room for a birthday celebration

columbia room dc - lesley siu

For my birthday this year, I went to Columbia Room for drinks with a few friends. Tucked away in Blagden Alley, the cocktail bar has a nice punch garden perfect for enjoying the outdoors before the summer heat really sinks in. The drink list is aptly named “This is Not a Wine List” with cocktails inspired by wines. 

columbia room punch garden dc - lesley siu

Complete with Georgetown Cupcakes (thank you, Claire!) and a quick dinner at Le Diplomate, my birthday was low key and enjoyable. My goals for this year include volunteering more in my community, acing taking the GMAT, and traveling to at least three new countries. Easy, right? 

birthday weekend: cake and crêpes


A sweet birthday weekend to celebrate with good friends, good food and, most importantly, cake. A coworker treated me to iced coffee and the most delicious classic black and yellow cake at RareSweets in City Center. I hosted a crêpe party instead of pasta night on Friday with homemade crêpes (thanks, KB!) and a breakfast-for-dinner theme. Meaning chocolate croissants and Parisian-inspired Georgetown Cupcake treats because I’m lucky to have friends who know me too well. Saturday included a strawberry tarte at PAUL, where I always go on the morning of my actual birthday, and a walk around the Georgetown Waterfront. If the celebration was an indication of how the year is going to go, I’m feeling good about it. Is this the point where I’m supposed to say I feel older and wiser?

birthday crepe party

parisian inspired georgetown cupcakes

PAUL tartlette fraises strawberry tart


birthday tea party

tea party mandarin oriental hotel washington dc

Recently, there was a different kind of tea party in Washington. And by that I mean, an actual tea party…with tea.

My birthday celebration consisted of afternoon tea at the lovely Empress Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental. Who needs a layered cake when you can have three tiers of delectable bites? The sandwiches, scones and pastries were almost too pretty to eat. I had the Darjeeling 2nd flush, a crisp and delightful black tea. Sun dresses were a must, and hats were encouraged.

Growing up isn’t too bad.