        Like Tucan Sam says “follow your nose!”

  2. Julie CatherineJulie Catherine

    Hey, Happy Birthday this week, Tameri – March is an awesome month! I hope you’ll pardon moi as I head right over to try out one of those awesome kickass drinks; they look fabulous! I’ve brought along a poem to do a birthday reading for you later … you throw awesome parties! πŸ˜€

  3. Rebekah LoperRebekah Loper

    Happy Birthday! (#2 :D)

    haha, this is awesome! When I’m not at work on a time-limit (lunches should be endless and eternal *wisenod*), I will definitely be checking everyone out :D.

    Shhh, not like THAT, Tameri :P. I haven’t had that much to drink . . . only . . . three? Three’s my limit.


    • Jenny HansenJenny Hansen

      We’ll catch the baby, Myndi…we’ve had practice. πŸ™‚

      • Marcy KennedyMarcy Kennedy

        If that’s the case, you’ll have to scoop me off the floor too. I have a little fainting problem when………*thump*

      • Barbara McDowellBarbara McDowell

        Yeah, I’m pretty good in a crisis and with multi-tasking…whoa…I see we have a fainter. *catching Marcy*

  4. Karen McFarlandKaren McFarland

    LOLOLOL Tameri! But we can add! Just three more years and you’re…Whoops, forgive me! πŸ™‚ Ah, you’re still a baby!!!!! I remember when. Love that drink! Yum, yum, yum! Good thing it’s cyber low calorie! And don’t worry Myndi, I’m standing here with a mop! Have fun!

    And since I now am able to leave comments under the wire with WordPress. Don’t tell them Tameri. It’s a secret code. I will be back more often. Sorry, but I was locked out. I feel like I’m a burglar right now. See ya soon! Party, party, party!

  5. susielindaususielindau

    HaPpy BiRtHdAy To YoU! I can see that the party is rocking! Woohoo! Keep those martini glasses full BB! Come on! Let’s hit the dance floor….oo! oo!

  6. Gayle CarlineGayle Carline

    happyHAPPYhappyHAPPYhappyHAPPY BIRTHDAY! Where’s my drink? Oh, yeah, I drank it already.

    Happiest of days/weeks/months/years to you!

  7. BB_BakerBB_Baker

    Happy Birthday. Yes, Susie I’ll keep them coming. It’s an awesome martini!

  8. Natalie HartfordNatalie Hartford

    Happy HAPPY Birthday week!!

    OMG what a FABULOUS party! I am so happy I was invited and we are kickin’ it OLD school. Hubby is tearing up the dance floor sparkling away…luv it!! Everyone is having a blast and celebrating the beautiful and uberlicious amazing TAMERI!! Squeeeee….

    Love it darlin’….

    I am raising my glass to YOU sweet Tameri. You are a treasure and I know we have years of friendship and laughs ahead of us. May your birthday be everything you dreamed of and more and may this year ahead be your best year yet!

    Love ya tons…HUGS!!!

  9. Joelle WilsonJoelle Wilson

    Happy Birthday! And that recipe looks yum. πŸ™‚ I love it – the seventeenth anniversary of your thirtieth birthday. πŸ™‚

  10. Jenny HansenJenny Hansen

    Happy birthday, sweet Tameri! I’m sooooo excited to get to share in your week of partying! Lunch is on me this Friday!!!

  11. Natalie Hartford's HubbyNatalie Hartford's Hubby

    I’m taking my first break from dancing to grab a drink!
    Happy Birthday Tameri – if youy cut yourself on decor or wrapping paper – seek me out – I’m wearing my boo-boo bling!!!

  12. Kate MacNicolKate MacNicol

    Happy, happy birthday girlfriend. You temptress!!!! that drink just looks too delicious…. and those truffles are to die for. Perhaps August and I can share one of each and dance the extra calories off with Natalie’s hubby the dancin’ machine, he likes to be of service. LOL

    This is the most hilarious, creative post ever Tameri. You truly rock. I am so happy and blessed to be your friend. Hope your having a terrific day. Love ya.

  13. Coleen PatrickColeen Patrick

    Now that’s a party!!
    Happy, happy birthday. Hope it’s kick ass πŸ™‚

  14. patriciasandspatriciasands

    Tameri *hiccup* – this is a rockin’ party! You clever young thing! BB’s martini is way tooo good and four of them just seemed to slide right down, no problemsh! Gotta get back to the dance floor – I may be a Nana but I can still boogie with the best of them. Let’s do this every year!
    Wishing you all you wish for in the year ahead and thanking you for a friendship I treasure!

  15. August McLaughlinAugust McLaughlin

    I love this! Thanks for including us in your fabulous bash. I hope you do get SOME calories, as you’ll need lots of party-hardy energy. Especially once the Mundies appear… Okay, that sounded wrong. I think. I MEANT we’ll be laughing like crazy. πŸ˜‰ Happiest birthday to you!!!

