I think we can all agree…the cake in this feature is The Cat’s Meow. Like a chalkboard cake with flowers on it. I just realized I sound like an idiot. But seriously? The cake merely sets the tone for the fabulously chic 30th birthday party – designed by The Sweet Side & photographed by Katie Parra – where the entire she-bang was inspired by a 500 lb golden pig. I know. It’s genius.

From Katie Parra…I had the great pleasure of attending a fabulous 30th birthday party for my dear friend Kara Burfeind who is a local baker here in Seattle and owner of the company The Sweet Side.¬†She held her dinner party at The Goodwin Library which is located in Pike Place Market and overlooks the iconic sign and market below. Real Estate developer Frank Goodwin built the first permanent arcade that would become Pike Place Market in the early 1900′s. Rachel the pig is Pike Place Market’s unofficial mascot. Rachel is a bronze cast piggy bank that weighs 550 pounds and contains about every type of world currency, which is collected annually by the Market Foundation to fund the Market’s social services. Kara used Rachel the pig as the mascot for her favor boxes that contained two beautiful macaroons made by The Sweet Side of course;) She also made her stunning cake that was chocolate and coconut…..so yummy! It was a beautiful party to celebrate a beautiful person! Welcome to the 30 club Kara!

From Kara the birthday girl…Being that I work in the wedding industry, my summers are incredibly busy. This leaves me yearning to reconnect with family and friends come fall and winter. As my husband started asking me about plans for my upcoming 30th birthday, I knew that I wanted a relaxing evening with the special people that I had missed over the past few months.

We quickly decided that The Goodwin Library at Pike’s Place Market was the perfect place to host our dinner party. I have so many memories of the market growing up, and love any excuse to spend time there. I wanted the night to feel mostly elegant and feminine, but with a touch of fun. To do this, I used a color palette of blush, gold, navy and creams. I wanted a nod to Pike Place on our table, and since there are pig statues around the market, I sprayed small figurines gold and used them on the favor boxes. With my sister and mom’s help, we were able to gather table decor and create the centerpieces using flowers from the local floral warehouse. I customized Paper Source’s printable invitations to help set the tone of the evening and called in my friends at Foodz Catering for what I knew would be an amazing meal.

The night was perfect; if it is any indication of how my 30s will treat me, I am in for an amazing ride!

Photography: Katie Parra Photography | Cake: The Sweet Side | Catering: Foodz Catering | Dinner Party Venue: The Goodwin Library At Pike Place Market | Flowers & Design: Kara Burfeind DIY | Paper Supplies: Paper Source

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