GOODBYE FORTY!

Last week, I said goodbye to my fortieth year.  I remember when my parents turned forty and it seemed like they were senior citizens.  My father surprised my mother with a jukebox that she filled with all of her favorite 45 records (remember those?)  In reward for good behavior growing up, my mother would let me and my brother go to the record store every Friday after school and pick out songs for the jukebox.  It was the highlight of our week.  Our house was always full of dancing and music growing up.  When I turned forty, I knew exactly how I wanted to celebrate….design my own disco and have a rowdy dance party….

The Invitation

Every great party should start with a clever invitation to set the tone.  Elizabeth Peters of Arzberger Stationers helped me create the perfect invitation.  She is incredibly creative and over delivers on every project.  She found a reflective metallic ink that tied in with the disco theme beautifully. We used a silver envelope with pink ink and a custom pink disco ball stamp to complete the package.

The Inspiration

My dear friend and florist extraordinaire Jay Lughibihl of In Bloom graciously allowed me to convert his warehouse space into the disco of my dreams. He shares space with the talented event consultant Dina Berg Blazek who kindly helped me track down some hard to find hot pink tinsel draping and disco balls of all sizes. Unfortunately, we were all having so much fun we forgot to take a picture of the 15 disco balls hanging overhead washed in hot pink spot lights. The image below gives a glimpse of the space.

The Dance Floor, DJ  and Dancers

In addition to the decor, I wanted to make sure we had the proper festive and lively atmosphere for the party.  Our DJ was outstanding and the dancers flanking the DJ booth inspired even the wallflowers to GET YOUR GROOVE ON-our motto for the night…

