If you can at all arrange it, you should turn 40 in spring, when flowers are blooming, life is bursting and everything that was old is new again.
My best friend hits that mile marker today, and last night we held a springtime 40th birthday celebration, co-hosted by a trio of her greatest fans. It was so much fun to plan and execute, right from the restaurant patio strategy session through to the party’s candlelit afterglow. The lion’s share of the credit has to go to my co-host Pearl, who offered her home as the venue. The cottage setting was perfect for a spring-themed party. It also helped to have a guest of honor who is so well-loved, and so very easy to celebrate.
Decor: Vintage linens and fresh cut flowers, everywhere
Food: Rustic sandwiches on sliced baguettes, dips and crudities
Centerpiece: a photo montage of the guest of honor clothes-pinned to a branch set in a vase
Cake: chocolate espresso torte, on antique glass plates, decorated with rose petals
Drinks: Spiked lemonade in mason jars (recipe here)
Guest book: a jar to collect guests’ birthday wishes
Lighting: tea candles, antler chandelier, yard fire
Ambiance: good friends, shared history, infinite love.
Happy birthday, Lennie Kat. We sure do love you.