First, the one that happened. My 40th. My husband was going to be out of town for work and was not able to reschedule his trip. Normally we don't make a big deal out of each other's birthdays, but come on. This was 40. And we were going through a lot of job stress at home. I realized I could not sit back and wait for him to plan something special for my birthday.
I had to do it myself.
And so I did. I secured a private room in an Italian restaurant and invited all my girlfriends for dinner. Though the restaurant didn't normally serve family style, I insisted. Friends would be arriving at various times depending on their babysitter or husband's schedules, and some wouldn't stay the entire time. I didn't want them spending time staring at the menu and waiting for their food to arrive - especially if they weren't on the same schedule. We had a huge table, lots of wine, great food and conversation. Though I didn't decorate, I did come up with some table questions, placed at each plate, since those coming didn't all know each other. It was a perfect evening.
She is making beaded jewelry to sell, with proceeds going to Breaking the Chain through Education (BTCTE),
which frees child slaves in Ghana and provides them with a school for education. To say I'm proud of her for doing this in an understatement. She's already reached her first goal of raising $880 to rehabilitate one child slave, and her next goal is $1,000 to provide school supplies for 100 kids. As the girls' party favors, she will make them all custom beaded bracelets (I'll make a donation to BTCTE for the jewelry). She'll give them in cute containers like this - we haven't decided which one yet (all images are Beau-Coup products):
We look forward to celebrating her milestone birthday in meaningful way.
Here's some great information on kids' birthday party locations in the Bay Area.
Thank you to Beau-Coup for sponsoring this post.