The Motto
Hot pink, silver and crystal accents
Tables were draped with hot pink linens and accents included silver ballroom chairs and hundreds of mirrored votives throughout the space. Thank goodness we did not burn the place down!
Signature Cocktails by Porcupine Provisions
Leslie and Bruce Schlernitzauer of Porcupine Provisions are hands down the best catering team around.  I adore working with them and they make every single event personal and unique.  My only complaint was that they insisted on working the event instead of being guests to make sure everything ran smoothly.  They came up with a much needed menu of gourmet late night fare.  I also wanted a pink cocktail to tie in with the decor and they came up with the libation seen in the picture above.
SWEET RUBY RED
 2 1/2 oz. Absolut Citron Vodka
2 1/2 oz. Red Ruby Pink Grapefruit Juice
 2 1/2 oz. Grenadine
Sugar to rim the glass
My Disco Diva Daughter
The most outstanding part of the evening were the guests.  I have the most wonderful friends in the world. It was fabulous celebrating with so many old and new friends. Most of us were either born or grew up during the 1970s . The effort that everyone put into their costumes was outstanding.  The get ups, dance moves and 70s vibe that everyone brought to the party were the best gift I could have ever received.  It certainly made turning forty a lot less painful.
Best Dressed Couple
Most Creative (and Gutsy-est) Costumes
Most Original Entrance
A Bevy of Groovy Beauties
Best Footwear
Jive Talkin’
My Hipster Hubby
Isn’t 40 the new 30?
And this post would not be complete without sharing the play list from the evening.  I spent hours deliberating which songs would make the cut.  All songs can be downloaded from I-Tunes.  Perfect for your next late night dance party!!
THE PLAY LIST
American Boy                            Estelle
Baby                                          Justin Bieber & Ludacris
Baby Boy                                    Beyoncé Feat. Sean Paul
Bad Girls                                   Donna Summer
Blame It On the Boogie              The Jacksons
The Bomb!                                 The Bucketheads
Boogie Oogie Oogie                    A Taste Of Honey
Born This Way                            Lady GaGa
Burning Up                                Madonna
Bust a Move                             Young MC
Buzzin (Remix)                           Mann & 50 Cent
C’mon N’ Ride It (The Train)       Quad City DJ’s
California Gurls                          Katy Perry
Can You Feel It                           Michael Jackson
Canned Heat                              Jamiroquai
Car Wash (Single Version)          Rose Royce
Check It Out                             will.i.am & Nicki Minaj
Crazy In Love                             Beyoncé Feat. Jay-Z
A Deeper Love                           Aretha Franklin
Deja Vu (Featuring Jay-Z)          Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z
Disturbia                                   Rihanna
Do I Do                                     Stevie Wonder
Don’t Let Go                             Isaac Hayes
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough   Michael Jackson
Back In Love Again                   L.T.D.
Everybody Dance                       Chic
Express Yourself                        Madonna
F**k You                                    Cee Lo Green
Fashion Beats                           The Black Eyed Peas
Fastlove, Pt. 1                           George Michael
Feel Good Inc.                           Gorillaz
Finally                                       Ce Ce Peniston
Fire Burning                               Sean Kingston
Forever                                     Chris Brown
Freedom                                   George Michael
Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It                     Will Smith
Girls on Film                             Duran Duran
Glamorous                                Fergie
Good Vibrations                        Danceteria
Got To Be Real                          Cheryl Lynn
Gotta Get Thru This                  Daniel Bedingfield
Heaven Knows                           Donna Summer & Brooklyn Dreams
Hold It Against Me                      Britney Spears
Hot In Herre                             Nelly
Hotel Room Service                   Pitbull
I’m Coming Out                         Diana Ross
I’m Gonna Get                           Bizarre Inc
I Know You Want Me                  Pitbull
I Like It (feat. Pitbull)                 Enrique Iglesias
I Wanna Be Your Lover               Prince
In da Club                                  50 Cent
Instant Replay                           Dan Hartman
It’s Raining Men                         The Weather Girls
It Takes Two                             Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock
Jungle Love                               Time
Knock on Wood                         Amli Stewart
Lady (You Bring Me Up)              Commodores
Last Dance (12″ Version)             Donna Summer
Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)         Katy Perry
Let’s Get Loud                           Jennifer Lopez
Like a G6 (feat. Cataracs & Dev)Far East Movement
The Love You Save                   Jackson 5
LoveStoned                               Justin Timberlake
Low (feat. T-Pain)                     Flo Rida
Me Against the Music                 Glee Cast
Missing (Todd Terry Remix)        Everything But The Girl
Move Ya Body (Radio Edit)          Nina Sky
Nasty Girl (Full Mix)                    Inaya Day
Now That We Found Love          Heavy D & The Boyz
On the Floor (feat. Pitbull)         Jennifer Lopez
Only Girl (In the World)              Rihanna
P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)        Michael Jackson
Please Don’t Go                         Double You
Poison                                       Bell Biv DeVoe
Pon de Replay                           Rihanna & Elephant Man
Rapper’s Delight                        The Sugarhill Gang
Rio                                           Duran Duran
Rock Your Body                         Justin Timberlake Feat. Pharrell Williams
Señorita                                    Justin Timberlake Feat. Pharrell Williams
Shake Your Body                        Michael Jackson
Shame                                       Evelyn “Champagne” King
She Loves Me Back                   Luther Vandross
Show Me Love                           Robin S.
Sing A Song                               Earth Wind & Fire
Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)   Beyoncé
Somebody to Love (Remix)         Justin Bieber
Strike It Up                                Black Box
Take Your Time (Do It Right)      The S.O.S. Band
Teenage Dream                         Katy Perry
The Time (Dirty Bit)                  The Black Eyed Peas
Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You)             Enrique Iglesias
The Way You Move                   OutKast & Sleepy Brown
Where Is the Love?                   Black Eyed Peas & Justin Timberlake
Who Dat Girl (feat. Akon)          Flo Rida
Yeah!                                      Usher featuring Lil’ Jon & Ludacris
You Dropped the Bomb On Me    The Gap Band
You Rock My World                   Michael Jackson
You Should Be Dancing               Bee Gees
100% Pure Love                         Crystal

One Comment

  1. mb March 10, 2012

    Ah, memories … Love the post, Cathy!!!

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