The Set Up: 40th Birthday Dinner

Occasion: 40th birthday dinner
Location: my house 
Must Haves: I’m the host & the birthday girl… make it easy on me!

Happy birthday! What an exciting milestone and we hope it is a wonderful year ahead. We love a celebratory dinner and hope this set up makes it easy for you to plan and execute. This milestone birthday is also very relevant to the two of us, so we enjoyed thinking about this celebration (and looking back to the early ‘80s). 

To start things off, we would kick off with a playlist featuring some hits from the 1980s. We loved putting this together. While those “classic hits” are playing, we would serve a signature cocktail in our Smokey Blue Striped Rocks glasses and some easy appetizers using a ceramic platter (hint hint… something big is coming next month!). Corral your glassware and alcohol in this tray and bring a little greenery in with our top-selling vase (pro tip: if you can’t find flowers that drape over the sides of the vase, use a green rubber band to secure the stems so they stand upright). Pull out this pewter ice tub so you never run out of cold beverages and stock it with beer and white wine so everyone has choices.

Earlier that day, set the table with this tablecloth and these chargers. Don’t forget water glasses and we would use our Smokey Blue Tom Collins. The color is great with the tablecloth and the leaner glass is the perfect amount of water for a dinner party. We love a low centerpiece and these are perfect. As we’ve said before, we believe candlelight is the secret sauce when it comes to creating an intimate dinner, so make sure you’re including these and these. For dinner, we would serve this with this salad. We aren’t confident in the fickle March weather, so this lineup is seasonal and satisfying. 

It is your birthday, so you can wear whatever your heart desires, but since it’s a big celebration yet still in your home, we would pull out something like this. It's not a birthday without something sweet... but we would suggest this. It’s a fun departure from cake but still a treat (and can hold a candle if that is of interest). Take your dessert into another room to change up the setting - possibly the den with a fire if it’s a chilly evening or to an outdoor spot if you have warmer temperatures. 

If you are feeling ambitious you could serve a night cap like this one served in these glasses. Regardless, we hope the 80s hits are turned up for a late night dance party to send you off into your 40s in style. Cheers to you! 



Drinks: a signature cocktail to start; wine at dinner in our starry glasses

Food: an easy appetizer like this one and simple cheese board; delicious dinner and salad; make-ahead dessert

Table: candlelight and votives with a low centerpiece

Attire: we love this look for a birthday girl

Playlist: ‘80s hits found here

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