Tuesday, June 28, 2011

My first 40 years, well celebrated

It is with great joy that I announce that not only did I survive the planning and executing of my 40th birthday party, I LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT. If you are on the fence about planning your own birthday party, then allow me to knock you off to the side of "Doing It". To be clear, while the party was on the occasion of my 40th birthday, it was truly a gratitude celebration. I wanted to honor and thank all the people who laughed with me, cried with me, listened to me swoon and obsess, forgave me when I forgot to self-edit my commentaries, loved me when I felt unloveable, smiled at me when I was down, supported my business...you get the story. These are amazing people, and they deserve the best that I could give them!

I started out with this color and style concept and kept true to it; lots of white pattern and texture with bright pops of red, hot pink and orange. There were lots of favorite parts to the party and I'll be highlighting them as the days go on but here is a short list: I loved my invitation (I finally got to do WHATEVER I wanted!). I loved my little "welcome packets" where I put a hand-written note, custom name tags and a party game raffle inside. I loved the flowers that were so beautifully executed by Joni Sherman of Sprouts Floral Design. It was so much fun to make all the creative fun come to fruition! I even had 2 of my friends sing for the guests...it was such a wonderful night!
Here are some photos:


  1. Gorgeous! I've never had a birthday party, so I love your push to plan one myself! Looks like a grand time—congratulations! Oh, and Happy Birthday!

  2. Happy birthday! The party looks absolutely gorgeous - I just love the bright and cheerful colors! Good for you for taking party matters into your own hands!

  3. beautiful! stunning! inspiring! can't wait to see more!

  4. Angela Roskop ErismanJune 28, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    It was beautiful. The only thing more lovely than the party was you. (And I had a great time, despite the fact that I look cranky in our photo wall pic. Not sure what was up with that.)

  5. What a lovely and beautiful party! I love the colors! :) Congratulations, Margot! I wish you all the hapiness! :)

  6. It looks like you thought of everything! I love the idea of the guest packets-great idea to get people mixing. I hope you will be sharing more of your appetizer table it looks amazing!

  7. Happy Birthday Margot! What a wonderful job you did on your birthday; it's more fabulous than most weddings! x

  8. This looks absolutely beautiful! I LOVE the color scheme. Looks like you had a lot of fun designing it. I'm a fellow BYW'er.

  9. Happy birthday - I adore the color palette. It's so happy and pretty. I'd love to have that decor at my house for a party.

  10. Happy belated birthday! This looks amazing. I also like the idea of having the little question game in the bottom right photo. What a great way to get people to mingle.

  11. Belated happy birthday! I love the color scheme--fuschia and tangerine seem so right together this time of year.

    I can't believe I'm just now discovering your site--it's wonderful! I look forward to continued inspiration...


  12. Margot,

    I have been thinking about you the past couple of days. I was looking at photos of our trip to Getty. So happy to get caught up on your fantastic birthday. I love all your pretty party. What a fun night. I am so glad you had such a great time. Well done! And Happy Birthday! Hope it's a wonderful year for you.

  13. oh margot! i clearly missed a colourful and smashing good time!!! i have no doubt everything was to perfection and fabulous! happy 40th to you.

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