My 30th Birthday Party

July 17, 2018   /   bynatalie  / Categories :  Personal
Natalie Roos 30th birthday party

In the months leading up to my 30th birthday, I would lie awake at night, riddled with the exact anxieties I honestly thought I’d skip in my 29th year. Watching my friends go through their own pre-thirty meltdowns over the years left me confused. Like, almost all my friends turned 30 before me and they are all drop dead gorgeous, healthy, successful, happy, doing better than they ever were… and did I say gorgeous? So I’ve always known there’s nothing to worry about. But that didn’t stop me from having a full-blown pre-thirty crisis of my very own at the beginning of the year.

Thoughts of missed opportunities and future worries crept up on me at 2am and made my heart beat three times its normal speed. The idea that from here on out, nothing I do will come with the exclamation  “and she’s so young!” had me wishing for just a little more time. I walked into work one day and realised for the first time that I wasn’t the youngest person at the office anymore. I wasn’t even one of the youngest! And that freaked me out. Because while in your 20’s, pretty much any time you don’t drop the ball, you’re impressive. When you hit 30, no one expects anything less. It’s quite a bit of pressure.

So how do you deal with such a crisis? You run away obviously! That’s why I planned a holiday with Keenan to Mauritius, where I envisioned spending the last hours of my 20’s and first hours of my 30’s swimming in turquoise waters, drinking cocktails and possibly crying. But my friends eventually convinced me that this milestone birthday deserved a party. So I lost the plot, booked an 8 bedroom villa, bought a sparkly dress and completely blew my budget on the fanciest (and funnest) party of my life. I love sharing my highs and lows with you guys, and lots of you requested a party blog post, so I thought I’d share some of the night with you.

My 30th Birthday Party

Natalie Roos 30th birthday party

I rented a big villa in Llandudno so that I could invite my friends and family from the rest of the country to celebrate with me

Natalie Roos 30th birthday party

I found these rose gold balloons on Amazon, so obviously I made rose gold the theme of the whole party

Natalie Roos 30th birthday party

I rented the glasses from Fancy Catering Hire because why wouldn’t you want coupe glasses? (Besides the fact that it’s painfully easy to spill half your drink on the floor)

Natalie Roos 30th birthday party

Cheers to looking this good at 30-something!

Alex & Shaun. Mid-30’s and handsome as hell.

Natalie Roos 30th birthday party

I ordered the dress on Amazon (it was only R800 from China!) and although the fit wasn’t perfect when it arrived, with a few small alterations it was a dream

Natalie Roos 30th birthday party

If this is what my friends look like at 35, I have nothing to worry about

Natalie Roos 30th birthday party

This dress was kind of over the top but it made me feel pretty special!

Natalie Roos 30th birthday party

The best thing about turning 30 is knowing that I have Keenan with me

Natalie Roos 30th birthday party

Natalie Roos 30th birthday party

Daddy’s girl, daddy’s profile

Natalie Roos 30th birthday party

BFF since day 1

Natalie Roos 30th birthday party

I ordered a cake from Sweet Lionheart which was a total showstopper! It was a cookie cake in the shape of a 30, topped with fresh meringue, buttercream, fresh roses, macaroons and gold and rose gold glitter

Natalie Roos 30th birthday party

I forgot to take a picture of the food, but I ordered a huge amount of build-your-own tacos from my favourite restaurant, El Burro

Natalie Roos 30th birthday party

It was so special having so many of my favourite people together, all dressed up, drinking bubbly and watching the sun go down over the city we love

Natalie Roos 30th birthday party

Natalie Roos 30th birthday party

The sunset view from the villa even included whales, so I couldn’t have been happier

My birthday is only on the 23rd of July, but I already feel like I’ve had the best birthday ever. To end, I wanted to share a little bit of my birthday toast with you guys.

