Okay, it’s been a REALLY long time since I entered a new post! There has been a LOT happening lately! Heart surgeries, hospital stays, sick baby, travel, shopping and some other HUGE news that I will share with you all soon!!!!! In the meantime, I’m going to share some great pictures! My brother and I recently co-hosted a 60th birthday celebration for our Dad in sunny Florida. I’m going to share some of the pictures from the event. It was an awesome party and we all had a blast!
Aghh, sunny Florida! Who doesn’t love a party poolside in Florida!?! Especially, when it’s chilly and cold “back home”.
First let’s start with a little background about my Dad. The man LOVES Broadway shows! Thus the theme for the party was born. So the only appropriate invitation I could think of is a ticket – yes, as in a ticket to a show. Let’s be honest, this party was about like putting on a Broadway show!
Don’t mind the little white dots – this was my attempt to digitally blur the address and contact info. The ticket was held into place by two small slits on a grey card-stock paper that was folded and inserted into a matching envelope.
We had the party in my dad’s backyard. Which is a tropical paradise and the perfect setting for a great party. When you have such a beautiful setting, there really isn’t much need for decorations. BUT, oh, did we have flowers!!!
And, of course, we needed flowers floating in the pool!
As the guests arrived at the party they were greeted with some signature cocktails, both of these are two of Dad’s favorite drinks. White Cava Sangria (a favorite after a recent trip to Spain) and a Sidecar.
Remember that Broadway theme I was talking about? Well, we decided to make a playbill for the party. It was such a cute take-away for all the guests. The playbill included the “Acts” during the party, the menu, a little bio about our Dad, pictures and a “Who’s Who” section.
The Playbill made for some great reading material during the cocktail hour.
As the sun started to set and the guests had all arrived the party was in full swing!
We used simple camping lanterns as under table lighting. It made a really beautiful setting.
We had incredible passed hors deouvres. Somehow I don’t have pictures of that, but I can still taste the delicious Cheese Stuffed Dates, Flat Bread Bites with Hummus, Smoked Salmon with Dill Mousse, Tartlets of Braised Short Ribs, and Samosas with Mango Chutney.
Whew, after all of that it was time for dinner.
HELLO! Roasted Beef Tenderloin, Honey Pecan-Encrusted Chicken, Grilled Veggies with Balsamic Drizzle, Tricolor Fingerling Potatoes and Salad with Pears, Gorgonzola and Sugared Pecans. It was perfection!
After dinner my brother and I had a little presentation for our Dad. It consisted of pictures from his life and accomplishments.
Then there’s Birthday Cake!
The cake was a Boston Cream Pie, my dad’s favorite, and it was just for him. We had passed desserts for everyone else at the party. They were incredible! Petite Creme Brulee, Lemon Madelines, Petite Ice Cream Cones and Double Chocolate Amaretto Brownies!
And then came the REAL entertainment! We had a stage built over the hot tub for our performer. Linda Clifford! It was incredible to have a mini concert in the backyard!
Of course, there was lots of dancing!!
As the evening wound down and guests started leaving they all got to have another treat for their drive home. COOKIES!
It was an incredible party and could not have been possible without the incredible vendors and staff! If you happen to be planning a party in South Florida, you MUST use Christafaro’s Catering. Photography was provided by Lila Photo. Lighting and Audio/Visual services were provided by Rebekah’s Dreams Entertainment and Production Services.
Happy Birthday Dad!