It Takes a Village to Have a Birthday Party

Last week’s Localist Bham Birthday Bash was a huge success, and I have a lot of people to thank — I mean a LOT of people. Martha Stewart might disagree, but I think the best parties are the ones where pretty much everyone who comes is part of making it a success. That’s certainly what happened at the Localist party, and that’s what made it a good reflection of community and everything being a localist stands for. It’s also what made it fun.


Thanks also to all of you who came, celebrated, and make the evening fun and special for Morgan and me, but really for everyone. It was a great party, and a great birthday, and I have you to thank for it. Below are a few of my favorite Instagram shots from the evening.



Thanks to all of you who came (and Instagrammed!), thank you to Morgan for being a great birthday twin and amazing co-host, and thanks to Kelly for helping us decorate and organize, and to Michelle for taking raffle tickets all night. Thanks to Nancy for those AMAZING birthday cakes (for all of you who loved the cakes, head to Magic City Macarons to order some of her completely amazing treats). Thanks to War Jacket for playing and thanks to Carrigan’s for hosting. And of course, thanks to our vendors: All Hands Manufacturing Co., Artistry by Augusta, Mallory Anderton of Beauty Shock, Better Kombucha, Communicating Vessels, Finer Grind Coffee, Golden Flake, Great Bear Wax, Kelly Cummings, Lil Seeds (Christy Turnipseed), Magic City Macarons, Parke Stalcup, Piper & Leaf tea, Sara Cannon, Southern Letterpress, Stupid Good Lunchbox, Susan Gordon Pottery, We Three Beeks and Yellowhammer Creative. I was sad I couldn’t bring all our prizes home, but it was so fun to give them away, and I appreciate everyone who generously donated.


Carrie Rollwagen is author of The Localist: Think Independent, Buy Local and Reclaim the American Dream and co-founder of Church Street Coffee & Books. Find her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @crollwagen.

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