Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Family, Friends, and Fabulous at Forty!

Let me start off this post by saying that being in the center of attention can be difficult for me. You wouldn't always know it but I am inherently a very shy person. Combining 6 friends from 30 years of  different walks of life with 2 cousins at a place I love was only a little worrisome for me because I wanted it to go so well. Other than a few roadblocks (literally, meaning icy roads) the weekend was amazingly special to me.

It started with a special guest~

I had joked about wanting snow for my birthday. The location of my gathering typically had snow on the ground in February, but it had all completely melted away a few weeks before my party. But it returned in all of it's frosty glory! In fact, the snow almost prevented the weekend from happening!

A beautiful herd of deer crossing the road in front of us and heading up the hill. These were 3 of around 8 total.

We stayed in a cozy log cabin at the top of a winding, steep, snowy road. Our celebration kicked off with a happy hour jewelry party in the ranch house. This large room has so much history and character! I set up the table decor for light snacks and beverages.

I made the faux grain sack runners. I'm making some for the shop later this month!

A party isn't a party without M&M's, right?

Look at the view through those doors!

The line of jewelry is called Silpada Designs. Have you heard of it? It is sterling silver and really fun, both elegant and western. Perfect for this rustic cowgirl! I can't wait to show you what I got after it's delivered. By the way, the woman who hosted got those great dress form jewelry holders on the left side of the table from Pottery Barn Teen.

I didn't get as many pictures as I liked (I was too busy snacking on goodies and trying on beautiful jewelry!) After the party my friends and I went to a nice dinner. It was a chilly snowy night most of us ordered a cozy helping of pot roast and garlic mashed potatoes and veggies.

The toast I made our first night says it all~

here's to family, friends, and fabulous at forty!

Thank you all for your sweet birthday wishes! I'll back soon to share a new project inspiration!



Rachel Noelle said...

You are fabulous!!!;) Happy Birthday!!! Hugs,Rachel

French Farmhouse 425

Lolo @ The Adventures of Stig and Lolo said...

What fun! You are too cute Michelle :) Happy 40th girlfriend!!!

Desert Rose said...

What a special weekend and yes...you are fabulous!!! Don't forget...you have another party in the desert to think about...or u can just be surprised!!!

A Cottage Muse said...

Happy 40th....what a great party!!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

So glad you had a wonderful time and you got snow for your birthday! 40 looks fabulous on you!

Sares said...

It looks so pretty there with all the snow! Your decorations look great too. My sister said you really got a lot of jewelery, I can't wait to see it all!

Jennifer Rizzo said...

Happy belated birthday! You don't even look 40! You look adorable! How cool that those deer were so close!

Tricia - A Rosy Note said...

Sounds like a wonderful day! Happy Belated Birthday Michelle :)

Sandi Smith said...

Sounds like fun was had by all Michelle ... a wonderful way to celebrate forty youthful years!
Warmest Hugs,
Sandi @ Ess D'Ess Bears and Bearly Sane Studio