Big 4-0 Birthday Dinner Party

This event was for a male 40th birthday! A celebration dinner party alfresco. I went with the colors of blue and green because they are typically “male” colors, and matched the hydrangeas beautifully. There are lots more pics in our Flickr set or Facebook album.
  •  The take home favors were chocolate covered oreosstacked and wrapped.
  •  Our little homage to the birthday guy: picture of him at age 2, and “C” for Chuck, was on the cookiesinserted into cupcakes. The icing was tinted a pale green.
Because this was a gathering of friends who all know each other pretty well, a fun game to play was “2 truths and a lie.” Each person writes down 3 statements, 2 are true and 1 is a lie. Everyone else guesses which they think the lie is…Fun with lots of laughs!
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Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and contributor to, Marie Callender's, and SheKnows. Most recently her work has been published in Woman's World, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. Wow you couldn't ask for a prettier background! Everything looks great.

  2. Dollface says:

    haha.. Happy birthday hubby!! xxoo

  3. Susan Crabtree says:

    love all the details-everything looks great!

  4. Natasha @ Fête Fanatic says:

    What a pretty tablescape! Your hydrangeas are perfect! Love the colors.

  5. Christi Bennett says:

    GORGEOUS party! I love the palette of blue and green!

  6. Great tablescape!

  7. Elizabeth Howard says:

    What a beautiful party and tablescape! You did a fabulous job and I am sure the party was fun too. Question about the paper lanterns…what did you use to hang them from outdoors above the table? I love using them, but sometimes don't have the right spot to hang them.

  8. [email protected] says:

    Wow, it all looks amazing! I love seeing men's parties! I'll be linking.

  9. bketler says:

    What a beautiful party! What a lucky guy he is!

  10. lisalyn says:

    Very very cool party! I love the colors! The tablescapes are really neat too! Those jars for glasses….love it. And what guy doesn't love oreo cookies….great favor idea.

  11. Chris @ Celebrations At Home says:

    Thank you everyone!

    Elizabeth, I set the table up under a tent so we hung them from the overhead bars. If you don't have a tent, you may be able to string a line between 2 points(2 trees, for instance) and hang the lanterns from the line.

    Rachel, I would love the link…I love your site!

  12. It all looks so great – love the color choices!

  13. Kim - The TomKat Studio says:

    Gorgeous tablescape & details! Nice work!

  14. Shelley@divinepartyconcepts says:

    You did a great job as always!!

  15. Jessica says:

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

  16. love, love! great color combo, chris.

  17. Chris
    To say i adore your site is a big understatement, its FABULOUS!!!! Your ideas are spectacular and not $$ over the top either! I can't wait to read all your back posts!!! Lori

  18. Enchanted Expectations says:

    This party is fantastic. I love the color combo. You always have the best place card holders. Where do you find them?

  19. Christi Bennett says:

    I know I have already left a comment, but I just have to tell you again how great the first picture is! It should be in a magazine or book! What camera do you use?

  20. Chris @ Celebrations At Home says:

    Christi, you are too kind. We have a "semi-fancy" Minolta camera…and believe me, my photography skills are somewhere between basic and barely there!; D

    Enchanted Expectations, are you refering to the tags around the straws? Those are from a pad of sticky notes with pink, green, and blue tripes on it. I just cut out the blue and the green stripes to wrap around the straws!

  21. Chris @ Celebrations At Home says:

    I guess I should add, the note on the "game" table is from a piece of card stock I've had for a while, and the holder is from Office Depot.

  22. Ginette says:

    Wow, that is magazine perfect!

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