“Before this party, I was stressing so much about turning 30. I wanted to go away, because – I don’t know why but – I was so scared of turning 30. I felt so emotional about it! But then Tamsin convinced me to have a party – thanks Tamsin! – and then by the time I’d decided to host it I thought ‘it might as well be a wedding with myself’. That’s why it’s so extreme now and I don’t regret anything. And then, when I was trying to make a guest list for this party, I didn’t just want to invite friends who I see out and about, or friends who I know from work. I really wanted to invite people who are super important to me and who I can see myself being friends with into my future. I know that there are some of you who I don’t see that often, but in my mind you’re still some of my best friends. So it means so much to me that you all came – leaving your babies or driving all the way or flying in. I want you guys to know that when I was lying awake, thinking about turning 30, I thought ‘well, every single one of my friends is over 30, and they are the hottest people I’ve ever seen – they’re all hotter than they were when they were 21. And richer! It can only be so much better from here on out’. So you guys truly are my inspiration. Everything from your marriages and your kids to your careers and your travels and exciting ventures. So thank you and I hope that you’ll be at my 60th and my 90th. Where I will look exactly the same of course, especially my forehead – which will be 27 forever! And happy birthday to every single person having their birthday this year! And thank you of course to Keenan, for putting up with every single thing about me. Especially this dress which I know you hated. In fact, over 200 people on Instagram hated it – and they were very specific about their feedback. I actually learned a valuable lesson through this dress, which is ‘don’t ask everyone for advice’. Because some of the feedback I received on my Instagram poll about whether I should wear the dress or not was like ‘try it with Spanx’ and of course, I was already wearing Spanx. So my lesson is to trust only my own decisions!” 

Natalie Roos 30th birthday party

14 comments

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    Amy / 18 Jul

    I think you look like a total goddess in that dress!! You made me realise I should also go all out for my 30th!

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      natalie / 19 Jul

      Thank you so much! Honestly, going all-out was SO much fun! I don’t regret it at all!

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    Tam / 18 Jul

    Mine is on Friday and I have been like an ostrich with its head in the ground about it. As I am a big birthday person, I first had major plans as to how we were going to celebrate this great and terrifying milestone. It has boiled down to me leaving it to the last minute and organizing a very intimate dinner with only 20 of my closest to celebrate with.
    Thanks for your post, it was a great read as I count down the last few days 😱.
    By the way, I looooove your dress!!!! Eeek, still need to find my outfit. Got some killer shoes overseas tho so thats sorted at least 👌🏻

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      natalie / 19 Jul

      Ooh happy birthday! I know exactly what you mean – I’m a big birthday person so I can’t believe I almost let this slip under the radar! You won’t regret celebrating – you’ll only regret not celebrating!

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    Lalannie Knoll / 22 Jul

    You looked beautiful Natalie! The part looks great. I hope that you are still enjoying your birthday month.

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      natalie / 31 Jul

      Thank you so much Lalannie! I had such an amazing time – can’t believe my birthday month is now finally over and I’m going to have to go back to normal life lol

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    Megan Jonkers / 24 Jul

    beautiful and stunning venue, how can I book it for an event?

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      natalie / 31 Jul

      Hi Megan. The venue is not bookable for events – it’s a big house so I booked all the rooms and had my friends stay with me.

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    Jean Mortlock / 31 Jul

    Beautiful! I love your dress and you look incredible it it!

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      natalie / 31 Jul

      Thank you so much Jean! I really felt like a princess for the night!

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    Yolandi North / 04 Aug

    This party is absolutely PERFECT. And so is the dress. Oh wow, the dress! And the balloons. And the cake. And the venue. And those glasses!!! All perfect. In fact, I think this is exactly what I’ll order for my 40th (including the 27 yr old forehead, thanx). You’re amazing. Happy belated 30th. xxx

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      natalie / 05 Sep

      Thank you so much! It was so much fun and I highly recommend going totally over the top for your 40th!

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    Ché / 03 Sep

    This looks amazing!!! And YOU look amazing! (I voted no on the dress but I *totally* change my mind after seeing these pics!!! <3 hahaha – maybe it was just an odd photo!)

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      natalie / 05 Sep

      No I had it altered so it looks much better now than it did! So happy I asked cause I thought it was fine, haha but in the end it was actually a big improvement!

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