Saying Good Bye to Sera’s Youth

Saturday was a birthday celebration for our friend Sera. Since we all are friends with Mandi, you reap the benefits of having your birthday styled by the talented, super creative, gorgeous Ms. Mandi fucking Stewart – I mean Mandi Rae (did I mention she’s gorgeous AND single?)   I am in charge of desserts. I spent Friday night baking cakes and cookies so they can be cooled overnight and ready to be frosted and decorated the next day. This is a challenging task for me because Sera cannot have anything with gluten or dairy or she’ll die. Not really, she’ll just suffer so much that she wishes she’d die. Okay, maybe a little too dramatic.


I picked up a box of cookie mix of each GF sugar cookies and GF double chocolate peppermint cookies. I did a little experiment with both and swapped the butter with shortening for chocolate cookies and coconut oil for the sugar cookies. I had planned to cut them out, make them into sugar skulls and got the molds from Amazon; I bet I could really have some fun with my 8-yr old Treyton with these molds. Like for Halloween. Well the chocolate cookies didn’t hold up. They spread like crazy but still taste good. The sugar cookies held up their shapes and I was able to decorate them. So note to self, coconut oil is a better alternative to butter. Shortening? not so much, in my opinion.


For the chocolate cake, I use this recipe. It’s Gluten and Dairy Free and it’s also Vegan! That means we could eat the entire cake guilt free and PETA will love us! I thought the cake turned out well. It was moist, a touch grainy and the frosting on it is smooth and almost pudding like, my 15-month old daughter Atreya loves it. Of course in the world of unconventional Dhila, a chocolate cake cannot be just a plain old chocolate cake. It’s gotta have a pizzaaazz! A gluten free kind of pizzaaazz.


I saw my favorite, talented and amazing baker ZoeBakes posted a Trix cake and I was blown fucking away! I asked Ms. Google to see if Trix is Gluten Free. I suspected it was since it’s corn based. This website said, Trix indeed is Gluten Free. She tested it with a thing that looks just like a peeing stick (a pregnancy test). I trusted it. Sera, do you possess such thing?


So I whipped up a batch of a layered Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Vegan chocolate cake. I separated all Trix’s colored balls, a tedious task but must be done (my son Treyton helped after I bribed him a lemon popsicle). After frosting the cake, I studded each and every ball carefully to the cake. I had to stop a couple of times to put the cake in the freezer because the coconut oil based frosting melts fast in room temperature.


After careful arrangement of my trunk, both cake and cookies arrived safely to Mandi’s. We enjoyed Sangrias, Margaritas, fish and beef tacos, chips and guacs and shrimp ceviches, my cookies and cakes and a night full of storytelling around her chiminea. Like any other girls get together, we take a ton of selfies and played a game of #wheresmymustache.


Just like all the parties Mandi has thrown in the past, it is definitely another kind of party that I will never forget. Please hire her for your next party! She thinks of things that you would never think of. The details she puts in this party and any other parties she’s thrown in the past are meticulously thought of. Check out her Pinterest Boards


All photos are taken with Smart Phones.

Hello Birthday Girl Sera and her sombrero!

The white skull is filled with vodka

Meet Ms. Kacey aka Instagram @gmadef. She’s an artist and is blessed with the smartest beautiful baby boy Gabe.

These white balloons were supposed to be decorated to look like those sugar skulls but we got sidetracked.

We enjoyed too many of these sangrias. I’m swooning over that vintage ladle.

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Hey Ms. Mandi I “mustache” you how you make those damn fine ceviche?

Mandi is such an expert in setting the mood right for the occasion. We originally was going to her yard and have another bonfire but none us want to leave this magical spot. So in a Mandi’s fashion, if we won’t come to the bonfire, the bonfire shall come to you. She hauled that chiminea from somewhere far, like the front door or something to her backyard. There were candles and citronella to ensure that we don’t get bit by pesky mosquitoes.

Ms. Erin aka Instagram @lilyxena13 and Ms. Heather aka @playmanhm

I would gladly get stranded on a deserted island with these rad bitches

Here’s Ms. Mandi fucking Stewart. Isn’t she lovely! Find her @museinheels

The pinata borrowed Sera’s sombrero and is watching over the chiminea

Sorting Trix

Here’s the Trix cake I made for Ms. Sera. It’s Vegan, Gluten Free and Dairy Free.

Here’s the cake recipe

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And we all came home with a bottle of this bitchin’ nail polish

So Mandi created this game #wheresmymustache and post it on Instagram and we really went to town with it. Excuse me, let me rephrase that, Kacey went to town with it and started going around Mandi’s house to look for things to stick her mustache to.

Kacey won the #wheresmymustache for pinning the ‘stache on Virgin Mary

The pinata was filled with lovely things, just lovely lovely sustanance that we girls almost can’t live without like mini liquors, condoms, and lollipops

The  mustache went on this pretty gift bag that Heather bought from Patina

Ms. Heather got Sera the Dammit Doll.

Poor Kitty but priceless expression

Sisters!!!! photo taken by @gmadef

another @gmadef work

Sera’s soulmate Steve played along from home

I picked up these masks from Amazon too.

@playmanhm, she’s a hair stylist. Go get your hair done by her!

beautiful capture by @gmadef

@lilyxena13 by @gmadef

@dhilab #dhilaeats by @gmadef

@seraholt80 by @gmadef

@museinheels by @gmadef

I love you Mandi girl, you’re definitely one of the people who inspires me. Thank you for the wonderful party.

Now I will end this post with a song that Mandi introduced to me and I cannot get it out of my head and I must iTune it.

Thank you for checking out this post.