Celebrate / Travel

Chicago Birthday

While in Chicago, we also got to celebrate a little day I like to call my birthday. I am a lucky lucky girl because I crammed all of my favorite things into one day, and I got to do them with my favorite person.


I started out the morning at the {Elysian Spa} at the Waldorf Astoria. The relaxation room was quite cozy, and I loved all the snacks!


They have a green tea infused water and a vanilla bean infused water, along with mixed nuts and dried fruits such as kiwi and strawberry. Yum. The massage was perfect as well.


Here’s a birthday girl pic! I love plaid just as much today as I did when I was five! After warming up by the fire, we were ready to brave the cold. It was time to eat.


The Goddess and Grocer was just around the corner from our hotel. They offered just what we were looking for: a quick bite to hold us over until Afternoon Tea…and strength for shopping!


The shopping in Chicago is unbelievable! I thought Houston had good shopping. Lucky for me, I found great sales at J. Crew and Lululemon. Happy Birthday!

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By 2:30, it was time for Afternoon Tea at The Peninsula Hotel. As most of you know, Afternoon Tea is my favorite, and it’s supposed to be the best at The Peninsula.



E had the Traditional Afternoon Tea {pictured above}.


I had the Gluten-Free Afternoon Tea {pictured above}. So pretty, right? I know I’m usually all waterfalls and butterflies, but I have to give my real opinion. They, without notice, gave me a ham sandwich instead of a lobster sandwich, and a rock-hard chocolate chip cookie instead of a chocolate pot de creme. The service was atrocious and the food even worse. And they knew it was my birthday!

*Update: I got a call from The Peninsula after they received my letter explaining our Afternoon Tea experience. The person I spoke with was sincerely sorry, and a complimentary tea was offered to make up for the less-than-perfect experience.


At least the tea was hot and we could warm up for a bit. It was also pretty cute to see all the little boys dressed up and eating mini hamburgers while their mums and sisters had tea.


Luckily, dinner at Paris Club was spectacular. When we were seated, we were asked if it was a special occasion. “Your birthday? Let me bring over the champagne cart!” That’s what I’m talkin’ about.



They offer a gluten-free menu, which I especially appreciate. I had the Sea Bass in Papillote and E had the New York Strip.


Next stop was the lounge on top of the John Hancock Building for a birthday dessert with a view.


And just when I thought my birthday couldn’t possibly get any better, E got down on one knee and asked me marry him! This one will be hard to beat.




8 thoughts on “Chicago Birthday

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