The vision for this party began about 4 years ago. We were at a local winery (I think for my husband’s 36th birthday ironically) and there was this incredible singer/guitarist that I approached and said “in 4 years my husband turns 40 and I’d love for you to be in our backyard singing while we enjoy an outdoor dinner”. I am sure he laughed me off but can you imagine what he thought when I contacted him 3 1/2 years later?!?! From there, I knew I wanted lights in the trees, farmhouse tables, charivari chairs, sunflowers and a bourbon tasting bar. Let the planning begin…
I used a combination of my wedding China, my Mom’s China, my grandmother’s and my aunts.
I knew I wanted sunflowers as the main flower with hints of purple in the arrangement. Well, I am the luckiest gal in the neighborhood because my neighbor LOVES flowers and gardening. She asked for an inspiration picture and she did 10 times better than I could even imagine. I think the flowers stole the show!!
My other amazing neighbor, Sally, does photography on the side, just as a hobby and captured all of these photos. We were literally standing and chatting in the very beginning of the party and she says “don’t move Tiffani!!” and VOILA she captured this shot and titled it “the hostess”…hahaha
I had fun putting this fact sheet together with the help of Peter’s Mom and sister, Emily 🙂
Peter and I love Moscow Mules and so I (with the suggestion of a friend that knows us so well ;-)) had fun with a bit of a twist to it, making it ours and named it the Breton Bay Mule 🙂
I ADORE the way the Bourbon Tasting Bar turned out!!
A huge thank you to Ron, Kathy’s husband who was the ring leader for hanging every single light in the back yard. My father-in-law was a huge help to Ron and Peter may have helped just a teeny bit 😉
I am the luckiest gal around to call this amazing man my husband!! Happy Birthday Peter!!
Thank you to Kathryn’s Crafty Cakes for another amazing cake creation!!
These were the favor cookies handed out to guests when they left. Another beautiful job by Kathryn’s Crafty Cakes!! The poem is by myself and my Mom (well, mostly my Mom!!).
Erin from LexDesignsCo created this perfect invitation for the party. I asked her for rustic and a bit masculine…she nailed it. She also created the Bourbon Bar information cards, the Bourbon labels, the cookie favor poem cards and the Peter poster. I highly recommend her and her Etsy shop!!
This is my family…my amazing parents, my brother Miles, and my sister Colleen (not pictured, my youngest brother Michael)
I am doing a post on the outfit I wore to the party on Wednesday!! It’s one of my favorites so I am super excited about the post!!
Photography by Sally Wise. THANK YOU for capturing this special party for us!! We will treasure the book you gave us FOREVER!!
Leah Lowe says
I absolutely love party planning and you nailed it with this theme! LOVE the whiskey barrels and string lights! Your tablescapes with the greenery garnish is perfect, it’s all in the details and you nailed it beautifully!
x – L e a h
Thank you so much Leah!!! It’s so nice when a vision actually happens!!
What a gorgeous party! Happy belated birthday girl. Those centerpieces are absolutely stunning.
Nicole Leffew says
Holy crap this looks freaking amazing girl!!!! Can you plan my next party?!! Wow! Love the table and the bar!
Anytime Nicole!!! Anytime!!!
Janis Rien says
Absolutely love all of the photos! Tiffani, you have an amazing style and imagination. One day, I expect to see these beautiful ideas in a home design magazine. Congrats on a wonderful celebration for your husband’s 40th!
Janis, you are SO SWEET!! I wld be in HEAVEN if anything of mine ended up in a magazine!!
First of all, you both look 25!! This was SO WELL DONE!! I am literally obsessed with ALL the details!! I just did my husbands 30th in July and it was SO much work lol but so fun!
And first of all THANK YOU!! And secondly, OMG, I’m right there with you, it was so. much. work. But truly worth every bit of it!!
This is incredible! I’ve never seen a birthday party quite like this – I’m blown away (and a bit envious!) That table setting was gorgeous, and I love all the unique details that made it personal! Y’all look so young!
Thank you Emily!! I would only go that over the top for a special bday like 40!!
Oh my gosh this turned out absolutely amazing!!!! I’m so impressed. I love the idea of the bourbon tasting bar. Everything even down to the table settings looks phenomenal. Great work babe!!! Cutest post xoxo
Thank you so much Mackenzie!! It was so much fun putting together all of those details!!
Omg, I am absolutely loving the aesthetic of this whole party! Seriously, everything looks perf!! Especially the table setting! Can you plan my next birthday party? <3
You are so sweet Abby!! I’d LOVE to!!
Kathryn's Crafty Cakes says
OMG everything looks so amazing Tiffani!!! What a wonderful party!!!! Great job!! And I met Sally also! She’s wonderful!! 🙂
Thank YOU ask much!! The cake and the cookies were such special touches!! Thank you!!!
Omg girl! Such a beautiful birthday party!! When I get married, you’re totally helping me plan!
If it’s in St Mary’s…you got it!!!!
Jessica Weinberg (@whatsfordinesq) says
You look stunning! And the party looks like it was an amazing time!
Wonderful party! Exquisite decor! And you look beautiful! Congrats!
Jenna at Boston Chic Party says
Tiffani, every detail of this party is absolutely flawless! I love the bourbon bar (my hubby would too!), the bistro lights and the long table with absolutely gorgeous flowers. What a beautiful way to celebrate your husband’s birthday! Can’t wait for more details on your stunning look!
The Amazing Adventures of Pregnancy says
Wow! I just came across this post.
Everything is amazing: the theme, decorations, setting, your outfit!