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Friday, November 18, 2011

Tracie Turns Four-Oh Bash!

I decided that since I was approaching a BIG milestone birthday this year that I was going to have a fun party since I am always planning parties for all my clients. Turning 40 has actually been great and it really
just is a number! It helps that I keep telling myself that 40 is the New 30 so I am good! Plus, people
only think I'm about 34 ish and I owe that all to my Mother for telling me about Oil of Olay at a young age.
Thanks Mom! I do think it's in our family genes as my Mom looks pretty young for her age too so whatever
it is I will take it :)

My good friends Emily and Jodi were all for a girls night out and party so the planning began. Yes, I planned my own party but how could I not ?! Emily owns a photo booth company and is also a professional in the wedding industry so she was a big help with some of her vendor connections for my party so it was great to get many things donated and at reduced prices. Josh at Underdog Wine and Spirits gave us a case of wine and some vodka! Maya at Sposa Seating let us borrow her beautiful purple and black linens.We will both definitely be returning the favor by sending you business as we truly appreciate it.

The party started at Emily's house with about 15 guests.  We had a blast going in the photo booth
taking fun pictures and each guest got to take a photo strip home as a memento from the celebration.
They also put one in the photo album and created their own page and special message to me. I really
enjoyed the time everyone put into making this wonderful keepsake for me and I will always treasure it.
We also sent everyone home with some nice smelling hand sanatizer for their purse.





For the food I wanted to do something that my friends would not be expecting but also wanted to keep it
simple, classy and trendy. I love the Mashed Potato Bar that my friend Josh of Thomas's Catering sets up at his events so I "borrowed" his idea! He helped me get everything that I needed to put this together. It was a huge hit and my girls were wow'ed and kept saying what a cool idea! I was so happy with the way it turned out. It was just the right amount of starch along with the other food served before a night of some adult beverages! I also served my favorite spinach and cheese pies from a local bakery along with chicken wings and other party snacks.






Emily led the group with a lovely champagne toast and a few funny but nice words! Including telling everyone how she planned this fabulous party by hiring You're The Bride! Everyone laughed at that one! Although, I told everyone "No Gifts" my friends are so sweet and of course didn't listen so I got some nice gifts. My friend Jodi who recently turned 40 in February decided to pass her "40 Prank Bag" over to me. It had funny things in it like a bed pan type thing, head band workout gear but the BEST thing in that bag was the pink
"Birthday Princess" Badge that I wore the entire evening.  I will admit I wore it many times the following week when I went to Orlando to continue celebrating my birthday. Let me tell you I scored a lot of
free stuff with that badge! Many drinks, a bottle of champagne and 3 free desserts at various restaurants in Florida! It was a blast! I We met a nice couple at one of the clubs in Orlando and hung out with them for the evening. I also got many other great gifts but wanted to share that one as it went with the Four-Oh Bash.






We continued to visit with each other and look through a scrapbook that I had brought of my life starting with me as a baby.




Aunt Denise and Mom!

We were all super excited for the cake to get there by my friend Tanya of Domestic Arts. She had a very busy day with many wedding and other party deliveries but she was able to get my cake there and go to Boogie Fever with us! Everyone loved the cake and the design. Thank you so much Tanya for making my special 40th cake. I love you!




Eventually the Party Van arrived about 9:30 p.m. and we all ventured over to Boogie Fever in Ferndale to meet up with some more friends and family that didn't make it to the house party. We all had a great time there too! So much fun in fact I am planning another outing there soon so if your reading this and you want to go just let me know. Were hoping for sometime this month or next but if it gets too busy with the holidays we will shoot for January.

Jessie and Tracie
 After we boogied the van dropped off many back at Emily's but then another group of us were taken over to The Embassy Suites in Livonia where I had reserved a room for 5 of us so we didn't have to do any driving that night. The hotel is fabulous and my guests really liked it as well as the next morning we all enjoyed
a made to order omelette breakfast! It was the perfect way to end a great weekend and send my friends and family on their way home.



Thank you to everyone for sharing this with me and for your friendship and kindness.





This was in Orlando with my Mom and Sister at City Walks/Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville.

Special thank you to the wonderful vendors who helped make this possible! I apologize for some of the blurry pictures we were using mostly camera phones :)

Venues-Huntley Home and Boogie Fever
Photo Booth-Mobile Exposures
Linens-Sposa Seating
Wine-Josh Brooks/Underdog Wine Merchants
Mashed Potato Bar Rentals-Thomas's Catering/Your Event Party Rental
Cake-Domestic Arts
Favors-Emily Huntley
Decor-Jodi Pampreen
Signature Drink/Vodka Slush-Tracie
Transportation-Dream Limousine
Hotel Accomodations-Embassy Suites Livonia
Event Planning-Yours Truly-You're The Bride

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