Surprise! A 40th birthday full of pink and gold

Surprise! An unforgettable night filled with pink and gold. #birthday #40thbirthday #surpriseparty #party

Last week, our resident party planner, Elizabeth, shared her 5 must-have items for easy party planning. This week, she’s back to show us how she put those helpful tips to use for her sister’s surprise 40th birthday party!

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With my big sis turning 40 this year, I knew we just had to celebrate this milestone with an unforgettable celebration.

So I met with her hubs and best friend to begin scheming… I mean planning her surprise 40th birthday party.

Surprise! An unforgettable night filled with pink and gold. #birthday #40thbirthday #surpriseparty #party

As you can tell from the shocked look on her face, we GOT HER!

Once the initial shock of the surprise began to wear off, she was taken aback by how many little details were included in the celebration that were a direct reflection of her.

Surprise! An unforgettable night filled with pink and gold. #birthday #40thbirthday #surpriseparty #party

Surprise! An unforgettable night filled with pink and gold. #birthday #40thbirthday #surpriseparty #party

For starters, we incorporated her favorite colors—hot pink and gold—into just about everything we did.

Since she LOVES pink gerbera daisies, and is never caught without a flower in her hair, we incorporated florals into the invite, the decor, and even had guests add one to their own hair upon arriving.

Surprise! An unforgettable night filled with pink and gold. #birthday #40thbirthday #surpriseparty #party

The celebration took place at her best friend’s beautiful lakehouse, with the backdrop of Lake Erie and a golden summer sunset.

Guests mingled on one of three available patios, and a mini-bar was set up on the rooftop patio, complete with lounge seating, twinkle lights, and paper lanterns.

Surprise! An unforgettable night filled with pink and gold. #birthday #40thbirthday #surpriseparty #party

I’m pretty sure everyone’s favorite part of the celebration were the tapas served by the amazing Marigold Catering, and the bar stocked with all the ingredients for Moscow Mules—the guest of honor’s favorite cocktail.

Surprise! An unforgettable night filled with pink and gold. #birthday #40thbirthday #surpriseparty #party

Last, but definitely not least, everyone gathered to watch the sunset, and then we lit and launched 25 paper Chinese lanterns (we intended to launch all 40, but ran out of steam). It was great seeing guests make wishes as they sent their lantern free.

Surprise! An unforgettable night filled with pink and gold. #birthday #40thbirthday #surpriseparty #party

But, the night wasn’t complete until my sisters and I hopped into the photo booth to make one last memory!

I still can’t believe that we were able to pull off the surprise without any suspicion. And all that glitter that’s STILL turning up in my house was worth it.

I know she would argue—as sisters do—but I’m sure I had more fun planning this celebration than she did attending!

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All photos courtesy of Elizabeth Draeger and Tess Smith Photography

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  1. Nathan says:

    My friends and I done Chinese lanterns a few years ago. We actually done them because we were all at University together but it was our last year and knew we wouldn’t see each other as much. It was to symbolise that regardless of how far each of us would travel our friendship would still be a light at the end of the tunnel.

    I moved only a few hundred miles, but my closest friend moved thousands of miles away to Oz. We still talk most weeks and we are still very close friends regardless of the distance between us.

    Sorry, I know it has nothing to do with what you wrote about, but the picture reminded me of that night.

    • Elizabeth Draeger says:

      Nathan, thanks so much for sharing! I love that the photos of the party reminded you of a special memory you shared with your close friends. Thanks for reading and stay in touch with those dear friends!

  2. I like pink color.

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