40th Birthday

i’m still coming down. Last Friday night we surprised Scott for his 40th birthday. Emphasis on the word “surprise” because i do believe we achieved the impossible! All that secret holding, bluffing, planning, and organizing that’s now done has me feeling empty handed this week!

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Party planning is one of my true loves… i get a kick outta putting an event together. This one was a bit different because scott typically isn’t the type that wants all the attention on him (unless it’s his idea..but thats for another blog post!!) My focus was very simple: i wanted every element of the party to be something he would love or that reflected him. And i hope, with the exception of the peonies arrangements (listen, they needed to complete the look so nuff said) that he would agree it was an evening tailor made for him.

Heres a peek at Scott’s 40th bash, starting with the coaster invite:

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Venue: Jason and Pam’s backyard. Let’s just say me and the Weather network were very tight the last week. Love hate relationship, but in the end more love than hate. (YAY!)

We had fun putting together the decor elements. It definitely needed to have a masculine vibe… We went rustic and covered our tables in burlap with chalkboard cloth toppers. And because Scott doesn’t like anything too normal, we ditched plates and made boxes our dishes of choice.  Centerpieces were kept simple with rustic troughs filled with succulents. And yes, i did have to add some peonies just to round it out. Thrown casually into glass cream jugs, they were put together in minutes.

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I also loved the idea of forgoing regular folding chairs so benches it was! It allowed for easy moving around and moving down the “line” as the evening went along. Globe lighting provided tons of ambiance and actual light when the sun set. i have to admit, something about globe lighting just makes me incredibly happy…it just has that chilled out, hot summer night vibe!

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Cheers to 40 years was the name of the game…We held a beer tasting with both known and pretty obscure ales, pilsners, lagers, you got it. Guests were given steins with a a grading card to keep their notes on their tastes. These steins also served as take home gifts for our guests. Chalkboard labels staked their claim!

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We also added a mojito station for those who aren’t beer lovers (ME ME!!!!)…fresh classic or strawberry mojitos were on hand.


Dinner is served: Michael from the Rolling Chef, made all of Scott’s faves:

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 I gotta say…those yam fries were KILLER!!!!!


When it came to desserts we once more wanted to re-create all of Scott’s favourites…he has quite the range of tastes!!! On the menu were ice cream pops (3 different varieties that said SCOTT… tiger ice cream, mint chocolate chip and rolo/skor), chocolate dipped potato chips, individual cheesecakes and individual pecan pies. To finish it off, there were cookie sandwiches: bacon chocolate chip with chocolate ganache, peanut butter, and ginger chocolate with brown sugar cinnamon buttercream.  HUGE thanks to Pam, Berkeley and Andrea for helping with the dessert creations!!! Scott was in heaven!


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The highlight of the evening was having live music. Andrew Christopher along with fellow musician Dylan, came for the entire evening of entertained us with their huge range of cover tunes. Ok..for those of you who know Scott, can you say COVER TUNES???? Seriously, i may just have hit the motherlode! The range of their music was only underscored by their talent …serious talent and we can’t wait to hear them again!

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You know what makes a good party right? It’s the people! I gotta say, Scott has some pretty awesome friends and family…so i think the crowd was simply RAD!

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Little extras:

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Sugar cookies with pics of Scott over the years…you’ve come a long way baby!

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Cookies with some of Scott’s infamous sayings were sent home with guests

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We did it!!! A huge thanks to all that helped..the list is LONG! Couldn’t have done it without you!!! And most of all, Happy 40th Scotty xoxo

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Dinner Food: Michael of the Rolling Chef

Rentals (Benches, Crates): Trove Vintage Rentals

Globe Lights: Target

Centerpiece Troughs: Save On Crafts

Photos: Lacey Cebula

Music: Andrew Christopher

Boxes and Liners: HY Louie

Disposable Silverware, French Fry Cones: Bio and Chic

Menus, Beer tasting cards: StickPeoplePress

Invites and Labels: Etsy

Burlap: Overseas Fabrics – Abbotsford, BC

Chalkboard Cloth: Online Fabric Store

Sugar Cookies: Pam’s Cookies


  • FlaureBear

    So amazing…the heart and love that you two put into this party shines through in all of the touches. You are hired or my 50th!! For sure!

    • Pam

      Thanks so much Flaire! Laurel spent hours looking for ideas and she really had an amazing vision and put it all together!! It was SOOO awesome having Lacey here to help!! She’s amazing! And we are definitely on for your 50th!!! It would be an honor! ~Pam

  • Nancy

    Such a fun and creative party! You girls looked great! Quick question..Where do you get your hair cut? Pam your cut looks so great, mine is that length but I need a style update. Please share 🙂

    • Pam

      Hi Nancy! Thanks so much for the compliment! I most recently had my hair cut and colored at Bar Code in Abbotsford. It’s in the complex across from Safeway on South Fraser Way. The owner cut my hair…her name is Lisa!! She’s a lot of fun and I have to recommend their shellac pedicure as well!!

      • Nancy

        Thanks for the tips!!

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  • Gena Hassett

    Wow!!! You are AMAZING!!!! I want to come to one of your parties!!!!!!!!

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  • Jennifer Bott

    Absolutely, fantastic party decor! I was wondering where the bowls filled with chips and pretzels were from?

    • Pam

      Hi Jennifer, we purchased them from Real Canadian Superstore. They change their stock with each season, but I was there recently and they have a lot of really fun summer entertaining pieces right now!

  • angela

    This looks amazing! I am really interested in learning more about your beer testing. Did you just have open beers and people could sample different ones in their beer stein? What was written on the note cards?

    • Hi Angela! When people would try the beer they would take the entire can/bottle unless they opted to have it split with a friend. It was super helpful to have someone “running” the beer table, who could split the beer, etc. The note cards gave enough lines to list each of the types of beer that were tried and then a rating system 1-5 1 being “I’d rather drink water out of the lake” to 5 which was “Liquid Gold”, along with space for notes. It was a ton of fun…and would recommend it for an interactive party:)

  • Michelle Trench

    Just came across a link to this on Pinterest…What an amazing party! I love every single detail. You are obviously very talented and SO creative. I’m sure your husband had a fabulous time, and really felt the love!! Cheers to (his) 40 years 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Michelle! I really do love the planning stages of a party (maybe even more so than the actual party itself ha!) My husband Scott had a great evening…and i had a ton of fun preparing! Thanks so much for your kind words:)

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