Tuesday, October 18, 2011

NATALIE IS 21!

In case you don't know, I have two very best friends, we call ourselves the “Trio”. Parkes goes to USC and Natalie goes to Clemson, but we have been best friends since sophomore year of high school and literally nothing has changed since then! We are inseperable and I know these girls will always be there for me… my best friends, my bridesmaids, my confidantes… everything!

This past weekend was Natalie’s 21st birthday, so Parkes and I made sure we celebrated it right! Natalie’s roommate Sasha was planning a surprise party starting at midnight, so it was our job to keep her occupied until then. Parkes and I met in Greenville for lunch and formulated our method of keeping Natalie busy… a scavenger hunt! We ran all over campus that afternoon putting envelopes with clues in various places that would lead her to the ultimate destination where we would give her her birthday present!

The Trio had dinner at Mellow Mushroom in Clemson (a group favorite!), then we began the hunt, much to Natalie’s surprise! The first stop was at the store where a close friend, Daiten, (whom Natalie had not seen in awhile) works, and she was so surprised when he gave her her next clue!

That's cute.
We ventured to the amphitheatre, admissions building, a bell monument, reflection pond, and lots of other stops before she finally got to her present! We taped different stops along the way, here’s a funny clip that accurately depicts how silly we are:

Stopping at the reflection pond!

What a beautiful birthday girl!
Our last stop was at Tillman Hall, an icon at Clemson. Andrew brought Natalie’s present, which we were so excited she loved! We got her a Dogeared necklace, a small silver chain with a tiny compass on it. The card it come on said “Explore” and had a sweet little description. Natalie is going abroad to Spain this next semester, so Parkes and I thought it would be perfect! We will miss her so much but I’m so glad we got to spend this special evening with her!

PRESENTS! and a creeper.
Natalie's "Explore" necklace"

We then took Natalie to get some frozen yogurt until it was time to get back to the apartment shortly before midnight. Natalie thought her fun evening was over, but as we ran up to her apartment, excited as her last few minutes of being 20 ticked away, Natalie threw open the door and SURPRISE! All her friends were there! She was so happy and surprised! We had a blast celebrating with her, and Nat had a wonderful (and memorable) birthday!
SURPRISE!
 We love you Natalie! Hope your birthday was FABULOUS!

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