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Karens 75th Birthday Party

For my dear friend Karen, I wanted to create a special birthday since she is turning 75. 
The theme is ballerina since she takes ballet lessons. I booked a private room at an upscale restaurant. There were 12 of us. The post is picture intensive, so be warned.
The ballerina gift bags were a Etsy find.  Vintage Style Ballerina Doll Toppers with Ruffled Tutus were added to my homemade Carrot Cake cupcakes. 
Sorry the photos are not the best quality. It was a rainy day and the private room had low lighting.

I created a ballerina out of my dress form.  The gift bags, ballerina cupcakes and dress form made a lovely centerpiece.

The cake is carrot cake.  I had ordered these fondant ballet slippers for the top of the cake.

The ballerina cake stand I bought online.

I set the table with rose paper placemats and folded pink rose napkins. I bought a tiara for Karen.
I was happy to arrive at the restaurant early before my guests arrived.  It gave me time to set the table and the displays. Party planning is fun.  Sometimes it can be also stressful. Just ask my husband.😁

I created these lovely pretty paper plates online with Zazzle.

The vintage paper ballerinas made great cupcake toppers. Thank goodness for Etsy.

I put in a lot of planning for this special birthday party.

We started with a toast to Karen and her special guests.

June and I. June came a little early to help me set up.  She also took some of the photos.

Susan brought the bubbly Chandon to help celebrate Karen's special birthday. 

Time for the birthday cake.  We sang happy birthday and Karen blew out her candles.

Make a wish Karen.

Karen received these lovely ballet slippers in pink.
Karen modeled the darling ballet slippers for us all.

Karen and Susan.
Each guest received a pink ballerina gift bag filled with the above items.

All in all, a beautiful birthday party for Karen.  Thanks to June and my husband, Paul for helping.
Many thanks to Susan for providing the Chandon champagne.  It was the icing on the cake.

All of Karen's guests made this birthday party very special with their presence. Thank you ladies.

May you have many more.

A video I created with some photos. You can watch it in the post or go to YouTube.

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  1. You’re the hostess with the mostess Linda! What a fabulous birthday party with all your pretty in pink details! The cake with fondant slippers is over the top beautiful! I know a good time must have been had by all and especially the birthday girl. ♥

  2. Linda, how very generous and creative of you to make Karen's 75th so very special! So many touches! I adore the plates you designed on Zazzle, amd that cake stand. I can imagine ho thrilled Karen was. Awesome party!

  3. You tell your friend Karen I think she is lying about her age! That, or she's a fabulous 75! As for the party -- WOW. Who wouldn't be over the moon to have such a glorious celebration planned by a dear friend. All the touches are just perfect, Linda. I love every bit but especially your creative thinking outside of the box. Fabulous!

  4. What a beautiful and memorable birthday party you created for her! You are a true friend,

  5. Linda this is so fabulous. You are the best friend anyone could ever have. This party is so fun and cute and pretty. Wow you girls in California age so well. None of you look your age. This is such a lovely honor for your friend from your giving and talented heart. Just love this all. I want to live near you and crash your parties. Looks like a great group of girlfriends too. Hugs. Kris

  6. Wowza Linda, what a party! Magazine worthy! So many incredible details, you absolutely thought of everything! I'm sure Karen was overwhelmed, it looks like you all must have had so much fun! I'll have to check on Zazzle, how cool you designed your own plates! Thanks so much for sharing, it would be hard to top this party!

  7. Linda wow.. she will never forget this.You must love her to bits.Fabulous everything..Everything..she belies her age..The toe shoes:) When we moved from Mtl to the suburbs I was 10 and was just about to start toe at The Mary Beetles School of Dance..I never took ballet again..so these brought beautiful memories back.I used to practice standing on my bare toes lol.. a feat since I was quite bulky.Kudos.

  8. Wow! Your friend, Karen, is one blessed lady to have a caring friend like you! Such an intentional, thought-filled effort you put into every detail to make it so perfect for her. You are so beautiful—inside and out, Linda, and such a dear blessing to this world.

  9. Karen it one extremely lucky gal. Lol. Every single design from the smallest to largest detail was awesome. And those ballet slippers. The restaurant. Wonderful.

  10. Lucky Karen..You are truly a good friend..

  11. Oh my gosh Linda... what a beautiful party! I went back through the pictures 3 times and I'm still not sure I saw all the little details. Such a lucky lady to have a friend that put so much time and effort into making her celebration so incredible. Happy Birthday Karen! Thanks so much for sharing your pictures Linda.

  12. Linda, you are a party planner extraordinaire!! What a lovely celebration for your friend, the details are perfect. It looks like everyone had a great time! You should write a party planning book...you think of everything!!

  13. Linda, you did a great job with the party. You decorated the table and room so nice with the ballerina theme. The cake and cupcakes look so pretty. You made the day so special for your friend and I'm glad everything turned out great.

  14. Linda, what a fabulous party for the birthday lady! I know she absolutely loved every detail that you planned and carried out so beautifully. She is blessed to have you as a friend 💗

  15. Oh my goodness, Linda, you are the party planner extraordinaire!! You think of all the perfect details, and gifts, to make everything so special. Karen looks 25 years younger! She can’t be 75! Happy Birthday to you dear friend.

  16. What a beautiful birthday party. We love the Ballet theme. Congratulations to Karen for taking ballet lessons. Linda, you are a wonderful friend.Wishing Karen happiness and blessings throughout her birthday year.
    Joan,Marion and Marilyn

  17. I love how you went all out with this fabulous party for your friend and I'm sure she was thrilled. The ballerina theme in pink is darling and the cake was so special. True friendship........

  18. What a darling theme for her birthday! Everything is done so well. Love the ballerina plates and the ballerinas on the cupcakes! I’m sure she felt so special! Liz@homeandgardeningwithliz.com

  19. Karen is one lucky lady to have a friend like you! I don't know how you could top this one - the amount of work (and love!) you put into this surely shows.

  20. What a fabulous way to turn the calendar!! This is absolutely lovely---all the coordination and the love that went into it, the happy guests honoring such a sweet friend, and a hostess who puts her ALL into every project. The decor, the venue, the time and interest it took to choose and curate all those beautiful ballet items, just for her---she will remember this as her BEST birthday of all. And that PINK---you already had ME at the Pink. (I'm the happy lady in green, down at the other end, enjoying everything). Scrumptious.


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