On Saturday my father turned 70 years young so I got together with my siblings and threw him a little party. We asked him if he wanted a big party with all of his friends and family and he said what he wanted more than anything was to have a really nice dinner with just us and our mom, even though they have been divorced for like ever. Side note: One of these days I am going to write a post on how to have a good divorce because my mom and dad have really learned how to make it work!
We decided on a “Napa Valley” theme because my dad is a wine aficionado and loves nothing more than to sit around and drink wine with his friends and family. I mean doesn’t that sound like heaven? He has a massive collection of vintage wine and he brought out the best at this dinner.
Normally my mother and I will cook for family events, but we wanted to make this one extra special so we hired a private catering service called David’s Events (here) and who is a friend of mine. There is just something about someone else cooking and cleaning for you that lets everyone enjoy an event. If you live in Los Angeles I highly recommend him. The food was out of control amazing and paired perfectly with the wine.
The flowers were also extraordinary. They were done by my friend Becca at the Lily Pad in Hermosa Beach (here). She is my go-to for all my floral arrangements. All I told her was I wanted artichokes and grapes in two long boxes and this is what she came up with. Stunning!
The event took place at my sister Caitlin’s 1930s home in Santa Monica. She really went all out with the decorations. She made the banner seen above. Isn’t it awesome?
Here is a close up. She purchased the wood pieces from wood craft (here) and then cut to size. She then printed the letters and also cut them to size and adhered them to the wood using photo corners. Then she attached the wood to a piece of twine using tiny scrapbooking clothespins (here). I love that she can just reuse the whole thing by making a new name instead of “Dad”.
Here is a close-up of her vintage record player and plant stand. And yes, the floor to her porch is turquoise!
She also make this banner that was hung along a fence. Everything was just scrapbooking supplies that she had on hand.
Because we wanted to have a cohesive look, and because my sister didn’t have enough wine glasses or any heat lamps, we decided to rent a few things from a party supply company. The chairs are rented, the linen tablecloth was rented, the heat lamps were rented, the glasses were rented, and my sister rented this screen which she made into a scrapbook. Isn’t that creative? We all brought photographs we had of Dad and clipped them to the screen. It was really fun to see all the old pictures of my father.
For appetizers we just had bruschetta and a huge cheese platter. My dad adores cheese so it was a must-have. Plus cheese and wine are a no-brainer.
I didn’t get a picture of the salad, dinner, or dessert because I was too busy eating and totally forgot! But I assure you it was amazing.
While the adults ate dinner and enjoyed each other’s company, the kids ran around the back yard and played card games.
Because Caitlin is the best Aunt in the world, she knew perfectly well the kids would be hungry when we arrived and many of the younger kids might not like the cheese, so she made these little snacks. Very Martha.
In the end my dad got the perfect birthday party that he really wanted, we all ate amazing food and drank 100 point wine (which apparently is really good wine) and a good time was had by all.