Let me just say, right up front, that my birthday on Saturday was just about the best one I’ve ever had. I went for an early morning run, I got to spend the early part of the day on our town common, working at the Kiwanis table side by side with Jo-Ann, my husband’s band sang Happy Birthday to me, and then I spent the evening at a wonderful party celebrating my installation as President of East Bridgewater Kiwanis.
80 of my nearest and dearest were there along with me and it was wonderful to see all my worlds collide in one room. There were my fellow Kiwanians, of course, along with my family, friends from high school, friends from college, friends from work and blogging, friends from town, and my awesome friend and mentor who flew in from Florida to surprise me. I was completely and utterly verklempt.
The party was held at the brand new (our event was their first evening event yet!) Miraval Ballroom at the Mockingbird Restaurant and Martini Bar. The room is stunning and we decorated with a book theme.
There were books for centerpieces, along with beautiful cut summer flowers that my sister-in-law Mary procured for me.
There were book decorations on the cupcakes and the cupcake table. And the cupcakes – oh, the cupcakes! Raspberry and Lemontini and Chocolate Salted Caramel and Pumpkin Pie and even Nutella with Bacon. They were made by Buttercup’s Bakery and they were fabulous!
And there were garlands made from pages we cut out of a book. Yes, we destroyed a book to make those garlands. If it makes you feel any better it was a crappy book.
We also made these awesome little favors from Hershey nuggets. Don’t they look like sweet little books?
The service at the Mockingbird was fantastic – the waitstaff passed hors d’oeuvres and the bartender kept the martinis flowing. They surprised me with a beautiful complimentary birthday cake and I honestly hope I will get the chance to work with them again on another event some day.
For now, though, I’m basking in the afterglow of a successful party. This feeling ought to last until about 6:30pm on Thursday night when I pick up the gavel and ring the bell at my first Kiwanis meeting as President – that’s when the real work begins!
P.S. The title of this post references the fact that this was the 66th Annual Installation Ceremony of the Kiwanis Club of East Bridgewater along with the fact that it was my 48th birthday. Aren’t we clever?