Well, better late than never. I was really hoping to get this post up long before now, but hey such is life right now… C R A Z Y. Thanks for being patient, because I am beyond excited to share with you one of my best birthdays yet! It’s filled with a few snip-it’s about the party + all the pretty details and lots and lots of pictures taken by the very talented Ana & Jerome. Every detail was perfect, planned by the love of my life and put together by some of Cabo’s most creative minds. I’m one lucky girl to have spent a week in paradise with my some of my favorite people on earth and surround by so much love. Consider this an invite, put your dancin’ shoes on and enjoy the party!
Cabo is one of our favorite places to vacation, so when it came time to planning my 40th birthday my husband knew this is where it had to be. Party planning and decorating are not in Steve’s wheelhouse and especially being married to someone like me, who turns everyday life into a party. HA! He knew he must call in the expert, Lynette Dow of Amy Abbott Events, if he was going to pull this one off. He secured this AMAZING home through Cabo Luxury that sits on the edge of the Sea of Cortez. Maybe amazing doesn’t even begin to cover it. This home was an absolutely DREAM. I mean you guys…..I have never in my life seen anything like it. It was the most perfect accommodations for 14 of our lifelong friends to join us for a week of celebrations.
It wasn’t long before Steve decided he better hand the party planning over to the girls. Which quite honestly was the best gift he could have given me. There’s nothing I LOVE more than planning a party. We all got down to business and started planning the birthday party of my dreams. I knew I wanted a modern, yet elegant party with all the fun of a fiesta. Most of the colors in my life, from my wardrobe to my home are shades of white, pops of black and touches of gold. I gave Lynette and Marianna of Event Design all the ideas and they ran with them. They both were on top of every detail, making sure we had the time of our lives. Boy did we ever!
Pina Hernandez of Pina Cate was brought in to add her beautiful flora touches. Together these ladies took my love of clean lines with a modern edginess in black and white to select the perfect decor and flowers. The flowers and leaves that they used, included potted succulents which added great texture to the table tops. The pottery vases and stone votives gave a little masculine feel to the feminine flowers which softened the palate perfectly. The Alcapulco style furniture is modern + fun and currently on-trend. It gave the terrace an industrial feel, but was effortlessly softened with floral accents. From the napkins to the pillows each detail complimented the next.
There were lounge areas set up around the party inviting our friends to gather and take a moment to enjoy the beautiful views and setting sun that painted the most exquisite backdrop for the party. It truly was insanely gorgeous and everything couldn’t have been more perfect!
Upon arrival each guest was handed a delicious margarita that was poured inside a cucumber that had been hand carved with their name. All the while the sound of the mariachi band lead them to the party. It was perfect and I was so surprised by this addition to the party. That hubby of mine outdid himself yet again. I pretty much want a mariachi band at every function. HA! Not to mention the chef and his team created the most delicious Mexican fare you ever did taste. I’m still dreaming about those stuffed avocados.
Not to mention the chef and his team created the most delicious Mexican fare you ever did taste. I’m still dreaming about those stuffed avocados. So damn good. Through out the night we continued to devour all this amazing food, and each bite was better than the next. We wanted a flow of passed food, allowing the party to stay upbeat and full of fun. We had been sitting family style together each night leading up to the party, so passed hors d’oeuvres seemed the way to go. The chefs attention to detail did not go unnoticed. I don’t know about you, but Mexican food is my life line.
Beautiful flower crowns created by Pina Hernandez were given to each one of my girls. Each one woven with delicate green and white flowers. A special one was created just for the birthday girl that had the addition of wild white roses and mini succulents to give it a little extra touch. I felt like a princess, or maybe a bride. We did just celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary earlier this spring, so why not. The planning was just as much fun as a wedding. And I’d marry this hunk again and again.
Dj Alex played all our favorite eighties and nineties hits during cocktail hour, then took us right past curfew will all the top pop dance hits and classic rock. We never wanted to stop dancing, and we never did. My friend Jen even tried her hand at the whole DJ thing. It was so great. He definitely knew how to keep this crew going. And thanks to you guys, we had one hell of a play list.
Sweet Dreams Cabo was behind making this stunning two tiered cake adorned with succulents made of fondant. Inside was a rich chocolate cake with ganache filling, that was not to be over shadowed by the bottom tier vanilla cake with buttercream filing which was equally as divine. Atop sat the word f o r t y no candles necessary, just sparklers that danced in the back ground as we sang happy birthday and toasted to a lifetime of friendship.
It was the perfect evening to close out a magical week celebrating this milestone with my closest friends, in one of the most beautiful places in the world. It’s sure to never be forgotten. Bring on the next 40!
LIVIN LA VIDA LANDYN
THE MOVIE | PRODUCED BY NICOLLE CLAWSON
So, I have this badass friend. She’s a wife, mom, accomplished songwriter and all around creative genius. She’s pure magic with a camera and same can be said with video. She secretly captured all these moments during our week there together, and gave me this video to cherish forever. I’ve watched it a million times, and each time I cry. There is no greater gift than the memories you create. And boy did we ever. I love you, Nic. Thank you for this. And yes…go follow her @nicatnitemusic and be prepared to have your mind blown daily.
EVENT INFO + SOURCES
Custom Cups + Napkins: You’re Invited Nashville
Mariachi: Mariachi Nuevo Jalisciense Oficial
facebook: Mariachi Nuevo Jalisciense Oficial
Music: DJ Alex Alanis
Lighting: Let it Be Events
Sand Lounge Decor: Del Cabo Event Design
Home Rental: Cabo Luxury