Mandy’s 31st Birthday Surprise!

31 years ago, a little baby girl was born.  I can only imagine how she decorated her crib.  I’m sure that the pacifiers were organized in the most fashionable way and the blankets were color coordinated to provide the most pleasant design.  That’s just when she was a baby.  They named her Mandy Majerik and the rest is history.  This woman can design like no other.  She’s the owner of HotHouse Design in Birmingham, and I can only imagine what her newest “crib” will look like.

Rewind about a year and a half ago, on Halloween, and I met this chick when I was shooting Brad and Robin’s wedding in Birmingham.  I swear this girl can take a dang piece of kudzu and turn it into a work of art.  We’ve worked together a pretty good bit, and about 2 or 3 months ago, Mandy’s best friend, Tara, emailed me to see if I would take pics at Mandy’s surprise shindig.  I scream typed YES!  and last night was the night.  Tara is a sneaky little thing…down to having Mandy decorate her own birthday party on her day off by staging it as an engagement party at Cantina on 2nd St. in Birmingham.  She and Jennifer Gowers of GoPro Events pulled it off, and coming from a girl who has no secrets because she has a big mouth, I’m more than impressed.  Tara even brought in Jennifer Knapp for Mandy’s own personal concert. Thank you, thank you, thank you for including me in Mandy’s big day.  It’s so nice to have friends like y’all.

So, here are my self-involved, self-promoting two cents:  Please, all friends of Mandy, especially Tara, please adopt me as your  best friend.  My birthday is coming up in 21 days to be exact.  The only party that I ever had was a roller skating party when I was 7.  It was horrific.  I still have nightmares about my red pom-poms on my shoe laces and the fat little girl in husky jeans from Sears that were 3 sizes too small.  And seeing how the only thing I get on my birthday now is a trip to Mexico Tipico, sans the sombrero and singing, I’d like a little shindig too.  My backyard would be fine, and I’ll hide the basset hound and the shih tzu unless you could use them for decor in some strange way.  And for my music act, I would prefer Keith Urban minus Nicole.  Well, I take that back.  I could use her to babysit the kids.

ps-  Mandy, my dear, we have tons of kudzu and dead lantana that you could use in some fabulous way I’m sure.

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