  16. MarciaMarcia

    Okay, I know I’ve been quiet, but I just can’t stop having BB pour me another and another and other ….ooo, I love Frangelico and JD! After 5 cocktails, I have the nerve to get on the dance floor with all those amazing women…I’m really great at doing the Bump. Does anyone remember that dance? What a rockin’ party and all my favorite people are here. Be right back, gotta tell Nat’s hubby a secret…that’s done back to the…hmm, dance floor or bar?…dance floor or bar? Bar! I’ll watch the dancing. Wow! Tameri you sure do know how to throw a party! Since your birthday is a few days away, can we keep this going all week?
    Big birthday hugs to you, sweet girl! Thanks for inviting me…I love a great party with rockin music, awesome food and drinks and the best friends ever!! Uh,oh…Mindi’s baby’s coming…I just slid across the dance floor puddle! Eeeee!

    • Natalie Hartford's HubbyNatalie Hartford's Hubby

      Tisk! Tisk! Tisk!
      Marcia has some dirty lil’ secrets!

      Wow! Is it getting cold in here or is it just me!
      I may have to switch to the elephant so I can wrap up in the ears to keep warm!

  17. David N. WalkerDavid N. Walker

    I would crash the party next year, but with my memory I’ll never keep the date straight.

  18. Bridgette BoothBridgette Booth

    Happy, happy birthday party!!!! I’m so glad I thought to bring some food. LOL! You give an incredible party, Tameri.

    Just love you and your blog πŸ™‚

  19. Debra KristiDebra Kristi

    Wow! What an awesome party! Happy Birthday, beautiful lady! Woo Hoo! Nothing but the best for you. I know the place is rockin’

    What a fun and fabulous post!

  20. amyshojaiamyshojai

    Ooooooooooooooh, I luvs a great celebration cuz I am a PARTY AMINAL….merrrow! woof! This is a fun gathering, happy B-day!

  21. Marcy KennedyMarcy Kennedy

    Woot woot!! Happy birthday week! I’m thrilled to be invited to the party. Rebekah, Debra, Angela, Lissa, Kate, and I will round up a few Brownies (not the kind you eat) to clean up the mess for you after everyone goes home πŸ™‚

    • Rebekah LoperRebekah Loper

      Can I take the Brownies home afterward? I have lots of cleaning for them!

    • Barbara McDowellBarbara McDowell

      Sad that the brownies are not edible, but notes that in one of my stories they could be. Ooo… *wanders over to find jello shots*

  22. Natalie Hartford's HubbyNatalie Hartford's Hubby

    OOOH uuughhh! OMG! My HEAD!!!!
    I just woke up in the fetal position in Tameri’s oven. I’m snuggling a chicken whose missing many feathers, I have bedazzled eyebrows, pierced nipples and OMG who’s the wise girl that hot glued the broken glass on my *cough*???? My 4 foot hero!!! Someone tied it into a million knots. And WHY do I have a full chest tatoo that says MARCIA ROCKS! And another on my a$$ that says #pantypeeps – it’s a hash tag people not an A$$-tag!!!

    Best Birthday EVER!!

  23. Barbara McDowellBarbara McDowell

    What, what, what? PUMP IT UP!! To the left, to the left, to the right, to the right, to the front, to the front, to the back, to the back. Now dip, baby, dip. Dip, baby, dip. Whee! Shake your money maker.

    Ohh…got a little carried away with ramping up the crowd. Now you know I love a party and we won’t stop dancing for your birthday until the break of dawn. πŸ™‚ Love ya, West Coast sista! We are only separated by a few years, different parents (minor technicality) and some states.

    I see Marcia requested some tunes to do the Bump. Oh yeah, I am whipping out “Shake Your Grove Thing” and “Disco Inferno.” Maybe a little “Groove Line” too. Remember that one from Heatwave? That’s right, we’ve got tunes for every mood. If you don’t know, now you know. *heads to get 15th refill at the bar*

  24. EmmaEmma

    I never need much persuasion to hit the dancefloor! Great party Tamerie πŸ™‚

  25. Leanne ShirtliffeLeanne Shirtliffe

    This party was faboo! I’m so exhausted, it took me forever to comment coherently.

    You had me at the first sentence, by the way. That is how I’m describing every birthday henceforth. Except next January, when I turn “the meaning of life.”

  26. Gene LemppGene Lempp

    Awesome party, Tameri – my apologies for taking so long to wander out of the corner, Fabio totally stapled my tennies to the floor – but its all good now πŸ™‚

    That drink is incredible – makes me salivate just thinking about it – definitely a weekend taste tester!

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