Darra’s Surprise 40th Birthday Party

Saturday I helped throw a surprise 40th birthday party for my good friend Darra along with our other friends Alison and Tracie and her fiance Henry. Darra was not shy about insisting Henry throw her a party. Little did she know that the four of us had started planning a surprise party for her months previously. Her actual birthday isn’t for a couple more weeks. We wanted to throw the party before her birthday so that she would be truly surprised. Her fake birthday party that Henry pretended was happening to throw her off the scent and get her off his case isn’t until September 21.

Lest you think the birthday girl wasn’t actually surprised think again.

Photo courtesy of Alison
Photo courtesy of Alison
Photo courtesy of Alison
Photo courtesy of Alison

We held the party at the Woman’s Industrial Exchange, specifically in the Woman’s Industrial Kitchen. The restaurant is only open for lunch on weekdays, so they rent it out for parties on evenings and weekends. The space was actually included with the catering. We found it to be very reasonably priced and the food was excellent. Irene who runs the restaurant was also great to work with. I only met her the day of the event as Henry did the leg work on getting everything booked, but she was very accommodating with our requests and everything turned out wonderfully.

The array of delicious food
The array of delicious food

And some close ups of a few of the dishes.

Gazpacho shot glasses
Gazpacho shot glasses
Deviled eggs
Deviled eggs
BLTs and pulled pork sandwiches
BLTs and pulled pork sandwiches

We provided the desserts.

I made some cookies that said 40 on them. Darra preferred to hold them upside and read them as saying Oh.

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Tracie made a delicious and beautifully made chocolate, red wine, blackberry cake.

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There is a craft shop in front of the restaurant. Henry lured Darra in by saying he wanted to look for something in the craft shop. One of the staff members was in on the plan and told him that what he was looking for was in the back and led them back into the restaurant where we all jumped out and yelled surprise!

I think the birthday girl was quite pleased with her surprise, and I think all the guests had an excellent time as well.

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