Love Kimmie Holiday Celebration

I turned 31 last month and had a blast celebrating!  This time I decided I wanted to make my birthday celebration an “event” rather than just a party so I did just that. A friend lent us his beautiful home in West Covina, CA to host my very first “Love Kimmie Holiday Charity” event. I rented tables, chairs, heat lamps, and linens; hired Pixel Photo Booth to take care of photography for the day; and invited my crafty and talented family and friends to participate as vendors!  Each vendor who participated in the event donated a percentage of their sales back to Love Kimmie to support the boutique’s charitable projects.

Throughout the day, guests had the opportunity to eat, mix and mingle, shop and donate time wrapping gifts for the children at the Los Angeles Mission.  My family and friends have participated in my holiday charity projects for the past four years and with their support, we’ve delivered on average over 100 presents to the shelter each Christmas. Casey and Denny of Papernote Photo, wrote and posted a nice summary and pictures from the event.

Thanks to The Lovely Decor, My Cousin’s Closet, and Papernote Photo, my holiday event was a huge success!  We met our gift-wrapping goal for 2011 and delivered over 100 presents to the shelter, involved over 50 guests, and officially launched a Love Kimmie Holiday Charity event! I couldn’t have imagined celebrating my 31st any other way!!

Pictures from the event, courtesy of Pixel Photobooth, can be viewed here.

I’m looking forward to another eventful year, successful fundraising and an even bigger 2012 Love Kimmie Holiday Charity event! I already kicked off 2012 with an event at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater and am hoping to book more events throughout the year, especially intimate Love Kimmie Tea Parties!! If you’d like to host a Love Kimmie event, please contact me via Facebook. As always, thank you for supporting my craziness!

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How I like to celebrate my birth month: My 30th Celebration. My 30th was probably the most memorable bday celebration of all times!

Happy Birthday Mommy

Birthdays were always a big deal to my mom, even when we were in our 20s. No matter how tired she was or how sick she felt, she would refuse to go to bed until each and every last dish was ready for the party. She tried to make as many of the dishes from scratch as possible because she said they were “healthier” and they were. Her recipes required very little sodium and the party typically included only one or two fried dishes.

Mom made sure to ask us what we wanted to feed our guests weeks in advance and then hit up all the local grocery stores the week of the party to buy the ingredients needed for her special recipes. My favorite was her homemade kimchi and her shrimp eggrolls, and it never failed that we’d have to roll 200+ eggrolls for each party!  Sadly, she was never able to eat much of the food she made because of her medical condition but she never let that ruin her day. You could always find her in the kitchen with a piece of fruit or a bowl of oatmeal in one hand and a big smile on her face as she mixed and mingled with the guests.

We continue to celebrate her life each year by gathering up at her grave site for a picnic. For her birthday today, we celebrated with a delicious seafood meal at The Boiling Crab because seafood was one of the many things she loved eating but had to give up after being diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension.  After lunch I went to buy her a flower bouquet sprinkled with white gladiolius, her favorite flower, and then drove up to Rose Hills.  It was a nice day for a picnic; we brought her corn on the cob (one of her favorite snacks) and mini fruit tarts.  Mom had a sweet tooth so I know she loved the mini tarts that we bought for her. We hung out with her for a bit while my niece, Kyra, ran around in the grass making funny faces.

Birthdays are not about counting the candles that you have on your cake, the additional year of wisdom you’ve gained, or the gray hair that you find on your head. It’s about celebrating life with the people who are still here with us as well as those who have passed on.  I couldn’t have thought of a better way to spend my day today than with fruit tarts at the top of my mom’s little hill overlooking the 605 freeway…laughing, reminiscing, celebrating, sharing, embracing, and enjoying the peacefulness.

Make a wish and blow out the candles Momma.