DFW Birthday Favorites + Gratitude

April 28, 2017

I have a confession, I have been celebrating my birthday over the last 2 weeks.  Turning 30 is a big deal to me, and instead of mourning my twenties, I am celebrating my new decade with many of my favorite people. Today, Colton and I are off to Mexico today to celebrate together, but I here are a few of my favorite places and ways to celebrate a birthday in DFW.

Plano dinner location

We came here for the cake.  Seriously, if you live in or around Plano and haven’t checked out the chocolate avocado cake from Mexican Sugar, you are seriously missing out.

The tacos and drinks are crazy good too.

Grab a group of friends, or just a couple of girls, and eat dinner out on their patio.

Favorite Plano brunch

I have shared my love for Sixty Vines before, but I will do it again.  This restaurant is one of the most beautiful in Dallas.  They a great selection of brunch items, so it is the perfect spot for a ladies brunch.

Everyone can order their own thing, or you can order a bunch of items to share.  Either way, your guests will leave extremely happy.

Menu favorites (although everything I have tried is good, I narrowed it down to 4):

I requested extra crispy bacon

Pineapple upside pancakes

Butcher’s brunch pizza

Avocado eggs Benedict

Sticky buns

Dallas dinner

Although there are many great restaurants in Dallas, one of my new favorites is Stirr.  They have delicious food, craft cocktails, and a beautiful view.  If you can make it to the patio early enough, you will have a gorgeous skyline view.

I brought some of my closest friends here for my birthday dinner.

We ate burgers, flatbreads, Brussels sprouts, tacos, and much more.

Don’t miss out on their happy hour either.  Several of their cocktails are $5. The Bees Knees is just that by the way.

Dallas entertainment

After dinner in Deep Ellum, head over to Louie Louie’s for dueling piano fun.  Expect to be pulled onstage and embarrassed, all in good fun of course.  These guys are more than piano players.  They sing, dance, and play a variety of instruments.

If you like to have a good time, then you will love Louie Louie’s.


For more ways to celebrate your birthday in Dallas, check out this post.                                         

April gratitude list

This year, I am working on practicing gratitude.  At the end of each month, I am sharing my grateful list that will include 5 small or huge things I am grateful for.

  1. My friends and family that showed up to my birthday celebrations.  They really know how to make a girl feel loved.
  2. One of my best friends spent months putting together the perfect birthday present.  She contacted many of my closest friends and family members and had them share a letter and their favorite photo with me.  Then, she put it all together in a beautiful album.  I bawled and felt so much love reading each of the letters.
  3. My husband who agrees to ridiculous birthday requests like “All I want is to eat a lot of food, lay out by the pool, play on the beach, and have someone make my bed for me.” “Sure Babe, we can go to Mexico.”
  4. April is hard at work because there is a lot of STAAR prep involved.  However, I am reminded daily with sweet letters from my kids that my job is important.  A couple of the teachers took down my wall for National School Counseling week to make room for another bulletin board and made little books out of all of the kid’s notes.  Seriously grateful for my school.
  5. Another year of life for my PawPaw.  We share a birthday (mine is the 28th and his is the 29th), so we always go out to eat with the family together.  This year, he will be 92 and I am so grateful for every day I get to spend with him.

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What are you grateful for this month? Leave me a comment below!

  • Trish @ The Trish List April 28, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Looks like you had a great birthday couple of weeks! Happy Birthday and enjoy Mexico!

    • Jessica May 9, 2017 at 9:00 am

      It was the best birthday for sure!!

  • Sara April 28, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Happy birthday!! Have a great weekend in Mexico!!

  • Emily April 28, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Happy Birthday! I hope you have a great weekend and lots of fun in Mexico!

  • Divya April 28, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Aw, happy happy birthday pretty girl! And welcome to the 30-club. (It’s not so bad!). Love the thoughtful gesture of your friend. I’ve done that for a friend for her wedding and she said it was one of the best gifts she’s ever received!

    • Jessica May 9, 2017 at 9:02 am

      I love the 30s club. That’s an awesome wedding gift. It really is one of the most thoughtful gifts I have ever received.

  • Charlotte April 28, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Awwww, you are adorable 🙂 Loved seeing all of these pics of you enjoying your birthday–and 30 is a WONDERFUL time to celebrate in your life–so totes make that a 2-week celebration 🙂 I hope you have a great time in Mexico and can’t wait to hear all about it! Happy happy birthday, momma!!!

  • Beth Kondrick April 28, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Annnnd this post is making me hungry! Happy 30 girl, I say celebrate ALL month! Enjoy Mexico!

  • Julie April 28, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Happy birthday and I am all for celebrating all month long!!! I actually went to Mexico for my bday this year! Have fun!

    • Jessica May 9, 2017 at 9:06 am

      So fun!! It’s the perfect place to celebrate for sure!

  • ShootingStarsMag April 28, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    That’s great that you’re really enjoying your birthday! Have fun in Mexico – how exciting. 🙂


  • Shann Eva April 28, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Happy belated birthday! I love that you’ve been celebrating for 2 weeks. I also want a piece of that chocolate avocado cake…yum. Great pictures too!

    • Jessica May 9, 2017 at 9:55 am

      Thank you! That cake is to die for.

  • Kim April 28, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    It is so clear that you are loved to the max. Happy Birthday!!! I hear good things about Plano. The picture of you on the piano is perfect! Frame it for sure 🙂

    • Jessica May 9, 2017 at 9:55 am

      Thank you! I feel loved for sure. I had a great few weeks. The piano photo made me laugh out loud.

  • Lecy | A Simpler Grace April 28, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Girl, I just ate and you are making me hungry again! That chocolate avocado cake… Yum! DFW has some delicious food. 🙂

    • Jessica May 9, 2017 at 9:56 am

      We do have some amazing food. 🙂

  • Sheryl April 29, 2017 at 8:58 am

    I’m hungry after reading this post – and wishing I were in Texas! Love your gratitude list – and yes to savoring every day with your PawPaw!

    • Jessica May 9, 2017 at 9:56 am

      Haha. I get hungry looking through it all again. So yummy.

  • Kristi @ Mi Vida Ocupada May 1, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Happy Birthday!! 30’s are wonderful!!! And the food and drink pictures are as gorgeous as you are! Looks like a fun celebration, over and over!

    • Jessica May 9, 2017 at 9:57 am

      Awh. Thank you so much. Xoxo

  • Lindsay May 1, 2017 at 11:41 am

    First and foremost, happy belated birthday Jessica!! 🙂 I hope you’re enjoying jogging Mexico (hey, where was MY invite?! Lol jk)

    I think I’m going to go eat now. I’m salivating from all your food photos. 😉

    #2 and #5 are the best!

    Have a wonderful week my friend! 🙂

  • Lianne May 2, 2017 at 2:10 am

    Happy Birthday! I dreaded turning 30 but it turned out to be one of the best birthdays I ever had. I would have to order all of those brunch dishes so I could try them all, they look amazing!!
    Lianne | Makes, Bakes and Decor

    • Jessica May 9, 2017 at 9:59 am

      That’s the best part of big brunches is sharing with everyone. haha.

  • Lauren @ Power Cleans and Pinot Noir May 2, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Hope you had such a great birthday! I love Sixty Vines & Mexican Sugar, but I want to try out Stirr soon : )

    • Jessica May 9, 2017 at 10:00 am

      I really did. It was a fun filled few weeks. 🙂 Yes! You must try Stirr.