A Birthday Dinner
Southern hospitality fit for a Southern gentleman.
Food & Entertaining | January 2014
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To celebrate her husband’s 35th birthday event, design and party planning expert Michelle Hope planned a surprise dinner for her husband Darrin with six of their closest friends. To make it memorable, she incorporated some special details and his favorite color: green.
Wade and Company did the catering and created a delectable menu comprised of his favorite foods. “We even had a signature drink — Caramel Whiskey Cider — and custom cookies (by The Painted Cookie) that doubled as dessert and placecards,” says Hope. “My favorite detail was the placemats designed by Zerilla Designs. They included details and inside jokes about the birthday boy and his life, and showcased our menu in the center,” she adds.
No matter what birthday you are celebrating or what budget you are working with, you can always do something to make it special and memorable. Keeping the guest list small is a great way to make the celebration more intimate and budget friendly. You can prepare food yourself, make it a potluck and have the guests all contribute a dish, or splurge and hire a caterer to prepare a private dinner. In lieu of a large cake, we opted for a delicious dessert, which is also a wallet-friendly option.
Choosing a location for the party other than your home can make it easier to surprise the honored guest and less stressful for the host. “I chose the Vault at Metro 67, which was perfect for an intimate setting and also needed little added decor. An estate-sized table and some Chiavari chairs from Classic Party Rentals were all I needed for this dinner party. I was able to get a gorgeous moss, crinkle linen and coordinating napkins from Mahaffey Party Rentals, which created the perfect canvas for all the details and dinner,” says Hope.
Simple flower arrangements by Ashlye McCormick Designs lined the long dining room table and candlelight really created the perfect ambiance inside the vault. Creation Studios was there to capture it all on camera and ensure we had these precious memories preserved. “No matter what you do, get good pictures so you can relive it and share it with others,” advises Hope.
PhotographyDonny Granger, Creation Studioscreationstudiosgallery.com
Event DesignMichelle Hope, Social Butterflies 901.828.9321, sb-events.com
CateringWade & Co. 901.260.3766,wadeandcompanycatering.com
FlowersAshlye McCormick Designs 832.226.1568, ashlyemccormick.com
RentalsMahaffey Tent & Party RentalAngela Watson 901.457.1909, mahaffeytent.com
Classic Party RentalsDavid Platt 310.966.4900, ClassicPartyRentals.com
Cookie PlacecardsThe Painted Cookie 901.246.7180, thepaintedcookiellc.com
Paper DetailsZerilla Designs 901.634.8808, zerilladesign.com
VenueMetro 6767 Madison Ave, Memphis 901.578.2630, metro67.com