While the Ladies Were in London…
July 24, 2012
My birthday is November 18th, and this year it fell on a Friday. I first celebrated with my husband, Mario, the evening before my birthday when he took me out for a special romantic dinner at one of New York’s finest restaurants, One if by Land, Two if by Sea. We enjoyed one another’s company over candlelight and delicious food and shared some special one-on-one time together. I could not have asked for a sweeter birthday dinner. What made it even sweeter was reading the beautiful sentiment in his birthday card to me. I cherish cards from my loved ones, and Mario never fails to pick the loveliest most heart-felt ones! This year his birthday card to me made me cry! I’ve decided to share his words here in my newsletter because I’m still gushing!
On Friday afternoon I hosted a special luncheon at one of my favorite restaurants on the Upper East side called Bar Italia. Over twenty of my best lady friends joined me to celebrate for an afternoon of yummy Italian food, Ramona Pinot Grigio, dancing, and other fun birthday festivities. It’s really so touching to see all of your close friends come out to celebrate with you. I’ve been friends with some of these women since we were teenagers and young adults! We used to take New York City by storm (still do, I think!), and have shared such memories together. We’re still making memories and proving that we can still have a blast and put our dancing shoes on!
One of my dearest friends, Marla, surprised me with the most outstanding birthday cake I think I’ve ever seen! Move over Cake Boss and get a load of this!
Marla put so much thought into helping design this cake, masterfully made by Heather Barranco Dreamcakes. The outside of the cake is decorated with pieces of my True Faith Jewelry and Ramona Singer Jewelry – all edible, of course! And, it’s hard to miss the unbelievable life-size Ramona Pinot Grigio bottle sitting on top. Doesn’t it look just like the actual bottle? It’s made out of hard sugar. This cake is truly art! I was shrieking with joy and awe when I saw it.
All of my friends went in on a fabulous birthday present for me – this stunning clutch. Don’t you love the bling and embellishments! To die for.
Really the best part of the afternoon was enjoying the company of my friends. Birthdays are the best. The greatest excuse to bring everyone together in celebration!
Over the weekend, I enjoyed some quiet family time with Avery and Mario. We are such a tight-knit little trio and they are what I am most thankful for.