Friday, February 17, 2012

40 and Fabulous

Your birthday only comes once a year - a great excuse to celebrate with family and friends over bottles of wine, tasty hors d'oeuvres and, of course, decadent decor!  For Andrew's 40th birthday, we headed to Aretsky's Patroon, a classic restaurant on the East side of Manhattan with event space that was perfect for this party.  I also must say that their staff and food were exceptional.

Guests started with a lively cocktail hour with great wine, cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres before moving into the spacious dining room that was decorated with beautiful yet masculine arrangements. 

Since the birthday boy is a wine afficianado, and loves the Sonoma California wine region, we added a special twist to the decor by nestling a wine bottle on top of each arrangement that also had the table number.

The wine/champagne theme was not missing a beat that night!  At the center of attention was the 3D champagne bucket cake designed by the creative Pink Cake Box.  It was complete with black and white fondant streamers and labels of only the very best bubbly brands and featuring vintages from the year of the birthday boy's birth.  The silver and black color palate complimented the theme for the evening that went back all the way to the Save the Date and Invitations, all of which were designed by Alpine Creative Group.

The ice cubes and bottle were solely made of poured sugar - who knew!  These days, with cake design, the sky's the limit.

A party isn't complete without great entertainment - something that captivates the crowd.  Laughing, singing, dancing...whatever works!  For this celebration it was a trio of amazing Broadway performers who we brought in to entertain the crowd.  The beautiful Bianca Marroquin, Chicago's "Roxie" on Broadway, lit up the room with her song/dance combination.

Michael Marcotte, a tenor with the New York City Opera, serenaded the guests and, accompanying both performers was the talented Broadway performer, Dan Miccichi.  All of their performances were captured on camera by Jen at Fifth Avenue Digital who always does such a great job.

All of the special touches, and warm wishes of family and friends who traveled from around the country for Andrew's birthday, created so many lasting memories.  As guests left, we offered them a thank you gift with the strawberry / champagne flavored birthday cake and classic New York black & white cookies.  Who doesn't love a little treat on the way home.

A happy birthday to Andrew - thanks for letting us celebrate your 40th!


1 comment:

  1. Love the cake, the centerpieces, the wine bottle table numbers...I could go on and on....